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(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...

Moonshot: An extremely ambitious project or mission undertaken to achieve a monumental goal. Most people know the famous quote from Neil Armstrong when he landed on the moon, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It is noteworthy! But, there were many words spoken and actions taken to get him to that small step and that giant leap. Plans were made! In 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.”  Without his vision for a better tomorrow, resources wouldn’t have been dedicated to creating the bright future we’re enjoying today. We went from a black and white past to a future filled with vibrant colors and endless possibilities. Then, in 1962, he said, “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard.” Those words are just as true today as they ever were. Kennedy knew how to plan the work and work the plan. The future you want for the next generation doesn’t just happen, you have...

I sent this text to my friend Jennifer earlier this week that said, “Two words: High Drate.”  Ok, I was being a bit dramatic. But in my defense, we had just watched the penultimate episode of This is Us. And after a 6-season emotional roller coaster ride, saying our final farewells to the Pearson family (a family that somehow feels like our own family) has not been easy on our hearts, our hydration, or our mascara. Now, don’t worry, no spoilers here. But if you watch and need someone to talk it out with, let’s go to lunch! However, there is one common thread that has been sewn into the show’s tapestry since season one and that one is all about lemonade. Lemonade, that cool refreshing drink. Dr. K delivered the Pearson triplets on the show and he was credited with a quote that he passed on to the Pearson family that always resonated with me, but especially this week. It goes like this:  “Sometimes you have to take the sourest lemon life has to offer and turn it into something resembling lemonade.” That really hit home this week as a huge group of amazing, dedicated, passionate, and capable community leaders attended an...

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 $63,680 was awarded in grants to eight local organizations along with $40,000 to two 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 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 swing sets and dog parks to gardens and special events, the Foundation funds a variety of causes that...

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="2022-23 BOARD/COMMITTEE MEMBER APPLICATION" link="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TNV6QRY"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

Did you know…you can satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) while saving taxes and supporting local charitable causes? This is an excellent opportunity to make a gift during your lifetime from an asset that could be subject to multiple levels of taxation if it remains in your taxable estate. The RMD is the smallest amount account holders must withdraw from their plans each year once they reach retirement. If you fail to meet your RMD, the amount not withdrawn could be taxed at 50%. If you have an RMD on your own account or an inherited account, donating to charity is a great option. Your required withdrawal will be included in your taxable income and cannot be rolled into other tax-deferred accounts. However, donating your RMD to a charitable organization like the Community Foundation is a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) and will not be taxed up to $100,000 per person. Tax benefits aside, earmarking this income for charity is a great way to begin or expand your giving portfolio to support the causes you care about. Are you 70 ½ or older? Do you have an RMD? Have you thought about how much your distribution will be this year from your account and...

We are excited to announce the Launch of our new Fund Contact Portal to provide our fundholders with an enhanced user experience! This new system will now offer more timely access to important information about your fund.  We’re confident this tool will help us to continue providing excellent customer service and advance our Mission of connecting people, resources, and causes to promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County. We have assembled this quick-reference guide to introduce the basics of the new Fund Contact Portal.  As always, please know the CoFo Crew stands ready to answer any questions you might have. Step 1. Establishing Your Password You will receive an email from “no-reply@fcsuite.com” with a custom invitation link to create your account in the Fund Contact Portal. Check your spam folder if you don’t see the email. And if you don’t have an email address listed on file with us, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to set this up for you. Once you click on the invitation link in the email, you will be prompted to create a password of your choice. If you do not receive an email to access the system, but would like a...

Every day at the Community Foundation of Grant County, individuals and families create lasting impact for the betterment of our community by ensuring their generosity will benefit generations to come through endowment. The cornerstone of this endeavor is a sound investment and spending policy that centers around sustainability. Throughout calendar year 2021, the Community Foundation saw an astounding investment return of 12.3%. Coupled with the generosity of our donors, that resulted in a total market value of $34.2 million in assets as of December 31, 2021. “To be sure, the dollar figures are impressive. But even that pales in comparison to the serious impact those dollars mean to the community,” Community Foundation Chief Financial Officer, Sherri Rush, said. “Every charitable organization with an endowment at the Community Foundation benefits from the sound guidance of the Foundation’s finance and investment committee, leading to more dollars for organizations serving Grant County.” For a charitable organization, an endowment at the Community Foundation is like having their own private granting fund, and the larger the fund, the larger the grant received every year. Since 1984, local charitable organizations have benefited from the hard work of building these endowments, resulting in nearly $14.5 million distributed by their endowments...

“Some people swear there’s no beauty left in the world, no magic. Then, how do you explain the entire world coming together on one night to celebrate the hope of a new year?”, so says Hillary Swank as Claire Morgan in the movie New Year’s Eve. I’m a sucker for a rom-com, but an ensemble rom-com like this one, wherein the characters intertwine in each other’s lives, weaving a tapestry by the end of the movie that makes you feel like you’re wearing your most comfortable weekend sweats. All the plots, literally, twist! Ahhh, it just makes you feel so good. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ve needed to call in the reserves lately for all things that bring tidings of comfort and joy. Thus, why I just adored everything that Betty White, the classic girl next door, ever did. She was like a hug wrapped in laughter—an amazing combo, don’t you think? And also why it was so heartbreaking to hear that Betty died on New Year’s Eve—can we just call this National Betty White Day from now on? She would have celebrated her 100th birthday on January 17, 2022. As these two plots twisted in my mind, I...

Those of you who have followed my blog for years know the up-and-down roller coaster I’ve been on by having a son in the Army.  It seemed crazy to be sending our 17-year-old off to fight for his country right out of high school.  It felt surreal when a short two years later we were mailing Christmas presents to Afghanistan.  But this year is different! Last month, Dalton got his honorable discharge from the Army and is now back home. PTL!  So, I get to enjoy a Christmas with all three Brown men this year. To say that I’m overjoyed would be an understatement. What’s above Cloud 9?  Is it Cloud 10?  Because that’s where I am! But one detriment to having Dalton home is that now he and my husband can make fun of my Christmas obsession with Hallmark movies.  They are relentless in their teasing.  Questions like, ‘So, is the lead character’s name Nick, Chris, or Holly in this one?” or “Have they had the misunderstanding yet?”  Ok, ok, I know that Hallmark has approximately 16 actors, five settings, and one plotline—but I don’t care!  These happily-ever-after, predictable, feel-good movies make me happy! In fact, I recently found a...