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 recent stories, but make sure to check out all of our Stories of Impact or Share Yours.


Boone County Preschools Receive Grant Dollars

July 2021. Every year, the Boone County Preschool Fund, an endowment fund held at CFBC, awards two grants: one to the Lebanon School District and one to the Western Boone School District. For the 2020-2021 academic year, these grants provided the opportunity for 34 Lebanon children and 56 Western Boone children to attend preschool and prepare to enter Kindergarten. “CFBC is proud to play a role in helping our most precious asset – our children”, said Jodi Gietl, President & CEO for CFBC. “We are blessed and grateful to our donors, past and present, who are passionate about our youth and helping them succeed.”

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The Impact of Capacity Building

June 2021. The goal of the capacity building program is to help build stronger nonprofits benefiting the whole county. Love INC, one of the 2020 capacity building participants, recently presented how the grant funds impact their organization to CFBC staff, board, and grants committee. “The work plan we created during this process expertly guided our approach through COVID and will certainly impact the years to come”, said Marcia Overfield, Co-Executive Director for Love INC.

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Wishing Wings Named Women of Impact Grantee

March 2021. Members of Women of Impact Boone County brought their passion to support local nonprofits together and voted Wishing Wings as the 2021 first quarter grantee. Wishing Wings works to provide essentials for youth in foster care and kinship placement within Boone County. This grant will allow Wishing Wings to grant more wishes and continue stocking the Wishing Wings shop with much needed items.

 

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Partnerships Benefit 30+ Nonprofits

January 2021. Several times each year, the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Whitestown notifies CFBC of a donation ready for pickup. The most recent donation on January 15th was the largest received to date, consisting of six pallets full of everything from shoes to towels, school and cleaning supplies, and more. Thanks to Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center and the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office, the Zionsville Police Department was secured for distribution. Within the first hour of opening, over 30 nonprofits arrived to come for a share.

 

 

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Second Annual Day of Giving Back

November 2020. CFBC Board of Directors & Staff traveled throughout Boone County on Nov. 24 to surprise ten Boone County nonprofits each with a $1,000 check. With the entire day dedicated to giving back, the CFBC team focused on the importance of continuing to give during a challenging year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, residents and organizations collaborated to help others in need. While some needs have been addressed, many needs still exist & the foundation wants to continue giving to help support our community partners working to solve those needs.

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CFBC Named Community PRIDE Champion

October 2020. CFBC was named the Lebanon Community School Corporation Community PRIDE Champion at the October school board meeting. This award is given to community members, parents, businesses, &/or organizations who display persistence, respectfulness, initiative, dependability, & efficiency. CFBC Board of Directors & Staff were honored to receive this award due to the ongoing support & dedication to strengthening the local school systems & communities.

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CFBC Grants $150,000 to Boone County School Corporations

July 2020. CFBC Board of Directors & Staff delivered $50,000 checks on July 30 to Lebanon, Western Boone, & Zionsville Community School Corporations. Combined with the previously awarded $70,000 to local nonprofits, CFBC has now awarded over $220,000 in COVID response grants, since March 12, to support Boone County communities. “One of the advantages of philanthropy through a Community Foundation is the ability to provide flexible & responsive funding to address the ever changing needs in the community”, said Jodi Gietl, CFBC President & CEO.

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CFBC Grants $17,000 to 4 Boone County Nonprofits

May 2020. The Community Foundation of Boone County awarded additional COVID-related grants totaling $17,000. Combined with the first round of grants made on March 12, CFBC has distributed nearly $53,000 to 11 nonprofits in Boone County. The grants have been made from the Community Foundation of Boone County COVID-19 Response Fund and existing funds held at CFBC. “As the Community Foundation of Boone County, we are positioned to bring people together to support the nonprofits who are working daily to address the needs as they arise and continue to change,” said Jodi Gietl, President & CEO of CFBC. “We continue to connect regularly with our local nonprofit organizations to see how their needs are changing and how the community can best help them.”

 

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Boone County Continues to Rise During COVID-19 

March 2020. We continue to see our communities rise up to address needs. Collectively, needs are being filled and we thank you for playing your part! On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Community Foundation of Boone County awarded the first round of  COVID-19 response grants to seven local Boone County nonprofits totaling $30,000, to support programs addressing immediate needs during these times. We invite you to check out the impact these nonprofits have already made, learn the remaining unmet needs, and see how you can continue to help.

 

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The Impact of Capacity Building

March 2020. 2019 was the second year for the CFBC Capacity Building program. The goal of this program is to help build stronger nonprofits benefiting the whole county through capacity building opportunities. The 2019 participants, Boone County Cancer Society and the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County, recently presented how the grant funds impacted their organizations to our staff, board, and grants committee. As needs change throughout Boone County, these two organizations will be able to implement what they learned to help their nonprofits and the residents of Boone County through future chapters. 

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CFBC Day of Giving Back

November 2019. On November 26, 2019, CFBC staff traveled across the county to surprise 10 Boone County nonprofits each with a $1,000 check. It was the first “CFBC: Day of Giving Back”. We dedicated the entire day to giving back to some of the amazing people who serve Boone County daily. In 7 hours, we poured $10,000 back into Boone County nonprofits to help them better serve others. The funds came from the Community Impact Unrestricted Fund at CFBC, which allows the foundation to award grants to meet needs within the community as they arise.

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