The Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC) has been pouring into local Boone County communities for the past 30 years. Since 1991, CFBC has granted out more than $28 million to address local, unmet needs. In 2021 alone, CFBC collectively and collaboratively granted $1.1 million to impact several areas of need, including developing local trails, delivering warm meals to the elderly and others in need, helping single parents with nowhere else to turn, offering mental health therapy programs, and supporting scholars pursuing multiple types of degrees and careers.
CFBC recently received grants from Lilly Endowment Inc. to focus on community engagement, community surveying and responding to the survey results in a way that the Foundation is positioned to lead our community. The common need identified in the community surveys is something CFBC continues to hear from nonprofits and residents: the desire for a centralized hub to connect our local communities., “We want local residents to feel included in local opportunities that exist right here in Boone County, have a voice in our collective future, reach their own potential, and know that a broader community outside their circle of friends and family cares about them”, says Jodi Gietl, CFBC President & CEO. “We believe this will happen through Connect Boone County!”
The Community Foundation of Boone County is proud to announce the launch of Connect Boone County, a website and mobile application for all things volunteer-related and a one-stop-shop to connect nonprofits with volunteers. Connect Boone County exists to unite local nonprofits with local resources. “Being able to have volunteer opportunities, nonprofit events, and nonprofit needs (both monetary & in-kind donations) all in one place is going to help the forward movement of Boone County”, says Gietl. “We believe in the power of bringing people together. We can now connect people, philanthropy, and organizations both physically and digitally.”
CFBC engages the community, invests in people, programs, and organizations, and leads a vision for collaborative solutions. In 2022, Boone County residents will see CFBC 1- launching Connect Boone County, 2- supporting the continued growth of The Big 4 Trail, bisecting the urban and rural landscape of Boone County – connecting us all, and 3- awarding milestone impact grants to address local unmet needs in the areas of arts & culture, community development, disabled, education, elderly, human & health services, mental health, scholarships, and youth development. “Our 220+ funds award grants to nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in Boone County by contributing to the development of each community, addressing community needs, and investing in solutions that strengthen and improve our community”, says Gietl.
“Over the past few years, we’ve truly focused on making a large impact in different ways, such as awarding $150,000 in surprise grants to the local 3 public school corporations to help with COVID response, bringing two new murals to the towns of Advance and Jamestown, and injecting over $1 million every year into this county we call home.”
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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF BOONE COUNTY
Since 1991, the Community Foundation of Boone County has granted over $28 million from its various funds to nonprofit organizations and programs working to solve critical challenges in Boone County. Through the generosity of donors, the Community Foundation currently holds over $30 million in net assets. In the past 30 years, we have worked with donors to create permanent funds for charitable giving. The establishment and growth of permanent endowment funds will strengthen Boone County for generations to come.