GIFT VII


A VERY Exciting Update

The time is right!

We’ve been quietly sharing news about the $5 million proposal we submitted to Lilly Endowment Inc. at the end of August to bring the dream of a Community Center to Rush County. (Read more about the history of this project.)   Guess what? The time is right, and we’re ready to shout it from the  … Read more

RCCF Awarded $5 Million GIFT VII Large-Scale Leadership Grant

Contact Information: Alisa Winters                                12/1/2020 (765)938-1177 | awinters@rushcountyfoundation.org The Rush County Community Foundation (RCCF) has received a Large-Scale Community Leadership Grant of $5 million through the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative.  … Read more

There’s No Place Like Our Home Town

Dear Friends,   More than sixty five years ago, Perry Como released the Christmas classic, “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays” in which he sang, “When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze / For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home!” With the holiday season upon us, we’ve been  … Read more

RCCF Awarded GIFT VII Board Engagement Grant

2020 Board of Directors

Contact Information: Alisa Winters                               11/19/2020 (765)938-1177 | awinters@rushcountyfoundation.org The Rush County Community Foundation (RCCF) has received a $100,000 grant as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) community foundation initiative. This unrestricted  … Read more

RCCF Awarded $100,000 GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant

The way in which a community chooses to handle the need for change directs its ability to remain relevant and ultimately thrive. According to Ball State University’s Indiana Communities Institute (ICI) the single most important element in strengthening local economies is attracting and/or retaining talented individuals. Population decline is a serious challenge for Rush County,  … Read more

We’re Hoping the Time is Right.

Keep your fingers crossed.

In the fall of 2018, Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the latest installment of their “Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow” initiative, GIFT VII. As you know, it included receiving a matching grant of $500,000, which you made possible by donating $250,000 toward our Community Grants funds. Read all about GIFT VII.   What you may not  … Read more

Lilly Endowment Inc.’s $5M GIFT VII Large-scale Funding Proposal

On Friday 3/13, we submitted a large-scale funding proposal to Lilly Endowment Inc.’s $5M GIFT VII Community Leadership Grant. It took months of work and help from an army of local leaders to prepare. Three days later we quietly went home to deal with the developing crisis.   As luck would have it, we just  … Read more

Rush County’s Readiness for Change Part 3: Survey Says…

In effort to get more input and insight about our community, we shared a survey online. The respondents alone told us a lot. Females and long-time residents were well-represented. Guys, we need you to step it up! Other voices missing from the conversation were young people and newcomers to our community. We know these groups  … Read more