Author: Shelly Jones

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....

A Knox Box is a small, wall-mounted safe that holds building keys for fire departments, emergency medical services, and sometimes police to retrieve in emergency situations. Trusted by thousands of fire and law enforcement agencies for over 40 years, Knox Boxes have provided first responders with immediate access into secure buildings, campuses, residences and commercial properties when it matters most. Removing barriers to entry reduces injuries to responders and minimizes property damage. The Community Foundation recently installed a Knox Box as a part of our Disaster Recovery Plan. And because we find the resource so valuable, we are now offering the opportunity for nonprofit organizations located in the City of Marion to receive funding to cover the expense of having a box installed on their property. Currently, we are only offering this opportunity to Marion, IN nonprofit organizations because Marion is the only city in Grant County that emergency personnel have access to Knox Boxes. We will review and approve Knox Box applications on a rolling basis every two months starting February 2022. To apply, Marion located nonprofits are required to submit a completed and board-approved disaster recovery plan by clicking the button below. Connect with Meagan@GiveToGrant.org if you need examples or help in...

“Some people swear there’s no beauty left in the world, no magic. Then, how do you explain the entire world coming together on one night to celebrate the hope of a new year?”, so says Hillary Swank as Claire Morgan in the movie New Year’s Eve. I’m a sucker for a rom-com, but an ensemble rom-com like this one, wherein the characters intertwine in each other’s lives, weaving a tapestry by the end of the movie that makes you feel like you’re wearing your most comfortable weekend sweats. All the plots, literally, twist! Ahhh, it just makes you feel so good. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ve needed to call in the reserves lately for all things that bring tidings of comfort and joy. Thus, why I just adored everything that Betty White, the classic girl next door, ever did. She was like a hug wrapped in laughter—an amazing combo, don’t you think? And also why it was so heartbreaking to hear that Betty died on New Year’s Eve—can we just call this National Betty White Day from now on? She would have celebrated her 100th birthday on January 17, 2022. As these two plots twisted in my mind, I...

Those of you who have followed my blog for years know the up-and-down roller coaster I’ve been on by having a son in the Army.  It seemed crazy to be sending our 17-year-old off to fight for his country right out of high school.  It felt surreal when a short two years later we were mailing Christmas presents to Afghanistan.  But this year is different! Last month, Dalton got his honorable discharge from the Army and is now back home. PTL!  So, I get to enjoy a Christmas with all three Brown men this year. To say that I’m overjoyed would be an understatement. What’s above Cloud 9?  Is it Cloud 10?  Because that’s where I am! But one detriment to having Dalton home is that now he and my husband can make fun of my Christmas obsession with Hallmark movies.  They are relentless in their teasing.  Questions like, ‘So, is the lead character’s name Nick, Chris, or Holly in this one?” or “Have they had the misunderstanding yet?”  Ok, ok, I know that Hallmark has approximately 16 actors, five settings, and one plotline—but I don’t care!  These happily-ever-after, predictable, feel-good movies make me happy! In fact, I recently found a...

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is designed to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana, increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities and encourage efforts of Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with state leaders to improve quality of life in Indiana. The Endowment believes that education at all levels is important to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana’s residents and communities. This program aims to encourage many of Indiana’s most talented students to attend one of the state’s higher education institutions and, ultimately, pursue careers in Indiana. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered by the Independent Colleges of Indiana and includes significant participation by the community foundations serving each of Indiana’s 92 counties. Who: Grant County high school seniors, set to graduate by June 30, 2023 with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and a minimum SAT score of 1200 or ACT of 25. Applicants must plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. What: The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship covers tuition, required fees, and provides a special allocation of up to $900 per year...

