(Gibson County, Indiana) The Gibson County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, has received a Community Leadership Grant of $100,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. With the grant, the Community Foundation will support programs that help educate the public about poverty, the realities for people living in poverty, and how organizations, employers, and families can work together to help individuals move out of poverty, and become more self-sufficient.
The Gibson County Community Foundation is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the towns, cities and counties they serve. Lilly Endowment expects to make additional GIFT VII grants in the coming months.
“Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative has allowed community foundations to enhance our partnerships with local organizations to achieve a greater impact in our communities through this phased grant opportunity,” says Jill Carpenter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance. “These implementation grants allow us to continue that work, alongside our community partners, and directly impact key development indicators – leading change for generations to come.”
As part of GIFT VII, The Gibson County Community Foundation was awarded a planning grant of $50,000 in 2019 to convene local stakeholders to identify, prioritize and assess opportunities and challenges in Gibson County. In March 2020, the Community Foundation was invited to apply for a GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant to implement strategies and activities identified during the planning period.
“It has been great working with the community, and coming together during this process. These funded programs will serve the community for many years to come”, says John Campbell, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “Coordination with local organizations and the community has begun, and scheduling will be announced soon. The programs being offered are designed to build a stronger community and a better understanding of the cycle of poverty and its impact on Gibson County communities.”
The Gibson County Community Foundation is partnering with the Oakland City Columbia Township Library, Gibson County School Corporations, The Salvation Army Princeton, and the Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh County to successfully implement these programs.
“This grant is an important step in educating our community about the realities of poverty, and how people who are able to make a difference can get involved with our local organizations to build upon the tremendous work being done in Gibson County,” says Matt Monroe, the Gibson County Community Foundation advisory board president.
To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/community-impact/understanding-our-communities/.