Women’s Fund Of Vanderburgh Announces $90,0000 In Grant Awards

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  At their annual meeting on November 6, donors to the Women’s Fund of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation gathered at the Holiday Inn Airport to select the 2019 recipients of two $35,000 impact grants.

Decisions on this year’s grants were made by vote of the Women’s Fund membership. Members selected one organization to receive a $35,000 grant for a program and one organization to receive a $35,000 grant for a capital project. In addition, members awarded general support grants to four charitable partners as runner up awards.

In the program category, Ozanam Family Shelter was awarded a $35,000 grant for their Effectively Housing the Homeless program. In addition, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center and Parenting Time Center received $5,000 grants for general support.

In the project category, Aurora was awarded a $35,000 grant for their Homeless Outreach project. Catholic Charities and the Deaconess Foundation also received $5,000 general support grants.

The Women’s Fund was established in 2007 when a group of area women came together with the goal of improving the quality of life in Vanderburgh County by pooling their resources to forever provide funding for charitable initiatives.

Since it was formed, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $991,000 to organizations serving local families. Past impact grant recipients include: Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club, Evansville Christian Life Center, Holly’s House, House of Bread and Peace, Lampion Center, Ozanam Family Shelter, Patchwork Central, Potter’s Wheel, St. Vincent Early Learning Center, United Caring Services, United Methodist Youth Home, Vanderburgh County CASA, Youth First, Youth Resources and the YWCA.

The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County is a fund of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. The Women’s Fund focuses the efforts of women philanthropists to create positive social change by funding projects that address current needs in our community. The mission is to improve the quality of life in Vanderburgh County by collectively funding significant grants to charitable initiatives. For additional information about the Women’s Fund, or to become a member, contact Sarah Wagner at 812.422.1245 or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Community Foundation Announces Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Program

(Vincennes, Indiana)  The Knox County Community Foundation will again host a Giving Tuesday event on Tuesday, December 3rd, focused on building permanent endowment for charitable organizations serving Knox County. This year, $40,000 is available to match gifts dollar for dollar for these funds.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Any gift received on Giving Tuesday (Tuesday, December 3, 2019) from individuals and groups to add to or to establish a new designated or agency fund will be matched dollar for dollar. Gifts are accepted online at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Knox or from 8:30 to 4 pm at the Foundation office located inside Old National Bank, 20 N. Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes.

A $5,000 gift is all that’s needed to establish a new fund. Those interested in establishing a new fund on Giving Tuesday should contact the Foundation in advance at 812.886.0093.

Local organizations that benefit from endowed funds held by the Foundation include:

  1. AgrIInstitute
  2. American Cancer Society
  3. ATTIC
  4. Camp Arthur
  5. Christian Educational Foundation of Vincennes
  6. Council of College and Military Educators Scholarship Program
  7. First Christian Church in Vincennes
  8. First United Methodist Church in Vincennes
  9. Gibault Boys School
  10. Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation
  11. Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice
  12. Grouseland Foundation
  13. KCARC
  14. Knox County 4-H Association
  15. Knox County Community Foundation
  16. Knox County Department of Parks and Recreation
  17. Knox County Humane Society
  18. Knox County Public Library
  19. Knox County Salvation Army
  20. Knox County Soil & Water Charitable Endeavors
  21. North Knox Scholarship Foundation
  22. Psi Iota Xi- Alpha Omicron Chapter
  23. Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vincennes
  24. Sandborn Community Park
  25. Senior Citizens Center of the Vincennes YMCA
  26. South Knox Education Foundation
  27. St. James Episcopal Church in Vincennes
  28. St. Jude’s Research Hospital
  29. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vincennes
  30. Upper Indiana Presbyterian Church
  31. Vincennes Community Food Pantry
  32. Vincennes Education Foundation
  33. Vincennes Lincoln High School Academic Society
  34. Vincennes Lincoln High School Choir Boosters
  35. Vincennes Rotary Foundation
  36. Vincennes University
  37. Vincennes University Community Series
  38. Vincennes University Foundation
  39. YMCA of Vincennes

 

Community Foundation Announces Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Program

(Daviess County, Indiana)  The Daviess County Community Foundation will again host a Giving Tuesday event on Tuesday, December 3rd, focused on building permanent endowment for charitable organizations serving Daviess County. This year, $25,000 is available to match gifts dollar for dollar for these funds.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Any gift received on Giving Tuesday (Tuesday, December 3, 2019) from individuals and groups to add to or to establish a new designated or agency fund will be matched dollar for dollar. Gifts may be made online at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess or from 8:30 am to 4 pm at Foundation office, 320 E. Main Street in Washington.

A $5,000 gift is all that’s needed to establish a new fund. Those interested in establishing a new fund on Giving Tuesday should contact the Foundation in advance at 812.254.9354.

Local organizations that benefit from endowed funds held by the Foundation include:

  1. Agriinstitute of Daviess County
  2. Barr-Reeve Scholarship Foundation
  3. Barr-Reeve High School Scholarship Program
  4. Camp Illiana
  5. Catholic Education Endowment
  6. Christ United Methodist Church Youth Programs
  7. Compassionate Friends Memorial at Eastside Park
  8. Daviess Community Hospital Foundation
  9. Daviess County Community Foundation
  10. Daviess County Family YMCA
  11. Daviess County Historical Society Museum
  12. Daviess County Right to Life
  13. Elnora/Elmore Township Volunteer Fire Department
  14. Future Farmers of America – North Daviess Schools
  15. First Baptist Church Youth Programs
  16. First Christian Church, Odon – Youth Programs
  17. Four Rivers Rehabilitation Resources
  18. Friends for Animals Daviess County
  19. Habitat for Humanity Daviess County
  20. Ketcham Memorial Center
  21. Leadership Daviess County Program
  22. Lena Dunn 1st Grade Education
  23. North Daviess Schools Scholarship Program
  24. Old Union Cemetery Association – Alfordsville
  25. Parkview Village Christian Care
  26. Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church – Plainville
  27. Pregnancy Care Center
  28. Psi Iota Xi Sorority-Washington (Charitable Work)
  29. Red Cross Services in Daviess County
  30. Retired Senior Volunteer Program-Daviess Co.
  31. Southwest Indiana Power House
  32. St John Cemetery Association (Loogootee)
  33. St Martin and St Rose Cemeteries (Loogootee)
  34. United Way of Daviess County
  35. Veale Creek Players
  36. Washington Carnegie Public Library
  37. Washington Catholic Schools
  38. Washington Community Schools Foundation
  39. Washington Community Schools Foundation Athletic Department
  40. Washington Community Schools Foundation College Scholarship
  41. Washington Little League
  42. Washington Parks and Recreation
  43. Washington Soccer Federation
  44. Whitfield Men’s Club Scholarship Program

 

$438,479 to be Awarded to 24 Charitable Organizations from the City of Evansville Endowment Fund

(Evansville, Indiana)   Total grant awards of $438,479 will be presented to 24 organizations from the City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) during a reception and presentation set for Thursday, November 7 at 4 pm at the Carver Community Organization, located at 400 Southeast Eighth Street in Evansville.

The CEEF mission is to assist nonprofit charitable organizations in Evansville.

The location for this year’s awards event carries some significance for the Evansville nonprofit charitable community and the CEEF. This is the 75th year for Carver Community Organization, a nonprofit charity serving Evansville and Vanderburgh County through unique programs and services delivered in a safe environment that teaches respect for self, others and the community. Carver is just one of this year’s grant recipients.

Jerome Stewart, president of the CEEF Board, says he appreciates Carver hosting the event. He notes that this year’s grants allow support not only for Carver, but for the local charitable community as a whole by addressing significant capital needs of many organizations.

The annual grant cycle began in June. The CEEF grants committee awards the grants through a competitive application and review process. Grants are specifically awarded for capital improvement projects and 60% of annual grants are required to be distributed to organizations serving the 4th and 6th wards.

“The City of Evansville Endowment Fund has made a huge difference in addressing quality of life issues,” says Stewart. “Every not for profit organization needs to be recognized for the great work being done. The grants we award will continue to provide much needed assistance to these organizations.”

The recipients this year are:

  • Carver Community Organization for Neighborhood Center restroom repairs and updates;
  • Community Recreation Education Center for blighted house removal from property;
  • DC USA INC for the 207 Read Street renovation project;
  • District of Evansville of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the Thrift Store bathroom remodel project;
  • Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center for therapeutic pool repairs;
  • Evansville Christian Life Center for assistance with the window replacement project;
  • Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science to assist with phase 2 of the catering kitchen renovation project;
  • EVSC Foundation, Inc. for carpet replacement for the Hangers Program;
  • Habitat for Humanity of Evansville to assist with construction materials for up to 15 homes, to assist with the purchase of a shop dust collection system, and for a commercial lawn mower;
  • Holly’s House, Inc. for the interview area soundproofing project;
  • HOPE of Evansville for site preparation for two homes to be constructed in 2019-2020;
  • Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville for boiler replacement;
  • Memorial Community Development Corporation to replace doors and light fixtures at the facility that houses the main office, healthcare clinic, and childcare ministry;
  • Ozanam Family Shelter to assist with family shelter bathroom repairs;
  • Parenting Time Center for carpet, paint, and lighting throughout the facility;
  • Reitz Home Museum for HVAC replacement;
  • Southwestern Healthcare, Inc. for Washington Court Apartments south porch/balcony repair and renovation;
  • Vincent Early Learning Center, Inc. for an exterior video surveillance system and interior/exterior lighting throughout the facility;
  • The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana to assist with the installation of an elevator to the Rooftop Art Deck;
  • Tri-State Food Bank to assist with the resurfacing and expansion of the parking area at the new facility;
  • United Caring Services for the replacement of an exterior door;
  • United Methodist Youth Home, Inc. for an HVAC system in both the new girls’ home and the current girls’ home;
  • Vanderburgh County Casa Inc. to assist with window replacement and re-caulking; and
  • WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc. to replace the overhead door.

