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CFMC's Hardly Trivial a Success - Tuesday, April 14, 2015
This past Friday was the CFMC’s 2nd Annual Hardly Trivial Team Trivia Fundraiser. Participants helped to impact local grant making at the CFMC, raising $7,857 between team registrations, sponsorships, and mulligan sales. Thanks to the $1-to-$1 match courtesy of a generous Lilly Endowment matching grant, a total of $15,714 will benefit non-profit programming in Morgan County through arts and matching grants. Eleven teams participated from around the county, with the “Wild Horses” Team from the Hoosier Wild Mustang & Burro Association took the tournament by storm for a second year in a row, claiming a $500 grand prize and bragging rights. The second place team, “My Big Fact Greek Trivia Team” received $250 in prize money, and the last place team, “Brainwave Surfers” won the prestigious Unicorn of Awesomeness Award for Adventures in Mediocrity. The CFMC also threw in a copy of the board game, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.”

The CFMC would like to thank all of event sponsors, David Keister and WCBK, Carlisle-Branson Funeral Services & Crematory, and Ruth Rusie. The CFMC would also like to thank our round sponsors, Edward Jones - Financial Advisor Jenna Bennett, Hilliard Lyons – Martinsville, Home Bank SB, Keller Office Supply, Midwest Information Systems & Technologies, The Mixing Bowl Restaurant & Bakery, Morgan County Business Leader, Morgan County Sertoma Club, South Central Indiana – REMC, and Terry's Catering. A big round of applause for the eleven teams who participated, the volunteers who dedicated their time and effort, and our three judges, Ruth Rusie, Cynthia Brewer and Chadwick Gillenwater. read more ...

2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Recipients & Finalists - Monday, April 06, 2015

2015 Community Foundation of Morgan County 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars
Left to Right: Corey Howard, CFMC Program Officer; Dr. Michele Moore, MSD of Martinsville Superintendent; Michelle Poindexter, 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar; Jacob Mock, 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar; Dr. Nick Sears, MSD of Martinsville High School Principal.

We are proud to announce the Community Foundation of Morgan County 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Jacob Mock and Michelle Poindexter, Martinsville High School seniors, were selected from eleven finalists. Each will receive full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of their choice, as well as a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. read more ...

Lilly Endowment to Match Support of Morgan County Community Projects - Thursday, March 19, 2015
Donors to the Community Foundation of Morgan County (CFMC) can now support nearly 30 community programs and projects as part of the $1 million matching grant from the Lilly Endowment. These funds will be eligible for a $.50-for-$1 match. Existing endowments held at the CFMC will continue to receive the $0.50 match on the dollar. Examples of these funds include the Indiana Hearing Health Foundation, the Barbara B. Jordan YMCA and the Morgan County Historical Preservation Society, among many others. Gifts to the CFMC’s grant making program will be matched $1-for-$1. Last year the CFMC granted nearly $28,000, and through this matching grant program hopes to raise enough funds to increase this amount in the years to come. These grants have provided non-profit organizations that serve Morgan County residents additional support each year. read more ...
Poverty in Morgan County - Wednesday, March 11, 2015
To create an environment where individuals can escape poverty and where families and businesses can thrive, community leaders in rural areas must look for ways to reduce or compensate for limitations through broad initiatives that emphasize education and job creation, but also hands-on, very specific measures and strategies that will help people meet basic needs.

Bearing this in mind, the Community Foundation of Morgan County is continuing to work with local and national organizations in order to help everyone who calls Morgan County home live a life free of the effects of poverty. These efforts include the management of approximately 180 funds for local non-profits and community groups, as well as our annual impactful grant making program that has helped a number of non-profit organizations serving our community raise funds towards their ongoing services.
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Hardly Trivial Returns - Friday, February 27, 2015

The Community Foundation of Morgan County is hosting the second “Hardly Trivial” Trivia Night for all ages on Friday, April 10. This fun team competition was a smashing success last year, and this year the CFMC will be bringing teams a whole new set of questions, exciting door prizes, and more. Plus, participants will be helping to impact grant making at the CFMC with a $1-to-$1 match courtesy of a generous Lilly Endowment matching grant. This event is open to people of all ages, bring the whole family!

Hardly Trivial is scheduled for Friday, April 10, at Grace Church located at 4172 East Allison Road, directly adjacent to Highway 67 in Camby. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. - Trivia starts at 6:00 p.m. Concessions will be available from the Grace Church Kidz Youth Group. read more ...

Smithville Grants $15,000 to the CFMC & the Lilly Endowment Matches - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Smithville Charitable Foundation has granted the Community Foundation of Morgan County $15,000. Since 2009, Smithville has granted the CFMC funds towards its operating endowment, as well as funds to help rural Morgan County communities. This year that gift will go further, as the Lilly Endowment announced GIFT Phase VI in July, which is an effort to promote sustainable and effective community foundations in Indiana. Through this initiative, the Lilly Endowment will make matching grants available to Indiana Community Foundations. This gift from the Lilly Endowment allows grants like those from the Smithville Charitable Foundation to grow, increasing the reach of the original grant, and in turn, allowing the CFMC to better serve the Morgan County community.  read more ...
CFMC Adds Two New Funds - Thursday, November 20, 2014

This fall the CFMC welcomed two new organizations to their list of funds. Ready Set Quit Tobacco (RSQT) is a coalition of community organizations and businesses that promote a better quality of life for Morgan County citizens by reducing tobacco use through education and outreach. Vets 4 Vets is dedicated to providing injured veterans the opportunity to return to an active lifestyle through the assistance of adaptive equipment for outdoor sports. read more ...

