Sycamore Land Trust endowment helps ensure environmental education programs live forever

On an overcast morning in the fall, 15 Bloomington High School North environmental science students gather near a stream at the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. They divide into groups and gather equipment — nets, collection bins, test tubes, and even hip waders. Sycamore Land Trust‘s Environmental Education Director, Shane Gibson, describes the river watch exercise .. read more

On November 21st, 2017, posted in: News by 1 Comment

Great ways to give through appreciated stock and IRA distributions

Guest column by Scott Walters, chair of the Community Foundation Professional Advisor Council. There are many wonderful methods of charitable giving. While I am a firm believer that all charitable giving is important and purposeful, I also believe that there are often better, more efficient ways to give. Gifts of Appreciated Stock Gifts of appreciated .. read more

On November 20th, 2017, posted in: News by 1 Comment

Impact grants fuel collaboration to address food insecurity, healthy foods & job training

The Community Foundation seeks to invest in programs that allow Monroe County to take advantage of its most compelling opportunities and address core issues facing our community. Given our focus on the long-term success of Monroe County, we seek out projects that offer the potential for lasting change. We have found that grant proposals for .. read more

On November 20th, 2017, posted in: News by 1 Comment

Donors establish 17 new funds this year

The Community Foundation fuels lasting impact in Monroe County through 217 funds designated to address a range of community needs. Since July 1, 2016, we’re thrilled to share that 17 new funds have been created! Thank you to the generous donors that made these funds possible. Unrestricted Funds Jefferson and Mary Shreve Unrestricted Fund Phil .. read more

On November 20th, 2017, posted in: News by 1 Comment

Sixty-five area nonprofits receive annual distributions

We’re pleased to share that sixty-five nonprofit agencies recently received annual grant distribution checks from funds established at the Community Foundation for their benefit. This year, more than $270,000 was distributed to agencies! These endowed funds were created by single donors, groups of donors or by the agencies themselves. Grants from agency and designated funds .. read more

On November 20th, 2017, posted in: News by 1 Comment

Community Foundation gives update on giving, granting and impact at Annual Report to the Community

Foundation announces Thrive by Five fundraising campaign and new funding for Monroe County’s first transitional home for women recovering from substance abuse disorders. CFBMC held its 2017 Annual Report to the Community on Thursday, November 2. The annual event provided an opportunity to celebrate the organization’s activities that connect caring people, important causes, and community .. read more

On November 3rd, 2017, posted in: News by 1 Comment

Monroe County’s 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists Announced

Ten Monroe County high school seniors have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. The 2018 finalists will be honored at the Community Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community on Thursday, November 2. Monroe County’s 2018 Lilly Scholarship finalists include: Zoe Berensztein, Bloomington High School South Caleb Cooper, Lighthouse Christian Academy .. read more

On October 20th, 2017, posted in: News by

Preschool applications open for limited On My Way Pre-K program in Monroe County

Fifty tuition-free preschool education grants available in January; full county roll-out to occur for the 2018-2019 school year. Beginning September 25, Monroe County families who meet specific income requirements will be eligible to submit applications to participate in Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program. The limited program will provide tuition-free education grants for up .. read more

On September 25th, 2017, posted in: News by

Cary Curry awarded Mirror Ball Trophy at Dancing with the Celebrities

We’re proud to share that Cary Curry was awarded the Mirror Ball Trophy at Dancing with the Celebrities on September 9, 2017! Thank you to all of our donors for making this possible and congratulations to the dancers, community organizations, and Arthur Murray Dance Center Bloomington, Indiana for an incredible evening! The Community Foundation of Bloomington .. read more

On September 11th, 2017, posted in: News by

Application open for 2018 Community Impact Funding Initiative

Competitive granting initiative to award grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has opened the grant application for its annual Community Impact Funding Initiative. Grants funded through this initiative aim to strengthen the community by supporting innovative projects with lasting impact and enable organizations to address pressing problems .. read more

On August 11th, 2017, posted in: News by

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