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The Fitzgerald Family Trust Fund

 

Our Mission

The Fitzgerald Family Trust Fund helps schools and communities promote kids and reading.

In 1999, the Fitzgerald family set up a trust fund to provide grants and scholarships for kids' programs, libraries and librarians. It started out small, donating primarily to local organizations in Harrison County, Missouri, where Gumdrop Books™ is based but soon grew to cover worthy causes across the country. In the nearly 15 years since then, the Fitzgerald Family Trust Fund has donated over $353,626 to schools and organizations across the country.

Projects range from parks and teen centers to helping to rebuild library collections after hurricanes, storms and floods. The Fitzgerald Family Trust Fund also offers scholarships to students studying to become librarians.

 

Grants List

  • 2017 - Stone Elementary School, Wiggins, MS - $5,000 - Library Book Giveaway
  • 2016 - Literacy Network, Madison, WI - $2,500 - SCALE Program
  • 2016 - Bethany Public Library - $20,000 - Library Improvements
  • 2016 - Heather McCue - SCLA Outstanding Librarian Award - $2,500 - South Carolina Library Association award for materials for library
  • 2016 - Library - South Harrison Elementary - $11,600 - Library Makeover
  • 2015 - 6th Grade Classroom - South Harrison Elementary - $1500 - Classroom Library Makeover
  • 2015 - South Harrison Middle School - $42,000 - New School Building
  • 2015 - Backpack Buddies Program - Harrison County Food Pantry - $10,000 - Weekend food program for low income children (and a further $20,000 pledged over the next 4 years)
  • 2015 - Diane Lohr - SCLA Outstanding Librarian Award - $2,500 - South Carolina Library Association award for materials for library
  • 2015 - Spring Hill (FL) Rotary Foundation - $20,000 - Dog Park
  • 2015 - Community Foundation of NW MO - $42,000
  • 2014 - Morris Chapel Community Church - $1000 - Disaster Relief
  • 2014 - Vilonia, AR Elementary School - $2500 - Tornado Disaster Relief
  • 2013 - New Hampton Christian School - $10,000 - Books
  • 2013 - Moore, OK (4 schools) - $10,000
    - Tornado Disaster Relief
  • 2011 - Joplin, MO (4 schools) - $8,000
    - Tornado Disaster Relief
  • 2012 - Bethany Public Library - $2400 - Books
  • 2008 - South Harrison High School - $2,000
    - Empower Plant Scholarship
  • 2008 - Gumdrop Scholarship Fund - $50,000
    - Began a separate fund for scholarships
  • 2007 - South Harrison RII - $12,500
    - Elementary Library
  • 2007 - Parkview Baptist Church - Texas $10,000 - Books for the library
  • 2007 - North Harrison RII - $8,000
    - Early Childhood (Books & Computers)
  • 2007 - South Harrison High School - $14,200 - High School Library
  • 2007 - South Harrison School District - $2,250 - Elementary Projection Equipment
  • 2007 - Victoria Hospitals Canada - $10,000
    Health Services
  • 2005 - National Headstart Program - $40,000 - Hurricane Relief
  • 2006 - South Harrison School District - $14,000 - Technology Special Services
  • 2004 - Assemble of God Church - $10,000
    - Building Fund
  • 2003 - City of Bethany - $15,000
    - City Park
  • 2001 - South Harrison RII - $2994
    - Band Support
  • 2000 - Bethany Elementary - $1346
    - School trip
  • 2000 - Sugar Creek Ministries - $6000
    - Teen Center
  • 1999 - Bethany Public Library - $4000
    - Collection donation

Scholarships List

  • 2007 - Shannon Pierce - $2500
  • 2007 - Elizabeth Hernandez - $2500
  • 2007 - Lorena Ayala - $2500
  • 2007 - Rebecca Forward - $2500
  • 2007 - Shannon Pierce - $2500
  • 2007 - Elizabeth Hernandez - $2500
  • 2007 - Lorena Ayala - $2500
  • 2007 - Rebecca Forward - $2500
  • 2006 - Linda Pierce - $2375
  • 2006 - Alma Salinas - $2500
  • 2006 - Patricia Velez - $2500
  • 2006/2007 - Marissa Criswell - $2500
  • 2006 - Dawn Kruse - $2500
  • 2004/2005 - Linda Pierce - $4000

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