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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!   1. ANNUAL GIVING: Board members contribute these resources to support the Foundation's mission of connecting people, resources, and causes to promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County:  Time, Talent, & Treasure 2. LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Board members hold important legal and fiduciary responsibilities. These include: Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, & Duty of Obedience 3. COFO BUSINESS MODEL: The Community Foundation operates based on a comprehensive business model that focuses on three core areas: Asset Development, Grantmaking, & Community Leadership   BEFORE YOU APPLY, PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING:   1. New Board and Committee Member Orientation: Thursday, September 12, 9AM-1PM 2. 2024-25 Board and Committee Meeting Dates and Times 3. Board Member Annual Outreach Expectation Agreement 4. Board and Committee Member Job Description & Responsibilities 5. Our Promises to You & What the Community...

  Planning ahead is the ultimate gift of love for your family. Join us for a Free Advance Planning Seminar on Thursday, April 18th. 11:30 AM - Storey Chapel: 400 E Main St, Gas City 5:30 PM - North Chapel: 1341 N Baldwin Ave, Marion Presented to you by Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral & Cremation Service and the Community Foundation of Grant County. A light meal will be served during each session. Call for more information and to register: 📞 765-664-5030 Reserve your spot today!...

The Community Foundation of Grant County has received a matching fund grant totaling $1.5 million as part of the eighth phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s initiative, Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VIII). This $1.5 million grant includes two matching fund components that will significantly bolster the Foundation’s ability to build financial assets and support charitable activities. Specifically, $1,050,000 will be allocated to enhance the Foundation's unrestricted endowments, known as the Give to Grant funds. These funds provide crucial flexibility to address community needs through strategic grantmaking over time. During the matching period from October 1, 2023, to December 31, 2025, the Endowment will generously provide $2 for every $1 contributed to any new or existing Give to Grant unrestricted endowment. This remarkable matching ratio underscores Lilly Endowment's dedication to maximizing the impact of philanthropic investments in Grant County. In alignment with strategic priorities, the Foundation has also designated $450,000 of the matching fund grant to support initiatives targeting childhood poverty, a systemic issue in the county. The Endowment will provide $1 for every $1 raised by the Community Foundation for projects and programs related to Thriving Grant County, Thriving Mill Township during the matching period. Dawn Brown, President/CEO of the Community Foundation, expressed...

In a landmark collaboration, the Community Foundation of Grant County and United Way of Grant County have announced a strategic partnership to amplify funding opportunities for local non-profit organizations. For the first time, the Community Foundation will channel a portion of their Give to Grant Cycle funds into United Way's Community Investment funding process. This innovative approach will expand the pool of resources available to agencies, enhancing the impact on the community's health, education, and financial stability. The Community Foundation of Grant County will now integrate these funds with United Way's Community Investment process. This integration is designed to streamline and enhance the support system for local non-profits by leveraging United Way's meticulous investment process, where a diverse committee of community members reviews, interviews, and evaluates agency funding applications. Dawn Brown, President/Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation of Grant County, shared her excitement about the partnership: "We are delighted to join forces with United Way of Grant County, uniting our resources to foster greater impact in the community. This collaboration not only enlarges the funding available to local agencies but also utilizes United Way's comprehensive investment process to ensure these funds are allocated where they can be most effective." LeeAnna Smith, Executive...

The Community Foundation of Grant County announces an extension of the deadline for the 2024 scholarship application due to unforeseen delays with the processing of the Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The first step of the universal scholarship application submission process has been extended to March 31, 2024, to accommodate this delay. Hannah Yopp, Scholarship Solutions Manager at the Community Foundation, emphasized the impact on local students, stating, "First and foremost, these changes impact local students. While the FAFSA process is out of our control, we are always prioritizing students and their needs. We want to ensure that students will be considered for as many Community Foundation scholarships as possible. We appreciate the patience of everyone involved in our scholarship program as we adapt to the changes this year." The Foundation uses information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and college choice to paint an applicant’s full financial picture. Yopp further explained, "The Foundation uses information from FAFSA and college choice to determine an applicant’s financial need, ensuring students are not being over-scholared. This allows our limited scholarship funds to go even further in assisting more students in their pursuit of higher education." Due to the...

