Harvest programs aid community

Jackson County farmers and tractor aficionados are invited to participate in the annual Giving a Gift of Grain program and the Head-to-Head: Green vs. Red contest.

Donations support the Green or Red team and benefit the community through funds administered by the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

Donors can again take sides in the program in a good-natured competition by voting for the Green or Red team – that is those farmers who use John Deere equipment versus those who use Case I-H equipment.

Jacobi Sales Inc. and Wright Implement of Seymour have teamed again to park equipment pitting Green vs. Red in the Foundation’s parking lot at 107 Community Drive in Seymour to remind farmers about the Gift of Grain program.

The Green team won last year. The Red team won the inaugural contest two years ago.

D&B Pfaffenberger & Sons Grain of Seymour plans to make a gift again this year to the Gift of Grain program. The donation is meeting a family obligation, Neal Pfaffenberger said.

“What good is it to have money if you don’t help others?” he said. “We try to give what we can to help the less fortunate. The Bible tells us to give 10 percent.”

Like last year, the Pfaffenberger & Sons votes will be split evenly among the Green and Red teams.

Hamilton Township farmer Donald Schnitker gave a gift of grain last year and intends to participate again this fall.

“I think it’s a unique way for a farmer to give to the Foundation,” Schnitker said. “Instead of just giving money, I’m giving part of what I do.”

Schnitker’s vote will back the Green team again.

The Red team will receive a boost from farmer Ed Engelau this fall, just as it did last year with his donation.

“We see it as a good way to help others,” Engelau said of the program. “We’ve been blessed, and this feels like a good way of paying that forward.”

The Gift of Grain process is simple. Farmers can tell their grain elevator that a particular load of grain is being donated to the Foundation. The elevator in turn sells the grain for the Foundation. Donors to the Giving a Gift of Grain program can benefit by avoiding the sale of the donated grain in their farm income.

Jackson County grain elevators include Bundy Brothers in Medora, Premier Ag in Brownstown and Cortland, Tampico Grain near Crothersville and Rose Acre Farms west of Cortland.

Farmers can contribute their grain to benefit the area’s agricultural community through funds such as the Jackson-Jennings Co-Op/Bob Myers Memorial Scholarship, the C.B. Hess 4-H Memorial Scholarship or the Jackson County Veterinary Scholarship.

Or they can donate to the Jackson County Community Endowment, which provides funding for the Fall Grant Cycle, said Dan Davis, President and CEO of the Foundation.

“The Fall Grant Cycle benefits people and programs across Jackson County, responding to emerging needs and programs designed to help nonprofits assist others,” Davis added.

The Pfaffenbergers direct their donations to the Community Endowment for that reason.

Tractor enthusiasts who don’t have grain to donate to the program can instead cast a ballot in the Head-to-Head Green vs. Red competition. A $20 donation to the Jackson County Community Endowment entitles the donor to cast one vote for their favorite equipment line. A $100 donation entitles the donor to six votes.

Gifts to the Green vs. Red contest may be mailed to the Community Foundation of Jackson County, Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274, or they can be dropped off at our office at 107 Community Drive. You can also donate online at www.cfjacksoncounty.org.

Another option available to donors is to create a new unrestricted endowment in the name of themselves, their family or their farm that would also provide income for the fall grant cycle. For information, call 812-523-4483.

For information

For information about the Head-to-Head Green vs. Red program, the Giving a Gift of Grain program, or its companion program, Giving a Gift of Livestock, contact Dan Davis at the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 812-523-4483, or send an email to president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

How to donate

Gifts to the Green vs. Red contest may be mailed to the Community Foundation of Jackson County, Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274, dropped off at our office, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, or made online at our website.

 ABOVE: Mike Pfaffenberger of Seymour transfers soybeans last autumn from his combine to a trailer during the 2015 fall harvest. D&B Pfaffenberger & Sons Grain donated soybeans last year to the Community Foundation through the Gift of Grain program.



Get your college questions answered

Independent Colleges of Indiana today launched 31 Answers to Your Questions About College, a  new web-portal where students can find relevant  information about college, as well as qualify for a $5,000 college scholarship.  

The 31 Answers portal  is aimed at helping students navigate the college preparation and selection process with a special emphasis on the affordability of private colleges in Indiana.

Each weekday, from Monday, September 19, to Monday, October 31, ICI will post a frequently asked question about college on the portal at  www.indianacolleges31.org. Each question will be answered by representatives from ICI’s member institutions via videos created on their campus. 

Alongside these videos will be English and Spanish transcriptions and additional supplemental web resources.  Additionally, the website and all its contents will stay up after the campaign ends for students and their families to refer to.

At the end of the campaign, students who have followed along can enter into a drawing to receive one of two,  $5,000-Wilhelm Construction 31 Answers Scholarships, sponsored by F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc., an ICI Corporate Partner.  The scholarship contest will be open to current 8th-12th grade students.   Awards can be used at any one of Indiana’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges after the recipients have graduated high school.

Library receives grant

Andy Royalty, left, of the Community Foundation of Jackson County presents Library Director Julia Aker and Jackson County Public Library Board Vice President Josh Bartley of Norman with a $1,099 grant check on Monday (April 18). The Jackson County Public Library benefits annually from a fund administered by the Foundation. The Jackson County Public Library Fund was created in July 1998 with a $5,000 grant from the Board of Directors when Jim Roberts of Seymour was its president. Donations since, including several from the Friends of the Library, have increased the fund’s balance to nearly $24,000. Aker said annual grants from the fund have made improvements at the libraries in Crothersville, Medora and Seymour. Supporters of the Jackson County Public Library may make donations to the fund as memorials, to mark milestones in their lives and through their planned giving strategies. For information, call the Foundation President & CEO Dan Davis at 812-523-4483.

Agency fund grants aid nonprofits

Annual grants from endowed agency funds administered by the Community Foundation of Jackson County assist operating and programming expenses for a number of nonprofits in Jackson County.

Recently, Priscilla Wischmeier, below, left, a member of the Foundation of Jackson County Board of Directors, presented an agency grant check to Mindy Taskey, center, and Holly Sipe of Child Care Network of Jackson County. The grant is from the Child Care Network Inc. Endowment, an agency fund administered by the Foundation.

Individuals, businesses, groups and other organizations may make donations to the fund  -- and others -- as memorial gifts or planned giving to benefit Child Care Network and its important programs serving the youth of Jackson County.

The Child Care Network Inc. Endowment was started in February 2008 with an initial gift of $4,000. It has since grown to more than $9,000.

Other agency funds provide annual support grants to Girls Inc. of Jackson County, Jackson County History Center, Jackson County Public Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Provisions of Jackson County, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. and Jackson County United Way and Boys & Girls Club of Seymour.

For information, call Dan Davis with the Foundation at 812-523-4483.

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 www.cfjacksoncounty.org.

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
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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

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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.

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