SCHOLARSHIPS MAKE FIRST AWARDS

SCHOLARSHIPS MAKE FIRST AWARDS

Ernest Clay Back had a love of history while Sarah Gross had an incredibly competitive spirit.

Both died too young.

Both are remembered through scholarships awarded in their memory through the Tipp City Foundation.

This was the first year the Ernest Clay Back Scholarship for History and the Sarah Gross Scholarship for Sportsmanship Fund were awarded.

Back and his wife of 41 years, Mara Back Demers, ran the Tippecanoe Frontier Trading Company in downtown Tipp City for 30 years. He started the Old Northwest Rendezvous in the early 1980s, attracting people from all over to participate in historical camping and a return to life in the 1700s and early 1800s, including dressing for the time period, Demers said .

He had an array of interests from history to off track racing, art, carpentry, photography, mechanics and was a voracious reader.

Ernie Back died at age 64 in 2000.

“He was a very kind-hearted person. He taught his boys you give 110 percent,” Mara Back Demers said. They had two sons, Steven Back and Timothy Back. The three came together to create the scholarship to be awarded to a student interested in history.

“When people met him, he automatically was their friend,” Mara Back Demers said of Ernie.  

Gross, the daughter of Michael and Betty Gross, was a graduate of Tippecanoe High School where she played soccer, basketball and softball and held several basketball records. 

She received an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of Dayton where she was recognized for outstanding academic achievement.

Sarah worked as a marketing professor at Sinclair Community College and was recipient of the National Institute of Staff and Organization Development Teaching Excellent award and the 2007 Wal-Mart Teaching Excellence award by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

 Sarah died at age 44 in November 2017.

“She was incredibly competitive. If she was going to do something, she was going to do it with whole heart,” Betty Gross said.

Sarah was described as “the kindest soul” who always tried to help others. “If she knew how to do something, she wanted to impart it on another, if they wanted,” her mother said. “She never had a bad word to say about anyone,” she said.

An avid rock climber, Sarah continued to pursue an active lifestyle. “She never sat still,” Betty Gross said.

The scholarship was established as a way to honor Sarah’s memory, Betty Gross said.

The Tipp City Foundation has 14 scholarship funds from families committed to seeing students excel beyond high school. The scholarships are awarded to students of Tippecanoe, Bethel and Miami East high schools.

The Foundation scholarships are:

Ernest Clay Back Scholarship for History 

Lester & Cleon Bowers Family Scholarship

Jeanette C. Gaston Memorial Music Scholarship

Gilmore Family Scholarship

Sarah Gross Scholarship for Sportsmanship Fund

Life is a Journey -Don’t Stop Believing Scholarship

Katherine G. Lobo Memorial Scholarshi 

McKee Family Matthew 5:16 Scholarship

Sarah Merritt Memorial Scholarship

John and Louise Miller Memorial Scholarship

Robert E. Nessle Memorial Scholarship

Elizabeth Spano Scholarship 

Tipp City Rotary Club Scholarship

Wenzlau Family Scholarship

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank
  • Media Sponsor – Tippecanoe Gazette

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY GRANTMAKING SUPPORT

COVID-19 EMERGENCY GRANTMAKING SUPPORT

COVID-19 EMERGENCY GRANTMAKING SUPPORT

Crushing financial demands are growing around us, caused by the economic shutdown of COVID-19. Two hometown nonprofits reached out to the Tipp City Foundation for immediate help in responding to those demands. Here’s how the foundation helped, and here’s how you can help, too.

A total of $15,000.00 has been awarded by the distribution committee.  These dollars may be leveraged by the nonprofits to grow matching gifts. Donor Advisors from foundation funds will be invited to contribute towards these grant requests. 

ECONOMIC RELIEF

Downtown Tipp City Partnership, $10,000.00, seeds the Coronavirus Relief Program. Emergency aid to employers in the downtown, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, is now available.  Applications for relief, and the link to contribute, are found at www.downtowntippcity.org, or call (937) 667-0883.

