COVID-19 affects hours; Conference Center closes
UPDATED April 3, 2020
Our office and conference center remain closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of practicing social distancing. No new meetings will be scheduled through May 1, 2020, and we will re-evaluate the situation to determine if further closings will be required. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
These steps have been taken with the safety of our staff, donors and the general community in mind.
Meanwhile, our work continues. The office may be reached by phone at 812-523-4483. Please leave a message if we’re unable to answer. You may also send an email to President & CEO Dan Davis at email@example.com.
Gifts to the Foundation can me made by sending a check to Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274. Or you may donate online here at our website by clicking here: DONATE NOW.
The Foundation remains committed to serving our community and living our motto: Together We Grow Tomorrows. We remain confident that together, we’ll weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
3 COVID-19 response grants
April 1, 2020 / From The Community Foundation of Jackson County
The Community Foundation of Jackson County paid out three grants today from a donor-advised fund to help area nonprofit agencies stepping up their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this Tribune photo, Emalie Mitchell prepares food for delivery to Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Food Pantry clients.
“We hope this helps the agencies do their work in these challenging times,” he said of the grants. “This is a situation that these agencies could not have budgeted for and the need is great. I hope others see the need and contribute, too. The nonprofits in our community are going to need help.”
A letter to our community and donors
By DAN DAVIS / President & CEO
The Community Foundation of Jackson County remains committed to our community and our donors as we all work our way through these uncertain, trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The need for assistance through grants provided by the generous gifts to the Foundation can only expect to grow this year. That seems certain, just as the degree of increased needs remains quite uncertain.
Like others (after all, we’re all in this together), the Foundation is monitoring the ever-changing situation. But of course we’re in this work of investing in and building better tomorrows for the long haul. So our work goes on.
To our community partner agencies expecting their annual grant checks from funds established to help them do their charitable work, those grants checks are being processed like normal. They will be in the mail today. No, we are not rolling them back. Our Board approved a 5 percent grant rate in February, and that rate remains in force.
To our high school seniors who might be anticipating, hoping that they’ve earned a scholarship to help fund their first year of college this fall, yes, we will still award scholarships this spring. Notification may come in the mail rather than on honor days, but scholarships will be awarded.
We can confidently pay out our grants and scholarships despite the recent downturn in the markets because of our prudent management of our endowments and the generous gifts entrusted to us by our donors. Historically, our long-term investment strategy has enabled the Foundation to weather downturns. We’re confident this will remain true as the COVID-19 pandemic works its way around the world and into the history books.
Also, the Foundation is working with others in the community, such as the Jackson County United Way, to monitor emerging needs arising from the virus and efforts to contain and reduce its impact.
Our Board of Directors created a new fund on Friday, the Jackson County COVID-19 Response Fund, that will eventually be used to fund grants to help with recovery from the pandemic. The Board also approved a $15,000 Impact Grant through our community funds to kick start the effort. We will provide more information later on how local charitable organizations will be able to apply for grants to help fund their response work.
To contribute to the fund, you can mail a check to the Foundation at Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274. You may leave a check at our office as long as we maintain hours at 107 Community Drive. Or you may do so by clicking here and following the directions.
In closing, the Foundation wants to extend our best wishes to our community, that you stay healthy, follow the recommendations to combat COVID-19 and extend a helping – and well-washed – hand when you can to assist others.
Together, we’ll all get through this.
Dan Davis is President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN 47274. For information about donating to the Foundation, call 812-523-4483 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHS Class of 1970 targets school need
A new non-permanent fund at the Community Foundation of Jackson County aims to tackle a need at Seymour High School.
Members of the Class of 1970 – quickly closing in on their 50th anniversary next summer – recently established the SHS Class of 1970 Fund to accept donations from fellow classmates and graduates.
“As we will always remember those who have gone before us, next year’s Golden Anniversary reunion will be a special time to rekindle old friendships and remembrances of coming of age in the official ‘Small Town, USA,’” said Class President Dan Deputy, who now calls Virginia home.
“Mothers, fathers, doctors, lawyers, tradesmen, military, entrepreneurs — and even a pretty good Rock ’n Roll singer — the SHS Class of 1970 has made a positive impact to our nation and community’s growth, safety and well-being,” he added.
Deputy and fellow classmates such as Chuck Brackemyre, Gary Myers, Jane Nowling, Jana Plump, Gerri Nicholson Smith and Nancy Terkhorn are encouraging members of the Class of 1970 to give back to the school that helped shape and prepare them for life as an adult.
They’re working with Principal Greg Prange (SHS Class of 1979) to determine a need that classmates’ donations might fund. Any donations beyond meeting that need would be distributed to the school’s existing endowments at the Foundation, Deputy said.
