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.

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/.

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.

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.

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.

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 Alliance Making Up To $1 Million In Emergency Funding Available To Regional Nonprofits

The Community Foundation Alliance announced today that it is making up to $1 million in emergency funding available to southwestern Indiana nonprofit organizations at the forefront of helping local communities impacted by COVID-19. The funding will support a variety of response activities throughout the Alliance service region, comprised of 9 affiliate Community Foundations in Daviess, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life in southwestern Indiana, and while we don’t yet fully understand the extent of the implications of this outbreak, we do know that it is proving particularly challenging for those who are already vulnerable,” said Jill Carpenter, President and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance.

“After input from our charitable organizations, community leaders, elected officials, school officials, and others, we have developed a rapid response plan to provide critical funding and support for our communities in the weeks and months to come.”

A portion of the funding provides for a $250,000 grant to the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region, which will support human services in Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. The United Way of Southwestern Indiana is serving as the fiscal sponsor for this fund. The remaining grant dollars will support similar collaborative COVID-19 funds in Daviess, Knox, Perry and Pike counties and allow each of the 9 Alliance Community Foundations to award rapid response grants to local charitable organizations impacted by the pandemic.  To donate to the fund in our county, please visit https://swi.unitedwayepledge.org/comm/SurveyNE.jsp?SurveyKeyHex=4474512C633F40672E397E3E&SA=955773.

The rapid response grants are designed to quickly deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time grants to organizations that, in many cases, have been financially strained by the outbreak. The grants have a simple application and quick turnaround time, including a 24-hour review, with grant dollars released directly to organizations within 4 days of approval.

Another component of the Alliance plan includes measures to ensure an appropriate reaction to unknown changes that may occur in communities during the months to come. Those include extending deadlines for existing grant cycles and re-evaluation of future Community Good granting strategies.

For more information, visit the Community Foundation Alliance website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org.

City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) Awards $50,000 Grant to COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region

Evansville, Indiana– The City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) will award a $50,000 grant to the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region. The grant provides financial support for the new fund, which is being managed by the United Way of Southwestern Indiana.

The CEEF is administered by the Community Foundation Alliance and a separate board of directors oversees all CEEF governance and grantmaking decisions. According to Jill Carpenter, President and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance, the CEEF board of directors’ vote to support the fund shows just how important the effort is to Evansville.

“The CEEF Board is committed to investing in Evansville. This grant supports a community wide response to COVID-19 and the Board believes that is vital to the city’s success. By helping ensure that individuals and families in need are supported during this pandemic, especially vulnerable and at-risk populations, this funding will positively impact the future of the Evansville region.”

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 Community Foundation Alliance is comprised of affiliate Community Foundations serving 9 counties throughout southwestern Indiana. Through the establishment of endowed funds created by caring donors to benefit community causes, Alliance affiliates work to improve the quality of life in their counties by distributing a portion of funds’ earnings to local non-profit organizations, in the form of annual scholarships and grants. The Alliance holds more than 1,200 named funds established by individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and agencies to improve the quality of life in communities throughout southwestern Indiana, with charitable assets over $100 million.

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Announces The Allison Tenbarge Criminal Justice Scholarship

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for the first recipient of the Allison Tenbarge Criminal Justice Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is a new scholarship being administered by the Foundation. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  

The scholarship was created by the family of Allison Tenbarge in memory of Allie and her son, Parker, who were victims of domestic violence. It was Allie’s dream to follow in her father’s footsteps to pursue a career in criminal justice. The scholarship honors her memory by providing financial assistance to females studying criminal justice or law enforcement with the hope that once they enter the field, they will help make a positive impact in the fight against domestic violence.

Open to female, high school seniors who are graduating from a school in Daviess, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh or Warrick counties. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) and plan to pursue a post-secondary degree (2- or 4-year) in criminal justice or law enforcement.

Selection will be based on applicant’s dedication to pursuing a career in criminal justice or law enforcement as demonstrated in the application and required essay.

Additional information and the online application are available on the Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s website, CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Vanderburgh.

For questions, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact for the Vanderburgh Community Foundation at 812.422.1245 or shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Accepting Applications For The Clarence And Dorothy Gerard Scholarship For Nursing

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for the first recipient of the Clarence and Dorothy Gerard Scholarship for Nursing. The scholarship is a new, annually renewable scholarship for $ 7,500 being administered by the Foundation. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, March 31, 2020. 

Open to graduating seniors of any high school located in Posey, Vanderburgh, or Warrick counties, applicants must be planning to pursue a nursing degree at an accredited college, university, or technical/vocational school located within the counties served by the Community Foundation Alliance. Those counties include Daviess, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Selection will be based on the strength of the student’s essay, involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or work experience, and financial need.

Additional information and the online application are available on the Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/vanderburgh/scholarships/opportunities/

This annual renewable scholarship was established by the estate of John Gerard in honor of his parents. The scholarship will provide educational support to a graduate of a Posey, Vanderburgh, or Warrick County high school to pursue a nursing degree at a college or university in Southwestern Indiana.

Born in 1915, Dorothy Willett studied nursing and graduated in 1936 from St. Mary’s Hospital Nursing School where she became the first surgical nurse assisting in cataract surgery.  Her career continued as a nurse for Republic Aviation factory in Evansville, Indiana, which churned out thousands of P-47 Thunderbolts during World War II.  In 1947, she met and married Clarence Gerard who served in the Navy.

Soon they began a family, welcoming sons Steve and John.  As they came of age, Steve and John joined the family business, the Old Country School Restaurant, working together with their parents until its closing in 1987.  Steve continued in restaurant management and John worked in the clerk and assessor’s offices until his retirement.

After Clarence’s death in 1985, John lived and traveled with Dorothy, and they attended musical performances and the theater until her passing at age 97 in 2012.  Later, John and his husband, Don Settle, enjoyed exploring historical sights and experiencing the arts until Don’s death in 2017.

John passed away in 2018.  It was his greatest honor to memorialize his parents, Clarence and Dorothy Gerard, with a nursing scholarship endowment to continue his mother’s legacy of care for generations now and in the future.

