The Cares Act Makes Giving Tuesday The Perfect Time To Give

(Knox County, Indiana) With Giving Tuesday coming up on December 1, the Knox County Community Foundation believes that 2020 is an especially good year to be generous due to some unique tax breaks offered through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security).

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27. The Act helps Americans deal with the economic impact and health crisis brought on by the outbreak of COVID-19. It also gives donors two income tax advantages to charitable giving during 2020. Both are designed to reduce income tax bills for those making charitable gifts this year.

  • The legislation includes a universal (or non-itemized, above-the-line) deduction allowing all tax payers to deduct up to $300 for individuals/$600 for married couples in charitable contributions (cash donations, not in-kind contributions) made in 2020.
  • For those who claim itemized deductions, the CARES Act raises the charitable deduction limitation from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent; and for corporations, raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent.

“We welcome gifts to build funds held by the Knox County Community Foundation, “says Mary Smith, Regional Director of Development. “We have over 140 different funds in our Family of Funds collection and together those funds address a broad range of needs in Knox County. The collection includes our Friends of Knox County fund which is very popular with our donors because it provides funding every year for both small and large projects that address changing community needs.”

To see the list of funds and to make a gift, visit the Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/knox/knox-family-of-funds/.  For more information, contact the Foundation at 812.886.0093.

Community Foundation Announces Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Program

(Daviess County, Indiana)  The Daviess County Community Foundation is once again hosting a Giving Tuesday event, focused on building permanent endowment for charitable organizations serving Daviess County.  This year, $25,000 is available to match gifts by $1 for every $2 given.

Celebrated this year on Tuesday, December 1st , the event follows 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.

The Foundation says the local event is different this year.

“Last year, the Foundation challenged all nonprofits with funds to raise money for their endowments,” says Mary Smith, Regional Director of Development. “We conducted it as a one-day only promotion, relying on non-profits with funds to spread the word and their audience to make gifts on one single day.”

“This year, the pandemic has placed additional challenges on organizations and people. With recommendations to stay at home, the Community Foundation changed our event this year, inviting donors by mail, on behalf of our non-profits, to give to these funds and receive a match. In addition, we expanded the timeframe for giving beyond a single day, so gifts  do not have to be delivered to our office and can be made by mail and online.”

The Foundation is accepting Giving Tuesday gifts to build endowment for local organizations through December 1. Any gift postmarked by that date is eligible for a matching gift of $1 for every $2 given. Gifts by mail should be sent to the Daviess County Community Foundation at 320 E Main St., Washington, IN 47501 or online gifts can be made at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess. The name of the non-profit should be included in the memo line of a check or in the comment section for online gifts.

Gifts to funds help non-profits by growing annual endowment distributions. “A good rule of thumb for nonprofits is to have at least 20% of their operating income fueled by an annual grant from an endowment. Our Giving Tuesday promotion is centered on that rule, and as a community we have an opportunity to help our non-profits achieve that goal,” explained Smith.

Besides building endowment, there are additional reasons to being generous during 2020 found in the unique tax breaks offered through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security).

The CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, helps Americans deal with the economic impact and health crisis brought on by the outbreak of COVID-19. It gives donors two income tax advantages to charitable giving during 2020. Both are designed to reduce income tax bills for those making charitable gifts this year:

  • The legislation includes a universal (or non-itemized, above-the-line) deduction allowing all tax payers to deduct up to $300 for individuals/$600 for married couples in charitable contributions (cash donations, not in-kind contributions) made in 2020.
  • For those who claim itemized deductions, the CARES Act raises the charitable deduction limitation from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent; and for corporations, raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent.

Local organizations that can benefit from Giving Tuesday gifts to the Community 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. First Choice Solutions (formerly Pregnancy Care Center)
  15. Future Farmers of America – North Daviess Schools
  16. First Baptist Church Youth Programs
  17. First Christian Church, Odon – Youth Programs
  18. Four Rivers Rehabilitation Resources
  19. Friends for Animals Daviess County
  20. Habitat for Humanity Daviess County
  21. Ilula Orphan Program
  22. Ketcham Memorial Center
  23. Leadership Daviess County Program
  24. Lena Dunn 1st Grade Education
  25. North Daviess Schools Scholarship Program
  26. Parkview Village Christian Care
  27. Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church – Plainville
  28. Psi Iota Xi Sorority-Washington (Charitable Work)
  29. Red Cross Services in Daviess County
  30. Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Daviess County
  31. Southwest Indiana Power House
  32. St John Cemetery Association (Loogootee)
  33. St Martin and St Rose Cemeteries (Whitfield)
  34. United Way of Daviess County
  35. Washington Carnegie Public Library
  36. Washington Catholic Schools
  37. Washington Community Schools Band Boosters
  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

For more information, please contact Mary Smith at 812.254.9354 or mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org.

Women’s Fund Of Vanderburgh County Announces Grants Over $90,000 Through The 2020 Grant Cycle

Bringing Their Giving Total To More Than $1 Million

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana) — At their annual meeting on November 4, donors to the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County celebrated the announcement of two 2020 Impact Grant recipients each of whom will receive a $25,000 grant. This year’s recipients are:

  • House of Bread and Peace for the addition of a new staff member; and
  • United Caring Services for the renovation of the day shelter’s restroom and shower facilities.

The recipients of the four $10,000 grants finalist are:

  • EVSC Foundation for the Hangers program;
  • Holly’s House for the “Think First & Stay Safe” program;
  • Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office to create a Crime Victim Emergency Assistance Fund; and
  • 4C of Southern Indiana for the Strengthening Families program.

“Due to the challenges of COVID19 and its impact on the nonprofit and social service sector, we felt it important to structure our grant cycle around the emerging needs of the community, and most importantly, to retain our level of giving,” stated Candice Perry, Co-Chair of the Women’s Fund. She added, “We had a record-breaking number of organizations apply for funding this year which speaks of the great need for support in our community. We congratulate and applaud the efforts of the Finalist and Impact Grant recipients and have deep gratitude for the many organizations going above and beyond mission for our community every single day!”

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 $1,081,000 to local organizations. Past impact grant recipients include: Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club of Evansville, 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 812.429.1191, ext. 105, or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

The City Of Evansville Endowment Fund Awarded Over $442,000 To 20 Charitable Organizations During This Year’s Grant Cycle

(Evansville, Indiana)  In lieu of the grants reception, the City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) recently announced total grant awards of $442,172.20 to 20 charitable organizations. The CEEF’s mission is to assist nonprofit charitable organizations in Evansville.

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.

Board president Amber Rascoe states that “the City of Evansville Endowment Fund has made a huge difference in addressing quality of life issues. Nonprofit organizations need to be recognized for their contributions to ensure our communities maintain necessities during these difficult times. The grants we award will continue to provide much needed assistance to these organizations.”

This year’s grant recipients are:

  • $36,990 to Aurora for acoustic sound proof tiling for the case management area;
  • $31,125 to Carver Community Organization for the Carver Daycare & Preschool playground enhancements, removing existing playground covering and replacing with artificial turf ;
  • $15,000 to Community One, Inc. for the 618 Madison Avenue Housing Restoration Project;
  • $6,000 to District of Evansville of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store outdoor signage;
  • $6,820 to Dream Center Evansville for the window replacement project;
  • $29,149 to Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to renovate the slope on the property to stop erosion and flooding issues;
  • $40,000 to Evansville African American Museum for The Porter House renovation;
  • $12,120 to Evansville Christian Life Center to install 6 plasma filters for the HVAC systems in high traffic areas and to purchase two new freezers for the Food Co-op Program;
  • $30,000 to Evansville Parks Foundation to assist with the construction/installation of a shelter house, basketball courts, and playground for Garvin Park;
  • $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Evansville to assist with 5 home builds in Glenwood Neighborhood (Ward 4) and 10 home builds in St. Theresa Place (Ward 6);
  • $19,738 to Holly’s House, Inc. for the removal and replacement of flooring;
  • $9,900 to Jacob’s Village for the septic system cell cleaning project;
  • $41,180 to Joshua Academy to replace one of the outdated boilers with a new 90% thermal efficiency boiler;
  • $33,000 to Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville to construct a secondary entrance to the museum and for graphic design and signage;
  • $4,616 to Patchwork Central, Inc. for gutter and downspout cleaning, installation of gutter guards, replacement of underground downspout lines, and installation of an area drain;
  • $20,000 to Reitz Home Museum to assist with the restoration of 20 iron window enframements;
  • $16,500 to Sycamore Services to assist with the purchase and installation of secure and accessible exterior and interior doors, including electronic door opening system;
  • $40,000 to United Caring Services to assist with the renovation of the Day Shelter restrooms and showers;
  • $20,790.20 to United Methodist Youth Home, Inc. to replace 3 HVAC systems (two in the administrative building and one in the current girls’ residential group home) and to replace the flooring in the mobile home that serves as a gym for residential youth; and
  • $9,244 to Vanderburgh County CASA Inc. for the purchase and installation of video-conferencing equipment.

About the City of Evansville Endowment Fund, Inc.

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.

The Men’s Fund Of Vanderburgh County Awards $40,000 In Their 2020 Grant Cycle

(Evansville, Indiana)  Members of the Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County recently selected three local organizations to receive a total of $40,000 in grants.

The Dream Center Evansville was selected to receive the 2020 Impact Grant of $30,000. This grant will support the organization’s Jacobsville Kids Zone project. In addition, the Men’s Fund awarded $5,000 grants to both the Borrowed Hearts Foundation in support of the Little Hearts Clubhouse Daycare Ministry and the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville to support afterschool programming.

“Members of the Men’s Fund appreciate the great work being accomplished by so many fantastic local organizations, especially in these unprecedented times. We are thrilled to lend our support,” stated Mark Logan, president of the Men’s Fund.

Including the 2020 grants, the Men’s Fund has now awarded $147,300 to local non-profits since 2017. Past impact grant recipients and projects include Easterseals Rehabilitation Center for pediatric mental health services; EVSC Foundation for the “Let’s Put the Shirts on Their Backs” Hangers program; Ozanam Family Shelter for fire protection and kitchen upgrades; and the Boys and Girls Club of Evansville for the Passport to Manhood Program.

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 of Vanderburgh County members. New members are welcome.

For more information about the Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County, contact Sarah Wagner, Regional Development Director at 812.429.1191, ext. 105 or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Knox County Community Foundation Announces Special Support For Knox County Food Pantries

(Vincennes, Indiana)  The Knox County Community Foundation is offering grants to support local food pantries serving Knox County during the 2020 holiday season. In order to be eligible, an organization must have a valid 501(c)3 nonprofit status, be located in Knox County, and offer a food pantry program to Knox County residents. Eligible organizations must complete a brief grant application through the Foundation’s website to be considered.

Applications will be accepted November 4 through November 18, 2020. Late applications may not be considered.

Organizations can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Knox/grants. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified in December.

Organizations may request up to $500. A total of $5,000 has been allocated to this special grants program. Final award amounts may vary based on the number of applications received.

For questions, contact Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.254.9354 or via email losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Daviess County Community Foundation Awards $100,000 To 14 Charitable Partners

(Washington, Indiana) The Daviess County Community Foundation is distributing $101,085 in grants to 14 local organizations through their 2020 Community Good grants program.

This year’s grants provide flexible funding for a variety of charitable projects and organizations serving Daviess County. Due to COVID-19 pandemic challenges facing organizations, the grants include support for specific projects and programs as well as general operating costs.

Grants awarded are:

  • $3,600 to Daviess County Family YMCA for the Locker Room Improvement Project;
  • $10,000 to PowerHouse for operational support;
  • $10,000 to The Isaiah 1:17 Project for the Bags of Hope Program;
  • $6,500 to Washington Police Department for the purchase of radar signs;
  • $10,000 to Senior and Family Services, Inc. for operational support of the Washington and Odon Senior Centers;
  • $10,000 to Youth First for the Youth First School-Based Social Work Prevention Program;
  • $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Daviess County, Inc. for Home Build 2021;
  • $10,000 to The Odon Lions Club Foundation, Inc. for the Lake-Levy Spillway Project;
  • $2,360 to Pace Community Action Agency for the SuperMENtors Program;
  • $10,000 to Cannelburg Fire Department for new gear and radios;
  • $5,625 to Barr-Reeve Community School Corporation for the purchase of Readable English Licenses as part of the Literacy for All Program;
  • $6,000 to Four Rivers Resource Services for virtual teaching, learning and communication preparedness;
  • $6,000 to Lighthouse Recovery Center for laundry facility appliance replacement; and
  • $1,000 to Friends for Animals for the Spay/Neuter Program.

Funding for the program is provided by donors and organizations establishing and donating to 27 Community Good (unrestricted) and 3 field-of-interest funds held by the Foundation. Those funds include:

  • Black Beauty Daviess County Community Fund;
  • Boyd Grain Farms/Tom and Marsha Boyd Fund;
  • Callahan Family Fund;
  • Senator Homer and Irma Capehart Fund;
  • Charlie “Chuck” Vaught Fund;
  • Cherry Tree Plaza Community Fund;
  • Daviess County Memorial Fund;
  • Dudenhoeffer Family Fund;
  • Joan Daily Elliott Fund;
  • Edward Jones Achievement Fund;
  • First Federal Savings Bank of Washington Fund;
  • Friends of Daviess County Fund;
  • Former Washington Moose Lodge 1080 Endowment Fund;
  • German American Bancorp Community Fund;
  • 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;
  • Joe and Gladys Traylor Family Fund;
  • Jane Scudder Turnley Fund;
  • Daviess County Community Foundation Youth Council Endowed Fund;
  • Doris I. Potts Fund; and  
  • Smithville Charitable Foundation Youth of Daviess County Fund

Knox Community Foundation Awards $62,000 To 17 Charitable Partners

(Vincennes, Indiana)  The Knox County Community Foundation is distributing $62,000 in grants to 17 local organizations through their 2020 Community Good Grants program.

This year’s grants provide flexible funding for a variety of charitable projects and organizations serving Knox County. Due to COVID-19 pandemic challenges facing organizations, the grants include support for specific projects and programs as well as general operating costs.

The grants are:

  • $2,500 to Knox County Fair for the McCormick Building Project;
  • $1,300 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana for Back to Troop Leader Kits for COVID Readiness;
  • $5,000 to Northwest Territory Art Guild for First City Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020;
  • $5,000 to The Salvation Army for operational support;
  • $3,000 to Old Town Players for operational support;
  • $5,000 to Knox County Superior Court 1 for the Family Recovery Court;
  • $2,100 to Helping His Hands Disaster Response, Inc. for the purchase of equipment to support the Mobile Food Pantry Program;
  • $3,600 to St. James Episcopal Church for the Red Door Food Pantry;
  • $5,000 to Pace Community Action Agency for COVID-19 assistance to Knox County residents;
  • $5,000 to Indiana Military Museum for exhibit development;
  • $3,500 to Isaiah 1:17 Project to purchase supplies for the Bags of Hope Program;
  • $5,000 to Blue Jeans Community Center, Inc. for operational support;
  • $5,000 to YMCA of Vincennes for increased staffing, PPE and cleaning supplies;
  • $2,500 to Backpacks of Love for VCSC for backpacks of food for children in the Vincennes Community School Corporation;
  • $2,500  to First Christian Church KETA (Kids Equipped to Achieve) for school supplies and toiletry items for students;
  • $3,000  to Knox County Drug Court Foundation for the Drug Court Foundation Incentive Program; and
  • $3,000  to The Lord’s Warehouse for the purchase of food pantry items

Funding for the program is provided by donors and organizations establishing and donating to 32 Community Good (unrestricted) funds held by the Foundation. Those funds are:

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

The Pike County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Pike County, Indiana)  The Pike County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With this grant, the Community Foundation will support the Pike County School Corporation’s expansion of its Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to build relevant industry skills and attract and retain talent in Pike County.

The Pike County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Pike County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Pike County. In March 2020, the Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“Through community meetings, the planning committee identified Pike County’s most pressing needs,” stated Cindy Gaskins, Director of the Pike County Community Foundation. “Given the loss of so many energy-related jobs,” she continued, “the committee concluded that the CTE classes were vital to training Pike Countians in different trades so that they can remain in the community they know and love.”

“The new CTE programs will be offered at the Pike County School Corporation Learning Center and include construction trades (HVAC); construction trades (electrical); fire science; and diesel technology,” noted Sarah Belmore, Pike County Community Foundation advisory board president. She explained that these educational programs will be available to high school students by day and to adult-learners after school hours. “We are very excited to be a part of this program as it will equip displaced workers with alternate skills permitting them to continue to Pike County their home,” Belmore added.

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Daviess County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Daviess County, Indiana)  The Daviess County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With the grant, the Community Foundation will support the construction of the Commons of Daviess County, revitalizing a portion of Main Street creating a public gathering space for community members.

The Daviess County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Daviess County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Daviess County. In March 2020, the Community Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“The Community Foundation advisory board chose to focus implementation grant efforts in the area of increased economic opportunity because it aligned with existing work in the county. It has allowed the Community Foundation to support elements of our community’s Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan and work collaboratively with other community leaders in making Daviess County the best it can be,” says Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

The Daviess County Community Foundation is partnering with the following organizations to successfully implement this project: The Daviess County Economic Development Foundation, Regional Opportunities Initiative, the City of Washington, Daviess County, the Washington Knights of Columbus 630, and other corporate sponsors and benefactors.

“Increasing economic opportunities through various Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction initiatives has been important in our community for quite some time. We are extremely grateful and excited about this grant that will support the Commons of Daviess County project”, says Cindy Mason, the Daviess County Community Foundation advisory board president.  

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Spencer County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Spencer County, Indiana)  The Spencer County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With this grant, the Community Foundation will support advocacy and mentorship programs for youth, and the provision of additional mental health and substance abuse services in Spencer County.

The Spencer County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Spencer County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Spencer County. In March 2020, the Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“The planning process provided community partners with the opportunity to learn, engage, collaborate, and brainstorm ways to strengthen the Spencer County community,” said Emily Alvey, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.  She added that, “when determining where to focus our implementation grant efforts, the Spencer County Community Foundation advisory board chose to place emphasis on mental health and substance use to benefit the residents, businesses, organizations, and the Spencer County community.

The Spencer County Community Foundation is partnering with the Spencer County CASA, Success Through Mentoring, Safe Now Foundation, and the Safe Now Recovery Center to successfully implement this project.

This grant opportunity provides our community with the ability to continue to focus efforts on mental health and substance use, to provide resources and opportunities to those impacted.  We are grateful for the partnerships with the local organizations and look forward to providing additional opportunities and truly making an impact in the community, says Tawnya Fleischmann, the Spencer County Community Foundation advisory board president.

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Perry County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Perry County, Indiana)  The Perry County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With this grant, the Community Foundation will support community members’ attendance at the Evansville Christian Life Center’s Poverty and Potential Workshops to gain insights into their anti-poverty programs in order to implement these strategies in Perry County; Lincoln Hills Development Corporation’s trainings to implement the 2Gen Approach in Perry County by working with all members of a household to build family well-being; and the expansion of Perry Preschool and Childcare to fill the gap in available childcare, especially for low-income workers and those utilizing vouchers.

The Perry County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Perry County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Perry County. In March 2020, the Community Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“The planning process provided community partners with the opportunity to learn, engage, collaborate, and brainstorm ways to strengthen the Perry County community,” said Emily Alvey, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. She added that, “when determining where to focus our implementation grant efforts, the Perry County Community Foundation advisory board chose to place emphasis on the cycle of poverty to benefit the residents, businesses, organizations, and the Perry County community.”

