JUST IMAGINE…

What we might accomplish together in the future.

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VIDEO INTRODUCTION

30-years_reversed_iconEach day during the month of October we shared a story about The Community Foundation’s vital work in our community. One story for each of our 30 years. We hope you enjoy them and learn more about how the Foundation helps to improve the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County.

As we begin our fourth decade of service, we look forward to new opportunities to partner with neighbors as they create legacies that will benefit the community for years to come.

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    Supporting community history in the present

    Charlie and Charlotte Hetrick are always looking for ways to give back to the community that they say has given so much to their family. Having moved to Muncie in 1966 and raised their children here, they immersed themselves in school, church, and community activities. An engineer with Maxon Corporation at the time, Charlie had […]

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    Paying it forward through service

    When Matt Henry graduated from Yorktown High School, he had the prestigious honor of receiving the Lilly Community Endowment Scholarship through The Community Foundation, which paid his full tuition to Ball State University. At the time, he says he didn’t fully realize the value of such an award, but now that he is a college […]

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    Accepting the challenge of tomorrow

    [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”86DgDlfe0lA&rel=0″ width=”853″ height=”480″ anchor=”http://30daysofcommunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/featured-image_video-sursa.jpg”] [/video_lightbox_youtube] If you look around the greater Muncie area, you see all kinds of fantastic things that happen because of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County.  The Foundation contributes about $2 million each year in support of dozens of good causes:  schools and teachers, scholarships, community music and […]

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    Fighting for youth and education

    When Dennis Trammell came to Muncie in 2002, he admits that he knew very little about the city. A Chicago native, he transferred to Ball State University because he was offered a full scholarship to play basketball, and he couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Years later, he and his wife, Beth, are raising their three […]

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    Speaking through grants for positive change

    When a group of community leaders gathered in April 1985 and agreed to organize The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, they didn’t have the advantage of a website or Facebook page to spread the word or explain the concept. “In many ways the community was ready for this,” recalls Stefan Anderson, who helped […]

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    Establishing a family legacy of charity

    Muncie native John Smith has always been a family man. The proud father of nine now-grown children, he recalls many very busy years when he and his wife, Jeanne, were raising their kids, and he was running the family business, Mid-West Metal Products. However, as things began to slow down, he says he began to […]

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    Continuing traditions with pride and passion

    Pride in their alma mater runs deep for Muncie Southside High School alumni, as the Southside Rebel mascot known to students past and present invokes passion for the school.   The idea for a “Spirit” scholarship first surfaced at the 30-year reunion of Southside’s Class of 1971 and became a reality at the group’s 40-year […]

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    Creating impact from tragedy

    When Faye Wingate took her own life at the young age of 59, she left a void in the hearts of her spouse, parents, siblings, and children she left behind. Wanting to do something that not only honored Faye’s memory but also benefited the Muncie community where she grew up, her family contacted The Community […]

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    Enabling small town progress

    [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”KrjZJrLjTlE&rel=0″ width=”853″ height=”480″ anchor=”http://30daysofcommunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Stan-Schad-video.jpg”] [/video_lightbox_youtube] My name is Stan Schad.  I’m retired now, but I worked at Old National Bank in Yorktown for 28 years so I know that this small Indiana town is a great place to live.  Yorktown has a lot of things going for it and near the top of the […]

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    Lending a hand so neighbors help neighbors

    “Bill Gates has his foundation, and I have mine,” jokes James Mitchell, who established an Acorn fund in 2013 to support programs that promote healthy living among underserved residents of Delaware County. At age 40, Mitchell views the Foundation as a flexible philanthropic partner that enables donors like himself to see the positive results of […]

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    Modeling leadership with scholarship

    [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”gckjbBl0KEk&rel=0″ width=”853″ height=”480″ anchor=”http://30daysofcommunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Nikki-Frazier-VIDEO.jpg”] [/video_lightbox_youtube] My name is Nikki Thompson Frazier.  I grew up in Muncie and I loved my Dad, Robert Thompson.  Dad passed away in 2011, but I have many wonderful memories of our years together. When he was a young man, Dad was able to attend college for only one year […]

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    Giving in this lifetime and beyond

    Anyone who knew Dr. Herbert Hamilton describes him as someone with a generous spirit who served the community in a variety of ways and with endless enthusiasm. He was a World War II veteran. An educator. A historian. And a man who was deeply loyal to his hometown of Eaton, Indiana, where he spent most […]

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    Partnering to make a greater difference

    Throughout its 30-year history, The Community Foundation has had a close connection with the Ball Brothers Foundation. In fact, in the mid-1980s it was Ed Ball who led the charge to form a philanthropic organization that would not only allow the Ball Brothers Foundation to focus on Minnetrista and other larger projects but also provide […]

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    Finding a fit for diverse passions

