Author: Shelly Jones

[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...

(Marion, IN – May 27, 2021) The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce two crowdfunding campaign goals. Habitat for Humanity of Grant County (Habitat) and Community School of the Arts (CSA) launched their campaigns on May 17th. Habitat aims to crowdfund $20,000 to support the construction of a new Habitat home in Grant County. CSA aims to crowdfund $15,000 to expand programming and include community theatre outside of current programming offered at CSA. 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 for Habitat and $30,000 for CSA. 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. Both campaign’s end on July 16, 2021 at midnight.   Habitat for Humanity of Grant County: The main goal of the Habitat campaign is to raise funds to be used for Habitat’s Homeownership Program, and specifically the 55th home build in Grant County. Habitat...

The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce the recipients of the Give to Grant Collaborative Grant Cycle. A total of $77,011 was disbursed in grants this month to nine organizations 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 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 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 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. This is philanthropy...

Combining your charitable dollars with others’ sprinkles a little something extra when supporting worthwhile charitable causes in our community. It pools multiple resources to make your generosity go even farther in addressing important charitable work. And it creates sustainable impact for the betterment of our community—that’s our mission! When you choose to give to the Community Foundation, you are making a point with your charitable giving. An Exclamation Point to be exact. You are saying - “This is important to me” [sprinkle exclamation point here]! Our Give to Grant Collaborative Fund leverages that exclamation by providing even more support than any of our funds could do on their own. We review all applications before an investment is made and we require all recipients to report back to us about the community transformation that was made [sprinkle exclamation point here]! The Give to Grant Collaborative Fund connects people, resources, and causes, intentionally. No donation is too big or too small because we combine generous donations with others’ and pool our resources to do something strong and impactful for our community [sprinkle exclamation point here]! Join the Give To Grant Collaborative by making a donation to the Collab today with the enclosed donation envelop. Or...

I love a good rom-com.  Heck, I even love a moderately adequate rom-com—like you’d find on the Hallmark channel any given day of the week.  Sure, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are a quality go-to when you need a tried-and-true pick-me-up.  But you can only watch Sleepless in Seattle so many times—the actual number varies from person to person; I might be holding on at about +/-200.  LOL, please don’t judge me. And that’s why Hallmark comes in so handy.  In the winter months, it always snows at the end of a Hallmark movie…just as they kiss. The lighting is just right and it’s so romantic. Of course, it’s the big, white, fluffy snowflakes, too.  None of those snowdrifts are covered in the gray sludge that you might find on an Indiana street in December, February, or even a random April! Quick sidebar:  What the even heck is going on out there anyway?!  I wonder what April snow showers will bring?  Snow flowers? [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]   Anyway, the entire 120 minutes of self-care is the classic boy meets girl formula—it’s their hallmark, you might say. The leading lady is always missing something from her life and she’s...

The Community Foundation of Grant County challenged local nonprofit organizations to co-apply with one or more organization to be included in a three-year capacity-building cohort. Organizations approved for this cohort will also receive up to a $50,000 grant annually to deepen the relationship with their co-applicant and strengthen their missions. The purpose of this implementation grant is for nonprofit organizations in Grant County to build back better following the COVID-19 crisis and deepening the relationship between two or more organizations while simultaneously increasing the capacity of Grant County nonprofit leaders. “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” said Meagan Mathias, Community Investment Manager at the Community Foundation. “We at the Community Foundation believe that “we’re all in this together” and the only way we’ll get through this time in our history is by building, and deepening relationships.” Partners receiving a grant to participate in The Third Path Cohort: Carey Services and Grant County Society for Crippled Children and Adults  Grant amount: $49,167 Grant purpose:...

My first paid job was when I was just a young kid.  A local police officer, who lived just down the street from us, offered to pay me 10 cents for each empty brass cartridge that I would reload with gun powder.  You read that right; I made bullets! I didn’t realize until well into my forties, during an icebreaker activity at church, that a first job like that was…let’s just say, unconventional.  I guess I never really thought about it. He was a trusted police officer, after all, so it was legit. In fact, reusing brass in this way was recycling before recycling was cool. And this was just a start to my robust resumé.  I was also an entrepreneur with my own classic lemonade stand and babysitting service—for both kids and dogs.  I’ve tutored, cleaned homes, worked retail, waited tables at the local American Legion, and even sold my plasma. Then, all throughout college, I worked in the History Department and typed up a book written by hand about Roy Rogers and Dale Evans—that is, when I wasn’t busy making ditto copies of handouts for the weekly History classes. Does anybody else remember what those moist dittos used to...