The goal of the program is to maintain community vibrancy and economic prosperity during and after the COVID-19 pandemic to assist in limiting its economic impact on the residents of Tipp City.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Tipp Monroe Community Services, $5,000.00, replenishes the year-round Community Relief Program. This emergency fund assists families with rent, prescriptions or utility costs. Residents of Tipp City, Monroe Township and Bethel Township are eligible to apply. If you need help, or if you would like to contribute to this program, contact TMCS at (937) 667-8631.

Since 1969, TMCS has identified the needs and wants of the community and found the resources to provide them. This is an August Henke Comfort for the Needy Fund grant.

The distance between people to stay safe from coronavirus is 6 feet.  The grantmaking distance between community need and reaction time is the length of a telephone line.  Other nonprofits in need of emergency economic assistance may contact Jim Ranft at (937) 528-2482 or email info@tippfoundatin.org

The deadline for 2Q grant submissions is June 1. Grant application forms are found at www.tippfoundation.org.

Since 1943, the Tipp City Foundation has awarded $2,311,765.44, through December 31, 2019. Members of the Foundation are Heather Bailey, Mary Bowman, Diana Featherstone, Dee Gillis, president, Dave Grim, treasurer, Melissa Keller, Bruce McKenzie, Jim Ranft, vice president and distribution chair, Nathan Rentz, Pete Schinaman, Claire Timmer, Jackie Wahl, secretary, and Sarah Worley.

The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. If you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

For more information visit www.tippfoundation.org or Tipp Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. You can make a difference with your dollars in our community by:

  • Donating online here.
  • Making your check payable to the Tipp City Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371.
  • Setting up a fund or legacy plan by contacting Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

STAY CONNECTED
We’d love to stay in touch. Stay connected with the Tipp City Foundation by:

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank
  • Media Sponsor – Tippecanoe Gazette

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New Seats At Grantmaking Table

New Seats At Grantmaking Table

For the first time in seventy-seven years, the Tipp City Foundation’s grantmaking process has fundamentally changed. Beginning with the first quarter 2020 awards, impactful and responsive grants continue—with a twist.

Eight of the 47 foundation funds are “Donor Advised”. These funds are established by an original donor who then becomes the “advisor” who awards grants, sometimes with the help from a small circle of others, from the fund.

Until now, advisors sought out and researched where to make grant awards on their own. Beginning this quarter, these advisors are invited to review the quarterly Tipp City Foundation grant applications, also reviewed by the Foundation’s own distribution committee. This access gives donor advisors an understanding of where the community’s most pressing needs exist. It also offers an opportunity to be a timely part of the solution. “This change adds more seats at the grantmaking table and gives more people the satisfaction of knowing that they stepped forward to help solve a need,” said Dee Gillis, president.

What hasn’t changed is that application deadlines remain the same. Jim Ranft remains the point person for grant questions, and applications are available online at www.tippfoundation.org. Also, if you are interested in establishing an endowment fund of your own, contact the Foundation at 937-528-2482.

Ultimately, 11 organizations were chosen to receive 18 awards serving a broad spectrum of needs and totaling $35,696.75. The following is a list of recipients, award levels and the impact grants will make. The impact that advisors made through grantmaking this quarter are included in the descriptions of awards below.

ARTS & CULTURE

Bethel Local Schools, Award Swap, adds a multicultural World Music elective to the middle school with the purchase of drumming curriculum. A 2019 grant sending students to the spring Nashville Heritage Festival was cancelled due to COVID-19. From the 2019 grant, $2,875.00 is reallocated to support this request.

Project T.I.P.P. (Teens Impacting and Promoting Philanthropy), $5,000.00, gives teens grantmaking responsibility over these dollars as they play the role of a grant distribution committee. This exercise is in conjunction with the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce’s Teen Leadership Academy.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,600.00, hosts children’s book author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand for K-1 classes, to discuss the creative stages of making a book. Hillenbrand, who is dyslexic, recalls that learning to read was extremely difficult, but he has learned to express himself through his art. He is the author of over 70 books.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,500.00, promotes Stagecrafters Summer Theatre Drama Camp, giving children a two-week experience working both on stage and behind the scenes of a play. Additional support from Lucky 13 Fund advisors rounds out this request for a total of $2,000.00.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $1,200.00, partners 1st graders with the Muse Machine’s Artist in Residence program to write and produce a musical over several weeks. Components for hands-on learning also involve designing and making costumes, creating invitations, programs and posters, and performing the play for parents and the community.