The Perry County Community Foundation is partnering with the following organization to successfully implement this project: Perry Preschool and Childcare, Lincoln Hills Development Corporation, Tell City Catholic Charities, the Community Action Agency, Indiana Institute of Working Families, and the United Way of Perry County

“This grant opportunity will provide support to organizations and residents in Perry County impacted by the cycle of poverty. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with remarkable organizations and look forward to truly making a difference in our community, says Rita Mahoney, the Perry County Community Foundation advisory board president.

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation Receives $200,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $200,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With this grant, the Community Foundation will support a pilot program utilizing neighborhood-based, wrap-around case management services focused on helping families to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Vanderburgh Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $100,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Vanderburgh. In March 2020, the Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“The Vanderburgh Community Foundation undertook an extensive process to assess community needs prior to developing our implementation grant proposal. Through numerous conversations with community nonprofit leaders and other stakeholders, I was reminded of the vibrancy and diversity of our community. I am extremely grateful for the countless individuals whose daily mission is to help all residents of Vanderburgh County thrive.” says Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation will be partnering with three neighborhood-based social service providers to design and initiate wrap-around case management services, focused on helping individuals and families become more financially self-sufficient. Services will be structured as a pilot project, which is intended to align with other community efforts addressing poverty. The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is partnering with the Dream Center, Potter’s Wheel, and the Memorial Community Development Corporation to successfully implement this pilot project.

“The Lilly Endowment is a strong supporter of community foundations throughout Indiana and we are grateful for their recognition and unique role of supporting our foundation, so we can continue to serve as community leaders imagining and inspiring a brighter future for Vanderburgh County.” says Kim Schultz, the Vanderburgh Community Foundation advisory board president.   To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Warrick County Community Foundation Receives $150,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant

(Warrick County, Indiana)  The Warrick County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $150,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With this grant, the Community Foundation will support expansion of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative within the Warrick County School Corporation (WCSC). 

The Warrick County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Warrick County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $75,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Warrick County. In March 2020, the Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“The Warrick County Community Foundation undertook an extensive process to assess community needs prior to developing our implementation grant proposal. Through numerous conversations with community leaders, we identified mental health and substance abuse as a priority concern. The WCSC has initiated an innovative approach, designed to help young people develop vital skills related to recognizing and managing their emotions. The investment in this program will set the foundation for improved mental health and relationships for the future generations of Warrick County.” says Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

Last year, the WCSC piloted Social Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies with great success in one of their elementary schools. Through our partnership with the WCSC, this grant will support additional staffing and training to expand the SEL activities. Initial efforts will focus on expanding SEL strategies into all of the WCSC elementary schools.  This work began with the start of the 2020/2021 school year.    

“The Warrick County Community Foundation is excited to enter into this partnership with the Warrick County School Corporation. Through our numerous community discussions, concerns relating to mental health and substance abuse became a clear priority needing our attention. With the ability to provide support to our local schools, we are hopeful to make a significant positive impact for young people and their families in our communities.” says Tony Loudermilk, the Warrick County Community Foundation advisory board president.

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Gibson County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Gibson County, Indiana)  The Gibson County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With the grant, the Community Foundation will support programs that help educate the public about poverty, the realities for people living in poverty, and how organizations, employers, and families can work together to help individuals move out of poverty, and become more self-sufficient.

The Gibson County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Gibson County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Gibson County. In March 2020, the Community Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“It has been great working with the community, and coming together during this process.  These funded programs will serve the community for many years to come”, says John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.  “Coordination with local organizations and the community has begun, and scheduling will be announced soon.  The programs being offered are designed to build a stronger community and a better understanding of the cycle of poverty and its impact on Gibson County communities.” 

The Gibson County Community Foundation is partnering with the Oakland City Columbia Township Library, Gibson County School Corporations, The Salvation Army Princeton, and the Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh County to successfully implement these programs.

“This grant is an important step in educating our community about the realities of poverty, and how people who are able to make a difference can get involved with our local organizations to build upon the tremendous work being done in Gibson County,” says Matt Monroe, the Gibson County Community Foundation advisory board president.  

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Posey County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Posey County, Indiana)  The Posey County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With the grant, the Community Foundation will support programs aimed at helping adults and children who are living in the cycle of poverty learn the skills to thrive at home, work, and school through one-on-one interactions, after-school intervention, mentoring, and life skills programs.

The Posey County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Posey County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Posey County. In March 2020, the Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“It has been great working with the community, and coming together during this process.  These funded programs will serve the community for many years to come”, says John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.  “Coordination with local organizations and the community has begun, and scheduling will be announced soon.  The programs being offered are designed to build a stronger community and a better understanding of the cycle of poverty and its impact on Posey County communities.” 

The Posey County Community Foundation is partnering with Evansville Christian Life Center, Family Matters of Posey County, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church’s MAGIC After School Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana, Thrive After School Program, Posey County School Corporations, and the Mt. Vernon Parks and Recreation Department to successfully implement these programs.

“This grant is a tremendous opportunity for us to truly help residents throughout our county who are impacted by the cycle of poverty. By partnering with these already successful, established, and innovative organizations, we know we will see true dividends in the impact this grant will have throughout our community – especially for our youngest residents.”, says Marissa Priddis, the Posey County Community Foundation advisory board president.  

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

The Knox County Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Grant Through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Gift VII Community Leadership Grant

(Knox County, Indiana)  The Knox County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  With this grant, the Community Foundation will support the Pantheon’s implementation of Purdue University STEM programming for middle and high school students by expanding STEM programming to Knox County high schools, and supporting a middle school STEM summer camp.

The Knox County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.

“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”

As part of GIFT VII, The Knox County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Knox County. In March 2020, the Community Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.

“The Community Leadership Grant process has been a great opportunity to work collaboratively with other leading organizations in our community,” says Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “The Community Foundation Advisory Board chose to focus implementation grant efforts in the area of increased economic opportunity, based on feedback received through stakeholder forums. The Pantheon’s STEM programming addresses a key component of Increased Economic Opportunity, workforce development.” The Pantheon is partnering with Purdue University and Knox County schools to successfully implement this initiative.

“Increasing economic opportunities through various quality of place and workforce attraction initiatives has been important in our community for quite some time. We are extremely grateful and excited about this grant that will support the

Pantheon Education Theatre’s STEM programming for middle and high school students,”’ says Drew Garretson, the Knox County Community Foundation advisory board president.

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.

Posey County Community Foundation Awards Over $111,000 In Community Good Grants

(Posey County, Indiana) The Posey County Community Foundation has announced their Community Good Grant awards, totaling $111,080.65 for 27 projects and programs serving Posey County.

All the grants were made possible by donors 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 2020 Community Good Grant Program.

The 2020 Community Good Grant recipients are:

  • $1,048 to Posey County Council on the Aging to purchase a new awning for the Mt. Vernon Senior Citizen wellness center;
  • $10,000 to Tri-State Food Bank to support the Kid’s Weekend BackPack Program of Posey County to provide weekend meals for Posey County students;
  • $7,200 to Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation for the replacement and wiring of the light poles at the adult softball field;
  • $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;
  • $6,000 to Youth First to provide Youth First Social Workers in seven Posey County Schools to equip at-risk K-8 students with tools needed to build strong and resilient futures;
  • $10,000 to Ribeyre Gymnasium Restoration Group to finish tuck pointing the brick on the front (east) exterior wall;
  • $1,494.38 to Mt. Vernon Ministerial Association River Bend Food Pantry for new shopping carts and a paper cutter for clerical purposes;
  • $2,000 to Thrive to provide high-quality, holistic afterschool programming to Mt. Vernon youth in K – 8th grade from West Elementary and the Junior High School;
  • $6,500 to Mount Vernon Youth Baseball to enclose the concessions stand and install air conditioning, to run water to the new field to allow for improved maintenance of the field, to purchase a chest type freezer for the concession stand, to purchase a third portable pitching mound, and the purchase of safety netting to protect spectators from foul balls;
  • $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 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Posey County to provide a one-time $2,000 scholarship;
  • $2,000 to WillowTree of Posey County to provide financial support for rent and utilities for domestic violence and sexual assault victims facing homelessness;
  • $1,185 to Family Matters of Posey County, Indiana, Inc. to purchase items and equipment needed to adequately inform the community about Family Matters through enhanced presentations;
  • $3,000 to Friends of Harmonie State Park to replace the water hydrants/faucets in the campground at Harmonie State Park with handicap accessible versions;
  • $7,500 to The Isaiah 1:17 Project to fund Bags of Hope for Posey Co kids entering foster care & a truck for transporting bags to Direct Access Points across the county;
  • $5,000 to Town of Cynthiana for sidewalk installment and emergency exit improvements at the Community Center to make them ADA compliant;
  • $7,924 to Griffin Community Ruritan Club Foundation, Inc. to re-build the kitchen in the Griffin Gym Ruritan Community Center;
  • $7,500 to Rapp Granary-Owen Foundation, Inc. for the replacement of a geothermal circulating pump;
  • $2,500 to Posey County Health Department to provide support and supplies to families with young children in need of financial assistance;
  • $6,000 to Town of Poseyville to build an open air shelter for the city park;
  • $729.27 to Posey County Head Start to build both a Community Food Share Box & a Community Book Share Box;
  • $2,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Evansville for the purchase of siding and soffits for a home to be built in Posey County;
  • $4,000 to St. Stephens Episcopal Church to repair above and below the bell and masonry restoration to the bell tower to save the structure and to prevent future water damage;
  • $1,400 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana to provide troop volunteers with a kit that includes sanitation supplies for troop meetings and activities;
  • $3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana to provide youth with a professionally screened and supported volunteer for one-to-one mentoring relationship;
  • $2,000 to TRI-CAP to provide free, local, unbiased enrollment assistance from a Certified Healthcare Navigator to anyone seeking Medicaid or Marketplace health insurance; and
  • $2,000 to Chemo Buddies to provide every first day cancer patient a comfort kit/goody bag which includes:  Chapstick, hand sanitizer, port pillows, neck rest, warm blankets, tissues, game books, candy, pen, and a journal to take their minds off of being afraid.

