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Congratulations to the 2022 Brown Music Competition Winners!

Congratulations to the 2022 Brown Music Competition Winners!

Heritage Fund announces high school seniors Matthew Liu and Andrei Minut as the winners of the 2022 Brown Music Competition hosted virtually Saturday from Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Helen Haddad Hall. Liu, a student of Columbus North and piano instructor Irina Ter-Grigoryan, won the Betty F. Brown Awards for Instrumental Excellence, performing “Moonlight Sonata, 3rd Movement, Presto Agitato” by Beethoven. Minut, a home-schooled baritone student of Camilla Gehring, won the Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence, singing “Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal” by Quilter and “Widmung” by Schumann. Both students will receive a $3,500 scholarship award. Other senior award winners were: • Saylor Lancaster, piano, $2,000 • Tiffany Fu, violin, $1,000 • Clara Halsey, piano, $500 • Sofia Martinez, mezzo, $1250 • Lillie Tickel, mezzo, $1250 • Anna Jackson, mezzo, $500 • Olivia Pittman, soprano, $500 Underclass award winners were: • Sreepadaarchana Munjuluri, violin, $2,000 • Aislinn Tian, marimba, $600 • Darren Li, violin, $400 • Molly Hotek, soprano, $2,000 Judges for the event were: Ms. Susan Chan, violist, New Century String Quartet and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, adjunct faculty, University of Indianapolis; Dr. Ray Kilburn, associate professor of music, piano, Ball State University; Ms. Lissa F. May, associate dean for instruction, professor of music education, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; Ms. Mary Ann Hart, retired professor of voice, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; Dr. Kerry Jennings, director of opera studies, California State University, Fullerton; and Mr. Thomas Studebaker, lecturer of voice, Central Michigan University. The Betty F. Brown Awards for Instrumental Excellence was established by Mr. Brown in 1992 in memory of his wife, Betty. Mrs. Brown was a well-known and highly respected advocate and patron of the arts, both locally and statewide. The Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence were established through the Heritage Fund in 1985 by Robert and Betty Brown to honor Mr. Brown's mother, Anna Newell Brown. She was a distinguished vocalist and contributed greatly to the cultural life of the Bartholomew County Community. Robert N. Brown was the longtime chairman of Home News Enterprises, The Republic’s parent company. He also served as chairman of the Heritage Fund Board from 1980 to 1983, during which the foundation awarded its first grant – a $500 award for the Art in Public Places Program. Both competitions are administered annually by Heritage Fund – The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

Reams Family Award for Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

Reams Family Award for Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 award winners, Shannon Royer, third grade teacher at St. Bartholomew and Lorna Clare, preschool teacher at ABC Stewart. The Reams Family Award for Excellence in Teaching was established at Heritage Fund by Fred and Karen Reams, former residents of Bartholomew County, to recognize outstanding educators teaching in the private schools serving Bartholomew County. Recipients are nominated by their schools' principals/directors based on criteria including the person's exceptional skills and dedication to teaching, exemplary initiative and contributions to the school and its environment.

Nala Fund Helps Clover

Nala Fund Helps Clover

Heritage Fund's new Nala Fund works in partnership with the Bartholomew County Humane Society (BCHS) to administer funds for dogs in need. This fund covered the bloodwork for Clover who needed it before a dental procedure. Clover was adopted as a senior last fall. Her owner was aware that she needed dental work but had another dog develop health issues and so funds ran short. The Nala Fund allowed Clover to quickly improve her quality of life! Learn more here: https://www.heritagefundbc.org/grants

2022 Love Where You Live!

2022 Love Where You Live!

We're excited to launch our 2022 Love Where You Live Campaign to benefit our Community Fund! Your support of our Community Fund enables us to continue making grants that support our local nonprofits and community initiatives both today and in the future. Stop by with a LWYL gift & receive a poster, decal and/or notebook featuring the 2022 LWYL design by Hope artist Amy Harden. Join us on social media (Facebook/Instagram @heritagefundbc) to share pictures and comments about why you Love Where You Live. ❤️ Donations can also be made by mail to our office at 538 Franklin St., Columbus, IN 47201 or here. .

