Donor Stories


The CIRCLe Fund is the brain child of Pam Hoeing, Shelly King, Heather Meckes, Amy Ploeger, Cindy Taff, and Betsy Williams. The initial idea for the fund came when Betsy Williams was at a convention during her time as President of the Foundation:  she saw other CIRCLe groups in communities throughout the state and decided  … Read more

Youth in Philanthropy

The Youth in Philanthropy fund, also known as YIP, was founded in 2005 by Betsy and Rick Williams. Betsy had recently become the executor of an estate that had funds remaining and wanted to put the money to good use for the Rush County community. The Williams each grew up in philanthropic families and had  … Read more

Helen and Jim Ewing

To Help the Elderly and Feed the Hungry In this great community, we don’t often pause to contemplate the gravity of the struggle with poverty and hunger.  We may be guilty of forgetting about the elderly who aren’t in nursing homes or who aren’t our grandparents, aunts, uncles, et cetera.  As human beings, regardless of  … Read more

Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America Fund was established in 2000 at the Rush County Community Foundation by William “Bill” Herdrich to provide financial support to the Rush County Boy Scouts and troops.  Since that time, the fund has provided more than $4,000 to local boys interested in becoming more involved in Boy Scouts. Bill’s passion  … Read more