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The Community Foundation of Grant County announced today that it is committed to building a bold new way to accelerate positive social outcomes through a local impact investing program as an extension of its community leadership efforts. The Foundation recognizes that its assets, over 90% of which are endowed, positions the organization to bring new tools, such as local impact investing, to address the needs and opportunities of Grant County. The purpose of the Impact Investing program is to make socially impactful loan investments that provide a financial return and measurably advance a prosperous Grant County via the social return on investment. The program will invest in people, projects, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that address economic prosperity, quality of life, and access to opportunity for residents of Grant County. “We believe that philanthropic capital can further the betterment of Grant County through grants as well as investments,” said Dawn Brown, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “More than any nonprofit organization, community foundations have the ability to deploy a diverse set of tools to address community needs, including grantmaking, donor engagement, and loan investments. As community foundations seek innovative ways to build community wealth and health, more are adopting impact investing...

You know how on social media, they place a little blue checkmark by someone’s name who is famous, important, or noteworthy?  Well, in the world of philanthropy in Grant County, you’re a Verified Charitable Hero in our book! That’s why we need your help! (You deserve this icon by your name as a Verified Charitable Hero.) It’s time to make a thoughtful plan about your end-of-year charitable giving. With the holidays ahead, the end of the year will be here before you know it. So, it’s a good time to think about how to leverage the impact of your donation. In math, a square root is a number that multiplies itself to get another number. For example, 4 X 4 = 16; the square root of 16 = 4. That’s how donations work at the Community Foundation. Each donation given through us has a multiplied value—much more than the face value of the donation itself. As the community’s foundation, your gift is combined with the donations of other Verified Charitable Heroes to multiply impact! You give the donation, we grow your donation, and then a portion of that growth makes grants. GIVE-GROW-GRANT That’s why we need a Verified Charitable Hero like you. We're not asking you to do this...

A new alternative to payday lending in Grant County will provide financially vulnerable families with convenient, small-dollar, low-interest, flexible-term loans. This innovative hybrid loan program will provide families with immediate access to the cash they need to provide some much-needed financial stability while also helping them build a savings account for future financial security. The alternative payday lending program is made possible through a unique partnership between Afena Federal Credit Union and the Community Foundation of Grant County. The alternative payday lending program was designed to help financially under-resourced families in three ways: 1) By providing affordable financing to assist families in getting back on their feet once they return to work following the COVID-19 pandemic, 2) By helping financially under-resourced families build an emergency savings account, and 3) By helping income-vulnerable families improve their credit scores. We know that our professional lenders are working hard to serve the people of Grant County. And we know that there are times when they simply can’t approve a customer’s loan request due to credit issues, income limitations, and other challenges. For people who don’t qualify for traditional financing options, an unexpected expense can quickly spiral into a major problem. Which means if the refrigerator...

We wanted to extend an invitation to you and your lending team to join us for Breakfast on Thursday, October 20th @ 8:00AM at 511 West Third Street, Marion, IN 46952 (the building next door to our main office) to learn more about our Bridge the Gap Loan Program, as an alternative to predatory payday lending. We believe that you most likely work with individuals who may greatly benefit from this resource, however, please feel free to forward this invitation to additional team member(s) that work with low-income families and “un-bankable” clients who may need help dealing with emergency expenses. We know that you are working hard to serve the people of Grant County. And we know that there are times when you simply can’t approve a customer’s loan request due to credit issues, income limitations, and other challenges. For people who don’t qualify for traditional financing options, an unexpected expense can quickly spiral into a major problem. which means if the refrigerator dies, the basement floods, the car gets a flat tire, or any unexpected situation pops up (and it will), paying for it could be a problem. No one wants to have to refer a customer to a predatory lender,...

