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A bi-annual newsletter of the Blue River Community Foundation Spring 2017 Volume 11 Issue 1

Grant Highlight: Girls Inc of Shelbyville/Shelby County Girls Inc of Shelbyville/Shelby County is always searching for ways to provide their members with new opportunities for hands-on learning experiences, especially in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). When Amy Dillon, the CEO and Executive Director of Girls Inc. described an item on their “wish list”, an outdoor learning lab that would be shared with the Boys and Girls Club, BRCF was able to provide the grant funds and meet the intent of the original donor, Bill Cunningham (of Cunningham Gardens). The W.E. (Bill) Cunningham Trust was established for horticulture and education upon his passing. A

Boys Club

grant in the amount of $150,000 from the fund will make the outdoor learning lab possible. Due to the growth in membership and regular attendance at Girls Inc, the indoor room that had previously housed the science lab had to be used for other purposes. The addition of the outdoor lab will add to the STEM programming offered at Girls Inc. Shelby County Purdue Extension is offering expertise and guidance, which will include a greenhouse and other immersive learning opportunities for all ages of students at both Girls Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club. The location of the outdoor lab and other planned improvements are shown below.

Girls Inc

What’s Inside:

Designated and Agency Grants Presentation

2017 Lilly Endowment Scholar Named

New Board Member: Lee Marks

BRCF Resource Calendar Now Available

Special Giving Opportunities

Girls Inc and the Boys and Girls Club had partnered to apply for the Ignite Shelby County Grant in 2016, and their proposal was one of three finalists. The Ignite Grant application included the larger ongoing capital campaign for improvements to both individual facilities, and their shared parking lot. Although the proposal did not ultimately win the grant, their campaign received tremendous community support and exceeded their fundraising goals. The outdoor lab project was not initially included in the campaign budget and scope of work, but BRCF was able to help make this project happen through a grant from a fund whose purpose matched so perfectly.

SPECIAL GRANT PRESENTATION Over $475,000 awarded in automatic, annual support from Designated and Agency Funds On January 27th, BRCF awarded $475,179 to 36 organizations for annual support from the Designated and Agency Funds. These are permanent endowments, that when created, the donor directs the annual payout to one or more non-profit organizations. These annual payouts continue every year, forever. Agency funds work in a similar way, but are established by the organization for sustainability. What does this mean for those organizations? It means less time and resources spent on annual fundraising to cover overhead or operating expenses, and instead, the time and resources are spent on the important work of the organization, their mission. The minimum to establish a designated fund is only $5,000, and the impact is forever.

• 2017 Recipient Organizations & Designated and Agency Funds • American Legion Willard E. Hensley Post 102 Willard E. Hensley American Legion Post 102 Fund

Major Hospital Foundation Mildred McCrea Designated Fund

Blue River Career Programs Otto W. Harris Memorial Fund Personnel Management, Inc. Fund Walter and Edna Cuskaden Fund

Marietta Volunteer Fire Department Mildred McCrea Designated Fund

Boy Scouts of Shelby County Boy Scouts of Shelby County Fund Cancer Association of Shelby County Shelby County Cancer Association Fund D.A.R.E Mac and Ruth McClanahan Fund Morristown Literacy Council Morristown Imagination Library NP Fund Waldron Imagination Library Committee Waldron Imagination Library NP Fund First Baptist Church Alice Cheney Fund for First Baptist Church Mildred Sandman Fund Flat Rock Cemetery Association Fred and Alta Ropp Swinford Fund Girls Inc. Girls Inc. Martin & Mary Schulz Fund John C. & Martha Jane DePrez Fund The Sandy Allen Fund Girls Inc. Designated Endowment

Morristown Boys & Girls Club Morristown Boys & Girls Youth Endowment Fund Willard E. Hensley American Legion Post 102 Fund Morristown Imagination Library H.E.R.S. (Helena Ermadell Reinhardt Stine) Fund Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Mildred McCrea Designated Fund Northwestern Consolidated Schools Triton Central High School Triton Central Schools Fund Robert J.& Janet L. Joesten IN Girls/Boys State Fund Order of the Eastern Star #73 Mildred McCrea Designated Fund SCUFFY Joseph Agency Endowment Fund Price Trust Designated Endowment Fund Schulz Trust Designated Endowment Fund SCUFFY Agency Operating Endowment Fund DePrez Agency Endowment for SCUFFY SCUFFY Designated Operating Endowment Fund Walter and Edna Cuskaden Fund Shelby County Historical Society Morris and Helen Tobin Fund

Hospice of Shelby/Decatur County Hospice of Shelby County Fund

Shelby County Masonic Lodge #28 Mildred McCrea Designated Fund

ICOO Youth Conservation Camp Class of 1960 Waldron High School NP Fund

Jane Pauley Community Health Center Mildred McCrea Designated Fund Shelby County Free Clinic Fund