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 $90,000 In Community Good Grants

(Princeton, Indiana)  The Gibson County Community Foundation has announced their Community Good Grant awards, totaling $90,132 for 22 projects and programs serving Gibson County.

All the grants were made possible by donors 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 2020 Community Good Grant Program.

The 2020 Community Good Grants recipients are:

  • $7,500 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;
  • $8,000 to Princeton Community Intermediate School to purchase content-rich book bags for all Princeton Community Intermediate School students;
  • $4,000 to Gibson County Habitat for Humanity to acquire property for a future build;
  • $3,000 to Gibson County Youth Theatre to purchase the rights, royalties, materials and orchestration for the 2020-2021 season;
  • $5,000 to Youth First to provide free access to expert mental health support in 16 Gibson County schools to over 5,000 K-12 students;
  • $8,000 to Tri-State Food Bank to provide hunger relief for local children during the 2020-2021 school year;
  • $4,000 reserved for the First Alternate to the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Gibson County to provide four $1,000 scholarships over their four-years in college;
  • $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;
  • $2,100 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 underwrite admission for Gibson County third through fifth graders to attend the Orchestra’s Helen M. McKinney Young People’s Concerts, scheduled for March, 2021;
  • $7,500 to The Isaiah 1:17 Project to provide Bags of Hope for Gibson Co kids entering foster care & a truck for transporting bags to Direct Access Points across the county;
  • $5,000 to Lyles Station Historic Preservation Corporation to complete the final stages of a Shelter House structure complete with a kitchenette area and updated picnic tables to better accommodate guests;
  • $3,000 to The Salvation Army Princeton to replace an oven to better prepare and distribute warm meals in the soup kitchen;
  • $5,000 to The Lord’s Pantry to purchase a used van to continue the delivery of food items to those that are unable to visit the pantry;
  • $2,577 to Sts. Peter and Paul School to purchase the Reflex Math program for 2nd through 5th grade students;
  • $800 to Oakland City Columbia Township Public Library to support the Social Justice Book Club, a six-week program for students in grades 1-4, focusing on various leaders who broke ground fighting injustices;
  • $8,655 to Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana to equip the Health Specialty Lab which will support Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), phlebotomy, and Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) certification programs;
  • $1,500 to Tulip Tree Health Services of Gibson County Inc. to purchase play therapy materials which help children better express feelings/emotions and describe events during therapy sessions with Behavioral Health providers;
  • $2,500 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to pay processing fees on large game/livestock and give this meat to hunger-relief agencies; and
  • $1,000 to The Arc of Gibson County to purchase standing desk converters and anti-fatigue mats for work stations.

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 the 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 their 2020 Impact Grant awards.   

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 announced at the Women’s Fund Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Members will select two organizations to receive $25,000 grants, with the remaining four organizations receiving $10,000 grants. This year’s finalists and their proposals are:

  • 4C of Southern Indiana for Building Resilience in Families,
  • EVSC Foundation, Inc. for Let’s clothe Evansville,
  • Holly’s House, Inc. for “Think First & Stay Safe” Sexual Abuse Child Prevention Program,
  • The House of Bread and Peace, Inc. for Direct Care/ Office Staff,
  • United Caring Services for “Clean And Caring” Improvement Project, and
  • Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office for Vanderburgh County Crime Victim Emergency Assistance.

Since 2007, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $991,000 to organizations serving local families. Past Impact Grants 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.

“Like no other year, 2020 has brought unprecedented challenge and has tested our community’s resilience,” states Candice Perry, Co-Chair of the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County Advisory Board.  “We continue to be inspired and reminded of the impact of our community’s nonprofit organizations and the work they are able to do every day. It is truly an honor to be a part of an organization which supports this impactful work in our community today and for the future, as well!”

Men’s Fund Of Vanderburgh County Announces 2020 Impact Grant Finalists

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County’s annual meeting will take place on Thursday, October 29 at 5:30pm, at the Evansville County Club.  Donors to the Men’s Fund will be selecting the 2020 recipient for their Community Impact Grant at the meeting.

Over the past four years, the Men’s Fund has awarded impact grants totaling more than $117,000 for charitable programs and projects serving Vanderburgh County.  This is the fifth year this generous group of almost 80 donors has presented these grant awards.

The 2020 Impact Grant finalists and their proposals are:

  • Borrowed Hearts Foundation for the Little Hearts Clubhouse Daycare Ministry;
  • Boys & Girls Club of Evansville for the Boys & Girls Club Bus; and
  • Dream Center Evansville for the Jacobsville Kids Zone.

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’s motto is “Men Who Get Things Done,” focusing on supporting charitable causes that address projects and programs important to donor members. New members are welcome and encouraged to participate. 

For more information about the annual meeting or to become a member of the Men’s Fund, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/vanderburgh/mens-fund/, or contact Sarah Wagner, Regional Development Director at 812.429.1191, ext. 105 or swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

City Of Evansville Endowment Fund (Ceef) Recognizes Outgoing Board President And Elects First Woman President

(Evansville, Indiana)  During the City of Evansville Endowment Fund’s (CEEF) June board meeting Jerome Stewart (4th Ward) was recognized for his service as the outgoing board president.  “It has been a great honor to serve as president of a board that is all about community and giving back,” says Stewart.

Amber Rascoe was elected as the first woman CEEF Board President. Rascoe has served as a board member for the past three years.  Stewart says, “Amber has been impressive during her time as a board member. She has great leadership qualities which is why the board unanimously voted for her to become our next president.” 

Rascoe currently serves on the board at WNIN, and is the board president of Joshua Academy Preschool. Rascoe currently works at German American Bank as a Community Home Loan Specialist, and has been with the company for over 11 years.

“It has been a pleasure to serve on the CEEF board. I feel lucky to follow an excellent example of board leadership by Jerome. Thank you to the current board members for their confidence.  I’m excited to continue helping local nonprofits assist our communities through grant opportunities,” says Rascoe.  She encourages local nonprofits to visit the website to stay current with grant details https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/city-evansville-endowment-fund/

Additional board officers elected at the meeting, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, include Vice President Alan Groves, Treasurer Jerome Stewart, and Secretary Susan Harp.  New board members elected this year include Ron Beane, Justin Elpers, and Kaitlin Moore Morley.

Pike County Community Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity

(Petersburg, Indiana)  The Pike County Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is  September 15, 2020.

The Foundation awards Community Good Grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Pike County. Funding opportunities are available to support a broad range of local needs. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project, but may be considered for additional support, or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project.

Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/pike-discretionary-grant/.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

For questions, contact Cindy Gaskins at director@pikecommunityfoundation.org.

Perry County Community Foundation Recognizes Outgoing Board, Elects New Officers And Approves New Board

(Perry County, Indiana)  During the Perry County Community Foundation’s June board meeting, Amy Hollinden and Adam Goffinet and Matt Butler each were recognized for three years of service as outgoing advisory board members. “We will be forever grateful for their leadership, commitment to our organization, and continued advocacy within our communities.” says Mary James, Regional Director of Development.

Incoming advisory board officers were also elected at the meeting, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, and include President Rita Mahoney and Vice President Rebecca Etienne.

In addition, three new advisory board members were elected. Marty Kaiser, Rachel Roccia, and Dr. Joe Sisley.  

Marty Kaiser is a graduate of Jasper High School. Kaiser has been with Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company since 1988. His current position at Springs Valley is Senior Executive Vice President and Financial Advisory Group Manager. He is a board member of the Tri-County YMCA. He is also a member of the Tell City Knights of Columbus, Tell City Moose, and St. Paul Catholic Church. Kaiser resides in Perry County with his wife, Tricia, and their four children. In his free time, he enjoys taking family vacations in his motorhome, working with his mules, and cycling. Kaiser has completed the Rain Ride across Indiana several times.

Rachel Roccia has worked for German American for 21 years and is currently the Financial Center Supervisor for the Tell City Rivergate location. She serves as President of the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Tri-Kappa and is the treasurer for Brick By Brick.  She also serves on the We the Youth Board and Salvation Army Board for Perry County.  Roccia is the Education Chair at the First United Methodist Church and served as Youth Coordinator in the past for approximately 17 years.  She attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute and Purdue North Central in Westville Indiana.  Roccia has been married to Randy for 39 years and they have two grown children, and have been blessed with five grandchildren. She attended Leadership Perry County Class and has participated in JA at both Perry Central and Tell City.  Her hobbies include attending Bible Studies, writing and Musical Theatre.  

Dr. Joe Sisley is a 2000 Graduate of Heritage Hills High School. He is an Alumni of Indiana University in 2004 with a BS in Biology and 2008 from the Indiana University School of Optometry. Sisley received the 2017 Young Optometrist of the Year for Indiana. He recently joined the practice of Burris, LeClere, & Labhart Eye Center taking over for Dr. Burris. Sisley is a board member of the Spencer County Public Library, a member of the Kiwanis Club of South Spencer, and St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Chrisney, IN.  He previously served on the Rockport City Parks Board, Spencer County 4-H Board, and Indiana Optometric Association State Board. Sisley grew up in Spencer County and currently lives in Rockport, IN.  His hobbies include running, biking, hiking and being outdoors.

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-vanderburgh. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate three students to receive the scholarship.   

The 2021 Vanderburgh County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named in mid-December 2020.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Knox County Community Foundation Community Good Grants Program Now Accepting Applications

(Vincennes, Indiana)  The Knox Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, August 27, 2020.

“This year, our Community Good grant cycle has expanded funding opportunities for our charitable partners,” says Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

Osmon added that the Community Foundation’s flexibility in meeting the needs of the community makes it possible for grant cycles to change from year to year. “Our board’s decision to change this year’s Community Good grant cycle to accept both project-based and general support applications was based on the needs in our community today. We know our charitable partners are adjusting to many changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to respond to their needs by changing this year’s grant cycle, and offering an expanded funding option that is well-suited to support their vital work.”

Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Knox/grants. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome via email by November 1, 2020.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

For questions, contact Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.254.9354 or via email losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Daviess County Community Foundation Community Good Grants Program Now Accepting Applications

(Washington, Indiana) The Daviess Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, August 27, 2020.

“This year, our Community Good grant cycle has expanded funding opportunities for our charitable partners,” says Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact.

Osmon added that the Community Foundation’s flexibility in meeting the needs of the community makes it possible for grant cycles to change from year to year. “Our board’s decision to change this year’s Community Good grant cycle to accept both project-based and general support applications was based on the needs in our community today. We know our charitable partners are adjusting to many changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to respond to their needs by changing this year’s grant cycle and offering an expanded funding option that is well-suited to support their vital work.”

Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess/grants. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome via email by November 1, 2020.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

For questions, contact Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.254.9354 or via email losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Pike County Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Pike County, Indiana) The Pike County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-pike/.

The deadline to apply is September 12, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.

The 2021 Pike Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December 2020.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Warrick County Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Warrick County, Indiana)  The Warrick County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-warrick. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate two students to receive the scholarship.   

The 2021 Warrick County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named in mid-December 2020.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Perry County Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Perry County, Indiana)  The Perry County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-perry/.

The deadline to apply is September 4, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indian a public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate 1 student to receive the scholarship.   

The 2021 Perry County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December 2020.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Spencer County Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Spencer County, Indiana)  The Spencer County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-spencer/.

The deadline to apply is September 9, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate 1 student to receive the scholarship.   

The 2021 Spencer County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December 2020.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Gibson County Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Gibson County, Indiana)  The Gibson County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-gibson/. The deadline to apply is August 28, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indian a public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.   

The 2021 Gibson Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December 2020.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Posey County Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Posey County, Indiana)  The Posey County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-posey/. The deadline to apply is September 4, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.   

The 2021 Posey Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December 2020.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Daviess County Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Daviess County, Indiana)  The Daviess County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-daviess/. The deadline to apply is September 3, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.   

The 2021 Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December 2020.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Knox County Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Knox County, Indiana)  The Knox County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-knox/. The deadline to apply is September 3, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.   

The 2021 Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December 2020.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Community Foundation Women’s Fund Announces 2020 Grant Recipient

(Washington, Indiana)   Donors to the Women’s Fund of Daviess County, held by the Daviess County Community Foundation, have selected the fund’s eighteenth grant recipient. Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks and Recreation Department is receiving $10,000 for their Activity Center Renovation Project at West Boggs Park.

A vote by mail format was used due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting in-person meetings. 34 donors cast ballots by mail, with this project receiving the most votes. The Women’s Fund grant will provide partial funding for this quality of place, building and renovation project, that adds a new amenity at West Boggs Park – a diverse, affordable, and attractive indoor meeting and activity space that may be used by our community and those who visit our area.

Aside from determining this year’s grant award recipient, the mailing to donors included an update from Veale Creek Players about the $10,000 grant they received last year from the Women’s Fund. That grant supported building improvements (including restroom updates) at the Theatre, which is located on Highway 57 south of Washington.

The Women’s Fund is supported through private donations. To donate or learn more about becoming a voting member of the Women’s Fund of Daviess County, contact Mary Smith, Regional Director of Development at mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org or 812-254-9354.

Women’s Fund Of Posey Announces Grant Recipients

(Posey County, Indiana) The Women’s Fund, held by the Posey County Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the list of grant recipients of grants from The Women’s Fund.    

“Since the fund was established 16 years ago, over $126,000 has been granted to support programs and services that improve the quality of life for Posey County families.” says John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact with the Foundation. “The Women’s Fund addresses the changing needs and priorities in Posey County through a competitive grant cycle.”

“Without donors, these grants would not be awarded,” says Dianna Simkins, chair of the Women’s Fund Steering Committee. “The Women’s Fund makes it possible for many members of the community to pool resources in order to significantly impact our community.”

The Women’s Fund Grant Selection Committee reviewed funding requests and contacted grant applicants for an interview. Once interviews concluded, the Steering Committee made recommendations on funding to the Community Foundation. This year the Women’s Fund is providing $11,838.03 in grants to eight organizations, supporting 10 programs. The grantees applied for funding during the 2020 competitive grant cycle. 

Grants are being awarded to Thrive, for the afterschool program; River Bend Food Pantry, for the Summer Kids Feeding Program; Family Matters of Posey County, for the purchase of products for female residents of Posey County; Posey County Council on Aging to purchase, for the purchase of replacement AED pads and batteries; the Deaconess Foundation, to expand mammography outreach in Posey County; At the Cross Mission Inc., to purchase food for those in need; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana, to support the one-to-one mentoring program in Posey County; Mt. Vernon Youth Baseball & Softball for the purchase of field maintenance equipment, field maintenance, and the purchase of sports equipment.

For more information about the Women’s Fund of Posey County, contact John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at jcampbell@communityfoundationalliance.org, or Sarah Wagner, Regional Director of Development at swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org, or call 812.838.0288.

Women’s Fund Of Vanderburgh County Accepting Grant Applications

(Evansville, Indiana) The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County grants program. The deadline for submitting applications is 11:59pm CST on July 17, 2020.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Women’s Fund is responding in earnest to the ever-changing needs of our community nonprofits.  As result, the grant process has been altered to best meet the needs of the community while ensuring the Women’s Fund fulfills its’ mission to positively impact the community.  With this in mind, the Women’s Fund has expanded the parameters for the 2020 grant awards.  

For the 2020 grant cycle:

  • Organizations are invited to submit a proposal for their greatest need.  Proposals should focus on activities which are directly related to fulfilling the mission of the organization, not simply the replacement of lost income.
  • Proposals can focus on either a project or a program, as in the past.  Funding consideration will not be restricted to funding one of each type of activity.
  • Proposals still need to focus on an evidence-based service with measurable outcomes.

After a deliberation process that begins with a review of funding requests, six grants will be awarded to organizations working to improve the quality of life for Vanderburgh County families. The Women’s Fund will award two $25,000 Impact Grants and four $10,000 Finalist Grants at their annual meeting in November.  Funded programs and projects must begin within six months of the award, and be completed within two years from the date the grant is received.

Nonprofit organizations deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving Vanderburgh County are encouraged to apply. Nonprofit organizations that are not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered, provided the proposal is charitable and meets the criteria described on the Foundation’s website.

Qualified organizations are invited to submit applications using the online grant system on the Community Foundation’s website. Funding guidelines, application instructions, and a link to the online grant management system can be found at:  https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/vanderburgh-womens-fund-grant/. For more information, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org.

The Women’s Fund is supported through private donations. To donate or learn more about becoming a member of the Women’s Fund, visit the Foundation’s website or contact Sarah Wagner, Regional Director of Development at swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Men’s Fund Of Vanderburgh County Accepting Grant Applications

(Evansville, Indiana) The Vanderburgh Community Foundation has announced that the Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County’s grants committee is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for program activities or capital projects that benefit underserved residents of Vanderburgh County. The Men’s Fund 2020 Impact Grant award amount will be between $25,000 and $30,000.

Only nonprofit organizations that are recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) will be considered for funding. Consideration will be given to nonprofit organizations deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving Vanderburgh County. Nonprofit organizations that are not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the proposal is charitable and meets certain criteria. Proposals will be considered to enable nonprofit organizations to support:

  • Community Development: new or existing activities that improve the community’s economic, social, environmental, and cultural well-being;
  • Education: new or existing activities that promote or strengthen educational attainment, both in and out of the classroom;
  • Health: new or existing activities that improve health outcomes;
  • Human Services: new or existing activities that improve public protection, employment, food and nutrition, agriculture, housing and shelter, public safety, and disaster preparedness and relief;
  • Endowment Creation: a portion of the grant may be used to establish an endowment to provide a future funding source for the program; or
  • Other Civic Endeavors: Other activities that will improve the quality of life for families in Vanderburgh County.

Qualified organizations are invited to submit applications using the online grant system on the Community Foundation’s website. Funding guidelines, application instructions, and a link to the online grant management system can be found at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/vanderburgh-mens-fund-grants-program/.  The deadline for submitting applications is 11:59pm CST on July 10, 2020.

Funded programs and projects must begin within six months of award, and be completed within two years from the date the grant is received.

For further information or assistance contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org. or call 812.429.1191, ext. 106.

Gibson County Community Foundation Seeking Grant Applicants

(Gibson County, Indiana)  The Gibson Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59pm CST on Friday, July 31, 2020.

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Gibson County. Funding opportunities are available to support a broad range of local needs. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project but may be considered for additional support or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project.

Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Gibson/grants. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome via email on or before November 6, 2020.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

For questions, contact John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.386.8082 or via email jcampbell@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Posey County Community Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

(Posey County, Indiana)  The Posey County Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59pm CST on Friday, July 31, 2020.

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Posey County. Funding opportunities are available to support a broad range of local needs. Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project but may be considered for additional support or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project.

Charitable entities can view details related to funding requirements and access the grant application via the Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Posey/grants.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations proposing activities that support a religious purpose, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

For questions, contact John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.838.0288 or via email jcampbell@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Spencer County Community Foundation Awards $54,700 In Rapid Response Grants

(Spencer County, Indiana)  The Spencer County Community Foundation has awarded $54,700 in Rapid Response Grants to 28 charitable organizations affected by COVID-19. The Rapid Response Grant program was launched on March 27th, 2020.

