Grant County Community Corner

The state has announced the Torchbearers!!! Please see their release. We've inserted the Grant County Torchbearers just in case you have trouble with their link, and have provided the torch route map through Grant County. INDIANAPOLIS (June 29, 2016) – Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) Executive Director Mark Newman, Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance President and CEO Kim Smith and Bicentennial Torch Relay State Director Noelle Szydlyk today unveiled the names of more than 2,000 Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearers, as well as the official torchbearer uniforms. The unveiling took place during a press conference at the Indiana Statehouse. “The 2,000 plus Hoosiers selected as torchbearers embody the Indiana traditions of service, civic pride, community involvement and volunteerism,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “As we reflect on Indiana’s first two hundred years, it is only fitting that we celebrate Hoosiers who serve as inspirations in their communities.” A statewide list of the torchbearer names and the counties they represent can be found here.  Grant County: Jess Alumbaugh Pearl Bassett Brennan Butche James Dean* David Ferguson Larry Jo Goss* Robert King H. Larry Leach Robert McNutt Chief Meshingomesia* Lila Milford Reggie Nevels Amos Randle Wayne Seybold Minerva Sickman Richard Simons* Ruthann Sumpter Jim...

Fact #1: The Community Foundation of Grant County is a non-profit organization. A true 501(c)3. That means all of your donations to us are tax-deductible. Isn’t it cool how being a cheerful giver can save you money at tax time through charitable deductions or by donating those pesky 401(k) Required Minimum Distributions? Fact #2: You can write one check to the Community Foundation and designate what fund (or funds) you want your money to go into. We have approximately 400 funds representing nearly every charitable organization in Grant County. That’s a lot of funds. Which means you have a lot of choices. Choices are good. Decisions are hard, but choices are good. Fact #3: You can set up a fund of your own to support charities that you love, right here in your own community. The Community Foundation sets up funds like this all the time. Want to teach your kids about philanthropy? Set up a fund. Want to donate money to help kids go to college? Set up a fund. Want to help restore the economic vitality of Grant County? Set up a fund. It’s that easy. Just call us at 765-662-0065. We’d love to help you. Fact #4: It’s true; the...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Listed below are 24 unrestricted funds. Unrestricted funds are the funds in which our Board Members use to make discretionary grants every year. They determine what grants to make based on what the most pressing needs are in the community currently. Our recent research, done through meetings, SWOT analysis, and community surveys tells us that Grant County has opportunities to improve on the following: • Decrease Child Poverty • Recruit Jobs • Improve Leadership • Establish Overarching Vision • Improve University Involvement in the Community • Establish a Communal Identity This means that by donating to one of these funds you will allow our board to award grants towards some of the most critical charitable causes in our community. Several of these funds are named after the family or organization that established the fund. Each fund originated by donors who knew the importance of an unrestricted fund for our community.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

It’s here! Ready or not – Happy 2016! This past week we were encouraged to look back and evaluate accomplishments, remember loved ones past, celebrate new beginnings… Some people are able to focus on only the good that has happened in the year –And good for them! We should celebrate achievements!  Make note of those accomplishments. It is interesting how a New Year will encourage us to reminisce about the past.  If regrets about yesterday’s decisions and actions help you do better today, then they have served a useful purpose. Seth Godin suggests:  “Most of the time, we use regrets to keep us from moving forward. They paralyze us in the face of possibility. We don't want to do something if it reminds us of that black hole we have in our past.  It's useful if you can forgive yourself, because the regrets you're carrying around are keeping you from holding onto the possibility that you can contribute even more tomorrow.” A few weeks ago, I attended the funeral of my dear great-aunt.  She was quite possibly the sweetest, most kind-hearted, selfless, generous woman I have ever known.  I will truly miss her. Death brings about so many emotions and questions.  I am certain my dear aunt...

Main Street – Marion, Indiana, Inc. 422 E Fourth St. Marion, IN 46952 Taylor Hawk, Director 765-662-1192 director@mainstreetmarion.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GRANT COUNTY COMMUNITY LEADER RECEIVES STATE AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEERISM: Dawn Brown Recognized As One of Indiana Main Street Volunteers of the Year Presented by OCRA MARION, IN (December 4, 2015): A Grant County leader and community volunteer is being recognized on a statewide level for her involvement with Main Street Marion, a non-profit in Grant County focused on downtown revitalization and economic stimulation. Main Street Marion representatives and peers rallied together to nominate Dawn Brown for Indiana Main Street’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award for 2015 (through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs) after reflecting on all of the work she endured to catapult transformation into Downtown Marion.   Brown is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Grant County, but wears many other hats, and even carries various shovels. Early this year, she joined efforts with Main Street Marion’s Design Committee, and not only brought ideas and resources to one table, but coordinated a team of more volunteers and partners, herself included, to take the design of Downtown, Marion to the next level. She connected MSM with the local parks department and influenced...

