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You’ve gotta love Facebook’s ‘Memories’ feature. Each morning, the social media app reminds you of things that happened on this very day for as long as you’ve been a member of the Facebook family—all kinds of silly memories you forgot that you forgot. Most of the time they are things that bring a good memory back to life. Often, they are reminders that make you laugh out loud. One of my funniest memories was when I ran into a good friend of mine from high school…literally! I’m not kidding! Apparently, we both drove the same Indiana-back-roads-to-save-five-minutes route to work. Unbeknownst to me, she was in the car directly in front of me at an awkward intersection. I thought she drove forward to make the right-hand turn. Apparently, she drove forward to get a better view of the traffic coming in from the south. So, my premature acceleration led me directly into her back bumper! CrAsH. Luckily, I was only driving about 2 miles per hour, so there was no damage to either car and no one was hurt. But it was pretty hilarious to experience a fender-bender, exit the car to survey the damage, and discover that you literally just...

As an education major for my undergrad degree, I had to take a music class. Seemed pretty harmless.  I love music. My Spotify playlist right now has all the summer vibes and it’s making me so happy! Little did I know that this specific music professor would require every student to sing on-key in order to get an ‘A’ in the class. Crud, this just got a whole lot harder. It’s likely no surprise to you that I’m a Type A personality—as in, I needed to get all A’s. That was a hyper-vigilant obsession I developed back during my school years that I’ve spent every minute since trying to overcome. I’ve heard the saying “C’s get degrees” plenty of times; after all, what do you call a doctor who got all C’s in school?  Yeah, DOCTOR!  Nonetheless, I was on a mission to learn how to sing on-key. By week 2 of the class, it wasn’t looking good. So, I approached the prof and asked him if he could ‘tutor’ me. He agreed and said that with a bit of his help, I’d be singing on-key by the end of the quarter. From then on, every Tuesday and Thursday after class, I’d...

The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce the recipients of the Give to Grant Cycle as a part of the Give to Grant Collaborative. A total of $50,556 was awarded in grants to six local organizations along with $50,000 to three Crowdfunding Campaigns 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 that were established to provide support for general charitable purposes, identified as the most pressing needs and opportunities in the community. These grants were awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Community Foundation is proud to assist these quality organizations in making a positive impact in our community.” said Meagan Mathias, Community Leadership Director of the Foundation “The Give to Grant Collaborative streamlines the process of charitable giving and amplifies philanthropic impact by matching dollars from many contributing funds to create a significant outcome for the community. Annually, the Foundation awards grants ranging from $1-3 Million to nonprofits, community organizations, and aspiring college students residing in...

Should you choose to include the Community Foundation in an obituary, we suggest the following verbiage: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of <<Deceased’s Name>> to the: <<Name of Fund>>, c/o Community Foundation of Grant County, 505 West Third Street, Marion, IN 46952. Donations may also be made online at www.GiveToGrant.org/Memorial. (Call or email the Community Foundation for specific link details to other funds.) If a fund has not been established or decided upon at the time of printing the obituary, indicate the Community Foundation Memorial Fund for the time being. We understand there are numerous details to work through when a loved one dies. We will hold donations in that fund for 90 days, giving you time to mourn and process through other responsibilities, until the time is right to decide how best to direct those charitable gifts. After the funeral, connect with the CoFo team to make those decisions. If a decision is not made after 90 days, we will place the donations into our Give To Grant Fund where they will forever support local charitable causes in memory of your loved one. Donation envelopes are also available for funeral services by request....