In a significant boost to the local nonprofit sector, the Community Foundation of Grant County recently announced the distribution of more than $260,500 in grants to 64 deserving organizations. These grants were awarded from endowment funds established at the Foundation to serve as a vital resource for supporting charitable organizations across the community. The grants were awarded from designated funds, tailored to provide essential operating support for specific nonprofit organizations. Whether established by the nonprofit or by compassionate donors, these funds signify a commitment to provide a permanent source of support for organizations and charitable causes that hold profound importance. This year’s designated fund grants range from approximately $260 to exceeding $27,000. Each year, a portion of each fund’s growth is distributed through a grant and a portion is retained for continued growth. Earnings provide an additional source of annual income for the nonprofit organizations. Depending on the donor’s intent, the grants will be used for much-needed operating support or for a specific purpose within the organization(s). As a result, they contribute significantly to the ongoing activities and missions of the recipient organizations. Dawn Brown, president and CEO of the Community Foundation, emphasized the foresight and dedication of both donors and nonprofits in...

The Community Foundation of Grant County has received a $60,000 planning grant as part of the eighth phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s initiative, Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VIII). With the grant, the Community Foundation will leverage the Collective Impact Framework as a strategic initiative to bring together cross-sector partners, nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses to work towards a common agenda focused on collaborative community-building to address child poverty and related issues. In 2015, Grant County ranked No. 1 in the state of Indiana for the percentage of children living in poverty. That above-the-fold headline was the catalyst that led partners to work together to seek solutions resulting in the formation of a supporting organization for the Community Foundation of Grant County called Thriving Grant County, Thriving Mill Township. “Thriving is a collective impact initiative driven by residents who are imagining a brighter future,” said Dawn Brown, president/CEO of the Community Foundation of Grant County. “Through the execution of the collective impact method of community-building, we have learned the importance of doing things ‘with people’ and not ‘to people’. This is why we’d like to continue utilizing this approach with our Phase I Planning Grant.” The Community Foundation of Grant County is...

The East Central Indiana region of Grant County, Blackford County, and Jay County has received a $60,000 planning grant as part of the eighth phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s initiative, Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VIII). With the grant, the partnership between the Community Foundation of Grant County, the Blackford County Community Foundation, and The Portland Foundation will join forces to tackle critical workforce challenges and enhance opportunities for students in the region. The collaboration, driven by shared concerns over the aging workforce and economic disparities, aims to prepare 4,623 students in grades 7-12 for successful careers. The regional partnership is one of 92 community foundations and affiliate funds in Indiana receiving planning grants through GIFT VIII. These grants are designed to help community foundations collaborate with local partners to engage broad and diverse stakeholders in their communities and deepen their understanding of their communities’ highest-priority challenges and opportunities. In 2024, the community foundation partnership will have the opportunity to request funding to implement strategic initiatives and activities developed during the planning period that address especially compelling needs in the East Central Region. The joint planning initiative, facilitated by Project Leadership, seeks to bridge the gap between education and employment. By...

Lilly Endowment Inc. has launched the eighth phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative, allocating up to $210 million to help Indiana community foundations strengthen the quality of life in the towns, cities and counties they serve. The GIFT initiative is based upon Lilly Endowment’s longstanding belief that community foundations are uniquely positioned to play central roles in building the prosperity of communities throughout Indiana. Through this new GIFT phase (GIFT VIII) Lilly Endowment has invited the Community Foundation of Grant County and other eligible Indiana community foundations to participate in three funding opportunities designed to help them grow their financial resources to enhance their effectiveness and promote long-term viability; further strengthen their abilities to lead on important community priorities; encourage board engagement; and support and develop strategic efforts to enhance quality of life in their communities. The grant opportunities include: • Matching Fund Grants, which will enable community foundations to develop unrestricted assets, implement projects and programs that address community needs, and build their internal capacity. Lilly Endowment has allocated up to $135.3 million for this opportunity. • Community Leadership Grants, which will enable community foundations to continue to seek input from a diverse range of community stakeholders and,...

FreeWill makes it easy and convenient to create your last will and testament. Despite the critical role that estate planning plays in safeguarding one's legacy and providing for loved ones, nearly 67% of Americans still do not have an up-to-date will. This information serves as a reminder that taking action on estate planning is essential for individuals and their families. Estate planning is the process of leaving comprehensive instructions for managing various aspects of life, including finances, healthcare decisions, and more. These plans govern asset management, future care preferences, and the charitable legacies individuals wish to leave behind. Additionally, estate planning simplifies the probate process, appoints guardians for minors and pets, prevents conflicts over asset distribution among loved ones, and facilitates charitable gifts. Key components of an effective estate plan include personal identification documents, last will and testament, revocable living trust, beneficiary designations, advance health care directives, financial power of attorney, deeds or titles, and funeral instructions and wishes. Contrary to common misconceptions, estate planning is not limited to the wealthy. It is a crucial step for individuals from all financial backgrounds. As over $80 trillion is projected to pass from today's older generations to their heirs in the next two decades, the importance of...