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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...

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...

Serving as a board member is one of the most challenging and rewarding of volunteer assignments; especially with a community foundation—we are amazingly complex. So, our team thanks you for considering a position with one of the best non-profit organizations in all of Grant County! While appointment to a board is an honor, board members also have important legal and fiduciary responsibilities. There are three things you'll need to know before you consider serving as a Board Member or Committee Member of the Community Foundation—like a TRIDENT!   [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_empty_space][/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" el_class="center"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] 1. Annual Giving: Time, Talent, & Treasure [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3" el_class="center"][vc_column_text] 2. Legal Responsibilities: Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, Duty of Obedience [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] 3. Business Model: Asset Development, Grantmaking, Community Leadership [/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" el_class="center"][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3" el_class="center"][vc_empty_space height="64px"][button size="medium" target="_self" hover_type="default" text_align="center" text="2021-22 BOARD/COMMITTEE MEMBER APPLICATION" link="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFBoardApp"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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...

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...

We’re your new neighbor! And we wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves to you. We are Thriving Grant County, Thriving Mill Township. Through Collective Impact, we work to address complex social issues through cross-sector participation within three networks: Community Development, Family Well-Being, and Talent Pipeline. This is the core of our mission.  We’re not a moment but a movement! Collective Impact is a process that enables communities to address complex social issues such as education, poverty, and health. As the name implies, it takes the collective effort of community stakeholders to make an impact on such problems. “Collective Impact” is not just another name for “collaboration,” it requires communities to meet these five specific conditions for achieving success: 1) a common agenda, 2) shared measurements, 3) collaborative action, 4) continuous communication, and 5) backbone support. It provides missing ingredients that often cause efforts at collaboration to fail. In 2015, we learned that Grant County was #1 in childhood poverty in the State of Indiana. This was devastating news. After years of steadfast work and with the support of our donors, we are thrilled to announce that Grant County has now moved down to 7th. The Kids Count Data shows that...

I grew up on Schoolhouse Rock. Those quippy tunes like Interjections taught me: “Interjections (Hey!) show excitement (Yow!) or emotion (Ouch!). They're generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point or by a comma when the feeling's not as strong. Mmhmm…” 🎶 I learned how a bill becomes law after I’m Just a Bill sang: “When I started, I wasn't even a bill, I was just an idea … so they called their local Congressman and he said, "You're right, there oughta be a law." Then he sat down and wrote me out and introduced me to Congress. And I became a bill, and I'll remain a bill until they decide to make me a law.” 🎶 They’re silly songs, but the information has stayed with me all these years—And I’ve gotta say, if I could write a Schoolhouse Rock tune, I would write about how a fund at the Community Foundation becomes a grant and how you can be involved (Hurray!). How a fund becomes a grant: We all work hard for our money, so investing it wisely is important—even when it comes to charitable giving. As a donor, you might even wonder how a donation to your fund can help...

It’s true, we go together like one of the very best punctuation symbols combined with the number three—that’s right, the less than sign (<) &  3. Put them together and you get love—<3. And, good golly, do we love our donors—that’s you! Thank you so much for your generosity in 2020. While it was a difficult year for us all, it was amazing of you to step up bigtime to bolster our grantmaking! We’ve never needed your generosity more—and, wow, did you rally! Our combined donations allowed us to help those who needed it most—the local non-profits who serve the most marginalized citizens in Grant County. We helped friends & neighbors who were hit hardest by the Coronavirus due to illness, furloughs, food insecurity, lack of available childcare, & many more negative ripple effects caused by the disease. Because of you, we were able to distribute $1,902,791 in grants last year—the largest grantmaking year in the 36-year history of the Foundation.  As we keep proving year-after-year, there is no better combo than the Foundation & You! Finally, many of you look forward to our new theme each year. We choose to explain philanthropy through the lens of a good metaphor. It makes...

What seems like long ago in a land far away, when our boys were very young, they used to ask before every game, “Mom, who are we versing?” It was so adorable that we never told them that versing wasn’t really a word. It was so innocent that we definitely never told them that they would be versing things all their life—on and off the fields and courts. Which reminds me…yes, I know there was a big game this week. Admittedly, I did not know who was versing who until my friend Mary donned a sporty red jersey on Friday in her support of the ‘non-Tom Brady team’—I think that’s how she put it. And, trust me, even as unsporty as I truly am, my Hoosier upbringing educated me on the wholehearted support of any team playing against New England—which for many years meant Tom Brady specifically. Outside of cheering against the Patriots, my sports acumen basically boils down to (a) clicking on anything I see online about Peyton Manning, (b) enjoying classic John Wooden quotes, and (c) reading any article my friend Jack sends me that’s printed in what he calls ‘the section of the newspaper that I don’t...