For questions, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.422.1245 or via email shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Announces Grant Oppportunity

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, February 21, 2020.

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Vanderburgh 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/Vanderburgh/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 Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.422.1245 or via email shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Announces 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients

(Evansville, Indiana)  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation has announced Saisantosh Ponna, Ankush Dhawan, and Elizabeth Broshears are the recipients of the 2020 Vanderburgh County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. 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 leading to a baccalaureate degree from an accredited Indiana college or university.

Saisantosh is the son of Veera Ponna and Sarita Gogula of Newburgh. He is a senior at Signature School and plans to study neuroscience. In addition to exceling academically, Saisantosh is a member of the Math, Robotics, Business, Basketball, and Soccer clubs.  He has participated in Student Council, band and school dance productions, and is a competitive tennis player. He is involved in several community activities including the Youth Resources Teen Advisory Council and Teen Court and volunteers as a tutor. Saisantosh developed the “Tennis 4 Wellness” program to promote wellness and help his peers overcome stigmas related to being overweight.

Ankush is the son of Andeep and Radhika Dhawan of Newburgh. He is a senior at Signature School and plans to study engineering. In addition to excelling academically, Ankush is member of the Chess, Math, Robotics, Science Tutoring, and Basketball clubs.  He has participated in Student Council, band and school dance productions; and is a competitive Golf, Tennis, and Soccer player. His community involvement includes the Youth Resources Teen Advisory Council and Teen Court.  He has also volunteered with both local and international organizations. Ankush has also conducted and published independent research relating to water quality and applied for numerous patents.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Philip and Amy Broshears of Evansville. She is a senior at Reitz Memorial High School and plans to study biochemistry. In addition to excelling academically, Elizabeth is a member of the Key and EB/SamStrong clubs. She has participated in Student Council, served as Tiger Ambassador, competed in the Academic Super Bowl, and is a competitive swimmer. Elizabeth’s community involvement includes volunteering with Challenger Baseball and Special Olympics. She also started her own business, providing swimming lessons and water safety instruction.

Award alternates were also announced and they are Akshaj Mishra, a senior at Signature School; Graham Griffin, a senior at Signature School; and Ethan Meunier a senior at Reitz Memorial High School.

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 and the local high schools.  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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The recipients this year are:

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

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

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

Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh Announces Impact Grant Finalists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vanderburgh County Men’s Fund Announces 2019 Impact Grant Finalists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vanderburgh County Men’s Fund Announces 2019 Impact Grant Finalists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Kniese Scholarship Award Recipient Announced

Princeton, Indiana—The Community Foundation Alliance has announced the recipient of this year’s Mark Kniese Scholarship. The annual scholarship is made possible by a fund established by August Neal in memory of Mark Kniese, who had been a counselor with her at Camp Carson in Princeton.

Aaron Bussell from Lexington, Kentucky, who has been on staff at Camp Carson for the past two years, has been selected to receive this year’s $2,500 scholarship. A sophomore at the University of Kentucky, Bussell is majoring in Computer Science. Prior to attending Camp Carson several summers ago, he attended the Camp Corral program which is limited to children of military parents who have been deployed and returned with a disability.

“I’m honored to be selected as the scholarship recipient and take great pride in this connection to the values exemplified by Mark Kniese and the Camp,” says Bussell.

This is the 18th year for the scholarship with awards totaling just over $46,000.

Foundation Announces Details for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

Vanderburgh County, Indiana—The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Students graduating in 2020 from any accredited high school in Vanderburgh County, who meet the other eligibility guidelines, are encouraged to apply.

Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available through the Scholarship Programs page. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

The 2020 Vanderburgh County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named in mid-December 2019.

The scholarship provides 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 leading to a baccalaureate degree. The Community Foundation will nominate three Vanderburgh County students to receive the scholarship.

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.

$80,000 in Community Good Grants Awarded by Foundation

Evansville, Indiana—The Vanderburgh Community Foundation has announced recipients of $80,000 in Community Good grants. The grants provide support for a variety of organizations in their work to address community needs and strengthen Vanderburgh County.

Grants are awarded 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.

Community Good Grants are supported by individuals and organizations establishing and contributing to endowment funds held by the Foundation. The Foundation funds that made these grant awards possible are the Charles and 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 German American Bancorp Community Fund; the Health and Human Services in Vanderburgh County Fund; the Heritage Federal Community Good Fund of Vanderburgh County; and the Jeff and Tricia Hollander Henning Family Community Good Endowment.

2019 Community Good Grant recipients are:

(Unless otherwise noted, all additional persons pictured are representatives of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation.)

The Ark, Inc. – $10,000 to support crisis care services for children with a high risk for abuse or neglect

L to R: Sidney Hardgrave, Doug Minor, Joyce Molinet (Ark Crisis Nursery Board), Angie Richards Cheek (Ark), MaNissa Coon (Ark Board), Sean Ferguson, Kim Schultz, Toni Thompson, and children participating in the program (with permission).


Aurora – $10,000 for the An Ounce of Diversion program

Aurora staff, L to R: Rose Duran, Bri Martin, Elizabeth Seaton, Stephanie Kaho, Tim Martin, Timothy Weir, Matt Hanka (Commission on Homelessness), and Susan Steinkamp. VCF grant committee members, L to R: Kim Schultz, Sean Ferguson, Kim Schultz, Toni Thompson and Doug Minor, joined by Regional Development Director, Sarah Wagner.


Dream Center Evansville – $10,000 to support the Jacobsville Kids Zone (JKS) program

L to R: Doug Minor, Rachel Trout (Dream Center) Jeremy Evans (Dream Center), Toni Thompson, Kim Schultz, Sarah Wagner.


Evansville Christian Life Center – $10,000 for expansion of the GAIN program

L to R: Kim Schultz, Sean Ferguson, Gina Gibson, Josey Roth, Toni Thompson, Doug Minor, JoAnn Weber-Drennen


Holly’s House, Inc. – $7,500 for the “Think First & Stay Safe” child abuse prevention program offered in Vanderburgh County schools

L to R: Doug Minor, Kim Schultz, Holly Edmond (Holly’s House), Sean Ferguson, Mark Hackert, Sarah Wagner.


