Posted by: Kallie Sulanke on Jan/18/2019

Gifts That Make Things Hum Around Here

As an important nonprofit organization in this community, The Community Foundation counts on the generosity of our friends and neighbors. Every gift from individuals, foundations, and corporations is essential. We are grateful for you!

We deeply appreciate the many volunteers who give us their energy through time and expertise. We cherish these contributions because they have high value and impact, and also because of the people who personally commit themselves to our mission.

Other gifts are appreciated, too. We receive monetary gifts that help us accomplish our mission year by year and are the all-important fuel for the engines of our administration. These include all regular contributions, special gifts, and ultimate gifts.

Regular Contributions

Year after year, the Foundation gratefully receives gifts from many individuals who support us. These monetary gifts are the backbone for our development efforts, and they allow us to meet our daily operations and leave a lasting impact on the Muncie and Delaware County community. We understand that these donors are giving a portion of their income as they give.

Special Gifts

You have seen our growth, and the expanding need that only we can best address in our community. You understand that the Foundation periodically needs to raise extra funds that update and create new facilities, invest in special projects and purposes, grow our endowment, and capture matching dollars from other funders. In the process, we challenge our close friends to give more for a special reason – even more than their regular amount in order to meet that special need. Often, we learn that these gifts come from savings and investment accounts – sometimes gifts of appreciated stock – and represent an extraordinary commitment. While fewer of our friends make these major and special gifts compared to those making regular gifts, special gifts are extremely important to our financial health and the community we serve.

Currently, we are participating in the seventh GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow) matching grant opportunity from Lilly Endowment Inc. Special gifts supporting our unrestricted endowment funds are currently being matched two-to-one by Lilly Endowment.

Ultimate Gifts

Sometimes made during life and sometimes after, ultimate gifts are in a class by themselves. During life, they frequently involve noncash assets such as real estate, business interests, and other assets. These types of gifts typically require the assistance of professional advisors. The number of friends in this category are even fewer than the “special” category for a key reason. These are individuals who are highly committed and looking for ways to have maximum impact on our work.

Regardless of the gift category, we appreciate and value everyone who gives at any level. The financial health of the Foundation depends upon friends like you. Thank you for your contributions!

For more information about The Community Foundation and how you can contribute, contact Foundation president, Kelly K. Shrock, CFRE, at 765-747-7181 or

Ways to Give to The Community Foundation

There are a number of ways to donate to The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County. All of them can create change for the better.