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Recent Grant Recipients

Congratulations to recent grant recipients:
Fountain Central After Prom ($3,000), Newtown Community Church ($1,500), Purdue Extension ($6,500), Fountain County Art Council ($40,000), Southeast Fountain School Corporation ($224.22), Covington Celebration Group ($1,000), Cayuga Park ($3,700), Covington After Prom ($5,200), Falcon Fund ($500), Wabash Valley 83 Cluster ($4,000), Vermillion County Economic Development ($2,000), Clinton Police Department ($500), Parke-Vermillion Adult Education ($1,250), American Legion Post 263 ($1,500), Black Diamond Fire Department ($4,500), Covington High School ($5,200), Food Finders ($4,000), North Vermillion Elementary School ($1,000), Cayuga Lions Club ($1,500), Sugar Creek Food Pantry ($10,000), Veedersburg Food Pantry ($10,000), Covington Food Pantry ($10,000), North Vermillion High School ($3,500), Fountain County 4H Horse and Pony ($17,417.50), Cayuga Christian Church ($1,000), Victory Baptist Church ($750),Servants at Work ($8,000), Community Action Program of Western Indiana ($2,833), More →

Memorial & Honor Giving

Fountain and Vermillion County are home to many wonderful people who have made a deep impact in the community.

Are you looking for a way to memorialize a loved one or friend who is no longer with us?  Or perhaps you would like to honor a family member, friend, co-worker, or service provider who has a positive influence in your daily life?  MEMORIAL & HONOR GIFTS are great ways to honor those who are or have been significant in your life or the life of your community. Your gift will go to the fund you specify, in the name of the one you’re honoring.

The following individuals have recently passed away and the families have designated donations in their memory go to the Community Foundation.  We honor the following individuals (click on the name for more details): Irma Lee Crist, Vera Shew, Ethan Whyde, Mike Stump, Judy Ashton Ferrell,  John Ives, Dr. Donna (Summers) McGrady, Louise Houmes, Gregory Spragg, Brenda Phillips, Carlotta Auter, Harold VanDame, Marvin Potter, Rose Martin, Kenneth Scheurich, Stan Shew, Bill Smail, Richard Pattengale, Jeff Henry, Page Lane, Barbara White, Tim Thomas, Harold R. Long, Cameron Cheuvront, Darleen Swingle, Duaine Ramey, Wanda Clawson, Terry Holland, Marvin ShawDr. Francis McGrady, Jr., Matt Milach, Joe HendersonGinger Orr, Raymond Bush, Carl DismoreRichard Klage, David Rothrock, Ann JohannesRonald Smith, Charles McKinney,  Joe HathawayEdward C. Grubb, Sharon Sue Craft, Henry Meadows, Janice Vietti, Edward “Ed” George, and Carl Swinford.

All memorial and honor gifts are acknowledged to the person or people you designate so that the loved one’s family, or the person you are honoring, is aware of the gift.  Or you can make an anonymous gift if you desire to do so.  The amount of the gift is, of course, confidential and only you will receive a gift acknowledgement for tax purposes.  It’s very easy to give a memorial or honor gift – just CLICK HERE to get started.

Tri-County Community Foundation Partnership Receives $50,000 Regional Grant from Lilly Endowment

A tri-county partnership comprised of the Western Indiana Community Foundation (Fountain County), Vermillion County Community Foundation, and Warren County Community Foundation have received a $50,000 regional planning grant as part of the eighth phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s initiative, Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VIII).  With the grant, the community foundations will engage with Indianapolis consulting firm Kimley-Horn to help create the Wabash River Blueway Plan.  Fountain, Vermillion, and Warren counties have over 60 miles of the Wabash River forming their borders.  The river has untapped potential for recreation, historic and scientific education, the arts, and attracting visitors. The next four months will be spent looking at some of the possibilities.

Western Indiana Community Foundation and Warren County Community Foundation are among the 92 community foundations and affiliate funds in Indiana receiving planning grants through GIFT VIII.  These grants are designed to help community foundations collaborate with local partners to engage broad and diverse stakeholders in their communities and deepen their understanding of their communities’ highest-priority challenges and opportunities.  In 2024, Western Indiana Community Foundation and Warren County Community Foundation will have the opportunity to request funding to implement strategic initiatives and activities developed during the planning period that address especially compelling needs in Fountain, Vermillion, and Warren Counties.

“The GIFT VIIII opportunity to apply for a regional planning grant gives us the unique opportunity to collaborate with our neighboring counties.  We look forward to working with experts in the formation of the Wabash River Blueway Master Plan,” said Dale White, Chief Executive Officer of the Western Indiana Community Foundation.

Residents should watch for an invitation to a public meeting for collaboration regarding the Wabash River through Fountain, Vermillion, and Warren counties.  This work will take place over the next four months.

Lilly Endowment created the GIFT initiative in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges and work with other organizations to help their communities thrive.  Through GIFT VIII, Lilly Endowment has allocated up to $210 million to support Indiana’s community foundations in growing their financial resources and further strengthening their ability to address their community’s highest-priority challenges and opportunities.

Western Indiana Community Foundation, established in 1990, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt philanthropic organization that was founded as Western Indiana’s partner, resource, and steward in philanthropy.  The Foundation manages $34.3 million in charitable assets and administers over 315 charitable funds – each of which supports the unique charitable intent of the donor who established the fund.  Annually, the Foundation awards nearly 1.2 million dollars in grants and scholarships to support Fountain County communities and is a National Standards certified community foundation.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

Fall Newsletters Released

Check out the Fountain County & Vermillion County Fall Newsletters at: WICF – Publications (wicf-inc.org)

Scholarship Recipients Announced

Touch here to see the entire listing of scholarship recipients awarded by the Community Foundation at the following Senior Awards Programs:

South Vermillion High School
Covington High School
Fountain Central High School
North Vermillion High School
Attica High School

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