It can be difficult to engage fundraising activities when the economy is strong, let alone when the economy is shaky. But a challenging financial environment is no time to ease up on managing your fundraising efforts with help from your Board of Directors. As we wrap up FY 2023, consider getting started right away on steps to increase board engagement with fundraising and especially endowment fundraising. Set the tone early Make sure that your first board meeting of the new year includes a segment on fundraising and the status of your endowment, even if your endowment has taken a hit in the rollercoaster stock market. Most endowment funds are down, and it’s much better to be up front with the information than to sweep it under the rug. Everyone is in the same boat, and board members will be expecting this information. Inspire action After the fiscal-year-end 2023 reports are out of the way, jump into a thoughtful and confident discussion about 2023-2024 fundraising. Share with board members that your team is prepared and geared up for an enthusiastic fundraising initiative, starting right now. While other nonprofits may be hunkered down, worried, and reluctant to ask donors for money, you’re not. You know that...

A DAF is a centralized vehicle for charitable giving that makes it easy for donors to dedicate funds to support their favorite nonprofit organization(s). It also provides an operationally convenient and tax-efficient method for donors to manage their charitable giving. With a DAF, charitably inclined individuals, families, and businesses make an irrevocable gift to a public charity that sponsors a donor-advised fund program (like the Community Foundation), and they may even take an immediate tax deduction. Donors can then recommend grants over time to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charities. DAFs also allow donors to approach their charitable giving thoughtfully by involving other family members or colleagues in their philanthropic decisions. Many of our donors give donations of long-term appreciated securities, or (if they're over 70.5) make a Qualified Charitable Distribution from their IRAs, and other assets to fund their DAFs all of which are more "tax-smart" than giving cash. And donors experience tax-free growth on their donation, which could result in more money to support your favorite charitable cause(s)! Here's how it works:  A donor makes an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a Named, Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation. The donation grows through investment and the investment growth is tax-free. The donor recommends...

You see it every day. Two kinds of people are roaming our planet. One type flies by the seat of their pants. They wake up and don’t know exactly what the day will bring. They just see who calls or emails or texts to guide their energy. They have no plans. Life happens to them and they seem just fine with that reactive anti-system. Then you have your planners. They are the ones who have checklists. And the first item on the checklist is ‘make a checklist’. Or they happen to complete some task that wasn’t on the checklist, so they hurry up and write it down so they can gleefully tick it off as complete.  They love a good system and will create one, if needed. And while being hardcore on either side of the planning continuum might not be a healthy best practice, the CoFo team definitely lands on the side of planning our work so we can work our plan. That’s exactly how we completed our last strategic plan one year earlier than projected. Literally, we directed our minutes and our money relentlessly toward achieving our goals. So, then we spent three months working with Wendy Puffer and her awesome...

It’s been several years ago now that my brother-in-law, Mike, retired from the Army. My sister planned this big party and lots of his friends and family drove to their base in Kansas to celebrate this major accomplishment. It was one of those long-weekend events to make the drive worth it, so we planned some additional activities outside of the night of the main event—one was a Hotel Happy Hour. Since Mike’s from Indiana but now lives in Kansas, we wanted to bring him some things that reminded him of home—things that he loved, really missed, and that you just can’t get anywhere else. So, on the first night we all arrived, my husband and I had made a plan with the chef at the hotel to bake some Pizza King pizzas for the Hotel Happy Hour we had for the early arrivers. Since we drove our SUV, we were able to ask Pizza King South in Marion (the best one locally, in my opinion) if they would par-bake a dozen pizzas for us. They obliged, we stashed them in a few coolers in the back of our car and we headed West. I was super excited because Mike can eat! And...

The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce the opening of the Give to Grant Collaborative Grant Cycle. Eligible 501(c) organizations with a general grant request between $2,500 to $10,000 are welcome to apply. 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. Organizations have the option to apply for a crowdfunding grant during this cycle up to $20,000. If approved, organizations have 60 days to match dollar-for-dollar what they requested from the Foundation. The Give to Grant Collaborative Grant Cycle opens April 3rd, and will close May 28th. The online application link can be found by visiting www.GiveToGrant.org/Grants under the tab “Applications and Timelines.” First-time organizational applicants are required to meet with the Community Investment Manager before applying. 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...