Parenting Time Center – $10,000 to support services related to Improving the Well-Being of Children Through Promoting Responsible Fatherhood

L to R: Sarah Wagner, Doug Minor, Kim Schultz, Toni Thompson, Kathryn Kornblum-Zelle (Parenting Time Center), John Boggeman (Evansville Christian Life Center), Sidney Hardgrave.


Vanderburgh County CASA, Inc. – $7,500 to support Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer recruitment and training

In the lobby of CASA’s new facility, L to R: Kim Schultz, Casey Blake (CASA), Sean Ferguson, JoAnn Weber-Drennen, Doug Minor.


Youth First – $5,000 to support Youth First Social Workers and programs in Vanderburgh County Schools

L to R: Shelby Southard, Jana Pritchett, Julie Hoon, Judith Kunst, Sean Ferguson, Doug Minor, Toni Thompson


YWCA of Evansville – $10,000 for the A Home for Healing program.

L to R: Front: Toni Thompson, Janet Keller (YWCA), Dee Lewis (YWCA), Kim Schultz, Sarah Wagner, Back: Sidney Hardgrave, Sean Ferguson, Mark Hackert, Doug Minor.


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.

Women’s Fund Of Vanderburgh County Accepting Grant Applications

Evansville, Indiana–The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is accepting online applications for the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County Grants Program. Grant applications are due at midnight on Friday, July 26 and must be completed online via the Foundation’s website.

After a deliberation process that begins with a review of funding requests, two impact grants aimed at improving the quality of life for Vanderburgh County families will be awarded. The Women’s Fund membership will select one program-focused grant of $35,000 and one project-focused grant of $35,000. 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.

Application and details may be found on our website.

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 or 812-422-1245, Extension 101.

Men’s Fund Of Vanderburgh County Accepting Letters Of Inquiry

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 2019 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.
  • Other Civic Endeavors: Other activities that will improve the quality of life for families in Vanderburgh County.

Qualified organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry by July 12, 2019, by completing the online Letter of Inquiry form on the Community Foundation’s website. Funding guidelines, application instructions, and a link to the online grant management system can be found on our website.

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 812.422.1245.

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 2018, the CEEF awarded grants totaling $426,871 to 22 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 29, 2019, by completing the online Letter of Inquiry form. Funding guidelines and eligibility details, application instructions, and the link to the online grant management system can be found on the Alliance website.

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

Arts Council Selected as new Regional Arts Partner for Region 10

March 26, 2019, Evansville—The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana has been approved by the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to serve as the new Regional Arts Partner for Region 10, which includes Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties.  In this role, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana will be responsible for facilitating funding opportunities for artists and arts-related nonprofits, providing information and referrals, assisting individual artists seeking funding, and administering IAC’s Regional Initiative Grant processes.

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is committed to enhancing quality of life and supporting economic development through advocacy and promotion of the arts, arts education and arts organizations in Southwestern Indiana. The Arts Council carries out this mission through fine arts exhibitions, performances, community arts initiatives, and youth arts granting to classrooms and organizations throughout Vanderburgh County. The organization is the only free, public arts space in the community and hosts or supports over 70 events annually.

The Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., which is made up of affiliate Community Foundations in all Region 10 counties except Dubois, has served as the Regional Arts Partner for the past 7 years, through its Vanderburgh Community Foundation. The Alliance took over the role in 2012, following a reorganization that centralized the IAC grant application process through online services and reduced administrative funding to many of its regional partners, including the Arts Council, which had been serving in this capacity up to that time.

According to Jill Carpenter, Executive Director of the Alliance, the Alliance will work closely with the Arts Council to insure a smooth transition. “We have a great relationship with the Arts Council and look forward to working with them in any way necessary so our communities continue to benefit from this important funding source for arts-related programs.”

Anne McKim, Executive Director of the Arts Council, says the Community Foundation Alliance will continue to manage the upcoming grant cycle, with the Arts Council transitioning to their new role July 1 of this year. “We’re so pleased to be able to serve the IAC and our regional artists and arts organizations in this capacity,” says McKim. “This opportunity will allow us to continue the Community Foundation Alliance’s success in developing the creative community throughout the region.”

The latest guidelines for IAC Arts Project Support (APS) and Arts Organization Support (AOS) grants were announced by the Community Foundation Alliance in December. That information is available on the Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s website.

For addtional information: Melinda M. Waldroup, Director Programs and Engagement Department,  Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., at 812.429.1191 or mwaldroup@communityfoundationalliance.org or Anne McKim, Executive Director
Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana at 812.303.3178 or anne.mckim@artswin.org.

Foundation Accepting Applications For The Thomas F. Walls Youth Hockey Scholarship

Vanderburgh County, Indiana−The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Thomas F. Walls Youth Hockey Scholarship. Applications are due by midnight on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

This annual scholarship, created in loving memory of Thomas F. Walls, encourages the highest levels of academic excellence, sportsmanship, and leadership for high school student who participate in IHSAA sanctioned sports.

Graduating seniors of any accredited Vanderburgh County high school, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, who have participated in the Evansville Youth Hockey Association or an IHSAA sanctioned sport, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be planning to pursue post-secondary education at any accredited college, university or technical/vocational school.

Additional details regarding the scholarship, specific eligibility criteria, and the scholarship application are available on Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s website.

For questions, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.422.1245 or by email, shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Foundation Accepting Applications For Camden Hancock ’18 Scholarship

Vanderburgh County, Indiana  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Camden Hancock ‘18 Scholarship. Applications are due by midnight on Friday, March 8, 2019.

This scholarship was created in memory of Camden Andrew Hancock and recognizes a member of the F.J. Reitz High School baseball team who demonstrates academic excellence, a high level of sportsmanship, and strong leadership, characteristics exhibited by Camden. A member of the F.J. Reitz High School Class of 2018, Camden was a member of the National Honor Society and planned to pursue a degree in automotive engineering. He was active in athletics and a member of the Reitz varsity baseball team. He was a very competitive and talented baseball player who gave his all every time he stepped onto the field. Camden’s life was cut short a few months following high school graduation due to a rare form of brain cancer.

