Author: Shelly Jones

(Grant County, IN) The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce two crowdfunding campaign goals launched with Habitat for Humanity of Grant County (Habitat) and the City of Marion Parks and Recreation Department (Parks Department). The Parks Department launched their crowdfunding campaign on May 12th, Habitat launched theirs on May 23rd. Habitat aims to crowdfund $20,000 to support the construction of a new Habitat home in Grant County. The Parks Department aims to crowdfund $20,000 to fund the dredging and renovation of the Matter Park fishing pond. The Foundation will track all charitable contributions made by donors for each project. If the organizations meet their fundraising goals, the Foundation will award them a dollar-for-dollar matching grant to complete their projects for a total of $40,000 each. Any amount raised over these goals will also be awarded to the organizations. If either organization does not meet their goal by the deadline, they will not receive the matching grant. However, all donations raised will be awarded to the projects. The Parks Department's campaign will end July 11th at midnight, and Habitat's will end July 22nd at midnight. City of Marion Parks Department The City of Marion’s Parks Department was approved for a...

Moonshot: An extremely ambitious project or mission undertaken to achieve a monumental goal. Most people know the famous quote from Neil Armstrong when he landed on the moon, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It is noteworthy! But, there were many words spoken and actions taken to get him to that small step and that giant leap. Plans were made! In 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.”  Without his vision for a better tomorrow, resources wouldn’t have been dedicated to creating the bright future we’re enjoying today. We went from a black and white past to a future filled with vibrant colors and endless possibilities. Then, in 1962, he said, “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard.” Those words are just as true today as they ever were. Kennedy knew how to plan the work and work the plan. The future you want for the next generation doesn’t just happen, you have...

I sent this text to my friend Jennifer earlier this week that said, “Two words: High Drate.”  Ok, I was being a bit dramatic. But in my defense, we had just watched the penultimate episode of This is Us. And after a 6-season emotional roller coaster ride, saying our final farewells to the Pearson family (a family that somehow feels like our own family) has not been easy on our hearts, our hydration, or our mascara. Now, don’t worry, no spoilers here. But if you watch and need someone to talk it out with, let’s go to lunch! However, there is one common thread that has been sewn into the show’s tapestry since season one and that one is all about lemonade. Lemonade, that cool refreshing drink. Dr. K delivered the Pearson triplets on the show and he was credited with a quote that he passed on to the Pearson family that always resonated with me, but especially this week. It goes like this:  “Sometimes you have to take the sourest lemon life has to offer and turn it into something resembling lemonade.” That really hit home this week as a huge group of amazing, dedicated, passionate, and capable community leaders attended an...

The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce the recipients of the Give to Grant Cycle as a part of the Give to Grant Collaborative. A total of $63,680 was awarded in grants to eight local organizations along with $40,000 to two Crowdfunding Campaigns for programs and projects supporting positive impact for the betterment of Grant County. The Foundation is home to a variety of 400+ charitable funds established by generous donors with a passion for supporting worthwhile charitable causes. The Give to Grant Collaborative uniquely consists of endowment funds that were established to provide support for general charitable purposes, identified as the most pressing needs and opportunities in the community. These grants were awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Give to Grant Collaborative simplifies charitable giving and philanthropic impact by combining generous donations with others to pool resources and generate something strong and impactful for the community,” says Meagan Mathias, Community Investment Manager. “Every year, the Foundation awards between $1-3 Million in grants to nonprofits, community entities, and college-bound students right here in Grant County. From swing sets and dog parks to gardens and special events, the Foundation funds a variety of causes that...

Grant Station offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. The Community Foundation has purchased this database subscription and would like to make it available to our local nonprofits. If you believe this database might help you find, build, write, and win grant opportunities to fund your programs and projects, we ask that you make a $25 donation to our Annual Operation's Fund and then we will forward you the login information. Email QuickQuestion@GiveToGrant.org for more information.  ...