“Have you ever been in love?”  That was the question Celine Dion asked the world in 2002.  I was a senior at Mississinewa High School then, trying to find my purpose, wavering about my plans for my future.  Should I go to college or get married?  College won.  And marriage…well, that became a distant dream, something to hope for, something to dream of, but something that seemed so far out of my hands.  Well, that is, until today. “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”  -Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally I suppose that’s how it happened for Dan and me.  Meeting him was like sitting down to dinner with someone I had always known.  Looking across the table and realizing this was different than just any first date, any first meeting. “It was like coming home...

Maybe I’m partial, but I believe Grant County has some and best and brightest leaders growing up right here in our own neighborhoods.  They’ve attended our local high schools, are pursuing post-secondary education at one of our local universities and beyond, and are planning to return to their hometowns to make a big impact on their local communities.  That’s why the Community Foundation is investing nearly half-a-million dollars in these students for the upcoming school  year. But more than good grades and well-written essays, these students have their own stories to tell.  I’ve had the privilege of reading through their thank you letters and I’ve been so inspired, I knew I must share them with our Fabulous Foundation Followers!  After all, if it wasn’t for you, we couldn’t give scholarships to worthy students every year. Here are a few scholar profiles we’d like to share with you to say thank you for all you do! Click here to see the 2015 Robert R. Board and Janis M. Board Scholars...

Plan:  (noun) a method for achieving an end Strategic Plans. Tactical Plans. Operational Plans.  Succession Plans.  A plan is what organizes life.  And for every event, occasion, and potential catastrophe we make it our mission to have a plan in place.  We even plan for tragedies.  Hope for the best, plan for the worst.  After all, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” (Alan Lakein) I love a good plan.  The best plans have lists of things to do that you can check off as you go.  There’s simply nothing better than that feeling.  And while I would never consider myself an event planner, I have a sense of satisfaction as I plan my wedding when we’ve accomplished something significant (and even something insignificant) in the planning process. But, “a plan is only as good as those who see it through.” (Anonymous)   For any plan to be successful, it takes commitment.  You can have a plan of attack, but if you’re not committed to see it through, willing to make the sacrifices, ready to do the work, it gets filed away and forgotten.  What good is it to make a game plan and not use it?  You can’t expect to win the game...

Last week was a big week.  BIG.  I am reminded of one of my favorite scenes in the Andy Griffith Show in Season 1, Episode 2.  The exchange between Andy and Barney goes a little something like this: Barney: Sherriff, you’ll never guess what’s happened.  Something big. Andy:  Well, what is it? Barney:  It’s the biggest thing ever happened in Mayberry.  Real big!  BIG!  BIG-Big! Andy:  Well, now, now, just simmer down, Barney.  What is it? Barney:  Well, I’m tryin’ to tell ya! Andy:  Well, so far all I know is it’s somethin’ big. Barney:  Ohhh, “big” ain’t the word for it. That was last week here at the Foundation.  It was so big, “BIG” couldn’t describe it.  For starters, we announced the first round of 2015 Community Foundation scholarship offers.  The amount offered was nearly $500,000.  Can you say, BIG?  You can see the scholarship offers by clicking: 2015 Scholarship Offers We also had our Distribution Committee start reviewing 30 applications for the BIG IDEA grant.  Big.  BIG-Big.  They’ll be making some big decisions this summer to determine what organization will win a grant of up to $150,000!  BIG! And something else really big happened.  What was that?  Oh, yes, I remember- I got engaged!  I suppose, “I must learn to...

It’s a good day at the Foundation.  We’re preparing a mailing to several Grant County students with good news inside.  The big news.  The best news.  We’re about to offer nearly $500,000 in scholarship money to 112 of Grant County’s best and brightest, including the 2015 Grant County Lilly Scholars!  Thanks to more than 30 years of generous donors choosing to invest their charitable dollars into post-secondary education of Grant County students, families across the county will have good reason to celebrate this Spring. Thirty-one of the students receiving letters are what we call “Community Foundation Scholars”.  A Community Foundation Scholar is one who has received enough funding through Community Foundation scholarships, combined with federal and state grants revealed through the College Cost Estimator, to pay for full tuition, fees, and books for 1 year at a public college/university.  Depending on the public school chosen, that amount can range from $4,859 to $11,000.   The letters go out to all our scholars Friday morning, but Fabulous Foundation Followers can see the Community Foundation scholarship offers in the April 5th edition of the Chronicle-Tribune (Section-C). To learn more about the Community Foundation scholarship process, click here....