Business briefs – November 10

Indiana Members Credit Union donates $5,481

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU), Central Indiana’s largest credit union, supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month and donated $5,841 to Pink Ribbon Connection.

IMCU’s President and CEO, Ron Collier, challenged employees to show their support for this cause by raising $2,500 throughout the month of October and IMCU would make a company match. Employees rose to the challenge, surpassing the goal, and IMCU donated $5,841 to Pink Ribbon Connection, whose mission is to provide emotional support, local resources and education to those touched by breast cancer across Indiana. The check was presented to Dori Sparks-Unsworth, executive director of Pink Ribbon Connection, on Oct. 31 at IMCU’s Southside Headquarters.

“Many employees at our organization have been touched by breast cancer personally or through a family member or friend, which is why it’s important to continue to support worthwhile causes such as, Pink Ribbon Connection,” said Ron Collier, president and CEO of IMCU. “We are truly honored to give back and support this effort to bring awareness to the public about this disease.”

Sparks-Unworth said the organization was thrilled to have such great support from the credit union’s employees.

“To have raised this much money during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is remarkable!” she said. “We are so grateful to have IMCU as a partner in our work to provide free services to breast cancer patients in Indiana.”

Community foundation awards grant to town

GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Community Foundation recently awarded the town of Cumberland a grant from the Hancock County Enrichment Endowment Fund, a component fund of HCCF. Created by the foundation, the enrichment fund is a comprehensive, unrestricted fund addressing a broad range of needs, including future needs that often cannot be anticipated. It helps support long-term solutions, respond quickly to emergencies and meet changing social, cultural, educational and environmental needs in our local community.

The town of Cumberland was selected by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to participate in the fifth generation of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative. HCI brings experts from the state of Indiana, Purdue University and Ball State University together to coach and guide selected communities in developing new leaders, building a supportive environment for businesses, and/or investing in quality of life initiatives. The rigorous program includes a series of training sessions with the HCI Steering Committee, a community survey, and a community forum. Once those tasks are completed, the steering committee will select a project from one of the core areas to implement. The community forum will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6. The forum is designed to engage community members and create an opportunity for them to share what they would like to see in the town. This grant will cover the cost for food and drinks for this event.

For more information, call the Hancock County Community Foundation at 317-462-8870.

Katie Ottinger Submitted
Katie Ottinger

Community Foundation names grants officer

GREENFIELD– The Hancock County Community Foundation has named Katie Ottinger as community investment and grants officer effective Nov. 1. The position is responsible for managing HCCF grant-related community development initiatives, as well as the administration of grants. Responsibilities include relationship building with nonprofits and other duties.

Since joining HCCF in August of 2016 as education officer, Ottinger has done an excellent job of administering more than $300,000 in scholarship awards, executing the Lilly Endowment Scholarship process, and organizing the George & Icy Vaughn Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. She has made a positive impact through her interactions with school administration, education foundations, parents, and students. Ottinger’s attention to detail, thoughtful preparation of materials, and excellent writing skills have and will continue to be a complement to the HCCF staff and board of directors as she focuses her strengths on her new responsibilities.

Ottinger graduated from Greenfield-Central High School and Franklin College. Prior to joining HCCF, she served the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as program assistant, where she provided communications, marketing, outreach and administrative support for Indiana INTERNet. She worked with the Indiana Chamber Foundation to encourage discussion around Indiana Vision 2025 where she communicated related efforts to donors and tracked gifts received. Katie is president of Psi Iota Xi- Upsilon chapter and serves on the boards of the Hancock County Arts Council and the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce.