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  • Blue River Community Foundation: BRCF January 2021 Newsletter

    January 2021
     
     
    THANKS TO OUR OUTGOING BOARD MEMBERS
    BRCF would like to thank Brent Sandman and Terry Smith for their tenure as board directors; both completed 9 year terms in December.  During their time on the board, they have been instrumental volunteers always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.  We commend Brent and Terry not only for their service to the Foundation, but for envisioning a better future for the residents of Shelby County.
     
     
    7 UNRESTRICTED, COMMUNITY FUNDS
    Granting For The First Time In 2021
    Thanks to our donors, BRCF’s number of unrestricted, community funds has grown to 60; four new funds established in December 2020 alone.  Based on our spending policy, a waiting period of two years is observed before grants are made from a percentage of the earnings of the endowed portion of funds. 
    In 2021, seven unrestricted, community funds will grant for the first time increasing BRCF’s ability to address current needs in our community.  One of those funds is the Brent & Jan Sandman Fund which was established in 2019.  Having served on BRCF’s Board of Directors and Grants Committee, Brent saw first-hand the positive impact this type of fund provides.  Other unrestricted, community funds granting for the first time include:
    • Bice & Alice Williams and Rob & Rita Gearhart Family Fund
    • James & Marjorie Sly Fund
    • Jeff & Donna Beaty Fund
    • Julia C. Runnebohm Memorial Fund
    • Justin Robert Barrick Fund
    • Wayne & Sue Coil Family Fund
     
    SNIP SIX:  CARNEGIE EAST MURAL
    Last year, a community grant was awarded to the Shelby County Public Library to complete a mural on the steps and ramp of Carnegie East.  Thanks to one of BRCF's many unrestricted funds, the DePrez Family Community Fund, this project was possible.  Please check out the fantastic Snip Six Grant Report the library provided as part of their grant reporting requirement.  
     
     
    WINTER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION CYCLE
    Deadline:  January 15, 2021
    High school graduating seniors planning to pursue vocational or undergraduate studies, current college students, graduate students, and adults pursuing or finishing a college degree are eligible to apply.  One unique feature to BRCF’s application process is that applicants complete one application to qualify for all scholarship opportunities for which they are eligible.  Specific criteria, requirements, 
     and instructions for applying, as well as a list of scholarships available through the application process, are listed in the BRCF Scholarship Resource Guide for Students located on the Foundation’s website under the Scholarships tab or click the  APPLY NOW link above.
     
    INTERESTED IN ESTABLISHING A FUND AT BRCF?
    Don't Miss Out On This Opportunity
    Did you know that you can establish an unrestricted, community fund to help the ever-changing needs in Shelby County for a gift of only $1,700?  Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VII Match Initiative, you can establish a named fund that supports your community today and tomorrow.  This opportunity to triple the impact of your gift has been extended until September 30, 2021.  As an added incentive for the 2021 tax year, updates have been made to the CARES Act; which include provisions that affect both individual and corporate donors.  Please contact us to learn more.  We are happy to discuss options on how you can take advantage of this offer.
     
     
    IMPACT OF BRCF RELIEF EFFORTS
    Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) continues to follow the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community.  To review our most up to date responses to local needs and to learn about currently available resources please click HERE
     
     
    DATES & DEADLINES TO KNOW
     
    January Office Hours:
    Monday - Thursday;   8 -4
    Friday - available by appointment; staff available by email and voicemail

    January 15  -  Winter Scholarship Application Deadline

    January 15  -  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshops Begin

    January 18 - Martin Luther King Day; BRCF Office Closed

     
     
     
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    Blue River Community Foundation
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    Shelbyville, IN 46176

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