Matching Dollars and Raising Funds for Rush County’s Future 16th October 2015 In August 2014, the Rush County Community Foundation received notification of a $500,000 matching gift from Lilly Endowment, Inc. Since that time, we’ve diligently worked to raise funds that are permanently endowed, giving back to Rush County students, organizations, and causes forever. As the deadline for raising matching dollars approaches on March 31, 2016, fundraising has become a bit more creative. Outside of traditional donations, in 2015 we’ve raised matched dollars contributed through a fundraiser day at Stagg’s Dairy Treats, the Rush County fair, a July promotion with Herdrich Petroleum stations in Rushville, partnering with Clearview Tree Farms to sell holiday wreaths and swags, and a partnership with the Rushville Pharmacy where $5 from every flu shot given is donated to the Foundation. Our ability to make an impact in Rush County would not be possible without the support of our wonderful donors and generous local businesses. To conclude a great year of creative fundraising efforts and kick off our 25th Anniversary, we’re hosting our first big fundraising event on December 31, 2015: Spirits for Giving. The event will feature beer and wine tastings, food, a live auction, and DJ, and will take place at the 201 Building from 8pm – 1am, celebrating a wonderful 2015 and an exciting year to come. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit unrestricted endowment funds supporting RCCF’s community grant program. Additionally, all proceeds will be matched! Local business and individual sponsorships have already assisted in raising funds valued at $7,600 – and it’s not too late for you to become involved! If you are interested in sponsoring the event or donating an item for the live auction, we encourage you to contact our office. Your generosity will be recognized beyond one evening: it will be paid forward to our community for years to come. Giving can be better than receiving – just ask us how! Contact our office if you’d like to know more about becoming involved with our fundraiser, if you’re interested in learning more about how are grant dollars are used, or if you’d like to help make a difference for Rush County. Our office is located at 117 N. Main St., Rushville, IN, we can be reached at 765-938-1177, or visit us online at www.rushcountyfoundation.org.