    One’s passion for a community can truly be limitless.  Philanthropy is not restricted to one cause, one interest or one organization.  The Community Foundation respects that donors can explore their philanthropic goals to support diverse interests.  Albert Miller found a home for his diverse passions at The Community Foundation. Grateful for the outstanding education he […]

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    Showing dedication to the place called home

    Casey and Jennifer Stanley are Muncie natives who were both raised in families that taught them to be active in the community. They recall that their parents not only talked about the importance of service and generosity, but they modeled that behavior as well and brought their children along to serve at the Muncie Mission, […]

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    Inspiring the next generation of leaders

    [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”DqCod3KLIHA&rel=0″ width=”853″ height=”480″ anchor=”http://30daysofcommunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/lilly-scholars_video.jpg”] [/video_lightbox_youtube] Katy Brown and Olivia Miller represent two of the best and brightest in our community.  These 2015 high school graduates both received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship administered for Delaware County by The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County.  We are pleased to share their stories in hopes […]

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    Building a dream and creating a future

    Terri Panszi admits that she didn’t have a strong business plan when she founded the Animal Rescue Fund in 1998. In fact, she didn’t really know what a not-for-profit business was. Her main concern was simply to save as many animals as she could, adopting them from the Muncie Animal Shelter before they were euthanized […]

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    Remembering through generosity and hope

    When a congenital heart condition claimed the life of 14-year-old Natalie LaShay Teague in 2006, her bereaved family wanted to find a special way to honor her memory. “We were best buddies,” says Natalie’s grandfather, Sam Abram, retired superintendent of Muncie Community Schools Corp. “She often rode with me when I drove to Louisville or […]

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    Envisioning growth together

    Those of us who strive to improve Muncie know how valuable our foundations are – including The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. I’m Mayor Dennis Tyler and The Community Foundation is a tremendously supportive partner in moving the City forward. When I pick up the newspaper, I’ll often see a story […]

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    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 […]

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    Motivating a new generation of teachers

    In his almost four decades as a teacher within the Muncie school system, Gary Addison saw firsthand the positive influence that classroom educators can have on youth. To encourage college-bound students to pursue careers in K-12 education, he established the Gary W. Addison Scholarship at The Community Foundation in 2010. His efforts to ease the […]

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    Blossoming from tiny acorn to mighty oak

    The year was 2006, the Foundation had recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and board member Marilyn Cleary was looking for ways to expand the donor base. As chair of the Development Committee, her message to the community was this: “A person doesn’t have to be wealthy to start a fund at the Foundation.” Under her […]

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    Extending community funds for a broader scope

    When the MutualBank Charitable Foundation was created in 1998, its founders had a clear purpose: to provide funding for charitable causes and to support the betterment of its market communities in any way that it could. To date, the organization has donated more than $3 million toward education, economic development, health care, the arts, and […]

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    Growing confidence one gift at a time

    In July 2004, Beyond I CAN moved out of Southside High School and into the Muncie community. Founded by special education teacher Nancy Barnett, it was originally a business project geared toward her students, who made various crafts and endeavored to sell them in order to learn project management, build confidence […]

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    Understanding the power of forever

    My name is Mary Dollison, and I’m a big believer in the Buley Center. I’m no longer on staff, but for a few years, my husband Cornelius and I stepped in to help re-establish the center after it had closed. This time, we want to keep the doors of the Buley Center open for good. So we contributed some start-up money for an endowment fund […]

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    Banding together as a town and as a team

    Selma, Indiana, has always been a close-knit, rural community where people look out for one another and take pride in their town. And so, it was an easy decision when The Community Foundation approached several key leaders in Selma as well as Perry and Liberty townships and described the opportunity to begin a town endowment […]

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    Helping students overcome financial hurdles

    Education advocate Hurley Goodall was among the first Foundation supporters to recognize the impact that a permanent endowment scholarship could have on local students and their home community. As the Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary, the Hurley and Fredine Goodall Scholarship Fund marks 20 years of helping minority […]

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    Celebrating the future while honoring the past

    The same year The Community Foundation celebrated its silver anniversary, Murray’s Jewelers marked its 125th year as a downtown Muncie tradition. Members of the Murray family met with members of the Foundation staff to discuss ways to commemorate the milestone. A scholarship fund that annually will benefit a Delaware County high school senior was the […]

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    Honoring an inspiring teacher with more than hugs

    Two funds, established in memory of Muncie educator Pat Moore continue to generate enthusiastic support from friends and students eight years after her untimely death. “Pat had a unique way of relating to children,” says her husband, Bruce Moore. “She taught for 24 years, so wherever we went we were likely to run into her […]

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    Believing in unlimited potential

    Today The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County is a vital philanthropic organization that manages an endowed asset base of more than $50 million, which is used to support a variety of people, community-centered activities, and non-profit organizations that serve the area’s greatest needs. But Community Foundation President Emeritus Roni Johnson remembers the early […]

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