Acres Land Trust Endowment Fund
The purpose of this fund is to support the efforts of ACRES, a non-profit organization, in acquiring and protecting nature preserves in northeast Indiana for environmental education, scientific study and public enjoyment.
Donor Fund Story:
The ACRES endowment in Noble County was established by the ACRES board of directors to provide a way for local people to support the maintenance of ACRES preserves in Noble County. The board has established funds with community foundations in most of the counties where it holds preserve properties. ACRES currently maintains over 700 acres of natural areas in Noble County, including its first preserve, the Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve, acquired in 1961. Many of ACRES’ properties are open to the public. The fund with the Foundation generates income to help ACRES pay for the expenses of maintaining these properties.
While the fund came about by action of the ACRES board, a significant bequest from the estate of Art Hammer provided the resources that allowed the board to commit funds. The hope is for those persons in Noble County who appreciate access to ACRES properties will add their own funds to the Foundation to provide additional income for maintenance. Like the Community Foundation of Noble County, ACRES holds its natural areas forever, and takes very seriously its commitment to care for the properties.
When asked why ACRES started the fund at the Community Foundation of Noble County, Steven Hammer, treasurer of ACRES Inc. stated, “ACRES hopes that Noble County residents will feel more comfortable contributing to an endowment held locally, in their own community, with income going to local properties.”