New Fund to Benefit Southeast Fountain Area

Family members of the late Daniel McGrady have established a new endowment fund, the Daniel & Renee McGrady Family Fund, to benefit the Southeast Fountain community thru the Southeast Fountain Community Foundation.

Daniel passed away prematurely in late February 2019. He was a strong supporter of a variety of organizations and activities in the Hillsboro and Southeast Fountain area. He is survived by his wife, Renee (Hershberger) and their children Grant (Kellie) McGrady and Krista Martin (Brock).

All donations to the Daniel & Renee McGrady Family Fund are invested and a portion of the earnings each year will be utilized to assist in supporting innovative and creative problem-solving projects that have the potential to make significant long-term impact in the Southeast Fountain area.

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.

Donations to the Daniel & Renee McGrady Fund may be made online at: www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Southeast Fountain Community Foundation, ATTN: Daniel & Renee McGrady Fund, PO Box 95, Veedersburg, IN 47987.

Giving Opportunity!

Western Indiana Community Foundation and its affiliates of the Attica, Covington, Southeast Fountain and Vermillion County Community Foundations has received a grant of $1,000,000 as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative.  With GIFT VII, the Endowment is making up to $125 million available to help Indiana community foundations strengthen the towns, cities and counties they serve.

Western Indiana Community Foundation can use this matching fund grant to build our financial assets and support our charitable activities. At least two-thirds of the matching fund grant must be designated to support the growth of Western Indiana Community Foundation’s unrestricted endowments, which over time will provide flexibility to help the foundation to meet community needs.  The Endowment will provide $2 for every $1 contributed to Western Indiana Community Foundation’s unrestricted endowments during the matching period, October 1, 2018, through December 31, 2020. 

Western Indiana Community Foundation may choose to designate up to one-third of the matching fund grant to support the foundation’s own operating needs or specific community or charitable projects.  The Endowment will provide 50 cents for every $1 that Western Indiana Community Foundation raises during the matching period for these purposes.

Dale White, CEO of the Western Indiana Community Foundation, said “We are very thankful to Lilly Endowment and excited about what the match opportunity could mean for our community.” He added, “Last year, our endowments helped us make a difference in the lives of more than 33,000 people in Fountain and Vermillion County.  Thanks to the generosity of Lilly Endowment, and with help from our generous community to meet this match, we will be able to increase the impact we have in our community and address our greatest needs in the bi-county area.”

The Western Indiana Community Foundation was founded in 1990 as the area’s partner, resource and steward in philanthropy.  WICF manages $23 million in charitable assets and over 300 individual funds – each of which supports the unique charitable intent of the donor who established the fund.  Annually, the Foundation awards over a million dollars in grants and scholarships to support our community and is a National Standards certified community foundation.

The GIFT initiative is part of Lilly Endowment’s grantmaking to strengthen Indiana communities and has been a priority of the Endowment since the first phase of GIFT in 1990.  The initiative’s primary aim is to help Indiana community foundations develop the philanthropic capacity to identify, prioritize and address local opportunities and challenges.   

To encourage the engagement of Western Indiana Community Foundation’s board of directors, the Endowment also will award an additional $200,000 unrestricted grant if the foundation achieves 100 percent financial support from our board members during the period January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.  

Starting in 2019, Western Indiana Community Foundation will have the opportunity to apply for more funds through GIFT VII’s community leadership grants.  This component includes both planning and implementation grants, which are available to help the foundation deepen its understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing its community; convene key local stakeholders and explore how it can effectively play a leadership role in implementing initiatives and strategies that enhance the quality of life in Fountain and Vermillion County.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company.  The Endowment exists to support causes of community development, education and religion.  Lilly Endowment’s community development grantmaking is designed to support efforts that enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis and Indiana.

New Funds to Benefit Area Communities

Five new endowment funds have recently been established to benefits area communities and high school students.  For more details click on the link to learn more about each fund.

The new funds include:  CDH Scholarship Fund, Wallace-Minnette Community Fund, George Norman Family Fund, Mark & Cindy Mason Community Fund, and the Michael & Mary Margaret Rhees Community Fund.

