Former governor Ed Whitcomb dies

The Community Foundation of Jackson County joins other Hoosiers in mourning the death of former Indiana governor Edgar "Ed" Whitcomb.

The Hayden native and former Seymour resident died Thursday. He was 98.

The Foundation is proud have participated in the production of 2010 documentary,

"Full Circle: The Life & Times of Edgar D. Whitcomb."

The Foundation awarded a Community Impact Grant in 2009 for production of the documentary, which debuted in 2010 through WFYI Productions.

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Learn how to improve your nonprofit boards

Area nonprofit directors, their staffs and board members can take advantage a four-part training program this year -- Board Governance Series: Leading the Change -- aimed at helping improve their effectiveness and their programs.

The Community Foundation of Jackson County, Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County United Way have teamed to bring a robust board governance training series to the community.

June Miller will facilitate the training with all sessions taking place in the Conference Center at the Foundation, 107 Community Drive, Seymour. Miller is the regional director of Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network.

The topics were selected in part because of the number of new executive directors leading area nonprofits, said Tonja Couch, Executive Director of the United Way.

“June will offer valuable information and training aimed at helping our executive directors, their staffs, their board members and even prospective board members better serve their constituents and our community,” Couch said.

All sessions are from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The $15 cost per session includes lunch and materials.

The session dates and topics include:

  • February 11: The Role of an Effective Nonprofit Board of Directors and How to Recruit Members to Your Board
  • April 14: The Board’s Role in Fundraising
  • August 11: What You Should Know Before Joining a Board of Directors
  • October 6: We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This

You can enroll online through the Community Calendar at the Chamber’s website,

“We encourage our community partners in the nonprofit sector to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Dan Davis, President & CEO of the Foundation. “We’re happy to partner with the United Way and the Chamber on this series and pleased to host the sessions here at the Foundation.”

 The series is aimed at more than nonprofit directors and their staff, however.

 “It’s a great opportunity for business people to learn more about their volunteer responsibilities in our community by participating on the boards of area nonprofits, including what their responsibilities might be and what kind of questions they might want to ask,” Chamber President Tricia Bechman said.

Fall Grant assists Freetown Museum's expansion

The Freetown and Pershing Township Museum is growing again.

A grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson County will help fund the expansion of the museum on State Road 58. The annex includes the addition of a former café, which houses many of the museum’s artifacts of Freetown and Pershing Township.

The grant was one of 20 awarded recently by the Foundation through its Fall Grant cycle.

In the photo below, Gary Meyer, right, of the Community Foundation of Jackson County Board of Directors presents a grant check to Sharon Yost, president of the Freetown Improvement Association, and Russell Fritz. At left is Dan Davis, the Foundation's President & CEO.

For information about donating to the Foundation, call 812-523-4483 or visit online at

Grant aids Turning Point

A grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson County’s Fall Grant cycle will help Turning Point Domestic Violence Services deliver services to Latino families in Jackson County. In the photo below, from left, Turning Point President Lisa Shafran and Charlotte Moss, the Jackson County Community Service director for Turning Point, accept a Fall Grant check from Foundation Vice President Sue Smith and Board Member Ron Sibert. The grant was among 20 granted totaling more than $43,000 approved by the Foundation through this year’s Fall Grant program. So far this year, the Foundation has awarded than $344,000 in grants and scholarships.


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Denise Connell - Chair
Gary Meyer - Vice Chair
Ray Eakins - Treasurer
Priscilla Wischmeier - Secretary
John Beatty
Susan Bevers
Patricia Butt
Michael A. Fleetwood
Kevin Gabbard
Ron Harrison
Jim Johnson
Thomas J. Lantz
Susan Nehrt
Darrell Persinger
Jim Plump
Andy Royalty
Ron Sibert
Dennis Wayman


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Cindy Rinehart

Lori Miller
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Community Foundation of Jackson County is a community-focused organization. Through our efforts, we stay dedicated to building visionary partnerships with donors and local service organizations, and provide funds to enhance the quality of life across Jackson County. Our employees are chosen for their knowledge of the community and tasked to be representative of a broad cross-section of the community on the whole. We possess the right kind of expertise in the many areas of management necessary to carry out the stewardship functions of the Foundation and benefit the people of our various towns. In all that we do, we promote growth, giving, and flexibility so that we can uniquely tailor all our incomes to the many needs of Jackson County.

The Community Foundation is a public non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax deductible to the maximum amount allowable for gifts to a public charity.

For more information about The Community Foundation of Jackson County, please contact us and speak with one of our members at 812-523-4483 or contact us by e-mail

State grant aids Brownstown project

Joins Community Impact Grant in funding mix

BROWNSTOWN -- Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has announced funding for seven communities through the state's Place Based Investment Fund -- including a $50,000 grant for Brownstown.

The competitive matching grant program aims to boost quality of life and tourism efforts throughout the state, according to Ellspermann.

The grant will assist the town develop a new downtown park and outdoor pavilion. The project received a $5,000 Community Impact Grant in 2015 from the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

"We'll be putting that $5,000 grant to good use here pretty soon," Brownstown Clerk-Treasurer David Willey said on Monday afternoon.

Willey said the project's working committee is expected to meet soon to move forward with the project. He expects construction will likely start in the spring.

"That's great news for the community," said Dan Davis, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. "The Foundation is excited to be a part of this project and was happy to make an Impact Grant toward its becoming a reality."

The project will include an open-air performance stage with an enclosed kitchenette, storage area and other amenities.

Activities at the facility will include outdoor reading sessions, educational programs, musicales, dramatic performances, outdoor movies, farmer’s markets, community festivals, and 5k races.

The development is a partnership with the Town of Brownstown, Brownstown/Ewing Main Street, and Brownstown Electric Supply Company Inc.

The project entails construction of a park and outdoor pavilion on property that once housed a feed mill and other busineses. The properties were the scene of a fire that destroyed a couple of downtown businesses several years ago.

Willey said the committee hopes to design and build a roof for the project that will blend well with the neighboring Brownstown Public Library and the Jackson County Courthouse.

"It should really tie in nicely with the other buildings and really look nice," Willey said.

Community Impact Grants funded through the Community Foundation of Jackson County are financed through earnings on what are called unrestricted endowments. The funds generate grant dollars to respond to programming and emerging needs of charities and communities across Jackson County Davis said.

The communities have been awarded grants of $25,000 to $50,000. The program is administered as a partnership between the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Ellspermann oversees both organizations.

Other recipients of the state grants are the city of Decatur, which will restore a former train depot to be used for community events; the town of Middlebury, which will create a pedestrian trail system; the city of New Carlisle, which will install a downtown public art display; the town of New Haven, which will build a performance space in Schnelker Park; Owen County, which will develop permanent trails; and Vigo County, which will develop a 300-acre bike Park in Terre Haute.