Graduating seniors of F.J. Reitz High School who have participated in the school’s baseball program are encouraged to apply.  Additional details regarding eligibility criteria for this scholarship, as well as the scholarship application are available on Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s scholarship opportunities page.

For questions, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.422.1245 or by email, shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org

Foundation Accepting Applications For Dorothy Rapp Music Scholarship

Vanderburgh County, Indiana  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation has extended the deadline for applications for the. Applications are now due April 30, 2019. The scholarship application should b accessed and completed online here.

The Dorothy Rapp Music Scholarship was created by the First Baptist Church of Evansville in honor of Robert and Dorothy Rapp to assist young people with their pursuit of education or development of music skills consistent with Christian principles. Robert Rapp served as the Director of Choral Music at the University of Evansville from 1956 through 1985. He also served as the Choral Director for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and was a Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church. Dorothy Rapp, a classically trained soprano soloist, along with her husband and daughter, introduced a wide repertoire of sacred vocal music to Evansville audiences.

Active members of any Baptist church in Evansville, Indiana who meet the eligibility requirements are welcome to apply. Applicants must plan to pursue education or development of music skills consistent with Christian principles and lifestyle for the furtherance of church music. Past recipients may reapply; however, renewal awards are not guaranteed.

More information about eligibility and requirements can be accessed through the Dorothy Rapp Music Scholarship link.

For questions, contact Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.422.1245 or by email, shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Foundation Announces Community Good Grants Program Opportunity

Vanderburgh County, Indiana—The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for their Community Good Grants Program. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 29, 2019.

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Vanderburgh 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 the grants opportunities page. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome via email on or before May 30, 2019.

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 Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.422.1245 or via email shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org.

2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Announced

Vanderburgh County, Indiana  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation announced Ethan Shopmeyer, Newburgh; Andrew Heldman, Evansville; and Brendan Notich, Evansville, are the recipients of the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships for Vanderburgh County. The Lilly Endowment 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 Indiana college or university.

Ethan Shopmeyer is the son of Charles and Charlotte Shopmeyer. He is a senior at New Tech Institute and enrolled in the Randall T. Shepard Academy for Law and Social Justice. He plans to study political science leading to a career in public service within the judicial system.  In addition to excelling academically, he has been involved in student government and is currently serving as President for the Class of 2019.  He is also President of the National Honor Society at New Tech.  Ethan serves as a New Tech Student Ambassador and is a member of the Archery Club, Math Competition Team, STEM Competition Team, and Student Leadership Committee, for which he was the Founder and Speaker for the Parkland Memorial Service. His community service activities include serving as a ZooTeen Leader for the Mesker Park Zoo and Youth Chief Justice for the Indiana Youth & Government Program.

Andrew Heldman is the son of Kevin and Marilyn Heldman. He is a senior at Mater Dei High School and plans to study computer science leading to a career as a computer engineer. In addition to excelling academically by earning magna cum laude honors and achieving a perfect ACT score, he has been involved in Student Council, Spanish Club, and Student Government, and was recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Andrew earned Academic All-City recognition for baseball and basketball and was also recognized as the West Side Kiwanis Player of the Week.  His community service activities include volunteering with his church, the Mater Dei Feeder League Summer Basketball and Baseball Camps, Frog Follies, and the 4-H Fair.

Brendan Notich is the son of Rudolph and Laura Notich. He is a senior at North High School and plans to study biochemistry and pre-med, leading to a career as a dermatologist. He has excelled academically achieving summa cum laude recognition, being named as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, and recognized as an Evansville Courier and Press Star Student.  Brendan has served as the Vice President and President of Key Club and President of National Honor Society.  At North High School he participated in the Bowling Team, Academic Team, Science Olympiad Team, both Concert and Varsity Choir, and the Speech and Debate Team. He has also volunteered with the Wesselman Nature Society, the Stockwell After School Mentoring Program, and Keep Evansville Beautiful.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation received 52 applications for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship.  The recipients were nominated to receive the scholarship from a pool of 13 finalists interviewed by the scholarship committee.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Vanderburgh County Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance and support from the local high schools.  The 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.

For further information or assistance:
Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact
(812) 422-1245, Extension 102 or (812) 573-1454 (mobile) or shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org

Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

Vanderburgh County, Indiana  This year, donors to the Vanderburgh Community Foundation are again making scholarship awards available through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

“Many foundation donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” says Sidney Hardgrave, the Foundation’s Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Program.”

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the particular eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application are posted on the Foundation’s website at the Scholarship Opportunities page.

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic statuses. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process which may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.

The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:

  1. Begin working on the application early.
  2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.
  3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.
  4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.
  5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

Applications must be submitted online. Please read through the How to Apply page on the site for instructions. The deadline is midnight on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

For further information or assistance:
Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact
shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org or (812)422.12451

Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh Announces $90,000 In Grant Awards

Vanderburgh County, Indiana—At their annual meeting on November 7, donors to the Women’s Fund of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation gathered at the Holiday Inn Airport to select the 2018 recipients of two $35,000 grants.

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

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

In the program category, Youth First, Inc. was awarded a $35,000 grant for a program supporting the placement of school social workers in Evansville middle schools. In addition, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center and Parenting Time Center were each awarded $5,000 grants for general support.

In the project category, St. Vincent Early Learning Center was awarded a $35,000 grant for the Natural Outdoor Learning Classrooms project which will redesign playground areas to incorporate nature as an integral and critical part of the children’s daily learning. In addition, Boys & Girls Club of Evansville and District of Evansville of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul were each awarded $5,000 grants for general support.

Since it was formed in 2007, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $757,000 to organizations serving local families. Previous impact grants provided funding for projects and programs at Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club of Evansville, Evansville Christian Life Center, House of Bread and Peace, Patchwork Central, Holly’s House, Ozanam Family Shelter, Lampion Center, Potter’s Wheel, United Caring Services, United Methodist Youth Home, Vanderburgh County Court-Appointed Special Advocates, Youth Resources Teen Court, and the YWCA.

