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Greetings from Indiana Wesleyan University. The end of the 2017 summer is quickly approaching, which means it won’t be long before a new class of students will be trekking their way to IWU for New Student Orientation. NSO Week is an exciting and beneficial time, not only for our freshmen but also for the surrounding Marion and Grant County community. On September 1, 2017, we will be sending out 97 groups of students and staff to compete service projects. As our school celebrates its 97th year of Christ-centered learning and living, we plan to start out the year in ministry, but we need your help! Finding a place for 97 different groups to serve is a daunting project. We are asking you to help us in identifying the needs of our community and/or within your organization, so together we might make our little corner of the world as joy-filled as possible. Here are some bullet points to keep in mind while thinking on the service projects you may be able to supply us with: Each team will consist of 4 - 8 students along with at least one IWU staff leader. Projects will make a difference in a neighborhood, for a...

What could one kernel of grain do for Grant County? Since the Community Foundation was established in 1984, over $16.8 million has been paid back to our community in the form of grants and scholarships! And because of the Community Foundation’s endowment, these grants and scholarships will continue to be awarded each year to worthy causes in our community, forever. Donors plant the seed by making gifts to the Foundation. Those gifts are invested; the value grows. That endowment income awards grants to charitable causes in our community.   As you consider ways to give back to our community, please consider a gift of grain. Why the Grant County Farmers’ Fund? Gifts to the Community Foundation’s Grant County Farmers’ Fund are utilized to support programs, equipment, materials, and resources for local nonprofit agencies and our community’s residents. These dollars do more than just purchase needed resources: they bring people together, provide safety, serve those less fortunate, create recreational opportunities, improve aesthetics, and bring life and love to the word “community”. Donations given locally invest in our community. Your gift of grain will leave a legacy in Grant County that will live on forever!  How does it work? In order to be IRS compliant, you must transfer the grain...

Measuring & Communicating Impact: Implementing Results-Based Accountability June 5-9, 2017 (10 am - 3:00 pm local time) Want to learn ways to better measure and communicate your impact? Join our 2017 Regional Forums taking place at five locations throughout Indiana, June 5-9. The program is designed for both funders and their grantees who are interested in achieving measurable results and increasing their impact within a community and/or organization. Each regional forum is led by Lisa Osterman of Community Solutions, Inc., who will provide a walkthrough of the Results-Based Accountability ™ (RBA) framework and how to apply it to specific work you are doing (or contemplating doing) in your community. Funders & their grantees will explore: A practical understanding of the principles of RBA. How to use the RBA framework to measure results and communicate impact. How to develop common language around: results, indicators, baselines, and performance measures. How funders and grantees can use language discipline and data to work more effectively. LOCATIONS June 5: Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne June 6: Northwest Indiana, Merrillville June 7: Central Indiana, Fishers June 8: Southwest Indiana, Huntingburg June 9: Southeast Indiana, Scottsburg WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Indiana foundations, grantmakers, and giving programs of all types are encouraged to attend and should invite community partners (grantees, nonprofit agencies,...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ItsHappeningInGrantCounty.com Launches Today (MARION, IN) May 23rd, 2017 – Ever wondered what’s going on in Grant County? Have you exhausted yourself looking at multiple calendars from media outlets while trying to discover what’s out there to do? Well, now there’s a solution to the confusion and overlap…an inclusive system to see events happening in Grant County. And you’ll be amazed at what all is really happening. ItsHappeningInGrantCounty.com was established by multiple organizations within Grant County who care about informing the community and visitors of the huge array of events going on, but also about keeping event organizers informed of other scheduled events in order to prevent conflicts with other similar events. After a two-week social media soft launch, today is the official launch of ItsHappeningInGrantCounty.com, an interactive community calendar that enables the community to submit and find events of broad interest. ItsHappeningInGrantCounty.com is a free tool for the public to promote community events and activities, and is specifically designed to house information about special events and public meetings. The calendar may be used to promote educational, social, cultural, or recreational events in Grant County, Indiana that are open to the general public, sponsored by non-profit, civic, social, charitable, fraternal...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] January Grant Cycle [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Gilead Ministries - Upgrade online giving platform, Network For Good; $4,200[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]White's Residential & Family Services - Growing Teens for Life: initiative which seeks to equip adolescents with skills to maintain future employment; $1,000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Grace House for Transition and Recovery - Better-Equipped: initiative to support maintenance projects using skillsets of the men in Grace House; $5,000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Hoosier Shakes - Launch Hoosier Shakes, Inc. by bringing Shakespeare to Marion and Grant County; $5,000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] March Grant Cycle [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Grant County Rescue Mission - Renovate third floor of the Grant County Rescue Mission's main shelter; $10,000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Gas City Concerts in the Park - Indiana Artist Series; $10,000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Upland Parks Advisory Board - Upland Park Renovations; $3,209[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] May Grant Cycle [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Marion Community Gardens Association - Installation of an irrigation system in the Curfman Community Garden; $4,000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Cancer Services of Grant County - Breast Education Screen Survival (BESS) Program; $5,000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Science Central - Science4U, Science Central's school outreach program (Grant County Elementary and Middle Schools); $5,000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] July Grant Cycle [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Storm Lifeline, Inc. - Start-up costs of the organization; $5,000[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]St. Martin Community Center - Provide training in basic computational thinking skills to the children who visit St. Martin Community Center; $4,041[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

The Community Foundation of Grant County has recently been re-accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®—the highest standards for philanthropic excellence. We work to connect people who care with causes that matter. National Standards says that we meet the most rigorous standards in philanthropy and is a promise to our community that we’ll continue to do this good work together, right here in Grant County. National Standards is not mandatory. We chose to go above and beyond by affirming our commitment to excellence and accountability. Our accreditation provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place. In short, it means we meet the highest standards for local giving. To receive accreditation with National Standards, The Community Foundation of Grant County submitted our policies and procedures to a rigorous review of 41 National Standards in six key areas of community foundation operations, including donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. For more information about National Standards, visit www.cfstandards.org....

We Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jinglin’ with Santa Grants for Grant County Nonprofit Organizations Santa Claus is coming to Grant County Nonprofits. But he wants to hear from YOU! Write a letter to Santa’s Elves at The Community Foundation for your chance to Deck the Halls for our local 501c3 charitable organizations. Now through noon on Monday, December 12th, we invite you to write a letter to Santa about a Grant County nonprofit you believe is making a difference in our community. Be sure to tell Santa in your letter, the name of the organization, the organization’s contact information, the impact they make in our community, and why they are important to the future of Grant County. To qualify, the organization must be a 501c3 charitable organization that benefits Grant County. Letters must be received by noon on Monday, December 12th at the Community Foundation of Grant County Office, located at 505 West Third Street, Marion, Indiana 46952. Santa’s Elves will make early deliveries of Santa Grants on Friday, December 16th. Announcements will be made on the Community Foundation’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), the website (www.GiveToGrant.org), and to local media outlets. If you have any questions about this grant opportunity,...