According to Emily Davis, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact, the program has been successful by helping organizations meet unforeseen challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “In answer to what our charitable partners have been experiencing since the crisis started, the grants have provided fast funding in response to their call for help,” says Davis.

The Foundation intended for the program to be both efficient and timely and according to Davis, the response and payment times have been exceptional. “We’ve been able to quickly deploy funding to these organizations – applications were reviewed within 24 hours, and grant dollars were paid within 3 business days.  We knew our response had to be quick, in order for them to support members of the Spencer County community,” says Davis.  “The grants have provided funding to cover unforeseen expenses that have been required of our Spencer County organizations like scaling up services or covering expenses due to closings and cancelled fundraisers. Our program helped them meet these early COVID-19 challenges.” 

The Foundation awarded grants to American Red Cross of Southern Indiana for the support of blood collection services in southwest Indiana; Bread of Life Ministry for a food program for families in need; Chemo Buddies to supplement lack of income; Chrisney Volunteer Fire Department for support of lost income due to cancellation of fundraising event; Christian Resource Center for the purchase of food for the food pantry; Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to provide additional telemedicine services; Encountering Hope Ministries, Inc. to purchase food and household supplies for the Manna Market; Hemenway Memorial Presbyterian Church to purchase food and cleaning supplies for families in need; Heritage Hills PATS- Parents and Teachers to support and sustain the “Bags of Blessings” weekend food program; Historic Santa Claus Campground Corporation to support loss of income due to cancellation of fundraising event and cancelled camp reservations;  Luce Elementary School for the purchase of food for students and families within the School Corporation and community; North Spencer Community Action Center to fill the gap in lost revenue from the thrift store sales to allow employees to receive pay to continue to run vital programs; North Spencer County School Corporation for the purchase of disinfectant supplies to stop the spread of germs when providing lunches and when employees/ outside public are entering and leaving buildings, and for the materials to make masks for community members in need; Perry County Memorial Hospital for the purchase of an additional stretcher; Rockport Elementary School PTO for support of lost income due to cancellation of fundraising event; Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley for the purchase of food pantry items and cleaning supplies; Santa Claus Museum & Village to support loss of income due to required closure; Southern Indiana Resource Solutions, Inc. to assist those in need; Spencer County CASA to support loss of income due to cancellation of fundraising event; Spencer County Council on Aging for the purchase of disinfectant supplies for drivers and homemakers and support of lost income due to cancellation of fundraising events; The Spencer County Fair, Inc. for support of lost income due to cancellation of fundraising event; St. Boniface Catholic Church to provide care packages of food to sick, infirm and home bound parish members, provide senior citizen access to medical care, and provide supplemental nourishment for local children; St. Meinrad Catholic Church to provide care packages of food to sick, infirm and home bound parish members, provide senior citizen access to medical care, and provide supplemental nourishment for local children; Success Through Mentoring to supplement the organization’s financial obligations; SWIRCA & More to fund food materials, supplies, and delivery costs to help feed local seniors; Tri-County YMCA to assist with virtual delivery of exercises and to purchase cleaning supplies; Tri-State Food Bank to provide food for those in need; and The Way of Rockport, Indiana, Inc. for support of lost income due to cancellation of fundraising event.

“This program was made available through generous donations made by our giving donors.” says Tawnya Fleischmann, President of the Spencer County Community Foundation Advisory Board. “On behalf of our board and staff, we thank them for their legacy of giving back to our Spencer County community.”

For more information, or to make a gift to the Spencer County Community Foundation, contact Mary James, Regional Director of Development at 812.649.5724 or visit CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Spencer.  

City Of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) Now Accepting Letters Of Inquiry For Annual Grants

(Evansville, Indiana) The City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for capital projects that serve the City of Evansville. The CEEF mission is to assist nonprofit charitable organizations in Evansville. In 2019, the CEEF awarded grants totaling $438,479 to 24 nonprofit organizations in Evansville.

Only nonprofit organizations that are recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) will be considered for funding. Applicant organizations must serve within the city limits of Evansville, Indiana. At least 60% of grant funding will be distributed for activities to support or benefit the 4th and 6th wards of the City of Evansville. Proposals will be considered to enable nonprofit organizations to:

  • Acquire, construct, or renovate permanent facilities used to provide social and community-based services and activities.
  • Construct or renovate facilities that promote the arts, culture, and/or tourism. Construct or renovate parks, playgrounds, and other recreational facilities that are designed for the public.
  • Acquire, for neighborhood revitalization, property that is blighted, appropriate for rehabilitation, or needed for the development of housing for low- to moderate-income persons.
  • Supplement or replenish existing municipally operated loan programs in pursuit of new economic development opportunities.

Qualified organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry by June 26, 2020, by completing the online Letter of Inquiry form. Funding guidelines, application instructions, and the link to the online grant management system can be found at www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/city-evansville-endowment-fund/.

The concept of the City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) originated in 1994, when then-Mayor Frank McDonald II and the City Council proposed that $5 million of gaming boat revenue be invested to serve the City of Evansville forever. The CEEF was subsequently established as a supporting organization of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., with annual earnings allowed for grantmaking each year. The CEEF is administered by the Alliance, and a separate board of directors oversees all CEEF governance and grantmaking decisions.

For additional questions, contact Melinda Waldroup, Alliance Program Director at (812) 429-1191 or by email at mwaldroup@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Warrick County Community Foundation Awards Over $34,000 In Community Good Grants

(Warrick County, Indiana)  The Warrick County Community Foundation announces the recipients of $34,700 in grants that will positively impact a wide range of vital projects and programs in Warrick County.  

All the grants were made possible by people and organizations establishing 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 2020 Community Good Grants Program.

Grant recipients include:  Bread of Life Ministry to support the Feeding the Hungry program; Holly’s House for the “Think First & Stay Safe” Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program in Warrick County Schools; The Isaiah 1:17 Project to purchase items for distribution to youth entering Foster Care; Youth First for school social work and prevention programming in collaboration with Warrick County schools; and the YWCA of Evansville to support the YES! I Can! Program.

The funds making the grant awards possible are the Kathie and Steve Bugg Family Fund; the Charles H. and Geraldine S. Davis Memorial Fund; the Ehrhart Family Fund; the For Good. Forever Fund;  the Friends of Warrick County Fund; the Friendship Forever Fund; German American Bancorp Community Fund; the Jim and Marjorie Gunderson Family Fund; Heritage Federal Community Good Fund of Warrick County; the Dr. Bruce J. and Sabine T. Hopkins Unrestricted Fund; the Sanju Jairath Kumon Math and Reading Center Fund; the Bob and Vicki Lacer Fund; the John and Beulah Lewis Family Philanthropic Fund; the Norm and Vivian Miller Family Fund; the Dr. Edward and Nancy Prusz Charitable Fund; the Ryan-Hutton Family Fund; the Marvin L. and Joan B. Smith Fund; the William Argyle Stubbs Fund; the Welfare Bequest Fund for Warrick County; the Welter-Brammeier Family Fund; and the Wishes for Warrick Gourley Family Fund.

For more information, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org. or Sarah Wagner, Regional Director of Development at swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org, or call 812.422.1245.

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Awards Over $93,000 In Community Good Grants

(Evansville, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation announces the recipients of $93,082 in grants that will positively impact a wide range of vital projects and programs in Vanderburgh County.  

All the grants were made possible by people and organizations establishing and contributing to unrestricted and field of interest endowments 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 2020 Community Good Grants Program.

Grant recipients include: $10,000 to The Ark, Inc. for services provided to children at high risk for abuse and neglect; $10,000 to Holly’s House, Inc. for the “Think First & Stay Safe” Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program in Vanderburgh County; $10,000 to the YWCA of Evansville to support the YES! Women’s Recovery program; $8,410 to Memorial Community Development Corporation to support the Sowing Seed – Financial Education for Youth program; $8,290 to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office to purchase technology and provide training for the Cyber Crimes Task Force; $5,340 to Habitat for Humanity of Evansville to support costs related to the Money Management classes; $5,000 to The Arc of Evansville to support programming at their Community Center; $5,000 to the District of Evansville of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the Beds for Success program; $5,000 to Vanderburgh County CASA, Inc. for the CASA Wish Fund; $4,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana to support the One-to-One Mentoring Program; $4,500 to The Literacy Center to support Basic Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency  programming through the On-Site Learning Alliance; $4,200 to Bread of Life Ministry, Inc. for the Feeding the Hungry program; $4,000 to Meals on Wheels of Evansville, Inc. to support transportation costs related to the home delivered meals service; $3,842 to Tri-State Food Bank for the Summer Weekend Backpack program offered in collaboration with the Dream Center; $2,500 to Easterseals Rehabilitation Center to purchase items for the “Learning at Play” program; and $2,500 to Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana for programs offered in Vanderburgh County.

The funds making the grant awards possible are the Charles & Frances Crawford and Beth Ann Mosier Fund, the Rebecca J. Dorr Endowment Fund, the Saleta Evans Memorial Fund, the Friends of Vanderburgh County Fund, the Fund for Health and Human Services in Vanderburgh County, the German American Bank Corporation Community Fund, the Heritage Federal Community Good Fund, the Jeff & Tricia Hollander Henning Family Community Good Endowment Fund, and the Welcoming Indiana’s Next Generation Endowment Fund.

For more information, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org. or Sarah Wagner, Regional Director of Development at swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org, or call 812.422.1245.

