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Independent Colleges of Indiana is pleased to introduce 31 Answers to Your Questions About College, a new web-portal where students can find relevant information about college, as well as qualify for a $5,000 college scholarship. The 31 Answers portal is aimed at helping students navigate the college preparation and selection process with a special emphasis on the affordability of private colleges in Indiana. Each weekday, from Monday, September 19, to Monday, October 31, ICI will post a frequently-asked question about college (see list attached) on the portal at www.indianacolleges31.org. Each question will be answered by representatives from ICI’s member institutions via videos created on their campus. Alongside these videos will be English and Spanish transcriptions and additional supplemental web resources. Additionally, the website and all its contents will stay up after the campaign ends for students and their families to refer to. At the end of the campaign, students who have followed along can enter into a drawing to receive one of two, $5,000-Wilhelm Construction 31 Answers Scholarships, sponsored by F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc., an ICI Corporate Partner. The scholarship contest will be open to current 8th-12th grade students. Awards can be used at any one of Indiana’s 31 private, nonprofit...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Listed below are 24 unrestricted funds. Unrestricted funds are the funds in which our Board Members use to make discretionary grants every year. They determine what grants to make based on what the most pressing needs are in the community currently. Our recent research, done through meetings, SWOT analysis, and community surveys tells us that Grant County has opportunities to improve on the following: • Decrease Child Poverty • Recruit Jobs • Improve Leadership • Establish Overarching Vision • Improve University Involvement in the Community • Establish a Communal Identity This means that by donating to one of these funds you will allow our board to award grants towards some of the most critical charitable causes in our community. Several of these funds are named after the family or organization that established the fund. Each fund originated by donors who knew the importance of an unrestricted fund for our community.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

What is required of a Scholarship Reviewer? First, every reviewer must sign the Family Disclosure and Recusal Form to begin the process.  This is a simple form that asks if any of your family members are in the pool of potential scholarship nominees for a particular Community Foundation scholarship opportunity.  This form allows us to assign applicants to you for review by eliminating any conflict of interest. Second, our application process is all done online.  This is great for you because the review process is done online as well.  You can review from the comfort of your own home on a snowy day, wrapped in a nice warm blanket, wearing your house slippers, and sipping hot chocolate.  We won't judge! Also, we are using a new online software system that makes the entire scholarship process more user-friendly for everyone involved.  Yeah Technology!  But if you do run in to trouble and just can't quite get it, send us an email or give us a quick call.  We would be more than happy to help you. Finally, what does the actual review process look like after signing the recusal form? It's a simple 4-step process: Log on to the website Read the criteria for the scholarship Review the student's information Score the list of students We so appreciate...

Give Where You Live.  That's what it's all about right?  If you are a donor at the Community Foundation, you know how easy it is to give where you live.  You understand the significant impact your gift makes in Grant County when you donate to the Foundation. Here at the Foundation, we believe donating should be easy.  Our job is to connect people who care with causes that matter—and to make that connection as simple as possible. If you are not yet a Community Foundation donor you may be asking, how can I donate?  How can I give where I live?  It's super easy! Listed here are three easy ways to donate at the Community Foundation: Stop by the office with your cash or check made payable to the Community Foundation. Mail your check to the Foundation office at 505 West Third Street Marion, Indiana 46952. Donate online at GiveToGrant.org/Marketplace. And, what’s equally easy and amazing when making these cash donations is that you can dedicate your gift to anyone you know or love.  Donations can also be made in honor of or in memory of a special person.  Whether the occasion is happy or sad, making a donation in someone’s name is a nice tribute.  These donations will help to create a lasting legacy for the future...

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming! That’s one of my favorite movie lines by none other than Dory from Finding Nemo. No doubt, there has been more than a few times I’ve repeated that line to myself in the past 3 ½ year. It was at that time I was promoted to the position of Executive Director at the Community Foundation. It was also at the time when I learned that my current position of Development Manager wouldn’t be filled. The staff was shrinking from 5 to 4, but the workload remained the same. That’s the definition of bittersweet for sure. But, we had a job to do and with fewer people to get it all done, there was no time to waste. So, we just kept swimming. And, not just any kind of swimming. I’m talking Michael-Phelps-Gold-Medal-Winning-Olympic-Swimming. And, it worked. Over the past 3 ½ years, we’ve increased the number of donors, number of donations, and overall donation amounts significantly. Above I’ve compared 2013 results to both 2014 and 2015 to show the impressive increases. Additionally, since Lilly Endowment was so generous in 2014 with their $1,000,000 gift and matching opportunity and knowing how that type of donation can really...

In September 2014, the Community Foundation of Grant County awarded grants totaling $55,408. Cardinal Greenway, Inc.  $10,000 -  Correct a massive Deer Creek and Cardinal Greenway bank erosion problem Hands of Hope/Family Service Society, Inc. $5,800 -  To assist Grant County victims of domestic violence     Grant County Stand Down $3,500 -  Grant County Veterans Stand Down Gas City Rescue Squad $10,000 -  Replace our out-dated rescue equipment Mississinewa Valley Band  $9,608 -  Music Equipment Purchase Gilead Ministries $6,500 -  New copier  Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired, Inc $10,000 -  Property repairs Click here to learn more about Community Foundation grant guidelines and deadlines. ...

CF Board Members, This is where you will come to find all of the Foundation's General Board Member information like Agendas, Minutes and Announcements. To the right you'll find the a list of committees that you belong to this year.  Please click on those specific committees to find Agendas, Minutes, and Announcements at the Committee level. We are hopeful that this new online portal will help you to find all of the materials that you need to be prepared for any Board or Committee Meeting.  If there is anything else we could add to this site that would enhance your experience as a Foundation Board Member, please let us know.  ~Dawn...

The Foundation gives more than $55,000 to local organizations By Mishele Wright mdwright@chronicle-tribune.com www.chronicle-tribune.com The Community Foundation of Grant County awarded more than $55,000 in grants during the month of September. According to Program Manager Ashley McKnight, organizations that received the funding were: Cardinal Greenway, Inc. $10,000 to correct a massive Deer Creek and Cardinal Greenway bank erosion problem. Hands of Hope/Family Service Society, Inc. $5,800 to help assist Grant County victims of domestic violence. Grant County Stand Down $3,500 to help with costs for Grant County Veterans Stand Down. Gas City Rescue Squad $10,000 to replace outdated rescue equipment. Mississinewa Valley Band $9,608 to purchase music equipment. Gilead Ministries $6,500 for a new copier. Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired, Inc. $10,000 for property repairs. Linda Taylor, director of Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired, said she was overjoyed to get the money, which will be used to help clean up the exterior of the property, located at 2301 S. Adams St. The retaining wall around the parking lot and in front of the building needs redone, and the parking lot needs repaved. Some of the grant money has already been spent on removing bushes on the side of the building, which had been difficult to maintain. “Our building...