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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the research conducted during the planning grant, or to download the detailed Community Indicator Report for your community, please visit