Photo:  Left to right, Russell Collins, President Newton County Community Foundation, Kristen Ziese, Executive Director Jasper Foundation, Inc. and Newton County Community Foundation, and Dr. Jay Brinkman, Foundation Chair Kentland Rotary Club

Rotarian Dr. Jay Brinkmen hosted guest speaker Kristen Ziese, Jasper Foundation, Inc. and Newton County Community Foundation Executive Director, at the Monday noon luncheon meeting.  With a PowerPoint presentation, Ziese explained how a community foundation functions and makes a difference.  A community foundation provides a vehicle for donors who wish to better their community to create a source of assets that will meet the ongoing and changing needs and interests of the people living in the community.  A community foundation does not conduct programs of its own, but supports the new and existing programs of nonprofit organizations for the betterment of the community. 

In Newton County the Community Foundation has been a significant source for support for many scholarship recipients and charitable nonprofit groups.  Responsible granting of funds carries out the charitable interests of the Foundation's donors and enables their giving to improve the quality of life in the community. 

The Foundation makes grants that meet the changing needs of our communities in five areas of interest:  

  • Education
  • Arts and Culture
  • Preservation of historic and culture resources 
  • Human Resources 
  • Health     

Donors consist of individuals, families, organizations and corporations who are interested in providing financial support to charitable agencies and programs serving local residents.  Money donated stays in the community.  The Foundation is overseen by a volunteer board comprised of local leaders who use their expertise to fund our changing needs. 

Donors can receive a significant tax savings. They are advised to consult a professional financial or legal advisor to determine how they can maximize these benefits.  Donations are pooled with those of other donors and invested.  The principal is never touched.  Thus, the endowment continues to give in perpetuity.  

For more details visit or contact Kristen Ziese at    


Brandt Stum 

Kentland Rotary Club