Our story

In 1988, members of the Leadership Shelby County Class were looking into the possibility of establishing a YMCA in the community. During their research and planning process, they were introduced to the community foundation model. The group was so impressed with the opportunities a community foundation could ultimately offer to the residents of Shelby County; they focused their efforts in creating the Blue River Community Foundation.

We owe our success to these founders as well as our donors, volunteers, and staff for their foresight and leadership over the years. Our current assets are over $41 million and we have awarded over $19 million in grants and scholarships. Although we cannot predict the future, BRCF is poised to meet the community’s ever changing needs forever.  

 

Our progress

 

former executive directors

larry browning
Part-Time executive director 1993 - 1994

elaine haehl
First Full-Time executive Director 1995-2006

susan furgeson
Executive director 2006 - 2010

 

jamie meyer
executive director 2011- 2012

former board presidents

Kent Apsley
1988-1990

Kathy Schmucker
1991-1992

Robert Joesten
1993-1994


 

Tom Hession*
1995-1996

Robert Claxton
1997-2003


 

John C. DePrez, Jr.
2004-2005

Todd plymate
2006-2007


 

nick runnebohm
2008-2009

phil browN*
2010-2011

*deceased

nisa hensley
2012-2013

greg gerline
2014-2015

Tom rosenfeld
2016-2017

 
 
Blue River Community Foundation
54 W Broadway Street
Shelbyville, IN 46176

 
 
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