On Friday, October 21st at 8AM, Professional Advisors are invited to join the Community Foundation of Grant County for a free breakfast and 3 hours of Continuing Education Credits with speaker, David Bennett, President Community Foundation Research and Training Institute. “Federal tax laws regarding charitable giving have changed dramatically in the last few years – and more changes are on the horizon," said David Bennett, President Community Foundation Research and Training Institute. “In this seminar, we will review recent changes in federal tax law, as well as tax-smart options for your clients. Topics to be covered include federal income and estate taxes, Qualified Charitable Distributions, tax implications of noncash gifts, gifts with income, and retained life estates.” “Philanthropy should be fun, it should be simple and flexible, it should offer tax benefits and professional management with public accountability and transparency," said Dawn Brown, President and CEO. “Which is what we offer to your clients. Some of the greatest opportunities to make charitable gifts arise when making major business, personal, and financial decisions. Let us help.” “Strong community foundations help build strong communities which is what we all want,” said Shelly Jones, Development Manager. “We know our Professional Advisors care about their clients and...

The Community Foundation of Grant County is celebrating Thirty-Eight Years with a $1 for $1 Birthday Match. “We work with people that exemplify both passion and compassion,” said Dawn Brown, CEO & President. “We’ve met some of the most selfless people in all of Grant County. People who want to see healing take place, relationships grow, and a community thrive.” The Foundation is matching all donations that are given to a Give To Grant Unrestricted Fund from now through September 30, 2022. The goal is to raise $138,000. These funds are used to serve the citizens of Grant County by expanding their reach and ability to deliver vital services. “Clearly, the needs we are addressing in 2022 are far different than those we began addressing in 1984 when we were a brand-new organization,” said Dawn Brown. “And thirty-eight years from now, in the year 2060, the most pressing issues will reflect the needs of that generation. The people that choose to open a named Give To Grant Unrestricted Fund tell us that they love the community so much that they want to be a part of the systemic solutions of the time—no matter what time that may be.” Donors can start a new,...

I’ve never really loved celebrating my birthday. I don’t know why. It’s not about getting older at all. And it’s not about the presents. While I appreciate them, every day is gift and a chance to do something big. It might be a little bit about the cake. There are so many birthdays in my family around my birthday that I’m so tired of cake by the time my special day arrives, and much to the dismay of almost everyone I know, I’m not a big ice cream fan at all…ever. And don’t even get me started on surprises. I’m too much of a planner to appreciate surprises. But that’s when it’s my birthday. I love celebrating other people’s birthdays.  And this month, we’re celebrating a special one—the Community Foundation’s 38th.  Now if this was an anniversary, the modern gift would be tourmaline. What the heck is tourmaline you might ask? Well, that’s what I asked since I’d never heard of it in all my life! Apparently, tourmaline is a stone that is supposed to foster compassion and is said to radiate the energy that attracts money, healing, and friendship. As unappealing as the word tourmaline is, the meaning of the stone...

This story’s been told before. As they say, it’s an oldie but a goodie—and it’s true. When I was 14 I was in high school and still sharing a room with my little sister. Sharing a room also meant sharing a closet, which my sister believed also meant sharing clothes. This did not go over well with me; however, my mother had a different opinion. So, share I did, unwillingly, yet obediently…until one fateful day. I happened to be at the mall—we had one back then. And I ran into one of my sister’s friends…wearing my favorite sweater! Holy cow, I was mad. It was the kind of emotion you get at a relative-you’re-forced-to-share-a room-and-clothes-with mad. So, I found a loophole. While my mom required me to share with my sister, she did not require me to share with the world. That’s when Wardrobe Wearabouts (pun intended, of course) was born. Wardrobe Wearabouts was an organizational system that I created to track the location of my clothes at all times. It was the 80’s version of Find My Phone, only tech-free, for my best pair of jeans—probably Jordache. While I can’t recall how long it took me, I crafted this Dewey...

In 2020, the Federal Government finalized “Transparency in Coverage” Rule, which requires health insurers and group health plans, including self-funded clients, to provide cost-sharing data to consumers via: Machine-readable files and the Consumer price transparency tool. UnitedHealthcare creates and publishes the machine-readable files on behalf of the Community Foundation Of Grant County. To access the machine-readable files, please click here: Transparency in Coverage (uhc.com). For more information, please refer to the frequently updated Transparency in Coverage FAQs and Transparency in Coverage website.   Instructions for accessing this information:  Beginning July 1, 2022, employers may locate and view their MRF information. To do so: Go to transparency-in-coverage.uhc.com Search for the intended employer name Associated MRFs will appear Example: 2022-07-01_customer name_Choice-Plus_in-network-rates.json MRFs will be updated monthly in accordance with requirements  ...

(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...