Grants at Work

Women’s Fund Helps Transform Lampion Center

In less than ten years, the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County has become a major force in the Community Foundation’s discretionary grant making efforts. In recent years, the Fund has distributed several grants to Lampion Center in Evansville helping them raise the capital needed to completely renovate their aging and leaking building. Their grant applications were actually entitled “Rain Drops Keep Falling on my Head” because that is what happened in their facility when it rained. Through the partnership of many funders like the Women’s Fund, Lampion Center has a transformed building and now the only place the rain goes is into their new gutters.

Ozanam Family Shelter Transforms Lives

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation has awarded several grants to the Ozanam Family Shelter over the years. The most recent grants have helped address one of the highest priority needs in our community – shelter for single homeless women. One of the most frugal nonprofit groups in the area, Ozanam stretches the investments from the Foundation further than anyone could imagine. Our grants have helped ensure that the shelter can house more guests, that the food served each meal is hot, and that the dishes are cleaned each night by a machine and not the weary hands of volunteers. Our grants help them focus on their more important mission which is directly helping those in need.

Knight Township Fire Department Fund Continues to Help with Emergencies

The volunteers of the Knight Township Fire Department were used to helping with emergencies, working to protect citizens throughout the Evansville area. When the Department had to close after funding reductions, it was left with several sizable assets, including fire trucks and two stations. With the help of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, the Department’s Board of Directors worked to make sure that they continued to make a difference. They invested in the future of the community they loved by creating a donor-advised charitable endowment. This fund provides support for emergency equipment purchases, fire and police department needs, and disaster and safety preparedness efforts.  Even after the Department’s closing, their investment is still putting out fires, preventing accidents, and keeping people safe.