To support Grant County quality of life issues.
Effective October 1, 2018, every $1 gift made to a Give To Grant community impact fund will be matched with $2! This match is unique and encourages the growth of grantmaking resources that will enable the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors to be nimble to the ever-changing needs and opportunities of our community.
Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII will allow us to match donations to unrestricted Give To Grant Funds between now and December 31, 2020 or until the balance of matching dollars is claimed, whichever comes first. Call us to learn about opening your very own family-named fund or how irrevocable pledges can also benefit from this match.
In the 2017-2018 school year, 680 students at Northview Elementary School were impacted by the addition of Junior Achievement’s engaging and effective programs designed to work with students to develop knowledge about economic finance and financial success.
Junior Achievement is a program existing across Northern Indiana and serves around 141,000 students annually. The program focuses on three key elements, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness skills. The existence and sustainability of Junior Achievement programs rely on grants from local foundations, generous donors, dedicated educators, and volunteers.
Junior Achievement offers a variety of programs targeting specific age groups that explain taxation, voting responsibilities, the free market system, paying for goods and services, understanding banks and their purpose, a healthy economy, trade, and understanding the US relationship to the global economy. The purpose of these programs is to prepare young minds for the real world.
In September of 2017, Joni Dietsch, the Executive Vice President of Junior Achievement, contacted the Community Foundation in obtaining a grant to cover the cost of providing services and offering the program for free to Northview Elementary School. By October, the Community Foundation signed off on awarding a $9,280 grant from the Give To Grant Community Impact Fund.
Joni shared: “With this funding, Junior Achievement of Grant County coordinated a well-designed mentoring opportunity for students and professionals working in the community.”
This specific program provides a solid foundation for advanced learning in the subsequent stages of education, leaving children feeling confident and inspired. Each of the programs that are supported by this funding gave Grant County students the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for the future, and make smart academic and economic choices.
Students grade 2-5 learned a variety of skills through hands-on activities, classroom discussions, and e-learning. Each designed to prepare students for financial literacy so they can learn to manage and budget money wisely.
“At every grade level, JA programs exposed students to basic business concepts and skills that allow them to understand real-life economics,” said Joni.
At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Northview Elementary held a JA Day which brought in 33 volunteers from the community ready to spread knowledge about the work they do inside the community and how it relates key elements of the Junior Achievement program.
All the volunteers engaged with the students as business role models ready to give firsthand knowledge about the workforce and life after school. None of this would have been possible without the contribution from the Community Foundation and other donors across the county.
The Give To Grant Fund has also impacted Grant County through grants given to the following organizations:
|Affordable Housing Corporation||Cancer Services of Grant County|
|Carey Services||Community Foundation Team|
|CSA – Community School of the Arts||Eastbrook Community School Corporation|
|Fairmount Police Department||Family Service Society|
|Friends of the Gardens of Matter Park||Gas City Concerts in the Park|
|Gilead Ministries||Grace House for Transition & Recovery|
|Grant County Family YMCA||Grant County Sheriffs Chaplaincy|
|Grant County Shriners||Indiana Wesleyan University|
|Jonesboro Historical Society||Lakeview Christian School|
|Launch Marion, Inc.||Launch Marion, Inc. – The Refinery|
|LEAD, Inc. dba YES Network||Lift Eastbrook Afterschool|
|Little Giants Preschool||Madison-Grant United School Corp|
|Main Street Marion||Marion Community Gardens Association|
|Marion Grant County Senior Center||Marion High School Alumni Association|
|Marion Public Library||Meals on Wheels, Marion Area, Inc|
|Mississinewa Valley Band||Oak Hill United School Corp|
|Quilters Hall of Fame||Science Central|
|Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired||St. Martin Community Center|
|St. Paul Catholic School||Taylor University|
|The King’s Academy||United Way of Grant County|
|Veterans Service Office||Walkway of Lights|