What’s Happening

Someone once told me, “If Clorox Bleach, the county fair, and M&M’s could all use your mission statement, then it’s probably not tight enough.”  True enough.  That’s the beauty of the Community Foundation of Grant County.  Our target area is easily defined in our very name…Grant County.  And our mission is true to form:  Connecting people who care with causes that matter.  So, in our little section of the world it’s paramount that we do our best to help the most generous people in our community find the most worthy causes in our community.  I guess we’re like philanthropic matchmakers…not eHarmoney, but pHarmony! So, when we began noticing ‘donation dumpsters’ littering the parking lots all across our community, we thought we should check them out.  Sure, the bins seemed to provide a concrete convenience and their request to feed them with donations pulls at your emotional heartstrings…seems like a match made in heaven, right?  Wrong.  This is what common-day marketers refer to as sticky. The old Trix Cereal campaign from the 1960s (YES, that long ago!) was sticky; Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.  The message sticks with you even after all these years.  Sticky messages are straight forward, yet tug at your...

The Grant County Community Health Profile needs assessment initiative is in full swing. MGH has partnered with Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing to support our data collection efforts to obtain as many surveys from the community as possible. This method will be used as a tool to understand the health and health factors affecting our area. It is imperative that we gather an accurate account of the members of the population who are 18 years of age and older and live, work, or attend school in Grant County. We are excited about this initiative and the possibilities of influencing population health efforts. This research survey is about health and health behaviors. It has been developed so you can tell us about your health and what you do that affects your health. The information you give will be used to improve health care and health education for people like yourself. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete DO NOT write your name on this survey. The answers you give will be kept private. No one will know what you write. Answer the questions honestly. Completing the survey is voluntary. If you are not comfortable answering a question, please complete the response,...

 Community Impact Fund  $1 for $1 Match In August of 2014, Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded the Community Foundation a grant for $1 Million. The stipulation of the gift was to match it with 1.5M additional dollars before March 31, 2016. We met the first $1M with the help of donations to designated funds. As of August 31, 2015, there was only $294,221 left to match for our Lilly Endowment Gift VI Matching Campaign and we will have met the challenge! This is the fund that allows our Board to award grants to the current most pressing community related needs. Donate to the Community Impact Fund before March 31, 2016 and we will match your gift $1 for $1.  That's an immediate 100% return on investment. It's as easy as clicking here and making an online donation to the Community Impact Fund. Contact us with any questions regarding the $1 for $1 match. Click here to learn more about the Community Impact Fund. ...

Scholarship must be accepted by the students before they can be awarded.  The students listed in the link below were offered scholarships in 2016.   Scholarships are awarded annually to Grant County residents seeking to obtain post-secondary education from an accredited college, university, or technical/trade school.  Scholarships are awarded from a variety of criteria including major specific, school specific, and extra-curricular activity specific.   Click below to see to whom the 2016 Community Foundation scholarships were offered.   2016 Scholarship Recipients...

Article by Shelly Jones, Community Foundation Office Coordinator I read this somewhere: "New Year’s resolutions do not exist. It should never take a new year to make you realize you need to change something."  I like that. I have initiated several changes in my life without making a resolution.  In fact, the changes I have made without a resolution are the ones I would consider to have been the most successful or impactful.  It did not take a New Year’s resolution for me to realize I needed a change when I decided to earn my degree at IWU.  Nor when I decided it was time to change careers.  When I marinate over an issue long enough, I make a decision and set my focus in that direction.  No excuses.    “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending” -Carl Sandburg. At some point I made a conscious decision to create a change.  Maybe I didn’t know what the outcome would be or exactly how to go about making that change, but I knew it needed to happen.  I chose to create a brand new ending.  Every day, Community Foundation donors...

But How? We challenge you to participate in ONE INTENTIONAL ACT OF KINDNESS each day until December 31st.  Open the door for someone.  Take your neighbors Christmas cookies.  Make a donation to your favorite charity.  Put someone's cart back in the corral at the grocery store.  Smile. Click here to print your own INTENTIONAL ACTS OF KINDNESS calendar. Remember, new donations to existing endowments can be matched at 50¢ on the $1.00 between August 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 or until the matching cap is committed, whichever comes first.  That means there’s still time to make a year-end gift.  (Click her to donate now!)  Plus, the Community Foundation accepts-and can also match-donations via cash, check, debit/credit card, stock transfer, IRA rollover, and deferred irrevocable gifts. If you have an idea, call us…it might be matchable!...

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. ...

IN 2014 THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TOTALING $587,148 Scholarships are awarded annually to Grant County residents seeking to obtain post-secondary education from an accredited college, university, or technical/trade school.   Scholarships are awarded from a variety of criteria including major specific, school specific, and extra-curricular activity specific.  Click below to see to whom the 2014 Community Foundation scholarships were awarded. 2014 Scholarship Recipients...