Greene County Foundation
4513 W St. Hwy 54
Bloomfield, IN 47424
Do not use Google maps for directions, they may be inaccurate.
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.
Founded as a public charity in 1998, 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 $6.5 million in assets, and since inception, has granted over $12 million. Over the last ten years, the Foundation has had a philanthropic impact in every school, town, city and informal community in Greene County.
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.
The 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.
2015 Financial Analysis Results (click to enlarge):
Greene County Foundation
4513 W. St. Rd 54
Bloomfield, IN 47424
Phone 812-659-3142 Fax 812-659-3142
About the Staff
Cam started with the Foundation as one of the founding members, serving in a number of capacities as Chairperson of the Grants Committee, Vice-President, and President of the Board of Directors. She became the Executive Director in August 2010.
Originally from Elkhart, Indiana, Cam found her way to Southern Indiana as a student at IU. Graduating a semester early, Cam finished a BA in Social Work and later completed a Masters through the IU School of Education. She has also completed numerous short term workshops and certifications including: Distance Education Certificate, Building Better Communities, Total Quality Management and Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits. Cam’s community involvement is extensive, and as a self-proclaimed “Social Entrepreneur” she has been successful in establishing a number of community initiatives. As Education Coordinator for the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Cam initiated the first Partners in Education program at the Chamber which has now evolved into the Chamber’s Franklin Initiative. The Educator’s in Industry teacher internship program begun during that time served as a statewide model for helping teachers better understand the needs of today’s workplace. Returning to work in Greene County, Cam wanted to devote her energy and talents to her own community. She has been successful in establishing the Reality Store, the Greene County Community Learning Center, and the Citizens’ Academy Leadership program. As a Founding member and President of the Friends of Goose Pond, Cam was instrumental in organizing that group and establishing the very successful annual Goose Pond photo contest and calendar.
“I have been involved with the Foundation since its inception and am passionate that the Foundation can be integral to Greene County’s future. Our role is to be a leader in helping Greene County become an even better place to live, work, and play. The Foundation will continue to serve the community through our donor’s gifts, addressing immediate community needs and providing sustainable funding for our organizations and initiatives. I’m thrilled at the opportunity and look forward to wonderful outcomes.”
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.
Brandon is the newest member to join the staff of the Greene County Foundation, 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, and is very excited to join the staff of the Foundation and help make Greene County a better place!
Board of Directors
Kevin Kramer – President
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.
John Wells – Vice President
John and his wife Judy, own Wells Auction and realty and Southside Liquors, both based in Worthington where they reside. 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.
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.
Melonie Graves – Treasurer
Melonie is co-owner with her husband Rick of Graves Plumbing.
Kim is a geologist with a government contractor at NSA Crane. She lives in rural Bloomfield.
Patty is the owner/operator of Linton Sporting Goods, former Mayor of Linton, and currently serves as a member of the Greene County Council.
Ryan is an Attorney-at-Law at Hartman Law P.C.
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.