February 27, 2019The Community Foundation of Crawford County, at is annual Donor Appreciation and Grants Awards Reception last Tuesday night at the English Civic Center, awarded grants totaling $55,000 to 15 nonprofits serving Crawford County residents.
Made possible by support from donors through the CFCC Education Attainment Fund and the CFCC Making Generosity Last Forever Fund, the grants were awarded to the following organizations in two categories, education grants and open (unrestricted) grants:
Education Attainment Fund grants:
Boys & Girls Club of Harrison-Crawford Counties to support BGC student interest clubs.
Crawford County 4-H Council to support Inspire Kids To Do.
Crawford County Community School Corp. to support the band and music program.
Crawford County High School to support the initial High School Challenge Day event.
Crawford County Middle School to support the PBIS program.
GRACE House to support training for staff and education classes for residents.
Southern Indiana Community Healthcare D.B.A. Crawford County Family Health Care to support diabetes and healthier lifestyle education.
West Crawford Elementary School to support the purchase of Chromebooks.
YMCA of Harrison County to support the SPLASH program.
Making Generosity Last Forever Fund grants:
Crawford County Community School Corp. to support weight room safety updates.
Crawford County Solid Waste Management District to support a county-wide tire recycling event.
Crawford County United Ministries to support record management computerization and resource expansion.
Dubois County Humane Society to support a Crawford County monthly free spay/neuter service.
Peacock Children's Theatre to provide general funding and program expansion.
St. Vincent de Paul to provide general funding and program expansion.
The CFCC also used the evening to promote further donations so that more grants can be awarded.
"When we talk about giving, we all have to give to each other at one point in our lives," CFCC board chair Nick Siler said. "Maybe it was a parent or grandparent who encouraged you to put change in the collection kettle for The Salvation Army or some friends challenged you at work or your church encouraged you to give in some way, but, when we give of our talent and treasure, it usually happened because someone else planted the idea in your head.
"So, that's what we're trying to do, and that's what we're trying to do for future generations."
Siler talked about growing the CFCC's unrestricted Make Generosity Last Forever Fund. Unlike specified funds, monies donated to this fund can be used to make grants to a variety of organizations. He noted the CFCC late last year was notified that it had received a $500,000 matching grant from the Lilly Endowment.
"If we're able to meet this goal, the Community Foundation of Crawford County will be able to award an additional $20,000 each and every year for a community grant, he said. "We hope you'll assist us in reaching that goal."
At least two-thirds of the matching fund grant must be used to support the growth of the Making Generosity Last Forever endowment fund. Lilly Endowment, through the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative, will provide $2 for every $1 contributed to the CFCC's unrestricted endowment during the matching period of Oct. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2020.
The CFCC has chosen to designate up to one-third of the matching fund grant to support the foundation's existing or new designated endowments. These types of endowments support a specific cause or entity. Lilly Endowment will provide 50 cents for every $1 that the CFCC raises during the matching period for these purposes. The CFCC will award these on a first-come, first-served basis.
Also, during the program, CFCC Executive Director Christine Harbeson recognized this year's Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, Emily McMonigle, who was in attendance. Harbeson talked about the millions of dollars the foundation, through Lilly and other educational scholarship funds, have awarded to Crawford County students through the years.
Harbeson also recognized several people, including Sharon Wilson, who was serving as the event photographer and to whom Harbeson presented a gift of thanks, the Town of English for use of the building, and everyone who has ever donated to the CFCC.
"Your dreams for our community make it a better place to live, work and play," she said. "You're helping to make the future an even more wonderful place to live, work and play for your kids, your grandkids and for people we haven't even met yet."
The program was dismissed by a benediction led by CFCC board member Kim Allen.
Founded in 1998, the CFCC has awarded almost $8 million in grants for programs/projects supporting Crawford County youth, education, housing, health and human services, the environment, technology advancements, literacy and the arts, and more than $2 million in scholarships benefiting Crawford County students. The CFCC currently manages more than 75 charitable endowment funds on behalf of families, individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations.
Persons who are interested in establishing a fund or making a donation may contact Harbeson at email@example.com.