PAYS Scholarships Encourages Eminence High School Freshmen to Live Tobacco Free - Friday, October 31, 2014
On Monday, Polly Amy, a Morgan County resident and activist, along with Jennifer Walker of Ready Set Quit Tobacco and Sharon Chastain of the Morgan County Health Department, spoke to the 2014 Eminence High School freshman class on the dangers of tobacco use, encouraging them to quit using tobacco if they had already started. read more ...
CFMC to Recognize Those Who Do Good in Morgan County - Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Community Foundation of Morgan County is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Philanthropic Awards dedicated to those who do good in Morgan County. These awards will be presented at the 2014 Philanthropy Dinner on November 06, 2014 6:00 p.m. at the Art Sanctuary of Indiana in Martinsville. Please join us in recognizing these people who have dedicated their lives to serving Morgan County. Tickets are $35 each, or $185 for a table of six, and can be purchased at either CFMC office or online  read more ...
CFMC Names New Executive Director - Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Ed Kominowski, CFMC Executive DirectorThe Community Foundation of Morgan County has announced that Edward Kominowski will succeed retiring Tom Zoss as its new executive director. Zoss will retire after the Oct. 13 board meeting. The CFMC also does the administration work for the Kendrick Foundation, a private foundation based in Mooresville that funds healthcare grants and scholarships.

With more than twenty years of executive management, non-profit and fundraising experience, Kominowski is passionate about philanthropy and community building. After nearly 10 years at the I.U. Foundation, he spent the past decade working as a Director of Development holding leadership positions with three state universities in Florida, and most recently at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation in Ft. Myers, Fla. read more ...

2014 News Archive  
Scholarship Season Begins November 24th - Thursday, November 20, 2014
CFMC Awards $27,934 in Grants To Area Non-Profits - Thursday, October 23, 2014
CFMC to Host Philanthropy Dinner Nov. 6 - Tuesday, September 02, 2014
2nd Annual Ride to Cure Pediatric Cancer Honors Brianna McQueen - Monday, August 18, 2014
2014 CFMC Grant Cycle Open August 1 - Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Ron Taylor Memorial Ride Raises $5,000 - Monday, June 16, 2014
Tom Zoss to Retire this Fall: Search Opening - Saturday, June 07, 2014
CFMC Non-Traditional Scholarship Deadline Approaching - Monday, April 28, 2014
CFMC Announces 2014 Lilly Scholars - Monday, March 31, 2014
Hardly Trivial: Successful New CFMC Fundraiser - Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Celebrating Community Foundations - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
New CFMC Signature Fundraiser - Tuesday, February 04, 2014
CFMC Adds New Scholarships for Mooresville and Monrovia High School Students - Friday, January 17, 2014
Smithville Charitable Foundation Funds Grain Bin Entrapment Project - Friday, January 03, 2014
2013 News Archive  
Mt. Olive Manufacturing Donates $30,000 to Support Technical Education in Morgan County - Thursday, November 21, 2013
CFMC Scholarship Season Begins with New Online Application System
- Wednesday, November 06, 2013
CFMC Awards $28,872 in Grants
- Tuesday, October 22, 2013
CFMC Awards Record-Breaking $122,355 in Scholarships
- Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Mooresville High School Alumni Association Scholarship Added - Thursday, May 02, 2013
CFMC Adds New Scholarships for Martinsville High School Students Applications Due May 31 - Monday, April 29, 2013
CFMC Announces 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Recipients & Finalists - Friday, March 29, 2013
2012 News Archive  
New Endowment Match Announced
- Monday, December 17, 2012
2012-13 Scholarship Season Opens - Thursday, November 15, 2012
Third Annual Eric Pierce Memorial Softball Tournament August 18
- Monday, August 13, 2012
Centerton & Robb Hill/Beech Grove Sirens to be Installed
- Thursday, August 02, 2012
CFMC Awards Record-Breaking $108,040 in Scholarships
- Wednesday, August 01, 2012
CFMC Grants Cycle Now Open, Applications Due September 7
- Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Quality of Life Assists Cancer Patients Through Fund at CFMC
- Monday, July 30, 2012
CFMC Hosts Farmers Breakfast & Sponsors Senior Day at Morgan County Fair
- Tuesday, June 26, 2012
CFMC Reactivates Nonprofit Alliance, Adds Staff & Services
- Thursday, June 07, 2012
Ben Elo Memorial Soccer Camp Funds Local Scholarships
- Tuesday, June 05, 2012
CFMC's Morgan County Antique Appraisal Fair Returns April 14
- Monday, April 02, 2012
Announcing Lilly Endowment Scholarship Finalists & Recipients
- Friday, March 30, 2012
Now Available - New Cookbook Benefits Scholarship
- Tuesday, January 17, 2012
  A new cookbook - "Never Too Late for Another Cookbook" - features over 200 recipes from Morgan County residents. The cookbook is now available at both offices of the CFMC and at local businesses for $20, with all proceeds benefiting the "Never Too Late" Scholarship for adults 30 and over returning to school. The cookbook was created by Polly Amy and friends and features recipes from scholarship recipients, the former Hummingbird Heaven restaurant, and local residents.
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