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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.

Sans Souci Receives a 2020 Organizational Excellence Grant from Heritage Fund

Sans Souci Receives a 2020 Organizational Excellence Grant from Heritage Fund

Receiving the Organizational Excellence grant in 2020 had both an immediate and lasting effect on Sans Souci. When Sans Souci was awarded the funds, this allowed our organization to attract or retain a strong leadership team by offering attractive salaries and benefits. Since receiving these funds, Sans Souci has fulfilled or retained the Operations Supervisor, Program Coordinator, Community Outreach Coordinator and HR Coordinator positions. While some plans had to be put on hold because of COVID-19, we have been able to resume most of the plans now that we are into the 2021 year. One of the first things that resumed with the new year was our Employee Development training. Employees attend training two to four times a month on topics such as soft skills, budgeting or operational training. Another project that was paused but is now resumed was the continued work on restructuring our Sans Souci University program, an intensive program that will be required for employees to attend that will feature a wide variety of training designed to aide them in reaching or retaining self-sufficiency. Having talented individuals serving in these roles has been invaluable to our organization. Since hiring these positions, we have seen a positive increase in several areas across our organization such as store sales, social media followers, more internal organization, the ability to raise our starting wage and outstanding growth in dozens of employees. All of these positions are crucial to the growth and future of Sans Souci and we wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of friends like the Heritage Fund.

Join us for the Nala Fund Donor Reception on 4/22 in the Heritage Fund Courtyard

Join us for the Nala Fund Donor Reception on 4/22 in the Heritage Fund Courtyard

You and your leashed pet are invited to learn more about how donations to the Nala Fund have helped local dogs. Join us on Thu 4/22 4-8 PM in the Heritage Fund Courtyard, 538 Franklin St., Columbus, Indiana. Complimentary pet photos and dog biscuits made by purely paula catering will be offered. This event will be in conjunction with the Columbus Downtown Merchants Spring Spritz Walk. Make a donation to the Nala Fund https://www.heritagefundbc.org/giving to help more dogs! ABOUT THE NALA FUND: The Nala Fund was established by the May family after the sudden loss of their first family pet in Oct 2020. The fund provides grants to support medical care for dogs in need. Animal care professionals can apply for grant funding on behalf of dogs in need. Applications can be made directly to the Bartholomew County Humane Society and can be found on the Heritage Fund website https://www.heritagefundbc.org/grants Dogs bring the magic of unconditional love, trust, fun and comfort to many people. If you've been lucky enough to enjoy a dog in your life, please consider giving to help dogs in need!

WGC Micro-Loan Program Success Story

WGC Micro-Loan Program Success Story

The WGC will continue our partnership with Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center again in 2021 to offer Micro-Loans to women in crisis. Diane Doup, who manages the program at LCNFC shared the impact the loans had for women in 2020.

"A woman who works part-time, at an hourly-paying job, had to quarantine for two weeks after she was exposed to the virus at work. She was not eligible for unemployment, so had a direct loss of income for those two weeks. Funds from WGC helped with her utility bills which were due during that time". Due to the continued difficulties local women and families are having because of the pandemic, the WGC will forgive the loans for the first half of 2021.

Update from Su Casa on Utilizing the WGC 2020 High Impact Grant

Update from Su Casa on Utilizing the WGC 2020 High Impact Grant

Since October, Su Casa has served 20 families with rent and utility assistance. In November, the spouse of one of our most devoted volunteers was hospitalized with a brain tumor. After it was removed, he and his wife who are self-employed stayed at home recovering. Without an income, it was difficult to meet their expenses. Then they contracted COVID. The work of our staff and volunteers kept them afloat financially and mentally. Now this volunteer is back in the trenches with us energized and happy. “Su Casa helped me with the bills that we had and food baskets at the start of the crisis when my partner and I had COVID, I am very grateful! I also had the opportunity to be vaccinated recently. I was turned away at a local vaccination site because I did not have documents*, but Su Casa was able to advocate on my behalf and quickly help me find an appointment with the National Guard who were very kind.” – Graciela Martinez * It is important to note that a state issued ID is not required by the health department to receive your vaccine. Nevertheless, administrators and pharmacists are making their own interpretation of the instructions to demand a driver’s license or ID card thereby denying one of the most affected populations their right to a COVID vaccine. Su Casa is currently in the process of updating our long-term strategy. The actionable items associated with our goals are no less than the development of a summer program for students in the Taylorsville and Parkside area focusing on flattening the summer slide experienced most extremely by low income and minority students, creating a robust immigration strategy which will include clinics that avoid the cost of lawyers by helping clients submit their own immigration forms, re-establishing our Employment Readiness class in partnership with McDowell, and connecting clients with their own Primary Care Physician (at VIM Care, the Seymour Clinic, or elsewhere). We already have a head start on our DACA Application Fee Payment Program which pays the $495 fee to apply for DACA. Our hands are full, but we are excited for the future!

Equity Works! Series

Equity Works! Series

Leadership Bartholomew County and CivicLab in partnership with the United Way of Bartholomew County are proud to present our second Equity Works! Building A Better Understanding Series. The virtual eight-part series will feature 90-minute conversations with experts in the field on equity-focused topics to help gain a better understanding and provide tools and resources to individuals and organizations. Registration required: https://civiclab1.wufoo.com/forms/2021-equity-works-series/