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Polish, Inc. joined the philanthropy arena when its president, C. Maria Macon introduced the Polish Inc. Community Endowment Fund.

The introduction was made during a reception Nov. 12, co-sponsored by the Carolinas Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs (CABWE), where Macon, the guest of honor was being roasted.

The funds will allow community and faith based organizations to apply for seed monies to assist in building organizational infrastructure capacity to deliver the services or products that they offer. The application process will begin October 2005. Every year a ‘Roast’ will be held. The honoree for the roast will receive a public reception, a token of the event and a cash grant for the non-profit organization that they represent.

“Initially, there will be one grant per year given away. However, as the concept grows we expect to give away 100% of the net profits of Polish Inc.,” says Macon.

"On any given day our office sees clients that come in with wonderful ideas. They start non-profit organizations that fail for lack of start-up or seed money. And, they learn quickly that their new non-profit can not be ran out of their pockets. In most cases, mainstream funding sources want new organizations to have two-years experience as a non-profit before they will consider your grant request."

What is an organization to do? That’s where the Polish Inc. Community Endowment Fund comes in. We want to help bridge that 24-month gap.

Polish Inc. Community Endowment Fund will be a publicly supported fund. If you have never participated in individual giving programs or even if you have, now is the time to begin the road to self-sufficiency. The minimum contribution to the fund is $25 and you can give as often as you want.

In an address given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Riverside Church in New York, he stated, “We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be beaten and robbed as they make their journey through life. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring”. We want to take this understanding to a new height through the Polish Inc Community Endowment Fund, says Macon.

Our 2005 candidate will be Mrs. Thelma McKoy, President of Carolina Advocates for Legal Reform (CALR). The roast will be held November 11, 2005; at 7:00 pm., Donations are being accepted through Wachovia Bank at Central Ave. and The Plaza – Fund # 3000066984617 – Polish Inc Community Endowment Fund.

Contribution made prior to April 2005 can be deductible in the 2005 tax year. Contributions made after April 2005, can be tax-deductible in the 2006 tax year. For more information or to volunteer your talents or skills, contact Polish Inc. 704/333-1691, visit our website at www.polishinc.biz or e-mail us at cmaria@polishinc.biz

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