About the Foundation

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Greene County Foundation
4513 W St. Hwy 54
Bloomfield, IN 47424

Phone: 812-659-3142
Fax: 812-659-2110

gcf@greenecountyfoundation.org

 

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The Greene County Foundation offices are in the east end of the Greene County Community Event Center Building in the Smithville Business Center wing.  We are located on State Highway 54, between State Rd 67 and State Rd 57, approximately 5 miles west of Bloomfield and 10 miles east of Linton, just in front of the Greene County 4-H Fairgrounds.


Our History

Founded as a public charity in 1997, the Greene County Foundation is a vital and sustainable organization.  The Foundation serves the people of the Greene County community.  A volunteer Board of Directors, whose makeup reflects the diversity of the communities it serves, governs the Foundation.  The Foundation has over $8.6 million in assets as of December 2017, and since inception, has granted over $12 million.  Over the last twenty years, the Foundation has had a philanthropic impact in every school, town, city and informal community in Greene County.


Our Mission

The Mission of the Greene County Foundation is to inspire individuals to engage in strengthening Greene County now and for generations to come.

As a public charity, we accomplish our mission by:

  • Building permanent charitable funds
  • Connecting donors to organizations, programs and charitable causes of interest
  • Making effective grants
  • Providing leadership on community issues

Our Core Values

  • Stewardship – We believe responsible stewardship builds an effective Foundation.
  • Accountability – We believe it is our obligation to be answerable to our donors and our community in everything we do.
  • Leadership – We believe that the Foundation guides the development of philanthropy in Greene County.
  • Credibility – We believe that integrity is imperative in our conduct with other organizations, donors, and constituents, both within our community and elsewhere.
  • Community – We believe the Foundation unites Greene County in community sharing through philanthropic initiatives.
  • Philanthropy – We believe in promoting philanthropy as a devoted and unselfish concern for the welfare of others through gifts of time, talent, and treasure.

 

Community Foundations National Standards Board LogoThe National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations and the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes—to support the arts, cultivate gardens, help the homeless, cure illness, expand literacy, feed children, and countless other important causes.
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment. The 43 National Standards require that we document our policies in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, the Community Foundation submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to a rigorous peer review.


2016 Financials

2016 Financial Analysis Results (click to enlarge):


Our Staff

 

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Suzanne Jackson

Financial Director

sjackson@greenecountyfoundation.org

 

Suzanne started with the Foundation in 2011 and serves as the Financial Director, providing day to day oversight of 75+ Foundation funds, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable.  As a life-long resident of Jasonville, she attended Indiana State University and studied accounting.  Suzanne served for 9 years in the utilities department of the City of Jasonville, worked for American Airlines, and worked for the Indiana State University Foundation with endowments and scholarships.  Suzanne has several years of experience and course work in accounting.

 

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Brandon Sparks

Program Manager

bsparks@greenecountyfoundation.org

 

Brandon joined the staff of the Foundation in 2015, taking on the role of Program Manager.  A graduate of Indiana State University, Brandon holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business Administration.  Brandon is also an active musician, and enjoys teaching guitar lessons in his free time; he is also an avid fan of music, film, and literature.  Brandon resides in Jasonville with his family.



Board of Directors

John Wells, Board MemberJohn Wells – President
John owns Wells Auction and Realty and Southside Liquors, both based in Worthington where he resides. He is a graduate of Shakamak High School. John returned to Greene County after serving in the U.S. Army and graduating from Eastern Illinois University.

Melonie Graves

Melonie Graves – Vice President
Melonie is co-owner with her husband Rick of Graves Plumbing.

Kevin KramerKevin Kramer – Treasurer
Lifelong Greene County resident, with a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Personal Management.  After owning and operating his own business for seventeen years, Kevin has spent the last ten years in the financial services industry.  Currently he is a branch manager with Crane Federal Credit Union.
Grace Hayes
Grace Hayes-Cross – Secretary
Grace is a teacher at Lyons elementary school, a 2009 Lilly Scholar, and has worked as a summer intern at the Foundation.

Board Members

 

Ted Baechtold

Ted is the superintendent of Eastern Greene Schools.  He have received degrees in Business Administration from Kansas State University, English Education from Indiana University, and School Administration from Indiana State University. He resides in Solsberry with his wife, Margaret.

Nancy Enstrom

Nancy is a life long resident of the Jasonville area. She is a graduate of Shakamak High School and Indiana State University School of Nursing. She is employed at Terre Haute Regional Hospital as a registered nurse. She has served as president of JHS-SHS Alumni Association, Inc, Jasonville Library Board, Shakamak Area Optimist Club, and Shakamak PTO. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys kayaking, estate auctions and traveling. She is married to William and they are the parents of two children.

Linda Haseman
Linda is a lifelong resident of Greene County.  She was involved in the business world until her recent retirement.  She now spends her time traveling and volunteering with several organizations.

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Kim Hughes

Kim is a geologist with a government contractor at NSA Crane.  She lives in rural Bloomfield.

 

Not PicturedBob Weeks

Bob, a retired Naval Officer with a Masters degree in Industrial Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, was stationed at Crane in the late 1980s and returned to southern Greene County with his family in 2000. Bob works out of the SAIC WestGate office supporting SAIC southern Indiana offices and others across the country managing proposal subissions in response to Government solicitations.

Rockelle Whicker
Rockelle is a new transplant to Southwest Indiana, as she is a native of Hamilton, Ohio. She studied criminal justice and paralegal studies at the University of Cincinnati and earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2013. After attending law school at the University of Toledo College of Law, she earned her J.D. in 2016. Rockelle began working as a law clerk for The Rowe Law Firm, and after being admitted to practice law in Indiana in May of 2017, she joined the firm as an associate attorney. Rockelle enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. She and her fiancé reside in Linton and plan to marry in November 2018.
Wolfger Picture1Martin Wolfger
Martin was born and raised in Austria and has been living in the United States since 1998. His education includes a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Karl-Franzens Universitaet Graz (2000) and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University (2003). Martin has worked in a variety of different settings including universities, counseling centers, business offices, correctional facilities, substance abuse centers, and behavior management agencies. He is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and currently serves as the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Ivy Tech Bloomington where he oversees various courses and degree programs offered through the University and Transfer Division. He resides with his wife and two children near Solsberry and has served as a board member since January 2016.

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