The CEEF originated in 1994, when former Mayor Frank McDonald II proposed that $5 million of revenue from the riverboat be invested in a way that would serve the City of Evansville forever. After an extensive study of investment options, in 1998 the revenue was used to establish the endowment fund as a distinct legal entity affiliated with the Alliance. CEEF was created as a public charity and supporting organization of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc. The CEEF’s earnings allow for grantmaking annually.

Nonprofit organizations wishing to receive email notification at the start of next year’s grant cycle should visit the Alliance webpage for the CEEF at www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/city-evansville-endowment-fund.

Vanderburgh Men’s Fund Awards $33,000 in Impact Grants

(Evansville, Indiana) At their annual meeting on Thursday, October 24, donors to the Vanderburgh County Men’s Fund gathered at the Evansville Museum to select the 2019 Impact Grant recipient. The group of donors voted to award this year’s finalists a total of $33,000 in grants, making the total grants awarded from the Fund an impressive $117,300.

This is the fourth year for the impact grants which support programs benefiting Vanderburgh County. Past impact grant recipients and projects include the EVSC Foundation, Inc. for the Let’s Put the Shirts on Their Backs Hangers program; the Ozanam Family Shelter for fire protection and kitchen upgrades; and the Boys and Girls Club of Evansville for the Passport to Manhood Program.

On Thursday night, the group selected Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center as the $30,000 grant recipient. The grant will support an internship program designed to meet the critical need for children’s mental health services. The program is expected to impact children and families by increasing the immediate availability of mental health services and investing in the future of the region’s mental health landscape. In addition, Dream Center Evansville received a $1,500 grant for support of the Jacobsville Kids Zone initiative, a wrap-around care and academic development program serving elementary school students. Finally, the Evansville Christian Life Center received a $1,500 grant for support of the 24/7 Dad Initiative, a program offered in collaboration with the Parenting Time Center and focused on helping local fathers develop skills to successfully engage in the lives of their children.

The Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County offers enjoyable social events and networking opportunities, all while raising funds to meet community needs. The group supports charitable causes in the community that address projects and programs important to the Men’s Fund members. New members are welcome. For more information about the Vanderburgh Men’s Fund, contact Sarah Wagner, Regional Development Director at 812.422.1245 or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Women’s Fund Of Gibson County Hosting Membership Event

(Princeton, Indiana)  The Women’s Fund of Gibson County, held by the Gibson County Community Foundation, will host their annual membership event on Thursday, November 7 at 6 pm at The Hub, 127 N. Hart Street in Princeton. The event includes a Vendor Fair, a presentation by the Deaconess Foundation about their recent Women’s Fund grant, and an appetizer buffet provided by R’z Catering. Doors open at 5:30 pm and everyone is welcome. The cost to attend is $8 and reservations are due October 31.

Started by a core group of women in Gibson County in 2007, the Women’s Fund strives to improve the quality of life in Gibson County by fostering a sense of empowerment and philanthropy. Since its inception, the Women’s Fund has awarded over $75,000 in grants to charitable partners throughout the community.

If you would like to attend the Vendor Fair, call or email Hannah Shields, Regional Development Director, at 812.386.8082 or hannah@ communityfoundationalliance.org.

Community Foundation Awards Over $96,000 In Grants To Organizations Serving Posey County

(Posey County, Indiana)  The Posey County Community Foundation has announced their Community Good grant awards, totaling $96,579.75 for 28 projects and programs serving Posey County.

All the grants were made possible by people and organizations establishing and contributing to community good and field of interest funds held by the Foundation.

Based on the Foundation’s funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development, the grants conclude the Foundation’s 2019 Community Good Grant Program.

The grants are:

  • $8,000 to Posey County Council on the Aging to provide vehicle match money for the purchase of a new van for vehicle transportation
  • $7,500 to Tri-State Food Bank to support the Kid’s Weekend BackPack Program of Posey County to provide weekend meals for Posey County students
  • $7,000 to New Harmony Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a new battery operated extrication combi-tool for their small Rescue Truck, this will allow them to take the smaller more versatile tool to hard to reach areas
  • $6884.95 to Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation to replace the water slide at Brittlebank Pool and installing a new shelter structure at Brittlebank Park to improve the guest experience at both locations
  • $5,000 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana to help in the teaching of 100 classes in Posey County, serving approximately 2,300 students, resulting in over 11,000 individual contact hours
  • $5,000 to Zion Lippe United Church of Christ to assist in the food needs of the Posey County Food Pantries and United Caring Services Inc. The proceeds collected are used to acquire hogs and cattle which are processed into 1 lb. packages of ground pork and beef for delivery to the Posey County Food Pantries
  • $5,000 to Holly’s House, Inc. to support the “Think First & Stay Safe” child abuse prevention program that teaches elementary students how to recognize and react correctly to unsafe situations
  • $5,000 to Youth First to provide social workers in Posey County schools, this project will provide free, accessible and expert mental health support in 5 Posey County schools to over 1,500 students ages 5-12
  • $5,000 to Ribeyre Gymnasium Restoration Group to finish tuck pointing of front (east) exterior brick wall. This involves hiring a historic approved masonry company who specializes in Historic Renovation
  • $4,707 to The Smith Township Volunteer Fire Department to replace the fire department’s Fire Ground Radio Repeater/Talk-Around System, this will greatly improve the ability to communicate in fire and medical emergency situations
  • $3,571.15 to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church to support the Supplementing and Reinforcing Life Skills with Math, Science, Geography and Computers program
  • $3,557.95 to Wolfgang Orchestra and Chorus, Inc to purchase a Yamaha 23″ Standard Aluminum Timpani w/ Cover, Pearl Concert Bass Drum – Philharmonic Series, and Sabian Philharmonic Hand Cymbals to increase and vary the classical music selections played by the introduction of the new instruments
  • $3,000 to Mt. Vernon Ministerial Association River Bend Food Pantry for the purchase of utility carts to help with the transportation of food to and from the food pantry
  • $3,000 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to pay processing fees on large game donations allowing the processed meat to be donated to hunger relief agencies within Posey County
  • $3,000 to Thrive to support their holistic afterschool programming to Mt. Vernon youth in K – 8th grades from West Elementary and the Mt. Vernon Junior High
  • $2,590 to MSD of North Posey for the purchase of two AEDs, from the Deaconess HeartSaver AED program, to be placed and North Elementary and South Terrace Elementary schools
  • $2,500 to Mount Vernon Youth Baseball for the purchase of new bleachers to be used at the baseball and softball fields
  • $2,400 to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church to set up centers in our classrooms such as stem, literacy, blocks, and art to encourage cognitive and emotional learning serving ages 6 weeks to age 5
  • $2,100 to Bread of Life Ministry, Inc. to provide a semi-truck load of food to local food pantries and individual families in Posey County
  • $2,000 reserved for the First Alternate to the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Posey County to provide a one-time $2,000 scholarship
  • $2,000 to Evansville Philharmonic Orchestral Corporation to provide transportation for Posey County students to attend the 2019-2020 Helen M. McKinney Young People’s Concerts
  • $2,000 to WillowTree of Posey County to support the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project to provide services and support to victims of domestic violence in Posey County
  • $1,745 to WillowTree of Posey County to support the Technology Outreach Project to expand and enhance their services by improving their online presence by improving and integrating their technology systems including the purchase a refurbished laptop for presentations and the purchase of a refurbished tablet with wifi capability and cellular data to connect with clients
  • $1,555 to University of Southern Indiana to purchase equipment necessary to record interviews, including a camera, microphone and lighting, and an honorarium for a video editor to complete the Crossing Generations project
  • $1,024.70 to Family Matters of Posey County, Indiana, Inc. for the purchase of 30, 4-quart, slow cookers, recipes and food preparation items to conduct three cooking classes to teach families how to provide nutritious meals for their families
  • $500 to St. Wendel Catholic School for the purchase of additional books to help broaden their Accelerated Reader program
  • $500 to Greater Evansville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help provide non-medical financial assistance, including gas and grocery cards and utility payments, for patients within Smith Township who are currently undergoing breast cancer treatment and living within 250% of poverty level
  • $444 to St. Wendel Catholic School to purchase replacement pads and battery to upgrade their current AED

The funds making the grant awards possible are community good and field of interest funds including the Atkins Family Fund, CountryMark Black Township Fund, Morris Family Fund, Posey County Youth Council Fund, Rosella and Doyle Oursler Fund, Charles and Frances Crawford and Beth Ann Mosier Fund, ConAgra Fund, CountryMark Posey County Fund, Ella and Stanley Maynor Memorial Fund, Friends of Posey County Fund, German American Bancorp Community Fund – Posey, Heritage Federal Community Good Fund of Posey County, Memorial Fund of Posey County, Posey County Veterans of Foreign Wars Fund, Robert and Carole Rust Fund, Smithville Charitable Foundation Fund of Posey County, Smithville Targeting Lasting Change Fund, and Tom and Nelda Hickey Fund.

Community Foundation Awards Over $61,000 In Grants To Organizations Serving Gibson County

(Princeton, Indiana) The Gibson County Community Foundation has announced their Community Good grant awards, totaling $61,517 for 20 projects and programs serving Gibson County.
All the grants were made possible by people and organizations establishing and contributing to community good and field of interest funds held by the Foundation.
Based on the Foundation’s funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development, the grants conclude the Foundation’s 2019 Community Good Grant Program.

The grants are:

  • $5,000 to Holly’s House, Inc. to support the “Think First & Stay Safe” child abuse prevention program that teaches elementary students how to recognize and react correctly to unsafe situations
  • $5,000 to Princeton Community Intermediate School to purchase Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum for grades 3 and 4 as well as their K-5 Life Skills classroom
  • $4,300 to Gibson County Habitat for Humanity to provide support in completing the fifth and final home in their east side Princeton development project, including fencing, water and sewer lines
  • $4,050 to Gibson County Youth Theatre to purchase the rights, royalties, materials and orchestration for Frozen Junior and Willy Wonka Kids to be performed during their 2019-2020 season
  • $4,000 to Youth First to provide social workers in Gibson County schools, this project will provide free, accessible and expert mental health support in 12 Gibson County schools to over 2,600 students at all age levels
  • $4,000 to Tri-State Food Bank to support the Kid’s Weekend BackPack Program of Gibson County to provide weekend meals for Gibson County students
  • $4,000 reserved for the First Alternate to the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Gibson County to provide four $1,000 scholarships over their four-years in college
  • $3,700 to Ride Solution to secure a portion of the 20% matching funds for a new vehicle that will be used for Public Transportation in Gibson County
  • $3,477 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley to provide their volunteers with the necessary tools to keep their new House running efficiently including, housekeeping carts, tow dolly/hand truck, laundry basket/wire cart, and vacuums
  • $3,000 to Children’s Center for Dance Education for two performances of “Swan Lake” in May 2020 at the Gibson Southern High School Auditorium to approximately 600 Gibson County school children in grades 2-4
  • $3,000 to East Gibson Dollars for Scholars to provide financial support for graduating seniors of Wood Memorial High School to continue their education
  • $3,000 to Gibson Southern Scholarships, Inc. to provide financial support for graduating seniors of Gibson Southern High School to continue their education
  • $3,000 to Princeton Area Dollars for Scholars, Inc. to provide financial support for graduating seniors of Princeton Community High School to continue their education
  • $2,400 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana to help in the teaching of 46 classes in 11 Gibson County schools, serving over 1,000 Gibson County students
  • $2,100 to Bread of Life Ministry, Inc. to provide a semi-truck load of food to local food pantries and individual families in Gibson County
  • $2,000 to Evansville Philharmonic Orchestral Corporation to provide transportation for Gibson County students to attend the 2019-2020 Helen M. McKinney Young People’s Concerts
  • $2,000 to Emmy, Corp. d/b/a Gibson County Animal Services to improve the quality of life for low-income Seniors by assisting them in being able to keep and care for their companion animals
  • $1,490 to East Gibson School Corporation to provide teacher curriculums, student library of Social-Emotional Learning books, and equipment to implement student “quiet/reset areas” in each classroom at Oakland City Elementary School
  • $1,000 to Gibson County Chamber of Commerce to provide workshops to help entrepreneurs and other underserved business populations to strengthen their knowledge as they start their business, seasoned businesses that provide jobs to low income or low skilled employees to grow their business, and community leaders to be more aware and active in the community needs
  • $1,000 to Ft. Branch First United Methodist Church to support their Back to School Bash, the Bash helps ease the burden of purchasing adequate school supplies on Gibson County families with every student receiving a backpack filled with needed school supplies regardless of need

The funds making the grant awards possible are community good and field of interest funds including the Toyota Fund; Brown Family Fund; German American Bancorp Community Fund – Gibson; Jack Freudenberg Family Fund; Melvin Oing Memorial Fund; Ann, John and William Eugene Dunn Fund; Smithville Charitable Foundation Fund of Gibson County; Friends of Gibson County Fund; David and Janet Oldham Family Fund; Phillip and Sharen Buyher Fund; Troy and Virginia Land Unrestricted Fund; Gibson Board of Trustees Fund; Bonaparte Family Unrestricted Fund; and Ray J. (Jerry) Watson and Ruth L. Watson Memorial Fund.

Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh Announces Impact Grant Finalists

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County has announced the six finalist organizations to be considered for two $35,000 impact grants.

The Women’s Fund was established in 2007 when a group of area women came together with the goal of improving the quality of life in Vanderburgh County by pooling their resources to forever provide funding for charitable initiatives.

Decisions on this year’s grants will be made by vote of the Women’s Fund membership at their annual meeting, set for Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Airport. Members will select one organization to receive a $35,000 grant for a program and one organization to receive a $35,000 grant for a capital project.

This year’s three program category finalists and their proposals are:

  • Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center for the Children’s Mental Health Services;
  • Ozanam Family Shelter for the Effectively Housing the Homeless; and
  • Parenting Time Center for the Nurturing Parenting Skills for Parents in Supervised Visits.

This year’s three capital project category finalists and their proposed projects are:

  • Aurora for the Vehicles for Aurora’s Homeless Outreach;
  • Catholic Charities for the Life Skills Classroom and Client Services Offices; and
  • Deaconess Foundation for the Maternal and Neonatal Simulation Education for Rural Health Facilities.

Since 2007, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $901,000 to organizations serving local families. Impact grants awarded have provided funding for projects and programs at the Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club, Evansville Christian Life Center, House of Bread and Peace, Lampion Center, Ozanam Family Shelter, Patchwork Central, Potter’s Wheel, St. Vincent Early Learning Center, United Caring Shelter, Vanderburgh County CASA, Youth First, Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana, and the YWCA.

“Each year we are reminded of the impact of our community’s nonprofit organizations and the work they are able to do every day,” say advisory board co-chair Diana Wilderman. “It is truly inspirational to be part of an organization which has such a positive impact on our community today and for the future as well.”

The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County is a fund of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. The Women’s Fund focuses the efforts of women philanthropists to create positive social change by funding projects that address current needs in our community. The mission is to improve the quality of life in Vanderburgh County by collectively funding significant grants to charitable initiatives. For additional information about the Women’s Fund, or to become a member, contact Sarah Wagner at 812.422.1245 or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Spencer County Community Foundation Elects Board Leadership

(Rockport, Indiana)  Advisory Board officers of the Spencer County Community Foundation for fiscal year 2020 were recently elected. They are (left to right) Tawnya Fleischmann, President; Ed Hagedorn, Vice President; and Sue Ann Kloeck, Secretary.

FY20 Spencer CAB officer photo

The Spencer County Community Foundation is one of 9 affiliates of the Community Foundation Alliance. The Alliance holds more than 1,200 named funds established by individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and agencies to improve the quality of life throughout southwestern Indiana, with charitable assets of over $100 million. During our most recent fiscal year, grants and scholarships awarded from all Alliance funds to benefit programs, projects, and people in the 9 affiliate counties totaled $3,323,968. The Alliance provides management, administrative, and development expertise and services, so every local affiliate foundation can focus on promoting philanthropy, building endowment, and grantmaking, making a difference in their community today and for years to come.

Perry County Community Foundation Elects Board Leadership

(Perry County, Indiana)  Advisory Board officers of the Perry County Community Foundation for fiscal year 2020 were recently elected. They are (left to right) Rebecca Etienne, Secretary; Dr. Matthew Butler, Vice President; and Earla Williams, President.

FY20 Perry CAB officer photo

The Perry County Community Foundation is one of 9 affiliates of the Community Foundation Alliance. The Alliance holds more than 1,200 named funds established by individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and agencies to improve the quality of life throughout southwestern Indiana, with charitable assets of over $100 million. During our most recent fiscal year, grants and scholarships awarded from all Alliance funds to benefit programs, projects, and people in the 9 affiliate counties totaled $3,323,968. The Alliance provides management, administrative, and development expertise and services, so every local affiliate foundation can focus on promoting philanthropy, building endowment, and grantmaking, making a difference in their community today and for years to come.

Vanderburgh County Men’s Fund Announces 2019 Impact Grant Finalists

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  At their annual meeting set for Thursday, October 24 at 5:30 at the Evansville Museum, donors to the Vanderburgh County Men’s Fund held by the Vanderburgh Community Foundation will select the 2019 recipient for their Community Impact grant.

Over the past three years, the Fund has awarded impact grants totaling over $80,000 for charitable programs and projects serving Vanderburgh County.

This will be the fourth year the growing group of nearly 80 donors has presented the grant awards.

This year’s three program finalists and their proposals are:

  • Dream Center Evansville for Wrap-Around Care & Academic Development,
  • Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center for Children’s Mental Health Services, and
  • Evansville Christian Life Center for the 24/7 Dad Initiative.

The Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County is designed to create enjoyable social events and networking opportunities, all while improving the community. The Men’s Fund motto is “Men Who Get Things Done,” focusing on support of charitable causes that address projects and programs important to donor members. New members are welcome.

For more information about the annual meeting or to become a member of the Men’s Fund, contact Sarah Wagner, Regional Development Director at 812.422.1245 or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Vanderburgh County Men’s Fund Announces 2019 Impact Grant Finalists

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana) At their annual meeting set for Thursday, October 24 at 5:30 at the Evansville Museum, donors to the Vanderburgh County Men’s Fund held by the Vanderburgh Community Foundation will select the 2019 recipient for their Community Impact grant.

Over the past three years, the Fund has awarded impact grants totaling over $80,000 for charitable programs and projects serving Vanderburgh County.

This will be the fourth year the growing group of nearly 80 donors has presented the grant awards.

This year’s three program finalists and their proposals are:

  • Dream Center Evansville for Wrap-Around Care & Academic Development,
  • Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center for Children’s Mental Health Services, and
  • Evansville Christian Life Center for the 24/7 Dad Initiative.

The Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County is designed to create enjoyable social events and networking opportunities, all while improving the community. The Men’s Fund motto is “Men Who Get Things Done,” focusing on support of charitable causes that address projects and programs important to donor members. New members are welcome.

For more information about the annual meeting or to become a member of the Men’s Fund, contact Sarah Wagner, Regional Development Director at 812.422.1245 or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Daviess Community Foundation Awards $102,863 To 15 Charitable Partners

(Washington, IN) The Daviess County Community Foundation has announced their Community Good grant awards, totaling $120,266 for 15 projects of organizations serving Daviess County.

All the grants were made possible by people and organizations establishing to and contributing to unrestricted and field of interest funds held by the Foundation.

Based on the Foundation’s funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development, the grants conclude the Foundation’s 2019 Community Good Grant Program.

The grants are:

  • $5,433 to Lighthouse Recovery Center for the Bathroom Remodeling project
  • $1,500 to Generations for the Elder Justice event
  • $1,840 to Pace Community Action Agency for the SuperMENtor program
  • $6,825 to Odon VFW Post #9627 for the Odon Community AED project
  • $2,500 to Odon Winkelpleck Public Library for the Little Free Libraries project
  • $14,950 to Daviess County Partnership Inc. for the Stepping Forward/ Toxic Charity Endeavor
  • $5,000 to Daviess County 4-H for the 4-H Fairgrounds Expansion
  • $2,100 to Bread of Life Ministry Inc. for the Food for the Hungry project
  • $5,000 to the Daviess County Sheriff Department for the Project Lifesaver program
  • $13,580 to the Daviess County Historical Society for the Storing the Future by Preserving the Past project
  • $9,050 to Pregnancy Care Center of Washington, Inc. for the Infant Mortality Reduction Program
  • $15,520 to the City of Washington Fire Department for the Rescue Task Force project
  • $3,200 to Retired Seniors Volunteer Program of Daviess County for the “Ready Set Go” Disaster Preparedness Initiative
  • $8,365 to Four Rivers Resource Services for the Community Center Participation project
  • $8,000 to Senior and Family Services, Inc. for the Elderly/Disabled Transportation project

The funds making the grant awards possible are field of interest funds including the Daviess County Community Foundation Youth Council Endowed Fund and the Smithville Charitable Foundation Youth of Daviess County Fund, and the following unrestricted funds: Black Beauty Daviess County Community Fund, Boyd Grain Farms/Tom and Marsha Boyd Fund, the Callahan Family Fund, Cherry Tree Plaza Community Fund, Senator Homer and Irma Capehart Fund, Daviess County Memorial Fund, the Joan Daily Elliott Fund, the Dudenhoeffer Family Fund, Edward Jones and Company Achievement Fund, First Federal Savings Bank of Washington Fund, Friends of Daviess County Fund, German American Bancorp Community Fund, the Jim and Kathy Havill Family Fund, Home Building Savings Bank FSB Unrestricted Fund, Jones and Sons Concrete Fund, Memering Family Fund, Midwest Natural Gas Corporation Unrestricted Fund, Jay E. Myers Unrestricted Fund, Dr. Horace and Mary Norton Family Fund, Old National Fund for Daviess County, Perdue Farms Inc. Unrestricted Fund, Singleton Family Fund, Swartzentruber Family Fund,  and the Joe and Gladys Traylor Fund.

Foundation Awards $62,003 In Grants To Knox County Charitable Organizations

(September 25, 2019)  At today’s Knox County Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting, the Knox County Community Foundation took the stage to present $62,003 in grant awards to 16 charitable organizations serving Knox County.

The grants, made possible by donors to the Foundation’s Community Good, or unrestricted, endowment funds, will fund charitable projects and programs serving Knox County residents.

“We appreciate all our donors who make these awards possible,” says Hannah Shields, Development Director for the Foundation. “Their gifts fuel our grantmaking, year after year, and will do so forever.”

According to Lauren Osmon, Community Engagement and Impact Director for the Foundation, charitable organizations serving Knox County applied through the Foundation’s annual Community Good grant program. “This particular program invites organizations to apply for funding for projects and programs supporting arts and culture, community development, education, health and human services, and other civic endeavors such as environment, recreation, and youth development. We were very pleased with the quality of all the funding applications we received this year.”

Osmon said a volunteer committee of community leaders reviewed the applications. Their recommendations were submitted for final approval to the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Alliance, of which the Knox County Community Foundation is an affiliate.

Organizations and grants include:

  • The United Way of Knox County received $1,000 for the Bed Time in a Box program;
  • Knox County Superior Court 1 received $2,850 for Family Recovery Court program supplies to support the incentive store;
  • Knox County 4-H Council received $3,000 for the 4-H Lego Robotics Club program;
  • Deaconess Foundation received $6,475 for the Knox County HeartSaver AED project;
  • The YMCA Bettye J. McCormick Center received $3,168 for the “Grab a Seat and Sit a Spell” project;
  • Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District received $6,500 for the Land Stewardship in the Mariah Creek and Kessinger Ditch Watersheds project;
  • Helping His Hands Disaster Response, Inc. received $1,410 for the Food Pantry program;
  • First Christian Church KETA (Kids Equipped to Achieve) received $5,500 for the purchase of backpacks for the KETA, Inc. program;
  • Backpacks of Love received $5,000 for the Backpacks of Love for VCSC program;
  • Spirit of Vincennes, Inc. received $5,000 for the purchase of a permanent roof for the Vincennes Rendezvous outdoor stage;
  • Old Town Players Community Theater received $600 for Assisted Living The Musical: THE HOME…for the holidays;
  • Knox County Drug Court Foundation received $3,000 for healthcare treatment assistance and emergency-related expenses for the Drug Court Foundation Incentive program;
  • Knox County Youth Foundation received $3,000 for Red Ribbon Week 2019;
  • Knox County Life After Meth, Inc. received $12,000 for housing improvements for the LAM 2020 project;
  • James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School received $1,500 for a sensory path for the Learning in Motion program; and
  • Westphalia Housing, Inc. received $2,000 for the Daikin Two Head Mini Split System project.

People and organizations establishing and contributing to Field of Interest and Community Good Funds held by the Foundation made the awards possible.

Those funds are the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Fund for Education Enhancement in Knox County, the  Bad Medicine Band Unrestricted Fund, Brent Bierhaus Unrestricted Fund, Bill and Jenny Hackney Family Fund, Louis (Brocky) Brocksmith Family Fund, Burkhart Family Fund, Clarence J “Mac” McCormick III Fund, David and Pam Gardner Fund, Dr. Phillip M Summers Family Fund, Farbest Foods Community Good Fund for Knox County, Kathy Rinsch “For Knox County, Forever.” Fund, Friends of Knox County Fund, German American Bancorp Community Fund, Jim and Terri Gislason Unrestricted Fund, Hilliard Lyons Unrestricted Fund, Jacoby Family Fund, Jim and Gail Eskew Fund, John D. Miller Memorial Fund, Leonard Family Fund, Richard P. and Helen G. Lux Unrestricted Fund, Medical Center of Vincennes Inc. Fund, Gordon, William and Christina Miller Fund, Old National Fund for Knox County, Robert M. Orvick Memorial Fund, Bertha Wallace Reynolds Fund, Dr. Roger and Sue Montgomery Fund, Women’s Fund of Knox County, Chris and Cecilia Vieck Memorial Fund, Waldroup Family Fund, Norbert M. and Louise A. Welch Fund, and the Youth Inspiring Peers Fund.

Nominations Being Accepted For Make A Difference Where It Matters Award

(Washington, Indiana) The Daviess County Community Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Make a Difference Where It Matters Award. The deadline is noon on Monday, September 30th.

The Make a Difference Where It Matters Award is being presented by the Daviess County Community Foundation to a charitable organization that best addresses community needs to make a lasting difference in Daviess County. Only non-profit organizations deemed tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code will be considered.

The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Daviess County Chamber of Commerce, set for Thursday, October 24.

To obtain a nomination form, please contact Mary Smith at the Daviess County Community Foundation at 812.254.9354 or mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org