Community Foundation Awards Scholarships Totaling $16,100

(Tell City, Indiana) The Perry County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $16,100. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to area students.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Emily Davis states, “The Perry County Community Foundation is thankful to our generous fund founders and donors who make these scholarship awards possible. Their investment in the education of our young people has impacted each of these students’ futures. The process of choosing who will be awarded each of these scholarships is undertaken with dedication and discipline by a committee of volunteer leaders. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication in doing this. The process is never easy because our Perry County students are outstanding.”  

The scholarships announced are:

The Birch and Ruth Shafer Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Ruth Shafer through her estate to benefit a graduating senior of any Perry County high school.  The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $2,000 is Olivia Hauser, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School.  Olivia is the daughter of Michael and Christine Hauser.  Following graduation, she plans to study Pre-Veterinary Science.  

The Buehler Foods Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Buehler Foods to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school demonstrating good academic standing.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Colin Noble, a senior at Tell City High School and the son of Wesley and Laura Noble.  Following graduation, Colin plans to pursue a degree in Biology at Indiana University.

The Cecil and Olive Foster Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Olive M. Foster to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school planning to pursue post-secondary education.  The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Jaylynn Bryant, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School.  Jaylynn is the daughter of James and Jennifer Bryant.  Following graduation, Jaylynn plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at Vincennes University Jasper Campus.  

The Charles S. (Blackie) and Rose H. Paulin Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Betty Lou Paulin Gast in memory of her parents.  This scholarship benefits Perry County residents who are considered non-traditional students and pursing post-secondary education at any accredited college, university, or vocational-technical school.  The recipient of the $900 scholarship is Martha Thomas.  Martha is the daughter of Paul and Diana Scott and is currently studying to receive her Masters in Elementary Education- Early Childhood with Certificate in Administration at Ball State University, 

The Earl and Hazel Etienne Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by their children in memory of their parents. This scholarship was created to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school planning to major in education and pursue a career in education.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Kyra Beier, a senior at Tell City High School.  Kyra is the daughter of Ryan Beier and Stephanie Beier. Following graduation, Kyra plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Education at Indiana University Southeast.

The Edgar and Evelyn Whitcomb Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Edgar and Evelyn Whitcomb to encourage Perry Central High School students to further their education and to achieve maximum scholastic potential.  The recipient of the $1,000 scholarship is Madison Hayes, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of David and Amy Hayes.  Following graduation, Madison plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

The Gene and Christina Schwindel Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Gene and Christina Schwindel to benefit graduating seniors or graduates of Perry Central High School pursing post-secondary education.  This year’s $2,000 scholarship recipient is Maria Hubert, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Jason and Shelia Hubert.  Following graduation, Maria plans to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at Purdue University.

The J. Matthew Moore Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created in memory of Matthew Moore by his wife, Lucy Goffinet, and his parents, John E. and Ann C. Moore, to help students pursing advanced education.  The scholarship is for graduating seniors of Cannelton High School or Tell City High School pursing post-secondary education.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Hannah Rhodes, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Donnie and Sarah Rhodes.  Following graduation, Hannah plans to pursue a degree in Psychology at the University of Evansville.  

The John Marion Walker Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the John Marion Walker Scholarship Trust to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School or Perry Central Junior-Senior High School pursing post-secondary education at any Indiana institution of higher learning.  The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $1,000 is Kaitlyn Sturgeon, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Wade and Tina Sturgeon.  Following graduation, Kaitlyn plans to study Chemistry at the University of Southern Indiana.

The Mark “Flash” Kleeman Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Mark “Flash” Kleeman by his wife, Angie, children, Brandon and Angel, and his extended family.  This scholarship is to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School, Perry Central Junior-Senior High School or Heritage Hills High School who plan to continue their education or training at any accredited trade or vocational school.  This year’s $400 scholarship recipient is Katelyn Davis, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Pamela Davis.   Following graduation, Katelyn plans to attend Vincennes University to pursue a degree in Construction Management. 

The Mildred Wempe Memorial Scholarship 1 is an annual scholarship created by the Clayton Harris Memorial United Methodist Church in Tobinsport to benefit graduates or graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursing education for a career in medicine or healthcare.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Veronica Weatherholt, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Donald and Monica Weatherholt.  Following graduation, Veronica plans to obtain a degree in Nursing at Indiana University Southeast. 

The Mildred Wempe Memorial Scholarship 2 is an annual scholarship created by TCB Bank to benefit graduates or graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursuing a career in nursing.  This recipient of this year’s scholarship in the amount of $300 is Haylee Lawalin, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Nathan Lawalin and Mindy Lawalin.  Following graduation, Haylee plans to attend Vincennes University to pursue a degree in Nursing. 

The Old National Tell City Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Old National Bancorp to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursing post-secondary education of any kind.  This year’s $450 scholarship recipient is Kaylee Burden, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the granddaughter of Terry and Yvonne Burden.  Following graduation, Kaylee plans to obtain a degree in Biomedical Engineering. 

The Perry County 4-H Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by David and Evelyn Adams to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school who have been a member of 4-H for at least five years.  This year’s $400 scholarship recipient is Taylor Howell, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Kimberly Haney-Howell.  Following graduation, Taylor plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

The Perry County FOP Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Lodge 173 of the Perry County Fraternal Order of Police to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursuing a career in law enforcement or a related field. This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Aidan Sauer, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the son of Nickalous Sauer and Holly Peer.  Following graduation, Aidan plans to attend Vincennes University to obtain a degree in Law Enforcement. 

The Robert E. Boyles Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Beverly C. McGee in memory of her friend to benefit a graduating female senior of Cannelton High School.  The recipient of this year’s $400 scholarship is Kourtney Masterson, a senior at Cannelton High School and the daughter of Charles and Jennifer Masterson.  Following graduation, Kourtney plans to study Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. 

The Robert Ress Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the Optimist Club of Tell City, Indiana to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School pursing post-secondary vocational education or specific career training.  This year’s $300 scholarship recipient is Camryn Peter, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Bart and Holli Peter.  Following graduation, Camryn plans to study Esthetics at The Salon Professional Academy. 

The Rose Hazel Gabbert Paulin and Charles S. (Blackie) Paulin Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Kenton A. and Betty Paulin Gast in memory of Betty’s parents to benefit graduates of any Perry County high school pursing post-secondary education.  This year’s $400 scholarship recipient is Codee Koziatek, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Scott and Tesa Koziatek.  Following graduation, Codee plans to pursue a degree in Visual Communications at Ivy Tech Community College.

The Sam K. Oberhausen Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony H. Oberhausen in memory of their son to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School pursing post-secondary education.  The recipient of this year’s $500 scholarship is Valerie Walters, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Brian and Melinda Walters.  Following graduation, Valerie plans to pursue a degree in Animation and Game Design at Purdue University Polytechnic. 

The Sam Reed Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Ralph and Rose Reed in honor of their son, Sam, and his remarkable achievements in life.  This year’s scholarship recipient in the amount of $300 is Logan Marshall, a senior at Cannelton High School and the son of Joshua and Jamie Marshall.  Following graduation, Logan plans to study Naval Architect & Marine Engineering at University of New Orleans. 

The Stacey Peak Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created to honor Stacey Peak, who was a victim of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.  The recipient of this year’s $500 scholarship is Ava Hilgenhold, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Jeff Hilgenhold and Angela Hilgenhold.  Following graduation, Ava plans to attend Hanover College to pursue a degree in Kinesiology and Integrated Physiology. 

The Wendell Werner and Loretta Werner Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Old National Trust to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School pursing post-secondary education.  The recipient of this year’s $250 scholarship is Violet Moskos, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Robert and Luz Moskos.  Following graduation, Violet plans to pursue a degree in International Studies. 

The York Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship in memory of Max and Billie York and their daughter, Sondra Kaye York, by their family to help students pursing a degree in elementary education.  The recipient of this year’s $500 scholarship is Krista Martin, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Donald Martin and Holly Martin.  Following graduation, Krista plans to obtain a degree in Elementary Education. 

The Zachary Kleemann Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Jim and Kathleen Kleemann in memory of their son to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School.  The year’s $1,000 scholarship recipient is Austin Snyder, a senior at Tell City High School and the son of Marty and Karen Snyder.  Following graduation, Austin plans to obtain a degree in Accounting. 

The Community Foundation Advisory Board would like to say thank you to the parents, family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, mentors, and everyone who has inspired these students to be the very best they can be. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their families. We wish you the best as you pursue your college degrees and future opportunities.

Community Foundation Awards Scholarships Totaling $14,300

(Spencer County, Indiana) The Spencer County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $14,300. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to area students.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Emily Davis states, “The Spencer County Community Foundation is thankful to our generous fund founders and donors who make these scholarship awards possible. Their investment in the education of our young people has impacted each of these students’ futures. The process of choosing who will be awarded each of these scholarships is undertaken with dedication and discipline by a committee of volunteer leaders. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication in doing this. The process is never easy because our Spencer County students are outstanding.”  

The scholarships announced are:

The Alieene Vance Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by Don Foertsch and Mason Foertsch in memory of a former employee of the Foertsch Construction Company to encourage the children and grandchildren of employees of Foertsch companies to further their education, to recognize academic achievement of those graduating high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential.   The recipient of the year’s award in the amount of $1,000 is Wesley Fleischmann, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the son of Alan and Tawnya Fleischmann.  Following graduation, he plans to study Engineering at University of Evansville. 

The Brauns Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Thomas and Vicki Brauns to benefit graduating seniors of South Spencer High School who have attended at least two years at Luce Elementary School and are pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution.  This year’s $700 scholarship recipient is Jenna Lauer, a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Cheryl Waninger.  Following graduation, Jenna plans to pursue a degree in Pre-Veterinary Science.

The Friends of IU Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Michael and Mary Schriefer and Larry and Charlene Hess to provide a scholarship to Heritage Hills High School graduating seniors who plan to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Hannah Schnuck, a senior at Heritage Hills High School.  Hannah is the daughter of Greg Schnuck and Janie Schnuck.  Following graduation, Hannah plans to pursue a degree in Business Management at Indiana University.   