Tipp City Parks Department, $1,839.32, maintains gutter and downspouts at Veteran’s Memorial Park. This is a Veteran’s Tribute Fund grant.

ENVIRONMENT

Brukner Nature Center, $1,709.00, customizes new promotional tools for community outreach events. A new booth, experiential display and video make up the three components to educate an audience on volunteer opportunities, programming for children and wildlife rehabilitation.

EDUCATION

Bethel Local Schools, $2,610.00, inspires 7th and 8th grade STEM learning with the purchase of high-tech tools like 3D printers. This is a Radle Family Fund for Science Education grant. Reallocated support planned for the Nashville Heritage Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 now supports this STEM request for a total of $3,585.00.

Bethel Local Schools, $2,421.78, supports “Fundations”, a phonics teaching tool for 270 K-2 learners, with the purchase of classroom materials. This is a Bethel Community Fund grant.

Bethel Local Schools, $1,979.22, buys tools such as needle and thread, first aid kits, hand tools and even a toilet plunger for the new Life Skills curriculum. This course in “adulting” skills teaches fundamentals of life. This is a Bethel Community Fund grant. Additional support from Robinson-Walters Family Fund advisors rounds out this request for a total of $2,979.22.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, $283.77, purchases owl pellets for 2nd graders to dissect. Pellets are the regurgitated indigestible parts from prey (such as teeth and feathers) too dangerous to pass through the digestive tract. This is a Youth of Tipp City Fund imo Sara Drexler grant.

RECREATION

Tipp Pride Association, $4,973.66, represents a payment towards the Foundation’s commitment of $75,000.00 to build a new stadium in City Park.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Brunner Literacy Center, $3,000.00, encourages neighbors striving for a better life through education.  Student goals of GED preparation, literacy skills or English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) are achieved while working one-on-one with tutors. This program is coming to our community through a partnership with the Tipp City Library. This is a H. E. “Tiny” & Emma Drewing Fund grant.

Tipp City Enrichment Program, Inc., $700.00, upgrades computer technology for this latchkey program. Over 150 families are supported by TCEP. This is a Jim & June Kyle Family Fund grant.

Tipp City Seniors, Inc., $380.00, builds a website to promote ever-changing activity schedules. Membership has grown to 375 since moving to the new location. This is an August Henke Comfort for the Needy Fund grant. Additional support from Dave Drake Family Fund advisors rounds out this request for a total of $430.00.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Miami County Dental Clinic, $4,500.00, nods to the importance of oral health by supporting lab and supply fees of the Dental Direct Program. Last year 8,172 patients from Miami County used these services; 1,343 of those were senior citizens. This is a Senior Wellness Fund grant. Additional support from Lucky 13 Fund advisors rounds out this request for a total of $5,000.00.

Miami County Fire and Emergency Services Chief’s Association, Inc., $2,000.00, fuels the fire extinguisher training program. This is a Safety First Fund grant.

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, award, broadcasts “LIKE”, an IndieFlix Original documentary exploring the impact of technology and social media on the brain. Showings for the middle school, staff and parents will include a moderated post-film dialogue. The Robinson-Walters Family Fund advisors awarded the entire grant request of $500.00.

The deadline for 2Q grant submissions is June 1.

Since 1943, the Tipp City Foundation has awarded $2,311,765.44, through December 31, 2019. Members of the Foundation are Heather Bailey, Mary Bowman, Diana Featherstone, Dee Gillis, president, Dave Grim, treasurer, Melissa Keller, Bruce McKenzie, Jim Ranft, vice president and distribution chair, Nathan Rentz, Pete Schinaman, Claire Timmer, Jackie Wahl, secretary, and Sarah Worley.

