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Eitel Community Visions Fund


Year Founded

Purpose of Fund
The primary purpose of the Fund shall be to provide financial support to charitable community projects and agencies.

History of Fund

The couple saw many opportunities to impact their community starting in 2008 with their first endowment at the Foundation, Eitel’s Family Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and Civic Leadership. This fund continues their mission of the previous fund to create a community here in Putnam County that encourages the future. This fund is titled Community Visions because Ken and Jackie believe in community service and they want to encourage organizations and citizens to reach their full potential. Ken said that he has “always been interested in how strong communities impacted people” and he is particularly interested in the philanthropy at the Foundation that is for the lifetime support of a strong community.

 Ken is life-long resident of Greencastle. He graduated from Greencastle High school and later went back to school at Indiana Wesleyan University to earn his MSM in 2004. Ken, in partnership with his wife Jackie, was the 4th generation to operate Eitel’s Flowers and Gifts for 35 years until they sold the business in 2011. Ken was an adjunct business instructor for Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley and Director of the Ivy Tech Business and Entrepreneurial Service Center in Greencastle until December 2013. He later worked as a consultant for businesses just starting out as well as those trying to grow. An advocate for civic leadership he has been an active member and supporter of community organizations and progress through citizen engagement. Ken is currently serving as Vice President on the Putnam County Community Foundation Board as well as being involved with 100+ Men Who Care. Jackie Eitel is also a lifelong resident of Greencastle. She received her bachelors in nursing at Wishard Memorial School of Nursing and a Masters in Nursing Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She was employed by Putnam County Hospital as the nurse manager for the Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, since then she has been working at Indiana Health Information Exchange. She has served as a member of the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives and was on the state program committee for that organization. Ken and Jackie were married in 1979 and are members of Greencastle Christian Church and serve in several ministries there.


Grant / Payout History
First Grant Award

2013  $1,200.00

Most Recent Grant Awarded

2017  $1,617.15

Total Grant Awards



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