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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 If you fail to meet your RMD, the amount not withdrawn could be taxed at 50%.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...

[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]The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. challenged organizations to propose a plan that will deepen their relationship with another organization. The organizations selected will take part in a three-year capacity-building program with a grant component. This cohort style will not only provide opportunities for members to deepen relationships between their partnering organizations, but with all the organizations in the cohort, including the Community Foundation. The concept of “third path” comes from the book Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. We’ve all experienced crises, some worse than others. Will we go back to “normal,” will we regress? Or will we use the opportunity to take the third path—one that leads from setback to resilience. The beauty and uniqueness of the Third Path Cohort Program comes from the support and capacity-building experiences provided to the grantees.[vc_empty_space height="42px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="center" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][button target="_self" hover_type="enlarge" text_align="center" link="https://givetogrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Relationship-Spectrum-Copywritten.pdf" text="Relationship Spectrum"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][button target="_self" hover_type="enlarge" text_align="center" link="https://givetogrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Third-Path-Cohort-Guidelines.pdf" text="Third Path Guidelines"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][button target="_self" hover_type="enlarge" text_align="center" link="https://givetogrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Third-Path-Cohort-FAQ.pdf" text="Third Path FAQ"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="42px"][vc_separator type="normal"][vc_empty_space height="42px"][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner] The organizations selected to participate in the 2021-23 Third Path Cohort include: [/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="42px"][/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" z_index=""][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text] Carey Services to incorporate the...

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...

[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] 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.[/vc_column_text][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="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="1/12"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="22450" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]Donors plant the seed by making gifts to the Foundation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="22451" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]Those gifts are invested; the value grows.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="22452" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]That endowment income awards grants to charitable causes in our community.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/12"][/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="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] 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...

The one thing that outlives us all is the legacy we leave behind. Call us to find out how you can join those who have already given through the Community Foundation using their wills, trusts, & estate plans. Your life isn’t generic. Your legacy shouldn’t be either. Watch the below to find out how you can leave your legacy in Grant County. ...

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 26 National Standards in five 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,...

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...