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What Happens Today Impacts Our Community’s Tomorrow and Always

December 2020: What Happens Today Impacts Our Community’s Tomorrow and Always

Like so manyorganizations, The CommunityFoundation was forced to dothings differently in 2020. Wehad been preparing for changesin the coming year. Respondingthrough the COVID-19 pandemicgave us a unique view ofcommunity needs to take in ourfuture planning process.

Foundation Board Chair Carol R. Seals and President Kelly K. Shrock 

We responded swiftly, built stronger relationships, encouraged trust in grantmaking, and even explored new avenues of funding. But responding today isn’t all we need to do. The Foundation will also be here tomorrow and always.

As we enter 2021, we are excited to take our experiences from the last few years to evolve our grantmaking to benefit Muncie and Delaware County today, and forever. In 2021, we will wrap up our 2016 strategic plan and embark on our next five-year plan. Our mission to continue to encourage philanthropy, assist donors in building an enduring source of charitable assets, and exercise leadership in directing resources to enhance the quality of life for residents of Muncie and Delaware County will remain unchanged. However, our approach may look a little different.

In 2020 and continuing into 2021, Foundation staff and board members are part of a cohort of regional community foundations learning about impact investing.

President Kelly K. Shrock introduces the FIT Initiative, a concept to be developed in 2021.

In 2021, we will develop a program that puts more of the Foundation’s resources to work in Muncie and Delaware County.

In 2021, Foundation staff will work with a consultant to develop a flexible grantmaking program. The program will compliment current grantmaking programs and further enhance relationships with nonprofit partners and offer more flexibility with funding that meets their needs and helps them better meet their mission and enhance quality of life in our community.

The Foundation will also work closely with partner community organizations to curate existing programs, create new programs, and implement a referral system to provide nonprofit organizations with the resources needed to strengthen their organizations. Through this holistic approach to nonprofit health, we can provide community leadership to help nonprofits better serve those in need in our community.

OUR MISSION

The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc. encourages philanthropy, assists donors in building an enduring source of charitable assets, and exercises leadership in directing resources to enhance the quality of life for residents of Muncie and Delaware County.

OUR VISION

To impact and empower Muncie and Delaware County by enabling philanthropy as a trusted community leader and promoting positive change now and for generations to come.