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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 $10.4 million in assets as of July 2019, and since inception, has granted over $12 million.  Over the last 22 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.


2017 Financials

2017 Public Inspection Form 990

2017 Financial Analysis Results (click to enlarge):


Our Staff

Sherri Knieriem, Executive Director 

Sherri Knieriem Sherri brings extensive marketing, program management and advancement operations background specifically in Foundation environments. Sherri most recently served as Associate Director, Marketing and Annual Giving, at the Indiana University Foundation, where she worked for over 20 years. She is experienced at leading teams, managing budgets and marketing efforts that drive organizational awareness and branding. She was integral in helping create, manage and implement award-winning work in advertising, publications and interactive media. Sherri has been active in her community as a Board Member of Owen County YMCA, a Licensed Foster Parent and a United Way volunteer. Sherri earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University Bloomington. A Daviess County native, Sherri is married and has 3 school-age children.

 

Suzanne Jackson, Financial Director

Suzanne JacksonSuzanne 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.

 

Katie Stout, Program Manager

Katie StoutKatie joined the staff of the Foundation in September 2019. A graduate of University of Southern Indiana, Katie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Interactive Media Design. She is looking forward to helping grow the foundation and spread the word about how the foundation can help in our community. She previously served as Treasurer and Secretary for the Jasonville High School-Shakamak High School Alumni Association. Katie resides in Jasonville with her family.

 



Our Board

NamePositionBusinessResidence
John WellsPresidentOwner, Wells Auction & Real EstateLinton
Melonie GravesVice PresidentCo-Owner, Graves ConstructionSwitz City
Kevin KramerTreasurerLinton Branch Manager, Crane Credit UnionLinton
Linda HasemanSecretaryRetireeLinton
John CroweBoard MemberCPA, TelecommuterOwensburg
Nancy EnstromBoard MemberNurse, Terre Haute Regional HospitalJasonville
Ruan FougerousseBoard MemberRetired, TeacherSwitz City
Kim HughesBoard MemberPhysical Scientist, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane DivisionBloomfield
Kelly ReelBoard MemberBranch Manager, Terre Haute First Financial BankWorthington
Rockelle ReynoldsBoard MemberAttorney, Reynolds LawLinton
Cindy RotmanBoard MemberProgram Manager, Hamilton CenterLinton

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