Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has selected the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County as its 2014 Benefactor of the Year Award recipient. The award will be announced this evening at Ivy Tech Foundation’s annual Benefactor Awards Program held in West Baden Springs, Indiana. Each year the Ivy Tech Foundation honors individuals, corporations or foundations that have changed the lives of Ivy Tech Community College students by providing exceptional philanthropic and volunteer leadership.

“Ivy Tech-Bloomington has had a strong relationship with the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County for many, many years,” said Jennie Vaughan, Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “Under Tina Peterson’s leadership, the Foundation has played a significant part in advancing Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s ability to fulfill our role as Indiana’s comprehensive community college.”

The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has enabled Ivy Tech-Bloomington to respond to community needs by providing grant funding for three key initiatives. These initiatives include the “Improving our Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ecosystem” project, the “Arts-Infused Early Elementary Instruction” project, and the “Workforce Development Solutions” project.

The “Improving our Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ecosystem” project is enabling Ivy Tech and the community to grow and strengthen its startup business pipeline. The “Arts-Infused Early Elementary Instruction” project allowed Ivy Tech to introduce arts-specific strategies to augment preschool achievement at Fairview Elementary School. The “Workforce Development Solutions” project supports Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s execution of a statewide Advanced Manufacturing Program.

In addition to supporting Ivy Tech-Bloomington in meeting community needs, the Community Foundation strengthens Bloomington and Monroe County through the $20 million it has provided to-date toward youth development, economic and community development, the environment, education and learning, individuals and families, health and recreation, animal welfare and the arts, and the added power of a $25 million endowment.

About the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County: The Community Foundation is a nonprofit, community corporation created by and for local citizens. Since its founding in 1990, CFBMC has played a leading role in shaping the community by fueling innovative ideas and empowering others to make a lasting impact. CFBMC has granted over $20 million to more than 380 local nonprofit organizations. Our $25 million endowment is growing and so is the difference we make by connecting caring people, important causes and community resources.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.