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

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.

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

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

12 Lilly Community Scholars Named In Nine Southwestern Indiana Counties

(Evansville, Indiana)  The Community Foundation Alliance has announced recipients of the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships in each of their nine county affiliates. The scholarships provide full-tuition, required fees, and an annual stipend of up to $900 for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study at an accredited Indiana college or university, leading to a baccalaureate degree.

The Community Foundation Alliance is comprised of affiliate Community Foundations serving 9 southwestern Indiana counties. Each year, the affiliates collaborate with high schools throughout southwestern Indiana to nominate students for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar award.

The recipients in the nine counties are:

  • Peyton Eaton, Barr-Reeve High School, Daviess County
  • Mary Hall, Gibson Southern High School, Gibson County
  • Mykayla Couchenour, South Knox High School, Knox County
  • Mallory Lynch, Perry Central High School, Perry County
  • Madison Warner, Pike Central High School, Pike County
  • Kenzie Paul, Mount Vernon High School, Posey County
  • Ethan Roos, Heritage Hills High School, Spencer County
  • Rajeev Chilukuri, Castle High School; and Krish Gupta, Castle High School, Warrick County
  • Elizabeth Broshears, Reitz Memorial High School; Ankush Dhawan, Signature School; and Saisantosh Ponna, Signature School, Vanderburgh County

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The recipients this year are:

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

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

Nonprofit organizations wishing to receive email notification at the start of next year’s grant cycle should visit the Alliance webpage for the CEEF at