ISU Foundation Mildred McCrea Designated Fund Major Hospital James H. Nail Trust for Major Hospital Jina Lea Meyer Memorial Fund John L. Tindall Trust for Major Hospital Chin-Sang/Kidman Fund for M. H. Imaging Center

Shelby Senior Services, Inc. Mildred McCrea Designated Fund Shelby Senior Services Fund

Shelby County Public Library Herbert B. DePrez Library Fund Library Enrichment Fund Mildred McCrea Designated Fund Walter and Edna Cuskaden Fund Library Foundation Fund

Shelbyville Boys & Girls Club Boys Club Martin and Mary Schulz Fund John C. & Martha Jane DePrez Fund Shelbyville High School Choral Boosters Roger A. Shaw Memorial Fund Shelbyville Parks Department Access to Recreation Fund Shelbyville Parks Recreate Recreation Fund St. Joseph School Louis & Mary Peduto Scholarship Fund Martha Ford Soller Scholarship Fund The Salvation Army Morris and Helen Tobin Fund Salvation Army Fund Scott and Gay Mullins Fund for Salvation Army Walter and Edna Cuskaden Fund Trinity United Methodist Church Briley Heritage Fund for Trinity UMC Waldron Volunteer Fire Department Walter and Edna Cuskaden Fund Waldron Schools Waldron Alumni Fund Blue River Foundation, Inc. Arthur M. Thurston Family Fund for Town Hall Blue River Foundation Operating Endowment Elaine and Bill Haehl Endowment for BRCF Operations Lorita Crafton Endowment for BRCF Operations Mildred McCrea Designated Fund

These designated and agency funds granted $475,179 for 2017 and will continue to support these organizations...forever. When a designated fund is created, the donor directs the fund’s annual payout to one or more charitable organizations. Agency funds are similar, but are established by charitable organizations to sustain and grow. Advantages include planned giving and investment management services, as well as, the power of endowment .

Thanks to all for making this a successful event.

IMPORTANT NEWS BILLY BLOCHER NAMED 2017 LILLY ENDOWMENT COMMUNITY SCHOLAR The Shelby County Class of 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient is William A. (Billy) Blocher III. Billy is the son of Bill and Susan Blocher and will graduate in May from Shelbyville High School. His current plans are to attend the University of Notre Dame to major in biology with a pre-medical tract focus. At the time of application, Billy was ranked number one in his graduating class and his GPA was 4.7 on a 4.0 scale. Some of his many extracurricular activities include; senior class president of Student Council, National Honor Society, the SHS Student Leadership Committee, National Society of High School Scholars, SADD/Drug Free Youth Council, baseball, and basketball. In addition, he is an active community volunteer who enjoys serving in various capacities at St. Joseph Catholic Church, as well as, Salvation Army, and Hospice. Although Billy is an extremely busy young man, he has found time to pursue initiatives that will help him reach his long term goals of studying medicine. For example, during the summers of 2013 and 2014, Billy participated in John’s Hopkins University Envision program and attended the Advanced Medical Conference in 2014 where he received the John’s Hopkins Top Leader award out of hundreds of attendees. Congratulations to Billy on this prestigious award. We know he will represent Shelby County well. These students are recognized as the other 2017 Lilly Endowment Finalists: • Morgan Brockman, Southwestern High School • Isaac Bush, Southwestern High School • Emily Huffman, Morristown High School • Emma Lutes, Morristown High School • Danielle Schweitzer, Triton Central High School

BRCF will be hosting Summer Scholarship Workshops for the Class of 2018 in June. Registration for the workshops will open April 1st on our website Students will learn more about this opportunity at BRCF Scholarship presentations this spring at their high school. For more information, please contact Julie Alvis at 317.392.7955 or

NEW BOARD MEMBER: LEE MARKS We are pleased to announce that Lee Marks is the latest addition to Blue River Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. Lee has been very engaged with BRCF for several years, and currently serves on our Arts Advisory Committee. We appreciate Lee’s willingness to share her time and expertise in assisting us in our vision and mission to serve the community.

2017 BRCF RESOURCE CALENDAR AVAILABLE Wondering what grant opportunities BRCF offers? Can’t remember when the deadlines are? You need a copy of our 2017 Resource Calendar. This publication is a valuable tool for finding out the answers to these questions. We also highlight some of the grants recently made in our community. Our donors, who have established unrestricted funds for granting, are also recognized. If you would like a hard copy of the calendar, we are happy to mail it to you, or stop in the office and pick one up.


RESOURCE CALENDAR A Brighter Tomorrow. Begins Today

Blue River Community Foundation 54 W. Broadway, Suite 1, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 Telephone 317.392.7955; Facsimile 317.392.4545


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