A relationship exists between our community and The Community Foundation. From the Foundation’s very beginning, the community and the Foundation made a commitment to support one another to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Muncie and Delaware County.
Each year, community members serve as volunteers, make gifts, create funds, and support the Foundation’s programs. At the same time, the Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff look for opportunities to engage the community in new ways and meet its ever-changing needs. These community contributions and Foundation actions are like love letters written back and forth, showing our commitment to one another.
This year’s report looks like a stack of letters to emphasize our long-term relationship with this community. Inside the report, you’ll read about some of this year’s greatest achievements. Among them:
- Our endowment grew to more than $60 million.
- Donors established 14 new funds.
- 125 new donors and 417 return donors contributed $1.4 million.
- More than $2.9 million in grants were distributed throughout the county.
You will also read about some of our signature programs like Town Endowment Grants on page 7 and the David Sursa Leadership Award on page 14. We also highlight our new initiative, Strategic Grantmaking, on page 13.
Just like any relationship, people are what make the Foundation find success. This year we celebrated the retirement of the Foundation’s communications administrator, Eunice Whitlock, after more than a decade of service. We also said goodbye to Colton Strawser, program officer, and welcomed Carly Acree-King into this role.
We are supported in this promise by a committed Board of Directors that included retiring members Mary Dollison and Marianne Vorhees. We are grateful to Mary and Marianne for their service. We welcomed new members, Trent Dowling and Ermalene Faulkner, who will help us continue our commitment to Muncie and Delaware County today, tomorrow, and always.