VOELZ, REED, & MOUNT, LLC LAUNCH NEW FOUNDATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HERITAGE FUND

VOELZ, REED, & MOUNT, LLC LAUNCH NEW FOUNDATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HERITAGE FUND

In an effort to give back to the local communities where they do business, the owners at Voelz, Reed, & Mount, LLC law firm have partnered with Heritage Fund to launch a foundation that will provide support for aging adults and their families. Business co-owners Lora Mount and Blake Reed shared their thoughts about the new foundation. “We have been very fortunate to build a successful business in a community like Columbus. As business owners who have benefited from this community, we felt a strong desire to find a way to give back. Like many business owners, one of our struggles has been finding the time that it takes to properly establish a private foundation. Establishing a private foundation can be complicated and time-consuming. Partnering with Heritage Fund gave us exactly what we were looking for. We are so excited to be able to support seniors and individuals with special needs through the Voelz, Reed, & Mount Foundation. We also hope to inspire other business owners to do the same,” Mount said. According to Reed, “In our practice, we have seen an increased need for support for our senior and special needs population and were looking for a way to support these growing populations. We are fortunate and delighted to have the opportunity to give back to the community we serve, side by side with Heritage Fund.” A personal foundation is a philanthropic vehicle that provides flexibility in donor-directed grantmaking. Heritage Fund began focusing on personal foundations, including business foundations, in 2021 as part of its “Your Philanthropy. Your Way.” initiative. “Heritage Fund is excited to partner with Voelz, Reed, & Mount, LLC and support their thoughtful approach to philanthropy. Part of our mission as a community foundation is to help individuals, families and businesses carry out their philanthropic wishes. It is why we say: ‘Your Philanthropy, Your Way.’ Partnering with Heritage Fund on a personal foundation allows all the benefits of a private foundation at a fraction of the cost and without the administrative burden,” Heritage Fund President and CEO Tracy Souza said. “Congratulations to partners Lora Mount and Blake Reed for being thoughtful, creative and smart about how they want to give back to the community that has created their success.” The Voelz, Reed, & Mount Foundation will accept grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Decatur counties that serve aging adults. Applications will be accepted from April 1-April 29, 2022. Grant awards will average $500-$1,000 each. For more information about the Voelz, Reed, & Mount Foundation or for details on how to apply for a grant at this link.

In Honor of Barb Newton's Retirement from First Pres Pre-K

In Honor of Barb Newton's Retirement from First Pres Pre-K

For the last 27 years, Barb Newton’s passion and dedication as Director have been instrumental in making First Presbyterian Preschool a great place to be for a quality early learning education. She has left a mark on early childhood education in our community like no other. If your family has been impacted by Barb and her dedication to First Presbyterian Preschool, we hope you will consider a gift in her honor to the First Presbyterian Preschool Scholarship Fund at The Heritage Fund. This fund helps to ensure that children from our community can experience high-quality learning regardless of economic circumstances. Click here to donate!

The Nala Fund - Apply to Get Medical Help for Your Dog

The Nala Fund - Apply to Get Medical Help for Your Dog

After the tragic and sudden loss of Nala in October 2020, The Nala Fund was established by her family in appreciation of the gift that her life made to them. Nala was the May family’s first dog and the AEI company dog. She went to work every day and brought smiles to many with her unique personality. She is greatly missed. In honor of Nala's life, the Nala Fund invites individuals in need to apply for grant funding on behalf of their dogs so that their families can avoid the pain of loss. Applications can be made directly to the Bartholomew County Humane Society. Please feel free to download and share this flyer with fellow dog lovers!

Creating an Equitable Community

Creating an Equitable Community

Creating an Equitable Community: How local groups are advancing diversity, equity and inclusion tells the story of how Bartholomew County is responding to the call for a more equitable community. Over 30 local partners contributed to the publication, including: Bartholomew County Justice System Bartholomew County School Corporation City of Columbus Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Columbus Interfaith Columbus Regional Health Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus Ivy Tech NAACP of Bartholomew County Purdue Polytechnic The Republic Su Casa Columbus United Way of Bartholomew County Click the link below to read the publication and learn more about the good work happening throughout Bartholomew County. LINK TO PUBLICATION ON HFBC WEBSITE

2021 Annual Report to the Community - Connecting in the Community

2021 Annual Report to the Community - Connecting in the Community

We invite you to check out our 2021 Annual Report. This report illustrates the impact of your community foundation - none of which would be possible without your very generous donations! We couldn't do it without your support. Thank you. Click here to see the Annual Report.

Policy Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Policy Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As part of Heritage Fund’s funds promise committed to in August of 2020 to "spend the next 24 months studying and reflecting on the issues of racial equality and equity and determining how HFBC can make a positive impact on the community", our board recently approved the following Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement. This statement will serve as a guidepost to our organization as we continue doing the necessary and important work around racial equity in our community. The Heritage Fund commits to establishing a community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe our differences are a source of strength and that understanding, appreciating, and celebrating our differences will ensure a stronger and healthier community. Heritage Fund invites our donors, community partners, and stakeholders to invest in creating a forward-thinking community that is welcoming, respectful, and actively engaged in racial and cultural equity. Follow the link below to access and utilize racial equity resources made available on the Heritage Fund website: https://www.heritagefundbc.org/racial-equity

2021 Brown Music Competition Applications Now Available

2021 Brown Music Competition Applications Now Available

2021 Brown Music Competition applications now available. Please note: 2021 competition restricted to high school seniors. Competition and details subject to change and/or cancellation. Applications and eligibility info: https://hfbcscholarships.communityforce.com Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Questions? Contact Amy Laker at alaker@heritagefundbc.org #scholarships #brownmusiccompetition

Scholarship Applications Due Jan 12, 2021 at 5 PM

Scholarship Applications Due Jan 12, 2021 at 5 PM

Thanks to the generosity of our scholarship donors, dozens of scholarships are offered for a variety of post secondary fields of study and interests. See Scholarships tab for a complete list of scholarships and their individual criteria, typical award amount range and link to apply. All completed scholarship applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2021. Contact Amy Laker (alaker@heritagefundbc.org) with questions.