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Community Foundation Receives $500,000 Matching Grant! Western Indiana Community Foundation is pleased to announce a $500,000 grant opportunity through its partnership with the Lilly Endowment, Inc. (LEI)
From now through March 31, 2016, Lilly Endowment will match up to a cap of $500,000 for Fountain County, through its three affiliates of the Attica, Covington and Southeast Fountain Community Foundations.
According to Dale White, executive director of the community foundation, “there are two components to this tremendous opportunity. First, Lilly will match $1 for $1 all unrestricted endowment gifts. Unrestricted endowments provide the funding for the majority of our grant making throughout the county. We often refer to this as the community grant-making fund. The grants from unrestricted funds allow the community foundation to support youth activities, food pantries, senior citizen groups, school-based initiatives, park and recreation activities, and more.”
“For instance,” White says, “if someone makes a gift to an unrestricted endowment fund or establishes an unrestricted fund, Lilly Endowment will match their gift $1 for $1. Now a person or family can create an unrestricted endowment fund for only $500 as Lilly will add the other $500!”
White goes on to state, “the second component of this opportunity is that donations to restricted endowment funds will be matched 50 cents for every $1 donated. Restricted endowment funds include scholarship funds, park funds, education funds, library funds, historic preservation funds, etc. A person who donates $500 to one of these funds will have it matched by $250 by Lilly.”
For individuals looking for a way to give back to their community, this $1 for $1 and/or $1 for $2 matching gift program provides the perfect opportunity. Imagine a 100% or 50% return on their donation – doubling the impact of their gift and they can benefit their community forever by making a gift to a new or existing endowment fund.
It has been nearly a quarter of a century since Lilly Endowment launched its initiative to encourage the establishment and strengthening of community foundations as vehicles to improve the quality of life in Indiana communities. During this same period the Western Indiana Community Foundation has grown from a $100,000 anonymous donation to nearly $14 million in assets, and distributes nearly $600,000 a year in community grants and scholarship awards. These results would not be achieved without the imagination, generosity, commitment and leadership of thousands of donors and volunteers throughout Fountain County.
For more details about this matching grant opportunity contact Dale White by phone at (765) 793-0702, ext. 4, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
SOLD OUT!! Coming Soon! Snakes Alive! Covington Community Foundation will be hosting its 43rd semi-annual Family Night on Wednesday, October 8 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm ~ A late afternoon/early evening of great food and family entertainment at the Beef House Banquet Hall
This year's fall event will feature "Snake Head Ed" Ferrer's Remarkable Reptile Show 'Snakes Alive!' Tickets are only $5 for adults and FREE for youth. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance by calling 793-0702, ext. 3. Seating is limited.
Covington Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the V. Edward & Diana (Johnson) Grogg Unrestricted Fund. Ed and Diana, of Carmel, IN, are 1978 graduates of Covington High School and Attica High School, respectively. They both earned their college degrees from Indiana University. The Grogg’s desire to “give-back” to the Covington community as a result of V. Edward’s positive childhood and youth experiences in the Covington community and through his education and extra-curricular activities in the Covington Community School Corporation. “As a youth I didn’t realize how fortunate I was to come from such a close-knit, small town community. After living in a few other communities I came to realize how blessed I was. It’s time to give-back and make a difference in my hometown.” Ed stated.
The Grogg’s are especially interested in supporting innovative and creative problem-solving projects that have the potential to make significant long-term impact in the Covington community. The projects may be in a wide-variety of areas, including, but not limited to: education, health & wellness, economic improvement, community leadership development, park & recreation ventures, child & youth activities, senior citizen endeavors, school-based initiatives, visitors & tourism promotion, and others.
Covington Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Jack Hunter Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund, established by family and friends of Jack, will provide support for CHS graduates pursuing higher education at Indiana State University. Priority will be given to students with a strong commitment to community/volunteer service and school/work (attendance). For more details on the scholarship visit us on Facebook. Donations in memory of Jack can be made online or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, ATTN: Jack Hunter Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 175, Covington, IN 47932-0175.
Covington Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Donald L. Crowder Endowment Fund. This fund, established in Donnie's honor by his fellow Covington High School classmates of 1964, will provide support for projects at the Covington City Park and for youth related activities that may take place in venues outside the Covington City Park. Visit our Facebook page for more details.
Covington Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Ian Claypool Hero Scholarship. This scholarship will provide an award to a CHS graduate pursuing a human health care careeer in the areas of nursing, medicine, or a medical technology field. For more details on Ian's story visit us on Facebook.
Age Does Have its Rewards! The Community Foundation is now offering the following rates on our Gift Annuities. Age 60 = 4.4%, 65 = 4.7%, 70 = 5.1%, 75 = 5.8%, 80 = 6.8%, 85 = 7.8%, 90+ = 9%. CALL TODAY (765-793-0702) for more details or to get started!
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Congratulations to recent grant recipients: Fountain/Warren Honor Band ($750), City of Attica ($3,000), Attica Elementary School ($1,500), Attica Heritage Days ($787), Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry ($1,000), Southeast Fountain Elementary School ($1,000), Salvation Army ($1,500), Covington Public Library ($8,000), Excel Haiti Missions ($1,600). More →
Congratulations to the 150 Fountain County students who were awarded $285,000 in scholarships this spring thru the Community Foundation. More →
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