For further information or assistance: Sidney M. Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact
(812) 422-1245, ext. 102 or email shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org

Vanderburgh Men’s Fund Awards $37,000 in Grants

Vanderburgh County, Indiana, October 25 2018—At their annual meeting on October 25, donors to the Men’s Fund of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation gathered at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, & Science to select the 2018 Vanderburgh County Impact Grants. The nearly 80-member group of donors voted to award this year’s finalists a total of $37,000, making the total grants awarded from the Fund an impressive $84,300.

This is just the 3rd year the group has selected grant awards. Last year’s recipients and projects were the Ozanam Family Shelter for fire protection and kitchen upgrades, and Youth First and the Public Education Foundation of Evansville for general support. And, in 2016, grants were awarded to the Boys and Girls Club of Evansville for the Passport to Manhood Program, and to Youth First and Parenting Time Center for general support.

Grant recipients selected this year are EVSC Foundation, Inc., awarded a $32,000 grant for their Let’s Put the Shirts on Their Backs Hangers program, which serves as a clothing resource for over 22,000 students across all 40 EVSC schools. Two runner-ups, the Deaconess Foundation and the Evansville Christian Life Center, were awarded $2,500 grants each for general support.

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, these grants conclude the Men’s Fund 2018 Vanderburgh County Impact Grant program.

For further information or assistance, contact Sidney M. Hardgrave, Regional Director, Community Engagement and Impact
shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org  or 812.422.1245, ext. 102 (office)  |  812.573.1454 (cell)

Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County Announces Grant Program Finalists

Vanderburgh County—The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County has announced the 6 finalist organizations in the running for a total of $70,000 of funding between 2 competitive grants categories.

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

Decisions on this year’s grants will be made by vote of the Fund’s membership at their annual meeting, set for Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Airport. Members will select one organization to receive a $35,000 grant for a program, and one organization will be selected to receive a $35,000 grant for a capital project.

This year’s 3 program category finalists and their proposals are:

  • Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center for a program to expand psychology services for children in the community;
  • Parenting Time Center for an educational program to empower mothers with co-parenting communication skills to improve children’s outcomes; and
  • Youth First, Inc. for a program that supports placement of school social workers in Evansville middle schools.

This year’s 3 capital project category finalists and their proposed projects are:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Evansville for a project to upgrade building security throughout the building and along the exterior;
  • District of Evansville of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to renovate restrooms at the Thrift Store to meet ADA requirements; and
  • St. Vincent Early Learning Center for the Natural Outdoor Learning Classrooms project redesigning playground areas to incorporate nature as an integral and critical part of our children’s daily learning.

Since it was formed in 2007, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $757,000 to organizations serving local families.

Impact grants awarded have provided funding for projects and programs at the Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Ark Crisis Child Care Center, Aurora, Boys and Girls Club, Evansville Christian Life Center, House of Bread and Peace, Patchwork Central, Holly’s House, Ozanam Family Shelter, Lampion Center, Potter’s Wheel, United Caring Services, United Methodist Youth Home, Vanderburgh County Court-Appointed Special Advocates,, Youth Resources Teen Court, and the YWCA.

“Each year we are astounded at the enormity of the impact of our community’s nonprofit organizations and the work they are able to do every day while faced with limited budgets, funding cuts, and increasing need,” say advisory board co-chairs Diana Wilderman and JoAnn Weber-Drennen. Our ability to support their efforts with grants makes a difference today and for the future as well.”

About the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County

The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County is a fund held by the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, one of 9 regional affiliates of the Community Foundation Alliance. 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, call 812.422.1245.

For further information or assistance:
Sidney M. Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact
812.422.1245, ext. 102 or shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org

Foundation Awards $28,557 to 4 Charitable Partners

Vanderburgh County, Indiana—September 26, 2018 The Vanderburgh Community Foundation has announced their 4th quarter grant awards, totaling $28,557 for 4 projects serving Vanderburgh County. The grants were made from the Friends of Vanderburgh County Fund and the James A. McCarty Fund for the Arts.

All the grants were made possible by people and organizations establishing and contributing to Community Good and Field of Interest Funds held by the Foundation.

Based on the Foundation’s funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development, the 4th quarter grants conclude the Foundation’s fiscal year 2018 Community Good Grant Program. For the year, the Foundation has awarded $120,257 through this particular Grant Program for projects and programs serving Vanderburgh County.

The 4th quarter grant recipients are:

Children’s Center for Dance Education to provide free admission to 3rd and 4th graders from low income schools to attend the “The Children’s Nutcracker” annual morning show,

Lampion Center to support the Stewards of Children training program that uses evidence informed techniques to reduce the occurrence of child sexual abuse,

Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center for restroom accessibility improvements to accommodate children, youth, and adults with disabilities and their caregivers, and

EVSC Foundation to support the Hanger’s Program’s purchase and installation of a high capacity clothes washer and dryer and an inventory control software package to increase the capacity of onsite laundry facilities and enable staff to track donations with an inventory system.

For additional information, contact Melinda Waldroup, Director, Programs and Engagement Department, (812) 429-1191 or email: mwaldroup@communityfoundationalliance.org

Foundation Announces Details for 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Vanderburgh County, Indiana) The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana high school students who will be graduating from an accredited Indiana high school by June 2019. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the program page. Deadline to apply is September 7, 2018.

The 2019 Vanderburgh Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named in mid-December 2018.

The scholarship provides 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 leading to a baccalaureate degree. The Community Foundation will nominate three students to receive the scholarship.

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 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.

Employment Opportunities Available for Regional Directors of Community Engagement and Impact

Evansville, Indiana – The Community Foundation Alliance is now seeking applicants to fill 2 open positions for Regional Directors of Community Engagement and Impact, 1 serving Gibson and Posey Counties, and 1 serving Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. These positions will administer grant and scholarship programs for both of the county Foundations in their region. The position will work to build relationships with community stakeholders, and identify community engagement opportunities that lead to positive and lasting change in each county. The 2 regions comprise 4 of the 9 affiliate county Foundations of the Community Foundation Alliance.

The Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact will work with donors, fund founders, staff, County Advisory Boards and committees of both county Foundations, as well as with volunteers and the public. This position reports directly to the Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement. There will be frequent and regular travel between counties and the Alliance Central Office in Evansville. Reliable personal transportation is required.

For a more thorough summary of the responsibilities and experience required of applicants, as well as how to apply, please see the full position description links below [PDF]. To be considered, application materials must be received electronically no later than Tuesday, July 31, 2018. No phone calls, please.

GIBSON and POSEY COUNTY Region
7/17/18: Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact GIB-POS [PDF]

VANDERBURGH and WARRICK COUNTY Region
7/17/18: Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact VAN-WAR [PDF]

It is the Community Foundation Alliance’s policy that, as required by law, equal employment opportunities be available to all persons without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship status, genetic information, veteran status, or any other category protected under state or local law.

 

Vanderburgh Community Foundation Announces Women’s Fund Grant Program Details

Evansville, Indiana – The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is accepting online applications for the Women’s Fund Grants Program. Grant applications are due at midnight on Friday, August 10 and must be completed online.

After a deliberation process that begins with a review of funding requests, two impact grants aimed at improving the quality of life for Vanderburgh County families will be awarded. The Women’s Fund membership will select one program-focused grant of $35,000 and one project-focused grant of $35,000. 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.

In past years, remaining finalists have received grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 in recognition of the depth and quality of their proposals, but it should be noted that these grants are not guaranteed.

Consideration will be given to organizations that demonstrate commitment to long-range planning; financial stability and sustainability; a sound plan to address ongoing or emerging issues that have been identified by research; a solid, realistic plan for project evaluation; a desire to promote collaboration among organizations or institutions to prevent duplication of services; project methodology utilizing a preventative approach to addressing the issue and solving problems; and evidence of realistic organizational planning and management

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.

Application and details may be found at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/grant/vanderburgh-womens-fund-grant/

The Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County is a fund of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, which is one of 9 county affiliates of the Community Foundation Alliance. The Community Foundation Alliance is comprised of affiliate Foundations serving counties throughout southwestern Indiana. The Alliance provides each affiliate with management, administrative, and development expertise and services, so every local Foundation can focus on promoting philanthropy, building endowment, and making a difference in their community. Through the establishment of endowed funds created by caring donors to benefit community causes, Alliance affiliates work to improve the quality of life in their counties by distributing a portion of funds’ earnings to local non-profit organizations, in the form of annual scholarships and grants.

For further information or assistance:
Melinda Waldroup, Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement
mwaldroup@communityfoundationalliance.org  or (812) 429-1191

Community Good Grant Awards of $25,700 Go to Nonprofits Serving Vanderburgh County

Evansville, Indiana – The Vanderburgh Community Foundation, a partner of the Community Foundation Alliance, granted awards totaling $25,700 to 5 organizations serving Vanderburgh County during its most recent cycle of its Community Good Grants program.

Community Good grant awards charitably support arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development in the local community. This is the third of quarterly grants to be awarded from the program this year, with $91,700 so far awarded to nonprofit organizations and the programs, projects, and people they serve throughout Vanderburgh County.

Field of Interest and Community Good funds, established by individual donors and held and invested by the Alliance, provide the grant dollars for the awards. The current awards were funded from the James A. McCarty Fund for the Arts and Friends of Vanderburgh County Fund.

Recipients of the awards are:

4C of Southern Indiana, Inc. to support training and workbooks for staff to provide the “Conscious Discipline for Parents” workshops to parents/families involved in the Vanderburgh County court system

American Red Cross for the Home Fire Preparedness and Relief program in Vanderburgh County

Children’s Center for Dance Education to support the “Peter Pan and the Lost Boys” Dance Residency in underserved elementary schools in Evansville

Youth First to support the Social Work Program in Vanderburgh County schools

YWCA of Evansville to provide program materials and supplies for the YES! residential recovery program for 12 Vanderburgh County clients

Employment Opportunity Available for Regional Development Coordinator

Evansville, Indiana-The Community Foundation Alliance is now seeking applicants to fill the position of Regional Development Coordinator for Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. This position will serve and assist with annual giving, volunteer coordination, and technical and administrative responsibilities for the Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick County Community Foundations, 3 of the 9 affiliate county foundations of the regional Community Foundation Alliance.

The Regional Development Coordinator will work with donors, fund founders, staff, County Advisory Boards and committees of each Foundation, as well as with volunteers and the public. This position reports directly to the Regional Director of Development and will be located primarily in the Vanderburgh Community Foundation office in downtown Evansville, Indiana. There will be frequent and regular travel between the 3 counties, and reliable personal transportation is required.

For a more thorough summary of this position’s responsibilities and experience requirements, as well as how to apply, please see the full position description link below [PDF]. To be considered, application materials must be received electronically no later than Friday, June 22, 2018. No phone calls, please.

5/31/18: Posey/Vanderburgh/Warrick Regional Development Coordinator [PDF]

It is the Community Foundation Alliance’s policy that, as required by law, equal employment opportunities be available to all persons without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship status, genetic information, veteran status, or any other category protected under state or local law.

 

Men’s Fund Now Accepting Letters of Inquiry for 2018 Impact Grant Award

Evansville, Indiana– 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 2018 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.
  • Other Civic Endeavors: Other activities that will improve the quality of life for families in Vanderburgh County.

Qualified organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry by June 20, 2018, by completing the online Letter of Inquiry form on the Community Foundation’s website. Funding guidelines, application, instructions, and a link to the online grant management system can be found at communityfoundationalliance.org/vanderburgh/grants/

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: Melinda Waldroup, Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement mwaldroup@communityfoundationalliance.org   |   (812) 429-1191, Ext 3

Community Good Grants Program Awards $26,000

Evansville, Indiana – The Vanderburgh Community Foundation, a partner of the Community Foundation Alliance, granted awards totaling $26,000 to 4 organizations serving Vanderburgh County. The grants were awarded through the Foundation’s Community Good Grants program that charitably supports arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development throughout the local community. This is the second of quarterly grants to be awarded from the program throughout this year.

