Robert R. Board and Janis M. Board Fund

Fund Purpose:
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for educational purposes.

Fund Story:

In February of 1996, the Community Foundation received its largest donation up until that point: One million dollars.

A few months before he passed away at the age of 98, Robert Board made this charitable contribution to open up the Robert R. Board and Janis M. Board Fund. “It is my hope and belief that this fund will enhance the Grant County Community by assisting students who have experienced outstanding academic achievement but who have limited financial means available to further their education,” said Board. He earned his livelihood in the Grant County area and wanted to be able to give back. Board’s gift of one million dollars was matched by a $500,000 gift from the Lilly Endowment.

Robert Board was born in Chrisman, Illinois, and at the age of 12, moved in with his cousin Jack Foster because of familial problems. Robert served in the army from 1916 to 1919 with the 130th Infantry American Expeditionary Forces near the Mexican Border and also in France during World War I. He attended the University of Illinois, and in 1934, he moved to Marion to help his cousin Foster run his glass factory. Board became president of Foster-Forbes Glass Co. (Ball-Foster) in 1965 and served there until he retired in 1980.

Robert’s first wife Madge died in 1966 at the Mayo Clinic, and in the late 1960’s, he married Janis Caldwell who had two sons, Jack and Dick.

Robert was an active member of the Marion community. He was a member of Frist Presbyterian Church and was president of the Glass Container Institute Research Corp. He served as the board president of National Can Corp., NBD Bank, Marion General Hospital, Community Chest of Grant County, Marion Chamber of Commerce and the Glass Container Manufacturers Institute.

“He had one of the brightest minds I have ever been around,” said Larry Myers, former foundation board president. “That’s why he was successful in business. He was dedicated and had a huge heart.”

Robert had a strong sense of family and cared for the community. He is remembered as a wonderful, compassionate man who understood the importance of higher education for youth and was proactive in making that belief realized. 

Fund Impact:

Sheena M. Apple-Nester
Alexandra Armstrong
Addessa L. Baity
Garrett Bireline
Stephen L. Briles
Sarah M. Brown
Sabrina Butcher
Nithia M. Chowattukunnel
Hannah D. Clevenger
Thomas J. Collins
Jamie Cox
Amanda S. Craun
Iurie Cuciuc
Jennifer P. Daniel
Anna Deisler
Logan Dooley
Bethany Duckwall
Daniel E. Durkes
Jarred L. Eib
Melissa K. Ewer
Jonathon C. Greene
Laci Haisley
Hilary Harris
Erin Harris-Gordon
Cassie Hawkins
Tiffanie Hix-Hodson
Mishele D. Hunt
Cherie E. Huston
Joel P. Kiers
Matthew Knight
Kyle Kohlmorgen
Mary (Molly) Kuczora
Olivia C. Lewton
Jamie N Lindsay
Kayla M. Mack
Matthew McAdams
Brad R. McCracken
Kristen McDaniel
Thomas J. Milford
Michelle A. Moore
David Mui
Amy L. Osborne
Jamie N Owsley-Lindsay
Matthew R Parlee
Lynne L. Payne
Kelsay Scott
Ondra L. Shafer
Stacy R. Shanks
Ryan Smith
Brandon Stone
Jacob W. Vogel
April D. Walker
Lyndsey Westfall
David Wiley
Tara N. Yanis
Samuel Cerny
Nithia Chowattukunnel
Victoria Crouse
Samantha Derby
Wesley Hull
Daniel Jennifer P.
Kiers Joel
Ashlynn Lewis
Dooley Logan
Geralyn Miller
Samantha Simison
Isaac Slaughter
Alexander Winter


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505 West Third St.
Marion, Indiana 46952
 $ 890,484.13
Funding type:Community Impact

This project will receive all of the funds Invested by 4099-08-18.

The impact amount listed above shows the amount that has been awarded back into the community since this fund was established. Donating to this fund increases the impact of its charitable initiative and grantmaking abilities. Impact amounts may not be up-to-date. Please contact us with any questions.

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Community Foundation of Grant County
505 West Third Street
Marion, Indiana 46952

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