Author: Shelly Jones

More details on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act: On March 27, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Details are still a bit unclear, but here is what we know up to now. 1.  Generally, taxpayers who claim the standard deduction do not get a tax benefit related to any charitable contributions they make during the tax year. But that will change slightly beginning in 2020. The phrase “above the line” means that taxpayers can deduct charitable gifts up to $300 even if you don’t itemize your charitable deductions. The $300 charitable deduction is available only for cash gifts (as opposed to donations of stock, real estate, or any other non-cash items) to public charities like the Community Foundation of Grant County. Unfortunately, gifts to donor-advised funds do not qualify. Note: This is important, because after the passage of tax reform in 2019, only about 10% of Americans itemized their taxes. The new law would allow you to deduct up to $300 from your taxable income. Importantly, what we have read so far indicates that those who itemize won’t get the $300 above the line charitable deduction. 2.  In addition, for 2020,...

The Community Foundation of Grant County has believed in our mission to connect people, resources, and causes to promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County for 35 years. This uneasy time facing a global pandemic is no different. As we undergo a Governor-ordered stay-at-home quarantine mandate to flatten the curve, our social service organizations are working tirelessly to assist communities that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Give To Grant Community Impact Fund: It’s because of uncertain times like this that we created our GIVE TO GRANT COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND many years ago. This Fund provides flexible financial support to trusted nonprofit partners across Grant County who are responding to critical needs. The Fund also allows the Community Foundation Board to be nimble in their response to addressing our community’s most pressing and emerging needs, specifically with organizations working with our most vulnerable citizens. We need to recognize that our social service organizations have direct knowledge of these everchanging critical issues, while also maintaining strong relationships with the citizens they serve. Therefore, with respect to this on-the-ground understanding of the ramifications of COVID-19, we will rely on our trusted nonprofit partners to communicate to us the best...

It’s because of uncertain times like this that we created our GIVE TO GRANT COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND many years ago. This Fund provides flexible financial support to trusted nonprofit partners across Grant County who are responding to critical needs. The Fund also allows the Community Foundation Board to be nimble in their response to addressing our community’s most pressing and emerging needs, specifically with organizations working with our most vulnerable citizens. We need to recognize that our social service organizations have direct knowledge of these everchanging critical issues, while also maintaining strong relationships with the citizens they serve. Therefore, with respect to this on-the-ground understanding of the ramifications of COVID-19, we will rely on our trusted nonprofit partners to communicate to us the best way we can be of help. As needs are communicated, it will be of utmost importance for us to provide funding to these organizations rapidly. To expedite our regular granting procedures in this evolving situation, our Board of Directors has chosen to distribute awards from the GIVE TO GRANT COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND utilizing a method called “rapid response grantmaking”. Read the full press release here. Our COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants will sustain and develop vital community services for...

Connect Grant County is an online tool used to access the resources and caring power of our community. Over 290 community resources located all in one easy-to-use directory. Organizations manage their own information to ensure it remains accurate and available to the community. With unpredictable times like this, while things are literally changing by the hour as a result of COVID-19, it helps to know that we’re all in this together. The directory allows community members to find local and surrounding resources; quality childcare providers, housing assistance programs, local food pantries, affordable family-friendly community events, and so much more, any time of day. While the most pressing needs of our community have become ever more prevalent, this directory provides a condensed listing of our local non-profit partners who are serving our people on the fringes—that number and group continues to grow for multiple reasons. So, while this directory is up-to-date, each organization’s hours of operation and service capabilities may have changed in recent days. Please contact them via their phone number, websites, or social media for the most accurate details during this time. The Basic Needs Working Group of Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County partnered with the United Way of Grant County and...

The Community Foundation of Grant County is carefully monitoring news related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. The health and well-being of our customers/donors, as well as the safety of our employees and facilitators, is a top priority. The CoFo Office is CLOSED to visitors due to the TRAVEL ADVISORY in Grant County. We will continue to be open for business, but we are taking all precautions to ensure that our team is safe. We have moved to a voluntary work from home policy. This will allow us to continue serving our donors and nonprofits during this time. Our office has taken additional safety measures and will remain open for business at this time. We will remain in close communication with state and local officials as our staff continues to work and serve our customers/donors. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. However, until further notice, our daily procedures will be adjusted as follows: Suspending face-to-face customer interactions within our office. Our staff will continue everyday work duties so you can call or email our office with questions: 765-662-0065 or Hello@GiveToGrant.org. Online donation options will still remain in effect via our the Donor Marketplace on our website at www.GiveToGrant.org/giveonline. We will continue to...