Field of Interest and Community Good funds, established by individual donors and held and invested by the Alliance, provide the grant dollars for the awards. A list of all Community Good and Field of Interest funds established in Vanderburgh County can be found at communityfoundationalliance.org/vanderburgh/vanderburgh-family-of-funds/

The current awards were funded from the Saleta Evans Memorial Fund and the Friends of Vanderburgh County Fund. Recipients of the awards are:

$10,000 to support the establishment of a sustainable, collaborative mediation-based homeless diversion system, coordinated through Aurora, that gives agencies a consistent process for reducing instances of homelessness

$10,000 to assist with administration of the Evansville Promise Zone ten-year initiative

$4,000 for the Think First & Stay Safe Child Abuse Prevention Program through Holly’s House

$2,000 to support a free community presentation for professionals and the public, with the goal of preventing child sexual abuse, presented by Prevent Child Abuse – Vanderburgh County. This presentation will be held on April 19, 2018, from 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at Delaware Elementary School, 700 N Garvin St in Evansville. Dinner will be provided, and childcare is available for those who RSVP in advance. Contact Jara Dillingham at (812) 228-5156 or jldillingh@usi.edu to register.

For more information, as well as upcoming Community Good Grants Application deadlines, please visit the Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s Community Good Grants program page.

Receptions Surprise Regional 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients

Southwestern Indiana – Recipients of the annual Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties were celebrated in their schools last week during surprise – and often emotional – scholarship award receptions attended by family, friends, and school staff. County scholarship committee and advisory board members, as well as Kristi Rhule, Community Foundation Alliance Regional Scholarship Manager for the 4 counties, represented the Community Foundations to award each of the scholarships. (More, below images.)

As Lilly Endowment Community Scholars, each recipient is awarded a full-tuition scholarship, plus a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment, throughout four years of full-time undergraduate study 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.

Offered state-wide, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is highly competitive. Applicants are evaluated by each county Community Foundation scholarship committee based on a number of criteria, including academics, extracurricular and community involvement, essays, and interviews. The finalists’ names are then submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) for final selection of the recipient. The Community Foundation Alliance of Evansville coordinates administration of the program for all its 9 county affiliate Community Foundations. ICI provides statewide oversight of the program, representing Indiana’s 30 private, non-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. There were 143 scholarships awarded across Indiana.

2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars for Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties are:

Elizabeth Spindler, a senior at Gibson Southern High School in Gibson County, the daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Spindler of Haubstadt. She intends to pursue a course of study in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and pursue a career as an audiologist. In addition to being a member of her school’s Academic Teams, she has been active in the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, Sunshine Society, Titan mentor program, pep club, choir, and numerous theater productions, and played volleyball in her freshman and sophomore years. Throughout high school, Spindler has worked in childcare with young children, pet care, and as a tutor, as well as being an active volunteer in her church community.

Lindsey Koester, a senior at North Posey High School in Posey County, the daughter of Dale and Lisa Koester of Wadesville. She plans to pursue nursing and hopes to eventually return to Posey County to help improve rural healthcare. Koester is ranked first in her class and is Senior Class President & Student Council President. She competed with the Interdisciplinary Academic Team; served as FFA President, winning 2 National awards, 14 state awards, and 17 local awards; placed and won state awards at the National Science Fair; is a member of the National Honor Society; and has volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She has also been active in dance, track, and cheerleading, receiving 10 varsity letters in all and was given the Sportsmanship Award by her peers in 2016. Koester has held 3 jobs concurrently throughout high school, tutors, is active in 4H, winning numerous local and state awards, secured grants for community volunteer activities, and is a Church Youth Leader.

Maansi Asthana, a senior at Signature School in Vanderburgh County, the daughter of Himanshu and Roli Asthana of Evansville. Asthana intends to study engineering. Asthana is active in the Spanish, Math, and Robotics clubs, the Student Council, on the cross-country and track teams, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a swimming instructor and active volunteer at the YMCA. She has volunteered with cMoe, Habitat for Humanity, and Uncharted International. A violinist, Asthana has been a soloist and a member of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra since 2012.

Alena Coleman, a senior at Memorial High School in Vanderburgh County, the daughter of Joseph Coleman of Evansville and Amy Abuasabeh of Indianapolis. Coleman intends to pursue studies in political science and English. Coleman has won numerous academic awards and recognition for her participation in the Academic Decathlon at both the state and national levels and been active with the Drama Club and in marching band. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a 4-year homeroom representative with Student Council. Active in Girl Scouts, Coleman has received seven Journey Awards, the Leadership Pin, the Bronze Award and Silver Award, and the Bronze Presidential Medal of Volunteer Service. She is also very active in the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish Youth Ministry.

Maria Sermersheim, a senior at Memorial High School in Vanderburgh County, the daughter of Keith and Connie Sermersheim of Evansville. She intends to study biochemistry and pursue a career in pediatric oncology. She has been a writer for The Message, a weekly news publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Evansville, and has worked retail and service jobs, as well as babysitting. School activities include the Key Club, Teens for Life, Link Crew, and Cover to Cover Book Club. Sermersheim is a member of the National Honor Society. Her community volunteer work has included extensive activity with the Good Shepherd Youth Ministry, St John’s Daylight Youth Group, and the Youth Resources’ Teen Advisory Council.

Cameron Vaughn, a senior at Castle High School in Warrick County, the son of David and Kathy Vaughn of Newburgh. Vaughn plans study biology to become a veterinarian. He has worked at Chateau Dog & Cat Hospital as a kennel technician, and has volunteered as a Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Gardens Zoo Teen and with Community One in Evansville. Vaughn has participated in cross country track and field and archery at Castle, as well as been a violinist with the U of E Suzuki Program and the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Vaughn has been the recipient of the National Merit Scholarship Commended Student award, the Evansville Courier & Press Star Student Award, and the Castle High School Scholastic ‘C’ Award. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Japanese National Honor Society.

