• Blue River Community Foundation: BRCF 2024 February Newsletter

    February 2024
     
    WORTMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION FUND
    SERVING SHELBY & HANCOCK COUNTIES
    Awards Over $429,000 to Kick-off 2024
    Advisory board members of the Wortman Family Foundation Fund for Shelby and Hancock Counties convened in January to evaluate the 27 requests for funding received through the fund’s grant cycle administered by Blue River Community Foundation. Nonprofit organizations serving Shelby and Hancock counties were invited to submit proposals focused on health and education 
     and projects and programs that enhanced the quality of life within the two communities. Community members from both Shelby and Hancock Counties, including staff from the Community Foundation of Hancock County, participated in evaluating the applications.
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    HEALTHY SHELBY COUNTY COLLABORATION EFFORT
    Nonprofit Center

    (submitted by the Addison Times)
    Navigating Shelby County’s 200-plus non-profits is a challenge for both supporters and those in need of services. But Healthy Shelby County, now a standalone non-profit organization, is working to connect others by bringing them under one literal roof.

    “Our goal is to create an alliance of organizations,” Stephen Black, Healthy Shelby County President and MHP Director of Behavioral Health & Social Determinants of Health, said. 

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    BRCF SCHOLAR ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
    Hannah Swanson 
    This month, Hannah (Sullivan)
    Swanson
     a 2019 Waldron High School graduate, 2019 Lilly Scholar finalist, and a fall 2022 Purdue grad is our featured scholar.  This past summer Hannah traveled from her home in West Lafayette to Shelbyville to assist with BRCF's summer scholarship workshop.  As a member of our Scholar Alumni Alliance, she is always willing to help whenever she can.  We are grateful for Hannah and her belief in "paying it forward".
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    BRCF INVESTS IN EDUCATION
    2024 Focus
    Education is a central focus for BRCF in 2024. Over the course of the year, we will provide examples of the various programs relating to education that BRCF offers and supports.  Examples include sharing information about various BRCF funds that support educational initiatives in Shelby County, highlighting  a few of the over 95 scholarship funds we are fortunate to administer, and shining the spotlight on members of BRCF’s Alumni Scholar Alliance. This month, as 8th grade orientations are set with the local high schools, we believe a summary of BRCF’s scholarship program is appropriate to share. 
    BRCF is offering a $1 for $1 match for gifts ($5,000 maximum allotted per fund) made to established endowed scholarship funds until June 1, 2024.  To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Jennifer Jones.  
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    DON'T MISS OUT!  2:1 MATCH AVAILABLE
    You Can Be An MVP - Most Valuable Philanthropist
    Over the past few months, we have been sharing information about a 2:1 matching opportunity for gifts to BRCF community unrestricted funds.  This opportunity is made possible through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFTVIII Match Initiative.   We are excited to announce that our donors have already made gifts totaling $148, 252.  Please don't miss out on being named a BRCF MVP (Most Valuable Philanthropist) and tripling the impact of your gift to an existing community unrestricted fund or establish a new one for only $1,667. Contact Jennifer Jones for more information.  

     
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    CELEBRATE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK
    Serve Shelby Sweet Treat Giveaway
    Drop a kind comment about your favorite Shelby County Nonprofits and Charitable Organizations between February 1-6 on Serve Shelby Social Media or serveshelby.com. Each mentioned organization will receive an entry in a drawing to receive a free box of sweet treats on February 12, 13 or 14 at their organization from a local bakery. Thank you for helping us spread some unexpected joy during Random Act of Kindness Week (Feb. 11-17)!
     
    BRCF COMMUNITY GRANT CYCLE 2024
    Grant Interest Form Deadline - March 1


    BRCF is currently accepting grant interest forms, due no later than March 1st, for the Community Grant cycle.  During this grant cycle, BRCF welcomes proposals addressing a broad range of initiatives and opportunities to serve the community.  Grant requests may range from $2,500-$25,000.  We encourage and give preference to the following:
    • New or innovative programs that serve a broad spectrum of community members
    • Projects that strive to serve/engage new or underserved populations
    • Collaborative projects across various disciplines
    • Projects that are impactful and transformational
    • Programs that show sustainability
    • Grant funds will clearly help the group or organization pursue strategic plan objectives that advance long-term institutional vitality and/or program quality
     Applicants can find the full list of grant policies and guidelines for BRCF community grants by clicking the button below.  
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    NONPROFIT LUNCH & LEARN
     


    Join us as we review 2024 grant opportunities available to Shelby County charitiable organizations.  We will explain processes and required documents to help YOU plan before writing a grant. Contact Jordan England, Grants & Nonprofit Relations Director, to register or learn more.  
     
     
    NEW FUND
     


    SCUFFY Scholarship Fund

    Type:  Scholarship Fund

    Established by: SCUFFY
     
     
    The SCUFFY Scholarship aims to acknowledge and reward individuals who actively contribute to the mission of improving the quality of life in Shelby County. By mobilizing the caring power of volunteers and donors, SCUFFY endeavors to advance the common good in the community. Currently SCUFFY supports thirteen diverse agencies that include the ARC of Shelby County, Girls Inc.,Head Start, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Cancer Association of Shelby County, Project Clothes for Kids, Salvation Army, Turning Point, USO of Indiana, Shelby Senior Services, and Meals on Wheels. SCUFFY focuses on addressing a wide range of community needs. This scholarship seeks to honor and support individuals who play a vital role in supporting these agencies, recognizing their commitment to enhancing the well-being of Shelby County residents and fostering a sense of community service.
     

    Criteria:

    • Open to High School Graduating Seniors

    • Demonstrate active involvement in community service by volunteering at a SCUFFY supported agency and/or actively contributing to the implementation of an organization's SCUFFY Drive.

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    DATES & DEADLINES TO KNOW
     
    February 12 - Nonprofit Lunch & Learn 11:30 - 1:00 @ Echo 

    February 17 - Random Acts of Kindness Day

    February 19 - President's Day; BRCF Office Closed

    February 25 - College Goal Sunday

    March 1 - Community Grant Interest Forms Deadline
     
    BRCF INITIATIVES
    The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program provides a free book monthly for children ages 0-5.  BRCF administers this opportunity in Shelby County thanks in part to the Shelby County Imagination Library fund established by donors. 
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