Posted by: Kallie Sulanke on May/12/2017

DEVOTING TIME AND KNOWLEDGE TO A BELOVED COMMUNITY

Sara Shade is a successful attorney and a very busy woman. She is a managing partner with Beasley & Gilkison LLP, and on top of her professional activities, she is the president of the Muncie Noon Rotary Club and the board chair for the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. And on top of all that, she makes time to serve on three committees for The Community Foundation, feeling that she is paying forward the same generosity others have shown her.

“I first worked on the Scholarship Committee,” she explains. “I recall the daunting process of applying for scholarships when I was a high school senior, and I certainly appreciated every dollar that helped me attend DePauw University. When others have given of their time to help pave your way, you are motivated to do the same.”

Different people are able to contribute in different ways. As a young attorney, I was given opportunities to work with local non-profit groups. I have enjoyed the work and witnessing the results of those contributions.

Since joining the Beasley & Gilkison LLP firm in 2001, Shade said she became familiar with the work of The Community Foundation, particularly since several other attorneys in her firm were involved with the Foundation in different ways. She, too, began to serve, starting with the Scholarship Committee. She was then asked to serve on the Grants Committee and also the Land Conservation Fund Advisory Committee, which was seeking an attorney that could advise on real estate transactions.

Not only has her volunteer work fit her expertise and her desire to help others, Shade says it has allowed her to develop relationships beyond her law practice and truly feel she is a part of the community. “Muncie is a great place to live, and it’s because of the contributions residents have chosen to make in their community,” she says. “Different people are able to contribute in different ways. As a young attorney, I was given opportunities to work with local non-profit groups. I have enjoyed the work and witnessing the results of those contributions.”

She is proud of her work with The Community Foundation because she has seen firsthand the ways it has benefited people and the overall community. “Grant funding from the Foundation has a lasting impact upon local organizations,” she says. “There are countless examples of projects which wouldn’t have occurred without funding from the Foundation.”

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