As Shelly said a couple of weeks ago, ‘We’re back’!  That means my blog’s back, too.  Hurray! If feels good.  I’ve missed writing it. I’ve missed the words.  I’ve missed you.  The truth is, Lilly Endowment Inc. blessed Grant County with what I think Texans call a couple few grant opportunities. I’m not sure if that term is a real thing or not.  All I know is that the GIFT VII grant opportunity knocks on more than a few doors and less than some doors—so, a couple few doors. And we’re not about to make them knock twice. As soon as news of this huge investment Lilly Endowment Inc. made in Grant County arrived in my inbox, a different couple few things happened immediately:  (1)  I ran to ring our celebration bell to harken anyone who happened to be in hearing distance at the time to the workroom, (2) I took a big breath and then announced this amazing donation, (3) cheers of elation ensued, (4) followed by an unchoreographed happy dance, (5) then 12 quiet seconds [typically timed on Meagan’s cell phone, for accuracy—since 12 seconds is much longer than you think] to think about this amazing gift just long...

What is a Donor Advised Fund? A donor advised fund (DAF) is simply a fund set up by a donor and administered by the Community Foundation of Grant County. A donor can establish a DAF, receive an immediate tax benefit that year, and then recommend donations be given from that Donor Advised Fund to charities immediately or at any time for as long as the fund exists. Additionally, donations may be made to a DAF at any time. Standard Tax Deductions 2019 • $12,200 for Single / Married Filing Separately • $18,350 for Heads of Household • $24,400 for Married Couples DAFs and Bundling With higher standard deductions for taxes starting in 2018, some donors are choosing to BUNDLE their giving in order to continue giving at the same levels as before. This means donating two- or three-years’ worth of giving at one time in order to claim the charitable deduction that year. (See example below.) One wise way to bundle is by creating a DAF at the Community Foundation. This gives the you the option to bundle your donation the first year and then continue to support the charities of your choice, at the same level annually as you had been before the tax changes, but...

Take five and review the many wonderful emails, thank you notes, and newspaper clippings about the Community Foundation to the Team. 2019-2020 Brag Book 2018-2019 Brag Book 2017-2018 Brag Book 2016-2017 Brag Book 2015-2016 Brag Book  ...

Here at the Community Foundation, we've been connecting people who care with causes that matter since 1984. That’s why we’re always sharing good news! We do that by telling stories about generous donors and bragging about the multiple successes of local charities and scholarship recipients right here in good ‘ole Grant County, Indiana. If you'd like to learn more, read through a few of our most recent annual reports. Current Annual Report:  2018-2019 Camp Philanthropy Annual Report               Past Annual Reports: 2017-18 The Happiness Laboratory Annual Report 2016-17 Love Where You Live Annual Report 2015-16 Cookbook Annual Report 2014-15 Superhero Annual Report 2013-14 Celebrating 30 Years Annual Report 2012-13 Tattoos, Dog Biscuits & Lemonade Annual Report 2011-12 Many Thanks Annual Report 2010 Transformation Annual Report ...

During a 27-hour period this weekend, Grant County will pause to listen: To voices not often heard. To individuals not always invited to the discussion table. And to residents who have ideas about how their lives could be better.   As part of the Voices Project, an estimated 500 Grant County residents will lend their voices to a shared topic: poverty.  The project, an endeavor of the Community Foundation of Grant County, will take place this Friday and Saturday, starting with a kickoff at 8 a.m. Friday, September 20th, at the Tree of Life Atrium, 1500 S. Western Ave., Marion, IN. What is the Voices Project? The Voices Project is a team effort within our community to connect with people who are most affected by poverty so that we all might deepen our understanding of it and work together toward solutions. How will the Voices Project work? Facilitators will lead groups of approximately 10 individuals in guided conversations about poverty and the impact it has on individual lives, and the community as a whole. Participants will sit, talk, and break bread together. When is the Voices Project?  Between 10 a.m. Friday September 20th and 1 p.m. Saturday September 21st.  The 27-hour time period represents the 27 percent of...