The Gene and Christina Schwindel Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Gene and Christian Schwindel to benefit graduating seniors or graduates of Heritage Hills High School pursing post-secondary education.  The recipient of the $1,000 scholarship is Miranda Keller, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Trevor and Lynn Keller.  Following graduation, Miranda plans to attend Grace College to pursue a degree in Health Science with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy. 

The Harold and Thelma Hunter Scholarship is an annual scholarship created in memory of Harold Hunter by his wife, Thelma Hunter, and their children to help graduates of Heritage Hills High School pursue advanced education.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Hayley Waninger, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter David and Raven Waninger.  Following graduation, Hayley plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to obtain a degree in Nursing.

The Mabel Mason Ryan Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by the estate of Mabel M. Ryan to advance education in nursing and medicine.  The recipient of the $2,500 scholarship is Kiersten Schuler, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Brett Schuler and Tonya Cross.  Following graduation, Kiersten plans to pursue a degree in Biology at Kentucky Wesleyan College. 

The Mike Ryan Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by Mabel M. Ryan in memory of her husband to benefit graduating seniors of any Spencer County high school pursing post-secondary education at any accredited educational institution.  The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $2,500 is Natalie Vaughan, a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Anthony Vaughan and Katherine Vaughan.  Following graduation, Natalie plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine. 

The Narl and Hazel Conner Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Deann Siegel, Keith Conner, Ron Conner, and Eric Conner as a loving tribute to their father and mother to benefit a Heritage Hills High School senior who plans to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.  The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Miranda Keller, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Trevor and Lynn Keller.  Following graduation, Miranda plans to attend Grace College to pursue a degree in Health Science with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy. 

The Othmar and Virginia Ringeman Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Othmar and Virginia Ringeman to support secondary education of Heritage Hills High School graduates.  This year’s $1,000 scholarship recipient is Mallory Tempel, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jerome Tempel and Rhonda Tempel.  Following graduation, Mallory plans to attend Purdue University. 

The Raleigh and Thelma Abshier Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Jeaniece Scheessele to advance education in honor of her parents.  The recipient of this year’s scholarship in the amount of $200 is Natalie Vaughan, a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Anthony Vaughan and Katherine Vaughan.  Following graduation, Natalie plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine. 

The Spencer County Farm Bureau, Inc. Educational Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Spencer County Farm Bureau to assist students pursuing post-high school educational programs.  This year’s $900 scholarship recipient is Katelyn Davis, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Pamela Davis.   Following graduation, Katelyn plans to attend Vincennes University to pursue a degree in Construction Management. 

The Spencer Industries Incorporated Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Spencer Industries Incorporated to encourage the children of Spencer Industries Incorporated employees to further their education, to recognize academic achievement of those graduating from high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential.  The recipient of this year’s scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is Claire Snyder, a student at University of Dayton and the daughter of Kerry and Vickie Snyder.  Claire is studying Music Therapy at University of Dayton; Dayton, Ohio.

The Community Foundation Advisory Board would like to say thank you to the parents, family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, mentors, and everyone who has inspired these students to be the very best they can be. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their families. We wish you the best as you pursue your college degrees and future opportunities.

Women’s Fund Awards $30,000 In Grants

(Warrick County, Indiana)  The Women’s Fund of Warrick County, a fund of the Warrick County Community Foundation recently awarded $30,000 in grants. 

“Since the fund was initiated 12 years ago, over $187,000 has been granted to support programs and services that improve the quality of life for Warrick County families.” says Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact with the Foundation. The Women’s Fund grants address the changing needs and priorities in Warrick County through an annual competitive grant cycle.

“These grants are funded through membership contributions and proceeds from the annual Women’s Fund Day Luncheon.  Without our generous members, these grants wouldn’t be possible,” says Linda Andreas, chair of the Women’s Fund Grant Committee. “The Women’s Fund creates an opportunity for women in our community to significantly improve the quality of life in Warrick County.  Membership is open and we continue to welcome new members.  Through the Women’s Fund endowment we are able to address current needs and build a long-term source of support for the future challenges our communities may face.” 

This year, grants totaling $30,000 were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Chemo Buddies for the Shuttle Buddies program;
  • Deaconess Foundation for the Warrick County Heart Savers AED program;
  • Holly’s House for the “Think First & Stay Safe” Child Abuse Prevention program in Warrick County schools;
  • Youth First, Inc. to support School Social Worker Services at Chandler Elementary; and
  • YWCA of Evansville to purchase furniture for client bedrooms.

For more information about the Women’s Fund of Warrick County, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org. or Sarah Wagner, Regional Director of Development at swagner@communityfoundationalliance.org, or call 812.422.1245.

Perry County Community Foundation Awards $52,000 In Rapid Response Grants

(Perry County, Indiana)  The Perry County Community Foundation has awarded $52,000 in Rapid Response Grants to 25 charitable organizations affected by COVID-19. The Rapid Response Grant program was launched on March 27.

According to Emily Davis, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact, the program has been successful by helping organizations meet unforeseen challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “In answer to what our charitable partners have been experiencing since the crisis started, the grants have provided fast funding in response to their call for help,” says Davis.

The Foundation intended for the program to be both efficient and timely and according to Davis, the response and payment times have been exceptional. “We’ve been able to quickly deploy funding to these organizations – applications were reviewed within 24 hours, and grant dollars were paid within 3 business days.  We knew our response had to be quick, in order for them to support members of the Perry County community,” says Davis.  “The grants have provided funding to cover unforeseen expenses that have been required of our Perry County organizations like scaling up services or covering expenses due to closings and cancelled fundraisers. Our program helped them meet these early COVID-19 challenges.” 

The Foundation awarded grants to Adventist Community Services for the purchase of food for those in need; American Red Cross for the support of blood collection services in southwest Indiana; Branchville United Methodist Church to supplement lack of income; Bread of Life Ministry for a food program for families in need; Brick by Brick on Main, Inc. to provide resources to local community members and business owners; Cannelton Food Pantry for the purchase of food and personal hygiene supplies for community members; Catholic Charities- Tell City Deanery for the Emergency Assistance Program to assist with utilities, prescriptions, and rent; Chemo Buddies to supplement lack of income; Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to provide additional telemedicine services; Habitat for Humanity of Perry County to finalize a property purchase and begin purchasing construction materials for applicant families; Junior Achievement of West Kentucky, Inc. to provide online resources for free to teachers, parents, and students and to cover expenses due to cancelled events; Perry Central Community School Corporation for a food program for families in need and to purchase 3D printing materials to produce additional face shields; Perry County Council on Aging for emergency food and supply delivery to community members and the purchase of personal protective equipment; Perry County Memorial Hospital for the purchase of an additional stretcher; Perry County 4-H Council to cover expenses due to cancelled events; Perry County Business & Industrial Development Corporation to provide assistance to local businesses located in Perry County to ensure short-term financial needs are met; Perry County Council of Agencies to purchase food to stock the food pantry; Rome Community Center, Inc. to cover expenses due to cancelled events; Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley for the purchase of food pantry items and cleaning supplies; Southern Indiana Resource Solutions, Inc. to assist those in need; St. Paul Ministry of Charity Weekend Food Backpack Program to provide backpacks of food to the students of the three county schools; SWIRCA & More to fund food materials, supplies, and delivery costs to help feed local seniors; Tell City-Troy Township School Corporation to provide food bags to students and families; Tri-County YMCA to assist with virtual delivery of exercises and to purchase cleaning supplies; and Tri-State Food Bank to provide food for those in need.

“This program was made available through generous donations made by our giving donors.” says Earla Williams, President of the Perry County Community Foundation Advisory Board. “On behalf of our board and staff, we thank them for their legacy of giving back to our Perry County community.”

For more information, or to make a gift to the Perry County Community Foundation, contact Mary James, Regional Director of Development at 812.649.5724 or visit CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Perry.

Two Gibson County Community Foundation Scholarships Available With June 14th Deadline

(Gibson County, Indiana)   The scholarship applications for the Bob Key Memorial Scholarship ($800) and the Larry A. Kissel Purdue Challenge Award ($1,000) are now available, both administered by the Gibson County Community Foundation. The application deadline is June 14, 2020.

The Bob Key Memorial scholarship was established by Mary Key in memory of her husband. Bob Key (1942-1995) who was both a husband and father whose chosen vocation was farming. Throughout his life, he pursued the perfection of his physical and managerial skills. He often took continuing education courses and taught seminars at Purdue University. He believed that success was achieved by a person’s ability to accomplish a task as efficiently as possible.

Applicants for the Bob Key Memorial Education Scholarship must be a graduating high school senior, a high school graduate, or must have received a high school equivalency certificate. The scholarship is available to Gibson County residents desiring to improve their ability or knowledge through completion of a seminar, short course, or post-secondary education. The $800 award may also be used to obtain education materials.

The Larry A Kissel Purdue Challenge Scholarship was established by John and Phyllis Kissel in memory of their son, who died in a 1995 train accident. The $1,000 award recognizes and encourages academic perseverance.

Applicants for the Larry A. Kissel Scholarship must be graduates of a Gibson County high school and residents of Gibson County, be enrolled full or part time as a second-, third-, or fourth-year undergraduate at any Purdue University campus, and must have completed the equivalent of two full-time semesters at Purdue or another institution. Prior enrollment at Purdue University is not a condition but will be considered in the selection process.

Past recipients may reapply provided the applicant remains an undergraduate student at Purdue University with at  least one semester of work uncompleted.

Additional details regarding eligibility criteria and the scholarship application are available on the Gibson County Community Foundation’s website, www.communityfoundationalliance.org/gibson/scholarships.

For questions, contact John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.386.8082 or jcampbell@communityfoundationalliance.org.