A Gift to Grant County

Happy 35th Birthday, Community Foundation!—08/20/1984

A Gift to Grant County

Thank you to those of you that joined us for $0.35 sundaes from The Eis Wagon in celebration of the Community Foundation’s 35th Birthday! If you haven’t heard by now, for our 35th Birthday, we gave a gift to Grant County—an interactive mural!

HERE’S THE SCOOP ON THE MURAL: 
Hand-stained by the Community Foundation Team, with help from an amazing local artist, Allison Mast-Saathoff, they dreamt up this intentional, interactive street art, or in our case, alley art.  Whimsical art like this brings an added splash of color downtown, while also creating a destination for anyone seeking pictures of some fun art for their social media pages or their scrapbook.

The Foundation hopes the community enjoys each vignette as much as the team enjoyed bringing the idea to fruition in six short days.

35 Daisies: 35th Birthday 
The Community Foundation was established on August 20, 1984. To commemorate the Foundation’s 35th Birthday, the team painted 35 daisies, the world’s friendliest flower, to represent every year of the Foundation’s existence. Shelly Jones, Development Manager noted: “You have to stop and smell the flowers every once in a while. But watch out for those cute little bumble bees!

27 Raindrops: Assets Grew to $27 Million
This year the Foundation’s assets hit an all-time high of $27 Million. The 27 raindrops in the mural represent this incredible milestone.

20 Daisy Leaves: $20 Million in Grantmaking
In the Foundation’s 35 years, more than $20 Million was given back to Grant County through grantmaking efforts. The 20 daisy leaves are a nod to this major accomplishment.

Polka-dotted Turtle: Lilly Endowment Inc. GIFT VII Match 
We had to take advantage of that silly tree that interfered with our fence installation.  It’s created the perfect spot for our turtle, adorned with seven polka-dots as a thank you to Lilly Endowment Inc. for the seven GIFTs that they have generously donated to the Community Foundation through the years. Lilly’s current gift provides a match for our Give to Grant Funds that we use to make all those grants we’ve talked about.  Donate $1 and we’ll match it with $2 for any new Give to Grant unrestricted fund donation.” Shelly Jones, Development Manager.

Polka-dotted Turtle: Lilly Endowment Inc. GIFT VII Match 
We had to take advantage of that silly tree that interfered with our fence installation.  It’s created the perfect spot for our turtle, adorned with seven polka-dots as a thank you to Lilly Endowment Inc. for the seven GIFTs that they have generously donated to the Community Foundation through the years. Lilly’s current gift provides a match for our Give to Grant Funds that we use to make all those grants we’ve talked about.  Donate $1 and we’ll match it with $2 for any new Give to Grant unrestricted fund donation.” Shelly Jones, Development Manager.

Spotted Ladybug: 5 Teammates 
The mural includes a ladybug for a bit of luck.  Ladybugs with fewer than seven spots are considered luckier…thus the team opted for five spots, one for each Community Foundation teammate on the team this year.

Bicycle: We’re Going Places
The team couldn’t have an interactive mural without a bicycle!  There’s no doubt that the Community Foundation is going places, thanks to the generosity of our donors.

Monarch Butterfly: The Amazing 35 Year Metamorphosis
And, finally, a beautiful monarch butterfly.  The biggest photo op on the entire fence.  From caterpillar to beautiful butterfly, she represents the amazing metamorphosis that the Foundation has experienced over the last 35 years. That includes the $5.7 Million raised through donations during the most recent fiscal year.

Daisy Game: Just for Fun 
And just for fun, to the left of the butterfly, you’ll also find the ‘daisy game’—of course the final petal is ‘he loves me’!

Wooden Fence: Board of Directors
All of these things wouldn’t be possible without a solid Board of Directors serving as our backboard and stewarding the endowment over these past 35 years—this amazing community resource called a community foundation.

Dawn Brown, President/CEO shared, “Thank you, Grant County, for the success we’ve had over these many years. We couldn’t accomplish anything without your dedication, generosity, and steadfast love for this place we call home!

Located at the Community Foundation Office at 505 West Third Street, Marion. The Community Foundation team welcomes you to enjoy this interactive art alley and asks that you use these hashtags if you post any pictures on social media of the Interactive Mural:  #GiveToGrant  #LoveWhereYouLive 

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