The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. If you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

For more information visit www.tippfoundation.org or Tipp Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. You can make a difference with your dollars in our community by:

  • Donating online here.
  • Making your check payable to the Tipp City Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371.
  • Setting up a fund or legacy plan by contacting Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

STAY CONNECTED
We’d love to stay in touch. Stay connected with the Tipp City Foundation by:

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank
  • Media Sponsor – Tippecanoe Gazette

GOOD NEWS IS WORTH SHARING
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Legacy Donor | Roger Presley Leaving Mark on Community

Legacy Donor | Roger Presley Leaving Mark on Community

Roger Presley didn’t arrive in Tipp City until later in life but through hard work and a love of outdoors is leaving a mark on the community with a nature trail and a legacy gift for its long-term care.

Presley who lived in several states before moving to Tipp City in 2005, has used his time wisely.

His will directs his estate to the Tipp City Foundation’s Warren E. Miltenberger Parkland Fund. This fund, founded in 2008, supports the upkeep of the out of doors by partnering with the city of Tipp City for upkeep, maintenance and preservation of public parkland and natural areas.

He spent countless hours over more than three years working to clear the trail along Freeman Prairie and the Great Miami River. The effort was initiated to help him deal with the loss of his mother some two years ago. Presley said he spent a year cutting honeysuckle and cleared many areas of brush, roots and trees by hand.

The project was done “out of the kindness of my heart so people have a place to go. It is just being there with nature and watching 25 animals running down the trail,” he said.

Presley’s efforts were recognized in early 2019 when the Tipp City Council, on the recommendation of the Parks Advisory Board, named the path the Roger Presley Trail.

Tipp City Manager Tim Eggleston said Presley “has done one heck of a job.”

Presley’s legacy gift’s goals include to provide money to replant trees along the trial, upgrade the trail rail and provide any benches and mile markers that are needed.

“I want to make sure the trail is properly maintained forever. I never knew it was going to be what it is. I just needed to keep myself busy,” Presley said.

“My goal is to make it better and better.  I want to help kids plant trees so their grandchildren will have a place to come back and see the trees. The mulching, the signs, that all can be done. It can’t be done if there isn’t money,” he said.

Heather Bailey of the Tipp City Foundation said Presley’s legacy is unique. “After a lifetime of living in many states, it is our area’s natural recreation spaces that he has chosen to reward with his final years’ energy and life savings. What greater gift can a person give to a community?” she said.

Presley said he chose the foundation as the home for his legacy after picking up a copy of the foundation annual report and talking with a person familiar with the foundation and how it works.

“I asked how I could will my stuff to the foundation and keep the legacy going. I am looking at all of this hard work and asked, ‘Why throw it away, walk away and do nothing?’” Presley said. “The legacy is to keep the trail for people who need it to know who they are, keep them down to Earth, to help balance their minds.”

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Tipp City Foundation is a member fund of The Troy Foundation. You can make a difference with your dollars in our community by:

  • Donating online here.
  • Making your check payable to the Tipp City Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371.
  • Setting up a fund or legacy plan by contacting Heather Bailey at (937) 528-2482.

STAY CONNECTED
We’d love to stay in touch. Stay connected with the Tipp City Foundation by:

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
All marketing activities of the Foundation is 100% underwritten by generous sponsors. Please contact us at info@tippfoundation.org for information on how your business or organization can become our partner in philanthropy. 

  • Silver Sponsor – Thrivent Financial (Matt Buehrer)
  • Bronze Sponsors – Advanced Machinery Companies; Dunaway Family Foundation; Dungan & LeFevre; Ever-Green Turf & Landscape; Gibson Law Offices; Monroe Federal Savings and Loan; New Carlisle Federal Savings Bank; Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling; Unity National Bank
  • Friend Sponsors – Captor Corp.; Edward Jones (Neil Nehring); Frings & Bayliff Funeral Home; Minster Bank; RSM US; Turnstone Financial; US Bank
  • Media Sponsor – Tippecanoe Gazette

GOOD NEWS IS WORTH SHARING
Use the links below to share the TIPPing Point with friends and neighbors. Not a subscriber? Sign up here! If there is something you would like to see in future installments, please email news@tippfoundation.org. Your input is welcome and appreciated!