Plans Ahead

As we close out another year of life on this little blue crumb floating through space, let’s take the time to celebrate our past successes and joys. Okay. That’s enough. On to 2019!

The coming year will offer the normal opportunities for triumph or defeat, good news or bad, and success or failure. 2019 will be like all the other years that have raced by our lives. It will be, for the most part, whatever we make it. There need to be plans ahead.

What’s your plan?

This is the time of year where some talk of resolutions. But resolutions are just little self-improvement plans. Like, I resolve to quit eating like a hippopotamus in 2019 (one of my personal goals). The New Year’s season is full of those, but I like to think more about bigger plans. The plans that guide us on our life’s path. I love plans and planning. I was raised to respect plans both in my personal life and in business.

“Failure to plan is a plan to fail.”

“Plan your future or someone else will plan it for you.”

Here at your Owen County Community Foundation we’re always getting involved in plans. We maintain a five-year strategic plan which lays out the major accomplishments we hope to realize in the future and then we follow up with an annual plan for each year that covers more of the detail of exactly how we’re going to pull off our plan. We embrace planning.

We are currently involved in some community planning that is being supported with offers of grant funds to support a plan for Owen County. Our Spencer – Owen Schools are involved in a planning process supported by the Ready Schools Initiative offered by the Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI). There is also the beginnings of another planning process around making improvements to our community that will enhance our quality of life and attract new workers to our communities. The Ready Communities Initiative, also from ROI, will help us with our planning process as a community.

The Town of Spencer and Owen County will be working on official “comprehensive” plans in the coming year that will lay out priorities for our community over the next five years.

But planning is the core of our work here. Much of the giving to your OCCF is made through plans people make for their personal giving. Those plans might include the types of local programs that the donor’s gifts will support and will certainly include details about how a gift will come about. Will it come through the donor’s will or through a lifetime gift? Or maybe the gift will come from a combination of different types of assets coming from various sources. Whatever the plan may be, the plan’s very existence is step one for accomplishing the donor’s goals.

Our OCCF Scholarship Program, that is ready to go into full operation when applications start coming in for the 2019 award selections, is all about education plans. Scholarships are part of each applicants personal educational plan. We are always excited to see local scholars working on completing their plans. “What do I want to do in life? What education will I need to do live that lifestyle? What schools offer what I need? How can I pay for this education?” All those questions and more help make up the education plans that we hope may be supported by an OCCF scholarship award. Remember, that plan starts with an application due on January 10th.

So, wherever you’d like 2019 to take you, we hope you have a plan to get you there. We’re here to help with your giving plans. We may have a scholarship for you that will support your educational plan. Whatever your personal plans for giving, for your education or job, or for your estate, we wish you the very best in 2019!

If you would like some help making your giving plans for 2019 and beyond, contact us. You can call at 812-829-1725, email me at, visit us online at, or stop by and visit us in person at our office at 60 E. Market Street on the south side of the Courthouse Square in Spencer.