About Us

People and families who live and/or work in Bartholomew County, benefit from a special heritage. Thanks to a distinguished history of visionary citizens, this community has been proactive in foreseeing needs and addressing them. Uncommon cooperation between public officials, citizens and private leadership has made this possible, and made it successful. No place is this more evident than in the establishment of the Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, Inc.

Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County is created primarily to:

  • Provide responsible stewardship of gifts donated for broad charitable purposes;
  • Develop leadership to address community issues;
  • Serve as a catalyst for positive change in partnership with others;
  • Promote philanthropy broadly within the community.

It is the general policy of the Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County to include people without regard to age, disability, economic circumstances, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation in carrying out our mission.

Heritage Fund, as the community foundation of Bartholomew County, seeks to foster community leadership in all its forms. Learn more about our Leadership Values.

IMPACT PHILANTHROPY

It is the intent of the Heritage Fund Board of Directors to use the Foundation’s resources to enhance the quality of life in our community. Through collaboration with community partners, Heritage Fund conducted a Community Impact Scan to help answer these important questions:

What are the emerging needs in the community?

How can Heritage Fund proactively help address these needs?

Utilizing input from community experts in healthcare, economic development, social services, government, and the arts, Heritage Fund created a list of Areas of Impact that will drive proactive grant making in the years to come.

We invite you to join us in our journey to proactively use our resources to support the most important opportunities in our community. Our door is always open for your comments and questions, and we are more than happy to help you direct your philanthropic giving to align with our efforts or to support your personal philanthropic interests.

In partnership with others, Heritage Fund will provide resources to move our community forward in the following AREAS OF IMPACT:

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

  • Develop youth ages 0-21 and their families
  • Create a support network to improve social, emotional and mental health and educational attainment to achieve individual potential

 SUBSTANCE ABUSE 

  • Support systems-level solutions to address substance abuse and promote addiction prevention

 NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION

  • Increase availability of safe and affordable housing
  • Create and/or leverage community resources
  • Build a sense of pride and community ownership

 INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY

  • Build a culture of entrepreneurship
  • Provide pathways to unlock captive creativity or innovation in the community
  • Create an atmosphere where art, innovation, and architecture can flourish
  • Support economic development

WELCOMING COMMUNITY

  • Attract and retain talent
  • Promote community leadership
  • Create an inclusive environment for all residents

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Thomas D. Harmon (Chair)


Tony M. Gambaiani (Vice Chair)

Tom Vujovich (Tresaurer)

Alice Johnson  (Secretary)

Dave Barker

Kelly S. Benjamin

James D. Bickel

John M. Burnett

Jarvis D. Cooper

Diane Doup

John Elwood

Wendy Elwood

Victoria Griffin

Tobi Herron

Matthew D. Kirr

Laura Hurt

Mark Levett

Carl H. Lienhoop

Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Felipe Martinez

Norbert Nuesterer

Jim Roberts

Tracy Hamilton Souza (President & CEO)

Mark S. Stewart

Johnny Tsai

Ro Whittington

HERITAGE FUND STAFF

Tracy Souza, President and CEO
tsouza@heritagefundbc.org

Lorraine Low, Executive Assistant
llow@heritagefundbc.org

Amy Laker, Scholarship Manager
alaker@heritagefundbc.org

Kristin Munn, Director of Development
kmunn@heritagefundbc.org

Celeste Yonushonis, Director of Finance
cyonushonis@heritagefundbc.org

Abbie Bush, Grants Manager                                                                                         abush@heritagefundbc.org

Lara Hodson, EngageColumbus Community Navigator
lara@engagecolumbus.com