A unique style of giving back to Dubois County communities has continued for young professionals.  Emerging Leaders was established in 2012 as an innovative, yet simple, giving circle for those aged 45 and under, to pool financial resources to strengthen communities in Dubois County.

Each member of Dubois County Emerging Leaders commits to giving as little as $120 per individual or $180 as a couple per year.  At the end of the year, each member will share a voice in where the combined dollars will be invested to benefit projects that improve Dubois County.

The funds are administered by the Dubois County Community Foundation.

Giving Circle Chairperson Jessica DeLorenzo says collectively, Emerging Leaders granted $8,000 last year to local charities, something most young adults could not accomplish alone.  She says it was a great learning experience about all the different causes in the community.

During its first year, last year the giving circle provided grants to 15 local charities, including a $5,000 grant to Young Life of Dubois County.

Voted for by the participants of Emerging Leaders, Young Life will use the $5,000 grant to send their adult leaders to summer camp along with their middle school and high school students.

Next Tuesday, March 12, Emerging Leaders will host its first social event of 2013 beginning at 6 pm at Cool Beans in Huntingburg to kick off the new year of giving.

Young adults who want to engage in philanthropy are encouraged to attend.

Individuals can learn more and join the Giving Circle at the social event.  Giving starts at $120 a year for individuals or $180 a year for couples.

Folks can learn more by calling the Dubois County Community Foundation at 482-5295 or online at www.ELgiving.org.