“Our goal in the next 12 months – that’s two tax years for those still on Schedule A — is to fund a class gift to be donated to the school,” he added. “Ideally, all those available to attend would gather at halftime of the 2020 homecoming football game to present the check.”
Classmates interested in participating may do so in one of two ways.
They can write a check to the Community Foundation of Jackson County and include “Class of 1970 Fund” in the memo. Mail it to the Foundation at Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274, or drop it by the Foundation office at 107 Community Drive, right across from SHS.
Or they can Donate Now. Enter your donation amount and follow the credit card instructions or the PayPal instructions if you have a PayPal account and wish to use it. Donors are asked to send a follow-up email to email@example.com stating your name and informing us that your contribution is to be credited to the SHS Class of 1970 Fund.
Deputy is urging classmates to participate, setting up levels of participation and recognition.
“The Donor Club allows a classmate to take pride in contributing a gift at any amount,” he said. “Cumulative giving of $197 – as in 1970 – makes you a member of the 1970 Club. Cumulative giving of $500 earns Owl Club recognition, and Go Big Purple is for those who can contribute $1,000 of more.”
The SHS Class of 1970 Fund is one of more than 200 funds administered by the Foundation. They include community funds that benefit our Fall Grant cycle and Impact Grants, designated funds that benefit an array of charitable organizations, scholarship funds and donor-advised funds. If you would like to discuss starting your own fund or making a gift to the SHS Class of 1970 Fund or any of the funds making a difference in Jackson County, give us a call or stop in for a visit.
The staff can help you determine how your gifts can best meet your giving goals and your desire to give back to the community.
Nippon Steel Pipe America supports community
Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc., a steel tubing manufacturer, celebrated its recent name change and 30th anniversary in Seymour with two gifts to the Community Foundation of Jackson County.
The company donated $10,000 to the Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc. Charitable Endowment for Education and donated $1,000 to the JCB Administrative Endowment Fund. Both funds are administered by the Foundation.
“We greatly appreciate the work that the Community Foundation of Jackson County does in our community, and we’re pleased to be part of that,” said Brad Mullis, Nippon Steel Pipe America’s general manager of human resources, safety and training.
The Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc. Charitable Endowment was established in April 2014. The field of interest endowment helps fund the Foundation’s Fall Grant cycle. Recent grants from the fund were used to further educational programs at Child Care Network and Developmental Services Inc.
Brad Mullis of Nippon Steel Pipe America, right, presents two checks to Dan Davis of the Community Foundation of Jackson County. The company gifts totaling $11,000 to two funds administered by the Foundation. Mullis is the company’s general manager of human resources, safety and training.
“Our Board of Directors appreciates the community-oriented spirit with which these and earlier gifts from Nippon Steel Pipe America are given,” Foundation President & CEO Dan Davis said. “Their gifts will make a difference in the community, and here at the Foundation, for decades to come.”
The company is also tied to another fund at the Foundation, the Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc. Scholarship Fund, which was created in October 1999.
Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc. opened as Seymour Tubing Inc. in 1989 at 1515 E. Fourth St. in the Eastside Industrial Park. It has since expanded 11 times and changed its name to Nippon Steel Pipe America earlier this year.
Mullis said the name change reflects the company’s global connections and global capabilities. The company has sister locations around the world. The gifts to the Foundation illustrate the company’s commitment to the Jackson County community, he added.
“We still operate by our message of small-town commitment, world-class quality,” Mullis said.
The company was formed as a joint venture between Nippon Steel, Sumitomo Pipe and Tube Ltd. and Mitsui Trading Co. Today, an 80 percent share is maintained by Nippon Steel Pipe Co. Ltd., and 20 percent is owned by Sumitomo Corp.
The company was incorporated on March 22, 1989, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held April 26 of that year. Production of steel tubing, primarily for the automotive industry, began in March 1990. The company now produces steel tubing for shock absorbers, struts, exhaust systems, side impact beams, wiring harnesses, steering and suspension systems and other components.
Over the years, employment has grown to 543, according to the Jackson County Industrial Development Corp., making Nippon Steel Pipe America the county’s ninth-largest employer.
Fast facts about Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc.
Founded: March 22, 1989
Production: Steel tubing primarily for the automotive industry
How you can help
You, too, can make a donation to the Community Foundation of Jackson County. For information about how you can make a gift, large or small, to any of the funds administered by the Foundation or how you might start a new fund, call 812-523-4483 or send an email to President & CEO Dan Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trish Butt, left, of the Community Foundation of Jackson County Board of Directors presents a grant check to Karen Haas and Matt Nieman, members of the Jackson County Community Theatre Board of Directors. The grant is the first paid to the theater from the Branaman Family Endowment for the Jackson County Community Theatre. The endowment was created in 2017 by Patricia Branaman Blackadder, a Brownstown native. The fund will award a grant to the theater each spring. To donate to the fund, contact the Community Foundation at 812-523-4483 or donate online.
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