Give To Grant Community Impact Fund

Total Granted as of November 1, 2019

*updated monthly

Fund Purpose:
To support Grant County quality of life issues.

Fund Story:
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.

Fund Impact:
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

Fund Page Details:
Donating to this fund will increase the impact of its charitable fund purpose and grantmaking abilities. Clicking “Give Online” will allow you to make a charitable gift to this fund held at the Community Foundation of Grant County. Or mail your check to our office instead by using this donation form. Additionally, gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, insurance, and estate plans are also accepted.

*The amount listed above may not be up-to-date. Call the Community Foundation for the most up-to-date fund balances.



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