Have you seen those funny memes online that say, ‘Tell me your age without telling me how old you are”?  They.  Are.  Hilarious!  Here are some of my faves: I’m ‘I made ashtrays for my parents when I was in kindergarten’ years old. I’m ‘I once ran through my house with a cassette tape looking for a pencil’ years old. I’m ‘I didn’t have an iPhone and only had my imagination and crayons to occupy my time’ years old. I am ‘OMG, my parents are the coolest because they just bought a VCR’ years old. I’m ‘I went to concerts and held up my a lighter during the ballads’ years old. I’m ‘When I was a kid, I was the remote control…and we only had 3 channels’ years old. I’m ‘I jammed to 8-track tapes’ years old.   Oh, my goodness. The more of these I read, the more I crack up. And who doesn’t need a good laugh these days? It seems since Covid ‘happened’ that more people are outwardly meaner, grumpier, and operating without a civility filter than they were pre-pandemic. Are you sensing that, too? I’m not sure why that is, but it sure does make me want to...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. challenged organizations to propose a plan that will deepen their relationship with another organization. The organizations selected will take part in a three-year capacity-building program with a grant component. This cohort style will not only provide opportunities for members to deepen relationships between their partnering organizations, but with all the organizations in the cohort, including the Community Foundation. The concept of “third path” comes from the book Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. We’ve all experienced crises, some worse than others. Will we go back to “normal,” will we regress? Or will we use the opportunity to take the third path—one that leads from setback to resilience. The beauty and uniqueness of the Third Path Cohort Program comes from the support and capacity-building experiences provided to the grantees.[vc_empty_space height="42px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="center" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][button target="_self" hover_type="enlarge" text_align="center" link="https://givetogrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Relationship-Spectrum-Copywritten.pdf" text="Relationship Spectrum"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][button target="_self" hover_type="enlarge" text_align="center" link="https://givetogrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Third-Path-Cohort-Guidelines.pdf" text="Third Path Guidelines"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][button target="_self" hover_type="enlarge" text_align="center" link="https://givetogrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Third-Path-Cohort-FAQ.pdf" text="Third Path FAQ"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="42px"][vc_separator type="normal"][vc_empty_space height="42px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner] The organizations selected to participate in the 2021-23 Third Path Cohort include: [/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="42px"][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="center" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Carey Services to incorporate the...

(Marion, IN – July 26, 2021) The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce both crowdfunding campaign goals launched back in May of 2021 exceeded their goals. Habitat for Humanity of Grant County (Habitat) and Community School of the Arts (CSA) launched their campaigns on May 17th. Crowdfunding is when a large group of people pool their resources together to support a worthy charitable cause. Every donation helped in meeting these crowdfunding goals. And all donations raised will be awarded to these projects to support their missions. Habitat exceeded its crowdfunding goal of $20,000 by raising $25,660 from community contributions. Combined with $20,000 in matching dollars from the Foundation this makes a total of $45,660 to support the construction of a new Habitat home in Grant County. CSA exceeded its crowdfunding goal of $15,000 by raising $23,460 from community contributions. Combined with $15,000 in matching dollars from the Foundation this makes a total of $38,460 to save community theatre in Grant County through the acquisition of the Marion Civic Theatre. Together, in just two months, Grant County donors contributed $49,120 to these two crowdfunding campaigns. With matching dollars from the Foundation, this makes a total of $84,120 raised to support the betterment...

The year was 1983. It was the beginning of big things to come, even though I didn’t know it yet.  That was the year that my now-husband, Jerry, and I went to prom together.  Well, technically, not together-together. We double-dated. He went with my friend Janet. I went with his friend Jimmy. And, although it was a memorable night, it wasn’t a great one. Jimmy got pulled over for speeding… and got a ticket—so it sort of ruined the mood. But that evening was just a precursor to 1984—when Jerry and I officially started dating and then later when we had our prom encore (promcore 😂) and went to prom together-together <insert all the heart eyes here>. Several hand-written letters, zip codes, and phone calls stood between that summer and July of 1993, when we finally got married. How did those years seem to move slower than dial-up internet; but somehow the last 28 years flew by quicker than a Jeff Bezos rocket to space?  We’ve traded those long-distance letters for text messages, long road trips to see each other to planting roots and making a home and family. And from selling our plasma to pay the long-distance phone bills for...

Christmas in July happens on the Hallmark Channel, but Christmas in June happens when this mama has both of her boys home and gets to say, “Brown, Party of Four” once again.  As many of you reading this know, once they leave the nest, the times when everyone is all under the same roof again are few and far between.  Our dog, Rocket, is plumb tuckered out.  He has played until he was so exhausted that he fell asleep on the hardwood floor.  We enjoyed several campfires, a few s’mores, and a big family cookout.  God bless my husband for cooking over a hot grill on one of the hottest days we’ve had yet this summer.  By the surprised look on the ‘face’ of the grill, even it was stunned that someone would be standing over a fiery Char-Broil in 90+ degree weather.  But that’s what a man who loves his family does and I love him for it. I had to laugh when I realized that the grill face resembles my own face when I ponder why, in 2021, they still sell packages of 8 hot dog buns yet packages of 10 hot dogs.  Seriously, folks, what kind of conspiracy...