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.

Any nonprofit organizations wishing to receive ongoing information and announcements about our funding programs, please join our mailing list.

2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Opens

Evansville, Indiana – The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Through support of Lilly Endowment and Independent Colleges of Indiana, the Community Foundation is offering three scholarships that will provide full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree at any accredited Indiana public or private college or university. The scholarship is open to Indiana high school students who will be graduating from an accredited Indiana high school by June 2018.

To learn more about conditions for the award, eligibility requirements, selection criteria and application code please visit communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-vanderburgh/. Deadline to apply is September 19, 2017. The link to apply can be found at the bottom of the Opportunities page: communityfoundationalliance.org/vanderburgh/scholarships/opportunities/

The 2018 Vanderburgh County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named early in December 2017.

“We are honored to administer this scholarship in Vanderburgh County and incredibly appreciative of the Lilly Endowment for its continued support of this program,” said Carol Pace, program officer for the Community Foundation. “These highly coveted scholarships provide a transformative opportunity for students that will positively impact them for the rest of their lives.”

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 coordination with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body),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 wellbeing of Indiana residents and communities.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education. The 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.

Applications for donor-established scholarships administered through the Foundation will be available in December 2017 and will be due early in February 2018.

About the Vanderburgh Community Foundation Established in 1991, the Vanderburgh Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 150 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever. The Vanderburgh Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. To learn more, call 812-422-1245.

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

May 4, 2017 / Vanderburgh County – 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, and 60 percent of its grant funding is required to be distributed in support of projects in the city’s 4th and 6th wards. In 2016, the CEEF awarded an historic amount of grants, totaling $413,188, to 19 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. 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 15, 2017, by completing the online Letter of Inquiry form. Funding guidelines, application instructions, and the link to our online grant management system can be found at www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/city-evansville-endowment-fund/

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

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

Foundation Moving to Open Grant Cycle

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation has recently completed an evaluation of our grantmaking programs and timelines and have made the decision to transition our Community Good Grants Program to an “open” grant cycle. Starting in the summer of 2017, we will begin to accept funding proposals throughout the year rather than once a year, and our grants committee will review requests on a quarterly basis. We are continuing to work through the details of this realignment and will provide complete details as soon as they are available. We believe that this realignment will not only create greater efficiency for our board members, staff and volunteers, but it will also allow organizations serving our community to request funding at the most appropriate time for their own programming.

New Men’s Fund To Award First Impact Grant

Guys who get it done! That’s the maxim of the new Men’s Fund recently established at the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. The goal of the fund is to build grant resources for charitable endeavors that improve the community today while at the same time building an endowment that will strengthen the fund’s grantmaking capacity forever into the future.

The gifts of those who become members of the fund are pooled, allowing them the opportunity to award grants at a significantly greater level than individual giving might achieve. “The Men’s Fund is about the power of collective decision-making and collective philanthropy,” says Chad Sander, one of the founders of the Men’s Fund. “We want to encourage men to become agents of change by supporting charitable endeavors that will have a substantial impact on the community we all care about.”

On August 1, the Men’s Fund will begin accepting funding proposals from Vanderburgh County’s nonprofit community, and proposals are due on September 6. The fund’s grants committee will review proposals and narrow the applicant pool to three finalist organizations that will be invited to present their proposals to Men’s Fund members at their annual meeting in October. Members will cast their votes at the meeting, and the $8,000 impact grant recipient will be named the same night. The remaining finalists will each receive a $1,000 grant in recognition of the exceptional quality of their proposals. Guidelines and complete application instructions are available at www.vcfoundation.org.

Inspiration for the Men’s Fund came from the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County, which similarly empowers women to invest in a more sustainable nonprofit community through collective giving and responsible stewardship. “We have great admiration for the Women’s Fund as a grantmaking powerhouse in our community,” said Sander, “and we are excited by the challenge of creating the same kind of impact with the Men’s Fund.”

Invest in the Future of the Community You Love

For David Koehler, Sr., education was a passionate subject. Raised in Evansville, David graduated from the old downtown Central High School and attended the University of Evansville. After college, David landed back at Central, where he taught government and social studies for 31 years, devoting his life’s work to education, government, and public service.

His wife, Peggy, spoke of his passion for education, noting that “teaching wasn’t just an occupation to David, but an opportunity to grow young minds and help educate leaders for the future.” After David’s death, his family established the David A. Koehler Sr. Memorial Scholarship to honor his commitment to Central High School and his dedication to service-oriented high school seniors – those leaders of the future he worked so hard to educate.

The generosity of Peggy and their children in honoring David is shared by many of the donors who have established scholarship funds with the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. Helping young people pursue their goals is at the core of these efforts, allowing families to impact causes they care about for generations.