The purpose of the Indian Valley Foundation is to raise funds from individuals, corporations and foundations to promote increased classroom learning and exemplary teaching in all Indian Valley Schools.
The Indian Valley Foundation receives donations from individuals and groups to provide scholarships to students to forward their education. In addition, the IVF fundraising efforts provide for additional funds to be contributed to these scholarships.
Building Grants provide funds for projects and services not normally covered in our school's day-to-day budget.
We provide classroom grants to assist teachers with funding for special programs and classroom needs that are not funded through the school system.
Board of Directors
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, all Indian Valley Foundation programs and activities are planned and implemented by volunteers from the community, school district and alumni. All volunteers are welcome!
Meetings are on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Indian Valley Foundation office in Gnadenhutten. No meetings are held during the months of June, July and December.
Visitors are welcome.
Our 10th year and going strong!
“Your giving continues to plant seeds for future generations”
In 2009, at the consistent urging of Gary Parrish, Brenda Botimer Byrne and Minnie Garabrandt (former GHS alumni) put their heads together and sowed the seeds that were the start of the Indian Valley Foundation. With Brenda leading the way, many volunteers put their hearts and resources together which resulted in a dedicated board of directors. With the help of Attorney Michael Cochran, in November of 2009 the Indian Valley Foundation was recog- nized as a 501(3)c non-profit for the Indian Valley School District.....and our story began!
A “Founders Drive” was the first fundraiser of the IVF and in 2010, those donations result- ed in two $500 scholarships being awarded to graduating seniors Kimberly Quillen and Danielle McMasters. Because of the drive and determination of officers and directors our next 10 years was a whirlwind of success! Through annual steak dinners with 50/50 drawings organized by Dave McPeek our Foundation began to grow.
In 2018, thanks to the vision and leadership of Mark Natoli and Dave McPeek, the Board banded together to have our first Spring Gala Fundraiser. The results were phenomenal and we far exceeded our expectations! So in 2019 we held our second (and now annual) Spring Gala and in those 2 years thanks to sponsorships, donations, and ticket sales we made $60,000 to help Indian Valley students.
Our fundraising efforts, along with donations in honor of loved ones, alumni classes and various other donations has allowed the scholarships to increase in number and value, and the Classroom and Building grants to increase in value. Each year, the Board of Directors honors the scholarship recipients and donors at an annual Spring Scholarship Banquet organized by Pam Fouts. Steadily, IVF has continued to grow and help our schools.
The Board of Directors is very proud to say that to date we have raised $361,846 and expended $317,878 that includes the following:
$127,100 in scholarships to 180 graduates
$29,268 for 127 classroom grants (increased from $250 to $350) $49,000 for building grants (increased from $1500 to $1750)
We cannot begin to thank our BRAVES community enough for their generous giving and increasing support for our students and schools that has made the Indian Valley Foundation a complete success. Over the past 10 years, it has been an honor for myself and Minnie Garabrandt to watch IVF grow from the ground up.
“Many successful dreams can happen if you believe”
Martha Roudebush, President and Minnie Garabrandt, Treasurer (2009 – 2019)
We're a Volunteer Organization and We'd Love Your Help!
Our Board Members
The IV Foundation Board is a group of volunteers dedicated to helping the Indian Valley Community.