To learn how you can establish a fund to benefit your community contact Dale at (765) 793-0702 or by email at dwhite@wicf-inc.org.

Foundation to Host Wine Tasting

Tickets and table sponsorships are going fast for Southeast Fountain Community Foundation’s 12th annual Wine & Appetizer Event at the Beef House Banquet Center on Sunday, February 24 from 1:30-4:00 pm (EST).  The public is invited.  This fundraising event is a one-of-a-kind since there is no program. This is a social event only (business casual)!

Attendees will enjoy complimentary portions of spirits from T. J. Haase Winery (Clinton, IN) and Old 55 Distillery (Newtown, IN) as well as an extensive selection of hors d’oeuvre from the Beef House Restaurant.  A silent auction with nearly 100 unique items will also compliment the event.

This year’s event will help to raise monies for charitable organizations in the Southeast Foundation area and scholarships for Fountain Central High School graduates.  Our specials guests this year include representatives from all three Fountain County food pantries.

CALL 793-0702 TODAY to order your tickets!  Individual tickets are $35 and table sponsorships (table of 8) are $250.

Recent Grant Recipients

Congratulations to recent grant recipients:
Covington Circle Trail ($17,000), Fountain County – CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) ($4,000), Friendship Circle Center ($7,000), Attica Fire Department ($3,000), Cayuga Lions Club ($500), CFI Rescue & Sanctuary ($1,200), Covington Christian School ($5,415), Attica High School Travel & Adventure Club ($2,000), North Vermillion High School Music Program ($1,000), Town of Kingman ($1,500), Covington Elementary School Swim Program ($4,000), Paws-n-Claws Animal Shelter ($6,000), Community Recreation Center ($450), Parke-Vermillion Community Pregnancy Center ($500) .  More →  

Apply Now!


The Foundation’s online scholarship application process is now open for students attending Attica, Covington, Fountain Central, Seeger, North Vermillion and South Vermillion High School.  The application deadline is March 1.  

For details visit the scholarship section of our website.  

Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Fountain County Named


One Fountain County student has been named recipient of a full tuition four-year scholarship as the Western Indiana Community Foundation 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Fountain County.

 

Shiley Claypool will receive full tuition to the Indiana private college or public university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

 

Ms. Claypool, of Covington High School, has plans to major in biology and minor in chemistry or environmental science.  At the beginning of her senior year, Shiley ranked #6 in her graduating class with a 3.9 GPA. 

Shiley is a member of the National Honor Society has participated for four years in soccer, tennis and the CHS dance team.  Ms. Claypool has also found time to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and with the vacation bible school program at her church.  In addition to her school and community activities she works part-time as a cashier at County Market. 

One of Ms. Claypool’s references wrote, “Shiley is hardworking, conscientious, trust worthy and very respectful and polite.  She gets along well with everyone and she will do well in college.  I highly recommend her!”  Another said, “She has been a joy to have around and I cannot say enough good things about her.  She works hard, stays dedicated to the task at hand, and pushes forward as much as she can in whatever life throws at her.  Shiley is highly regarded with me and others.”

 

Ms. Claypool is the daughter of Lindsey Claypool of Kingman.  


There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.

Silver Island Cemetery Fund Established

Silver Island Cemetery has served as a final resting place for area citizens for two centuries.

Silver Island Cemetery is a nice, quiet county cemetery surrounded by fields and is currently the final resting place of nearly 500 interments.  There is a large amount of area history and countless personal memories – of family, friends, husbands, wives, and children – contained in Silver Island Cemetery with burial sites still available. 

Daily upkeep and ongoing maintenance are required to care for the cemetery to combat deterioration by preserving, beautifying, and maintaining abandoned or deteriorating graves and for the care and replacement of trees, flowers, shrubbery, etc.  Also, the fund will assist in providing an educational benefit to the general public and promote appreciation for community history by maintaining, repairing, and restoring monuments, headstones, and grave markers of historical or architectural significance. 

To donate to the Silver Island Cemetery Fund click here.