Posted by: Kallie Sulanke on Jun/1/2017


As a Foundation, we have spent our first 30 years planting our roots in Delaware County. As we wrap up our 31st year, we see that the sky’s the limit for what we can accomplish with the support of our dedicated community members. In 2016, through our grantmaking and programs, we reached people, young and old, from every corner of the county.

We couldn’t do it alone. Foundation donors and volunteers, along with dedicated and creative nonprofit organizations, came up with innovative ways to improve the community. It takes us all working in tandem to see outcomes like we had in 2016.

Among them:

  • Through the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT IV initiative, we exceeded a $1 million match.
  • Gifts were made by 172 first time donors and more than 350 return donors.
  • 14 new funds were created.
  • Our committees reviewed more than 200 grant applications and awarded $2.5 million in grants across the county.

We are building momentum for a better and brighter tomorrow in Delaware County. Read about a few of the grants made this year, then check out the list of grant recipients. You will notice that grants support a wide variety of organizations, but they all developed innovative, collaborative and impactful programs that support our community.

It was also a year of growth for the Foundation. We celebrated the retirement of the Foundation’s first and only CFO, Al Simmons. His dedicated service over the years has helped us to reach new heights. Cathy Stewart, former member of the Board of Directors, took over this role. We welcomed two new staff members, Colton Strawser, program officer, and Kallie Sulanke, community engagement officer. Their addition allows us to provide better support to donors and nonprofit leadership.

The Community Foundation continues to move forward thanks to our supportive Board of Directors that included retiring members Mark Ervin and Jud Fisher. We are grateful to Mark and Jud for their service and anticipate a continued reach as we welcome new members Carol Seals and Leland Wilhoite.

In 2016, the Foundation took many steps forward. We will continue that momentum today, tomorrow, and always.

Kelly K. Shrock, President                         Marianne Vorhees, Chair, Board of Directors

Milestones: The Journey To Get There

$50 Million. That’s a big number. We are pleased to share that we have supported programs and projects across Muncie and Delaware County with more than $50 Million in grants since our beginning in 1985. That is just one of the many milestones that The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County achieved in 2018. Read our complete annual report to learn more.