Our Story is Your Story.

Our story is written by those in our community who help others – both donors and nonprofits.  We all come together to make an impact in our neighbor’s lives. Below are a few of our favorite stories, but make sure to check out all of our Stories of Impact or Share Yours.

A Labor of Love

Maplelawn-41 copyTo say that Maplelawn Farmstead is a labor of love is an understatement. The entirely-volunteer board of directors has put countless hours of sweat equity into the farm since 2005, when it originally launched as a pass-through fund at CFBC until they received their own 501(c)3 designation. The nonprofit organization creates experiences that connect people to the rich, rural history of the Great Depression era on an Indiana family farm.

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A Community Vision Realized

YMCAIt all started when Witham Health Services CEO Ray Ingham moved to town. He had a vision for a wellness program through the hospital, but he didn’t think the hospital was the best place to house it. At the same time, a group was starting to work on the possibility of building at YMCA in Boone County, Mark Ransom was part of that group, and as a CFBC board member, he realized that the Community Foundation was the perfect place to accept donations to a capital campaign. Knowing that donors would feel more comfortable having a fund designated for the building project, he worked with CFBC to set up a pass-through fund to accept gifts and pledges.

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A Painter’s Dream

Mary-McCartney-JonesNot long after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, Sugar Creek Art Center artist-in-residence Mary McCartney-Jones had a dream. In it, a little blonde girl came to her. She could see her eyes very clearly and noticed that she was wearing a white dress with little black flowers. Gradually, more children came to her in the dream until she counted 20 total. She hadn’t watched much of the Sandy Hook news reports, and wasn’t really certain how many children had died, but for some reason she felt as though the children in her dream were those who had lost their lives at Sandy Hook. Mary went to her computer and searched among the 20 children until she found the little blonde girl wearing a white dress with a large black flower; it was then she knew she had to paint the children of Sandy Hook.

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