Rhadha Patel, a senior at Castle High School in Warrick County, the daughter of Roopesh and Bhavna Patel of Newburgh. She plans to study neuroscience and pursue a career in medicine. Patel, a varsity athlete in volleyball and tennis, is also a member of the Evansville River City Volleyball Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, Math Club, and Business Professionals of America. At Castle, she serves as President of the Key Club, Founder and President of Global Medical Brigades Club, Vice President of the Spanish Club, and Treasurer of the Games with Grandparents Club. Patel maintained a full Advanced Placement academic schedule and spent summers volunteering at the St Vincent Hospital gift shop.

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. Since the program was first offered 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’s residents and communities.

For more information about regional scholarship opportunities in Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties through the Community Foundation Alliance, contact Kristi Rhule, Regional Scholarship Manager at (304) 541-4811 or krhule@communityfoundationalliance.org

Community Good Grants Program Awards $40,000

Evansville, Indiana – The Vanderburgh Community Foundation, a partner of the Community Foundation Alliance, granted awards totaling $40,000 to 5 organizations serving Vanderburgh County. The grants were awarded through the Foundation’s Community Good Grants program, that charitably supports arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development throughout the local community. This is the first of quarterly grants to be awarded from the program throughout this year.

Field of Interest and Community Good funds, established by individual donors and held and invested by the Alliance, provide the grant dollars for the awards. The current awards were funded from the following: Jeff and Tricia Hollander Henning Family Community Good Endowment Fund; Rebecca J. Dorr Endowment Fund; Friends of Vanderburgh County Fund; Heritage Federal Community Good Fund of Vanderburgh County; Charles and Frances Crawford and Beth Ann Mosier Fund; German American Bancorp Community Fund – Vanderburgh.

A list of all Community Good and Field of Interest funds established in Vanderburgh County can be found at communityfoundationalliance.org/vanderburgh/vanderburgh-family-of-funds/

Recipients of the awards are:

$7,500 to Dream Center Evansville to expand the half-day summer camp program (Summer Zoom) to a full-day program starting in 2018

$10,000 to Evansville Fire Department for the purchase of a new rescue watercraft and equipment

$7,500 to Carver Community Organization for the Pathfinders Project that teaches children the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) in a hands-on environment taught by instructors from UE, USI, and Ivy Tech Community College

$7,500 to Parenting Time Center for the “Helping Moms to Involve Dad” program that utilizes evidence-based curriculum designed to impact moms’ understanding of the positive impact of fathers’ involvement with their children

$7,500 to The Arc of Evansville to support the “My Amazing Body” initiative to create a holistic wellness program to improve the physical, social-emotional, and overall health and wellness of the children served by the Child Life Center

For more information, as well as upcoming deadlines, please visit the Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s Community Good Grants program page.

Community Foundation Alliance Announces 2018 Regional Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship opportunities are now available through the Community Scholarship programs of the Community Foundations of Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties, regional partners in the Community Foundation Alliance.

Each county Community Scholarship program is made up of county-specific scholarship funds, each with individual selection criteria and eligibility requirements. These scholarships were created by donors to provide students within the 4 county region with opportunities for advanced education. All awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin. Application deadlines vary.

Applicants are required to submit their applications online.
The available Community Scholarship opportunities for each county can be found at:

Gibson County Community Foundation
communityfoundationalliance.org/gibson/scholarships/opportunities/

Posey County Community Foundation
communityfoundationalliance.org/posey/scholarships/opportunities/

Vanderburgh Community Foundation
communityfoundationalliance.org/vanderburgh/scholarships/opportunities/

Warrick County Community Foundation
communityfoundationalliance.org/warrick/scholarships/opportunities/

The Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick County Community Foundations, partners in the Community Foundation Alliance, are charitable resources devoted to their local communities, helping people make meaningful gifts that improve life in their counties today and for generations to come. The Foundations are each made up of a collection of endowed funds — such as scholarship funds — established by donors focused on charitable endeavors.

For more information about regional scholarship opportunities, contact Kristi Rhule, Regional Scholarship Manager at (304) 541-4811 or krhule@communityfoundationalliance.org

$414,314 Awarded to 22 Charitable Organizations from the City of Evansville Endowment Fund

Evansville, Indiana– Total grant awards of $414,314 will be presented to 22 organizations from the City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) during a reception and presentation to be held Thursday, November 16 at The Arc of Evansville. The CEEF mission is to assist nonprofit charitable organizations in Evansville.

Jerome Stewart, president of the CEEF Board, notes that granting $414,314 is an enormous opportunity for the Board to support the local charitable community with capital improvement needs, helping nonprofits better focus on providing assistance for the many people served throughout Evansville.

The recipients this year are Carver Community Organization; Community One, Inc.; District of Evansville of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul; Dream Center Evansville; Evansville African American Museum; Evansville Association for the Blind; Evansville Christian Life Center; Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science; Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville; Habitat for Humanity of Evansville; Holly’s House, Inc.; Joshua Academy; Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville; Reitz Home Museum; St. Vincent Day Care; SWIRCA & More; Sycamore Services; The Arc of Evansville; United Caring Services; United Methodist Youth Home, Inc.; Visiting Nurse Association of Southwestern Indiana Inc.; and YWCA of Evansville

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

“The CEEF board is thrilled that we are again granting even more than before, to so many worthy nonprofit organizations,” Stewart said. “These grants help support the needs and the important work our nonprofits do every day for the Evansville community.”

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

Please address any further inquiries or questions to:
Melinda Waldroup, Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement
Community Foundation Alliance, Inc.
5000 E Virginia St, Ste 4
Evansville, IN  47715    
812.429.1191 ext. 3 (main)  |   877.429.1191 (toll-free)
www.communityfoundationalliance.org

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Vanderburgh Community Foundation Community Good Grants Program Accepting Funding Inquiries Now

Evansville, Indiana – The Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s Community Good Grants Program  is now accepting funding requests on an ongoing basis. Community Good grants provide funding ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to charitable organizations for new or ongoing programs and projects that meet a broad range of local needs. A full listing of program areas that will be considered for funding, as well as complete eligibility requirements, can be found at the Community Good Grants Program page.

Funding requests will be reviewed quarterly, and all applicants will receive notification of the outcome of the review process. The upcoming review date is September 1, and the next will be December 1.

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