November is National Philanthropy Month

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY MONTH . . .

So there’s no better time to let you know that the Foundation is launching a new donation match opportunity this month.

For every $1 you contribute toward to our unrestricted fund, we will provide another $2.That means that your $1 turns into $3 and stretches your generosity even further! The unrestricted fund  finances most of the grants awarded every year to community, health, human services, education, arts, and youth-focused projects.

You can easily make your donation online through the Foundation’s PayPal portal here or send a check to

Blackford County Community Foundation
121 N. High Street
P.O. Box 321
Hartford City, IN 47348

Foundation Assets Top $10 Million

In its twenty years of existence, the Blackford County Community Foundation has reached a major milestone. As of August 31, 2018, its assets are $10.4 million. In 1997, the Foundation had only $85,000 when it was formed from the consolidation of the Montpelier Community Foundation and the Blackford County Foundation. That growth has come from the donations of over 2,000 contributors, from grants through the Lilly Endowment Inc., and from earnings on Foundation investments.

Over the past twenty years, the Foundation has awarded approximately $5 million in grants to 83 local nonprofits and their projects. In addition, 812 local high school graduates and local enrolled college students have received scholarships through the Foundation.

The Foundation celebrated the milestone growth with a reception held September 28. Event photos are posted here.

For more information about making charitable contributions or about applying for grants and scholarships, follow the links in this post or contact the Foundation at 765-348-3411 or ewitt@blackfordcounty.org.

Support Blackford Promise

Blackford Promise is a college and career initiative that provides encouragement and financial support for young students in the county to pursue their future dreams. The program provides state and local initiatives through school programming for students in kindergarten through fourth grade to begin their planning now. And it provides monetary incentives to begin planning for financing education beyond high school to meet those career goals.

Parents can help by enrolling their children in a 529 college savings account program that receives matching dollars and additional incentive money. See www.blackfordcountypromise.org for further information or call Elizabeth Witt at the Blackford County Community Foundation 765-348-3411.

Other community supporters may wish to donate funds for matches and incentives. Again, contact the Foundation for more information.

Blackford Greenway Trail Taking Donations

The Blackford Greenway has a fund at the Foundation that accepts donations toward improvements and upkeep of the Trail that connects the north side of Hartford City with Blackford High School. Currently, the Foundation will match any donation to the fund dollar for dollar.  The funds will provide for new benches, landscaping, and trailheads.

The Greenway originally opened in late November and was officially dedicated on May 12 in conjunction with the Get Moving 5K Run sponsored by the Hartford City Chamber of Commerce.

Donations may be sent to the Foundation at P.O. Box 327, Hartford City, IN 47348 or contributed online.

Class of 2018 Scholarship Awards

The Blackford County Community Foundation has provided 75 scholarships to local graduating seniors. The awards amount total over $70,000. For a full list of the award winners, click here.

Nature Playscape Project in Progress

A grant to the Hartford City Public Library from the Foundation is providing funding for the creation of nature and literacy play stations to the east of the library. The project has been in the works for nearly a year. Construction is just beginning during the warmer days of this winter and into the spring months. For more information read our news story here.