We are excited to announce the Launch of our new Fund Contact Portal to provide our fundholders with an enhanced user experience! This new system will now offer more timely access to important information about your fund.  We’re confident this tool will help us to continue providing excellent customer service and advance our Mission of connecting people, resources, and causes to promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County. We have assembled this quick-reference guide to introduce the basics of the new Fund Contact Portal.  As always, please know the CoFo Crew stands ready to answer any questions you might have. Step 1. Establishing Your Password You will receive an email from “no-reply@fcsuite.com” with a custom invitation link to create your account in the Fund Contact Portal. Check your spam folder if you don’t see the email. And if you don’t have an email address listed on file with us, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to set this up for you. Once you click on the invitation link in the email, you will be prompted to create a password of your choice. If you do not receive an email to access the system, but would like a...

The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce the opening of the Give to Grant Cycle. Eligible 501(c) organizations with a general grant request between $2,500 to $10,000 are welcome to apply. From safety devices and meal delivery services to trail maintenance and neighborhood beautification projects, the Foundation funds a variety of causes that promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County. Organizations have the option to apply for a crowdfunding grant during this cycle up to $20,000. If approved, organizations have 60 days to match dollar-for-dollar what they requested from the Foundation. The Give to Grant Cycle will open on February 25th, and will close March 25th. The online application link can be found on our website at GiveToGrant.org/Grants under the tab “Grants Application and Timeline.” First-time organizational applicants are required to meet with Meagan Mathias before applying. The Foundation is home to a variety of 400+ charitable funds established by generous donors with a passion for supporting worthwhile charitable causes. The Give to Grant Collaborative uniquely consists of endowment funds established to provide support for general charitable purposes identified as the most pressing needs and opportunities in the community to be selected annually at the discretion of...

Michael Jackson didn’t invent the moon walk, Neil Armstrong did…literally. And when Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind” in 1969, he had no idea what an understatement that would turn out to be. For that generation, fellow space travelers Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin proved that the moon wasn’t made of cheese, fulfilled the promise of deceased President John F. Kennedy to put a man on the moon, and opened a world (pun intended) of opportunities. Although rocket scientists, they didn’t realize they started a revolution. A revolution of possibilities never before imagined. If men from the planet Earth could achieve what many thought to be impossible, what was stopping us from, well, just about anything? You don’t have to look any further than the graduating class of 2022 to realize how ginormous that leap for mankind really was. They were born in 2004 on Earth, yet cyberspace is the only way of life they’ve ever known. The average high school senior has never had to fold a map, use a payphone, a phone book, or rent a video from Blockbuster and rewind it before returning to avoid a surcharge. The next millennium will lie in the hands...

Every day at the Community Foundation of Grant County, individuals and families create lasting impact for the betterment of our community by ensuring their generosity will benefit generations to come through endowment. The cornerstone of this endeavor is a sound investment and spending policy that centers around sustainability. Throughout calendar year 2021, the Community Foundation saw an astounding investment return of 12.3%. Coupled with the generosity of our donors, that resulted in a total market value of $34.2 million in assets as of December 31, 2021. “To be sure, the dollar figures are impressive. But even that pales in comparison to the serious impact those dollars mean to the community,” Community Foundation Chief Financial Officer, Sherri Rush, said. “Every charitable organization with an endowment at the Community Foundation benefits from the sound guidance of the Foundation’s finance and investment committee, leading to more dollars for organizations serving Grant County.” For a charitable organization, an endowment at the Community Foundation is like having their own private granting fund, and the larger the fund, the larger the grant received every year. Since 1984, local charitable organizations have benefited from the hard work of building these endowments, resulting in nearly $14.5 million distributed by their endowments...

A Form 990 is an annual reporting return that federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization’s mission, programs, and finances. The Community Foundation of Grant County is intentional in complying with this requirement in an open, honest, and direct manner to reach the broadest range of our constituents. The most recent 990 is available upon request or can be found online by registering for an account with to GuideStar.org. Contact Sherri Rush with questions at Sherri@GiveToGrant.org....