Blog > September, 2019


Insights from the Mays Community

We continued our Community Insights tour with a stop in Mays on Tuesday night. The session was well-attended, 23 people and a cat. Opal, a gray and white cat that lives at the Mays Community Academy, represented the feline population with a typical mix of both curiosity and indifference.   Brian Blackford from Ball State’s  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Chloe Bretzlaff

Chloe Bretzlaff is a sophomore at Marian University studying biology and volunteering through Circle K, blood drives, and MU group work days. Just before she moved back to school this semester, Chloe finished her second internship with the Mayor’s office. Chloe has been a vital part of the exciting city council projects over the past  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Hannah Bates

Hannah Bates graduated this summer from IU Bloomington with her master’s degree in Public Affairs focused in International Development and Non-Profit Management. She credits her non-profit minor to her time serving the community through Youth in Philanthropy (YIP). Her time in YIP stuck with her during college and has inspired her to try to always  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Jenna Geise

Future teacher Jenna Geise is just starting out her freshman year studying elementary education at Marian University. Her involvement in Sacred Choir there allows her to lend her voice to weekly masses and her hands to her current community. She also volunteers through MU days of service and would like to join the community service  … Read more

Lilly Scholar Blossoms into a Philanthropist: James Brashaber

Former Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient James Brashaber graduated in 2017 from DePauw University and currently works as a financial advisor at Valeo Financial Advisors. James describes receiving the Lilly scholarship as something unlike anything in his lifetime and an award that taught him a great deal about generosity. In fact, James would like to  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Keith Bacon

When RCHS junior Keith Bacon is not running around with the Cross Country or Track teams, he is giving back to his community through FFA, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, Youth in Philanthropy (YIP), and Moscow Christian Church. Keith has served his community many times, but he especially remembers the  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Elizabeth Amos

Even though she is just a sophomore in high school, Elizabeth Amos is busy giving back to her community through band, FFA, Key Club, cheerleading, MORE of Rush County, Richland Farmers and Farmerettes 4-H Club, and Youth in Philanthropy (YIP). Wow! Elizabeth has definitely incorporated her family’s value of giving time to those who need  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Ashley Heady

Former Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) president Ashley Heady is currently attending Purdue University and studying Supply Chain Information and Analytics. Ashley has several leadership positions including being a Resident Assistant in Windsor Hall, Professional Development Coach for Choir, and a building manager for Krach Leadership Center. Ashley plans to use her role as a Resident  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Grant Colestock

Recent RCHS graduate Grant Colestock is just starting his freshman year studying public safety and psychology at IUPUI. Grant would like to become involved on IUPUI’s campus by doing the Recycle Ride and volunteering at Pa’s Closet. Pa’s Closet collects professional and business casual clothes for people to buy or borrow for important events, such  … Read more

Welcome, Lisa!

The Rush County Community Foundation is thrilled to formally welcome Lisa Benjamin as the organization’s new Marketing and Communications Officer.   Lisa joined the Rush County Community Foundation (RCCF) team on September 9th and will be working with us part-time on the management and execution of communications and marketing activities for the Foundation.  Along with  … Read more