Debbie Blank The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune
---- — The goals of Franklin County Community Foundation leaders for 2014 and beyond “are to maintain the positive relationships we have with our current donors and establish new relationships with those who have a passion for this community,” reports executive director Shelly Lunsford.
At a Dec. 4 open house, she announced, “We have had another successful year. We awarded 57 scholarships to students from Franklin County and 41 grants to county organizations.”
One Lilly Endowment scholarship was presented, adding to a total of close to $2.4 million in Lilly scholarships given in the county since 1998. In 13 years, “we have now awarded 473 individual FCCF scholarships totaling more than $270,000 and 300 individual grants totaling more than $2.1 million.”
“When you add all of the grants and scholarships that we have awarded since we began, the total is close to $5.5 million that the foundation has given in Franklin County!”
FCCF officials oversee 113 funds, including five established this past year: Stanley “Bud” & Marilyn White Diabetes Assistance Endowment, Lance Cox Memorial Scholarship Endowment, Cultivating Donor Development Endowment, David Lee Verbryke Memorial Scholarship Endowment and Tim Hinderberger Memorial Scholarship Endowment.
Round two of Economic Opportunities through Education 2015 (EcO15) funding began this year. She explains, “We received our first $40,000 in 2013 and will receive another $40,000 next year” for the 10-county southeastern Indiana initiative.
This grant, which comes from Lilly Endowment, will be focused on high school dropout prevention and adult literacy in the county. The director reports, “Up to this point, we have been able to expand the county’s GED and pre-GED programs and begin an adult literacy program. We have also helped in funding the credit recovery program at Franklin County High School.”
According to her, “We have some amazing ongoing partnerships and programs. For 11 years, we have been taking eighth-grade students from all county schools on college visits as part of an early outreach program. This year, we took more than 250 to Miami University for ‘A Taste of College.’”
Officials are entering the 10th year as fiscal agent for Stayin’ Alive, the county drug-free coalition. After being fiscal sponsor for Canoefest for the past seven years, its leaders have applied for nonprofit status so they took care of their own finances. According to the director, “We recently finished administration of the 18-month Indiana Place Based Investment Tourism Grant that came to the town.”
Income from Sept. 1, 2012-Aug. 31, 2013, was $635,737, she reported. After expenses of $509,024, FCCF had a net gain of $126,713. Net assets total $3.12 million. Because contributions and grants made to the foundation totaled over $187,000, “we were able to award over $97,000 in grants and scholarships.”
When asked about a wish list, Lunsford answers, “We were very fortunate in the past year to get a contribution from an estate that allowed us to update the office a bit. We had the walls painted and purchased new desks for Tina and me. The one thing that we would like to be able to do in the future is get new flooring in our kitchen and bathroom. These two rooms still have the original flooring from when our building was used by People’s Trust Bank.”
The director reminded open house attendees, “Last year I mentioned that we had received a nice bequest during the year. Well, we got word earlier this year of another nice bequest that was left to us.” Because the philanthropy came after the end of the fiscal year, these funds will show up in next year’s annual report.
“We are so very proud and excited that our donors have shown such trust and faith in us by putting us in their estate plans. This shows us that our donors are noticing the great things that we are doing and that they want us to be able to continue our good work.”
She enthusiastically thanked FCCF boosters who attended the annual party. “Whether it is in support of the gazebo on the courthouse lawn, or of 4-H and the goat and sheep shelter, your passion for our community is a wonderful thing. It is this passion that makes it possible for us to continue improving Franklin County!”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
FCCF details • Over the past year, the foundation board, which meets monthly, was led by President Crystal Stuckey, Brookville; Vice President Dr. Michael Fain, Oxford, Ohio; Treasurer Dennis Brack, Liberty; and Secretary Marilyn Roberts, Brookville. Other board members include Jake Linkel, Batesville; David Cook, Dennis Fritz, Rhonda Hofer, Paul Moster, Mark Oglesby, Kathy Orschell, Linda Rosenberger, Lynn Sams, Andrea White and Patti Wilhelm, Brookville. • The director, assisted by office manager Tina Ferriell, is at the office, 527 Main St., Brookville, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. On Fridays a volunteer is there from 9 a.m.-noon. • The 2012-13 annual report has been mailed. Persons not on the mailing list who would like to receive copies and also periodic updates may e-mail requests to email@example.com or call 765-647-6810. Additional copies may be picked up at the FCCF office. • More information is available at www.franklincountyindiana.com.