Celebration of Giving – A new venue for a new kind of annual meeting

Published: July 30, 2015 by Johnson County Community Foundation

It was lights, camera, action and movie treats for more than 300 guests at the Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) Annual Celebration of Giving on Thursday, June 11 at The Historic Artcraft Theatre.

This year JCCF broke new ground and honored the following who helped make the Foundation stronger, increasing its philanthropic reach across Johnson County.

Donors – these individuals with charitable foresight, enabled JCCF to distribute approximately $1 million in grants and scholarships.

Community Partners – New in 2015, this program engaged more than 40 local businesses with JCCF and the community grantmaking process. Their contributions provided operating support and funded a worthy cause in the local community.

Scholarship Winners – 165 scholarships, totaling $439,854, were awarded to students from more than 65 different scholarship funds managed by JCCF.

Grant Recipients – Four grantees received funding for programs that will impact their clients and ultimately all of Johnson County. This year’s BIG grant winners (new in 2015) are:

  • Bargersville and White River Fire Departments: Awarded $30,000 to support the building of a training facility to give critical trainings that every firefighter needs at a local facility.
  • Crossing Educational Center: Awarded $25,966 to support the start-up of a micro-business job training program.
  • Interchurch Food Pantry: Awarded $25,000 to support expansion of services at the new pantry location.
  • The Social of Greenwood: Awarded $25,000 to support the start-up of an expansion into under-served areas of our community.

Grants were also awarded to five local school foundations for education and to Aspire Johnson County for civic and community development.

And last but not least, the annual JCCF Community Spirit Award was given to Jim Crane. Jim is an active community volunteer. He proposed the Franklin Urban Forest in 2010, raised $30,000 to make it a reality and has planted 2,000 trees there.

The JCCF Board of Directors, extended a thank you to all who have helped make this one of the best celebrations ever and looked forward to many more!

See more event photo on our Facebook page.

A special thanks to our Platinum Community Partners!

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