17 Nov Celebrating Community Support
The Community Foundation of Grant County joins more than 1,000 other community foundations across America to mark Community Foundation Week, set this year for Nov. 12 to 18. Our goal in participating is to raise awareness about the role of philanthropy and to foster local collaborations and innovations to address persistent civic and economic challenges in our community.
Launched Nov. 12, 1989, through a proclamation by former President George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout the nation and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address community challenges. The first community foundation was established in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Community foundations in Indiana alone made more than $194 million in grants in 2020 and held more than $4.3 billion in assets. Your Community Foundation of Grant County manages more than $28.5 million in assets. Last year, it awarded $1.12 million in grants and scholarships.
Former Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson once described the role of community foundations this way: “Community foundations in Indiana play a key role in identifying and solving problems across our state. Each foundation has an in-depth knowledge of local concerns, which enables them to effectively address the root of many issues. They are the drivers of community enhancements and push our state forward.”
The Community Foundation of Grant County tries to live up to that description through our prudent stewardship of gifts, our annual grant-making cycles, and our leadership involvement in the community.
Since its founding in 1984, the Community Foundation of Grant County has awarded more than $24 million in grants to local organizations and scholarships to hundreds of students to help them pursue their educational dreams.
The foundation is an advocate for local philanthropy, providing opportunities for donors to make a difference in their own unique ways through charitable giving. Gifts that can keep on giving, perpetually. The foundation celebrates the rich past of Grant County and looks to a bright future.
Our team and board of directors, made up of 20 individuals from throughout Grant County, invite you to explore our website, www.givetogrant.org. You’ll access a wealth of information about our organization, our current funds, our grant cycles and how you, too, can become a donor and help make a difference.
Our work — funded through the gifts of people like you — help make a difference in the lives of countless people across Grant County.
As we enter the giving season, millions of people from every background will be looking to give back to the communities that have supported them. They’ll also look to ensure their heartfelt giving — however they choose to give — will have the most impact. And a lasting impact. That’s why so many of them will choose to give to a community foundation.
A gift to your local community foundation is an investment in the future of your community. At the Community Foundation of Grant County, we don’t think about the next election or business cycle. We think about the next generation and the next after that. Give us a call at 765-662-0065 to learn more about how we can help you meet your charitable goals.