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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 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.

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

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.

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.

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!

Heritage Fund Launches 2021 ‘Love Where You Live’ Campaign With New Design

Heritage Fund Launches 2021 ‘Love Where You Live’ Campaign With New Design

Heritage Fund announces its 2021 “Love Where You Live” Campaign to grow assets of its Community Fund and increase grantmaking capacity. The campaign seeks to raise $150,000 to be invested for the long-term benefit of the community. Individuals as well as local businesses are encouraged to “Love Where You Live” with a donation to the campaign that supports community initiatives. Each year, thanks to community generosity and a sound investment policy, Heritage Fund makes more than $600,000 in grants from the Community Fund to address various community needs as they arise. Community Fund grants allowed the community foundation to support local nonprofits and the residents they serve in a variety of ways this year. Some examples of grants include: • $9,000 to Servants at Work to build accessibility ramps at homes of those with mobility issues • $22,000 to Love Chapel to support strategic planning that will help serve more individuals in need • $25,000 to Columbus Area Arts Council to create a community gathering space via the 6th Street Arts Alley project • $15,343 to Gleaners Food Bank to develop a mobile food pantry for seniors requiring meal assistance • $2,340 to Just Friends Adult Daycare to pilot a music therapy program for its clients Heritage Fund unveiled the 2021 design by local artist Kevin Zeigler on Monday (see attached). The new design features a handful of individuals who served as inspiration for the annual “Love Where You Live” theme. “This year's campaign focuses on people and the important role people play in making our community a special place,” said Tracy Souza, president and CEO of Heritage Fund. “The ‘Love Where You Live’ Campaign celebrates Bartholomew County and encourages all of us to consider giving back to ensure the next generation has resources to address their challenges.” Zeigler describes his artistic style as “... a ‘90s cartoon feel with comic book page energy.” “Community and art go hand-in-hand, which is important in creating a good place to live. Columbus’ rich history proves that making a deep investment in design and people can continue to pay off far into the future,” Zeigler said. Community members who make a donation to the campaign can receive a poster and/or a tote bag featuring the 2021 LWYL design and are encouraged to join Heritage Fund on social media (Facebook/Instagram @heritagefundbc) to share pictures and comments about the special people who help them “Love Where They Live” using the tags #2021LWYL and @heritagefundbc. Donations can be made by mail to Heritage Fund at 538 Franklin St., Columbus, IN 47201 or online at heritagefundbc.org. For more information, contact Kristin Munn, HFBC director of development, at 812-376-7772 or kmunn@heritagefundbc.org.

Women's Giving Circle - 2021 Bartholomew County Report Card for Women

Women's Giving Circle - 2021 Bartholomew County Report Card for Women

Linked here is the Bartholomew County Report Card for Women – a compilation of local, state and national data to help us better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist for women in our community. This Report Card was a 2020-2021 Initiative of the Women’s Giving Circle and will be used to define future initiatives and grant making.

Applications are open for 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Applications are open for 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Attention Bartholomew County High School Seniors: Applications for the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are now available online. Complete eligibility requirements and application link and instructions are available at heritagefundbc.org. Completed applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Sept. 2. See the attached PDF for helpful information about applying for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

2020 Heritage Fund Annual Report to the Community - Silver Linings

2020 Heritage Fund Annual Report to the Community - Silver Linings

We invite you to check out our 2020 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 view the 2020 Annual Report.

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!

Be a GEM! The Women's Giving Circle's new monthly donor program.

Be a GEM! The Women's Giving Circle's new monthly donor program.

New in 2021, the Women's Giving Circle is offering a monthly giving program, be a GEM (Give Every Month). Giving monthly is hassle-free and you never have to remember when it’s time to rejoin! Plus your monthly gift will build on the philanthropic force of the WGC to improve the lives of women and children in Bartholomew County! Indicate your monthly gift when giving on our website.