Non-Profit

Applications for 2020 David Sursa Leadership Award Now Available

By: Kallie Sulanke— Muncie, Ind. – The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for the annual David Sursa Leadership Award. The award rewards, recognizes and encourages extraordinary leadership by a nonprofit board member in Delaware County. Standing behind the belief that every community benefits from leaders who understand local issues and are able to visualize and promote positivity, The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. established the David Sursa Leadership Award in honor of…

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Local Disability Community Commemorates Lives of Disabled Victims of Violence

By: Samuel Johnson— Muncie, IN— In memory of Adam Schneider and Skylea Carmack, The Hoosier Alliance for Neurodiversity and disability rights advocates in East Central Indiana will be holding a ‘Day of Mourning’ vigil in Muncie on Sunday, March 1 at 6 p.m. to honor the lives of disabled people murdered by family members and caretakers. Adam was a 39-year-old man with cerebral palsy from Richmond. After his mother died, Adam moved in with his brother. His brother neglected him and…


Intrigue Abounds at Minnetrista’s Second Murder Mystery Dinner

By: Stephen Mortland— Muncie, IN—Prepare for a night of imaginative play with Minnetrista’s second ever Murder Mystery Dinner: Foley Afoul on March 27 & 28. It’s the 100th annual Foley Artists Vocal Recordists and Animators Association Annual Conventionand there will be a rare showing of a “vaulted” 1920 animation film. The night is hosted by the CEO of Sahara-Montana Studios, Chuck Montana. When something goes awry, it will be up to attendees to navigate a night filled with imaginative play,…


Muncie Action Plan to Collaborate With Next Muncie on Next Community Action Plan

By: Muncie Action Plan— Muncie, Indiana— On the 10th anniversary of Muncie Action Plan (MAP), the organization is going back to its roots and partnering with Next Muncie to facilitate another broad scale intensive community feedback and planning process. The announcement of the partnership was made at MAP’s annual community presentation on January 28th by MAP President Jenni Marsh and Next Muncie Co-Chairs Jeff Bird and Geoff Mearns. “The Muncie Action Plan board took a hard look at all the…


Ball Brothers Foundation Launches Into 2020 With New Appointments and Website

By: Melissa Jones—  Muncie, IN — Ball Brothers Foundation, which awarded its highest grant payout in history of more than $8 million last year, looks to the future with a strategic board appointment, an internal staff promotion and a website refresh. Dr. Jeff Bird was appointed to the foundation’s Board of Directors, and Jenna Wachtmann was promoted to vice president of the foundation staff during the board’s February meeting. “As the foundation continues to grow, we are further strengthening our…


14 Delaware County Non-Profits Receive $569,987 in Grant Funding

By: Kallie Sulanke, Community Engagement Officer— Muncie, IN—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded $569,987 to 14 non-profit organizations during the first Quarterly Competitive Grant cycle of 2020. The Community Foundation’s purpose is to improve the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County for this generation and generations to come. Quarterly Competitive Grants are awarded to fund projects for which there is a demonstrable community benefit in one of the following areas of interest: arts and…


Shafer Leadership Academy to Offer 20th Session of Core Program 

Registration for 2020 Emergence Program is Now Open— Muncie, IN—Shafer Leadership Academy (SLA), a local not-for-profit organization that provides inclusive leadership development so that people, organizations and communities reach their full potential, is offering the 20th session of it’s signature leadership program. The program will run from April 7 to May 26, 2020. Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership is SLA’s core leadership program. It is an eight-week highly interactive and engaging training opportunity ideal for emerging or experienced leaders…


Muncie Habitat for Humanity is Accepting Partner Family Applications Now

By: Sheena Peters— Muncie, IN—Muncie Habitat for Humanity is currently taking applications for individuals and families interested in partnership beginning in early 2020. Habitat is seeking applicants who are ready to begin their journey toward homeownership—NOW. This journey includes an application process, sweat equity hours, education classes, and ends with owning your own home. Join us at one of our upcoming informational meetings to learn more about the Homeownership Selection Criteria. Those in attendance will receive information on the income…


United Way, Ball State and IYI Present ‘State of the Child Conference’ Feb. 28

By: Juli Metzger— Muncie, IN—Join the Indiana Youth Institute, United Way of Delaware, Henry and Randolph Counties, and Ball State University on Friday, Feb. 28 for “State of the Child Conference.” This year, the presentation of the 2020 Indiana KIDS COUNT Data Book will be followed by facilitated discussions on what the numbers mean and how communities can address the issues. The KIDS COUNT Data Book is a revealing look at statistics and demographics affecting all Indiana counties. This event…


Thousands Turn Out to Support Muncie Mission’s 16th Annual ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ Event

By: Bob Scott, Vice President of Development— Muncie, IN—Nearly 2000 supporters gathered at the Muncie Fieldhouse on Saturday, February 8th to show compassion for their neighbors in need with a walk to the Muncie Mission. With this 16thannual edition of Walk A Mile In My Shoes, a total of over $1 million has been raised to provide food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and hope to those battling addictions. The 2020 Walk generated over $102,500 in contributions and…