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Our Gratitude for a Job Well Done

2019 Departing Board Members (left to right): Phillip Morgan, Diana White, Larry Mull, not pictured: Larrie Rose One of the biggest benefits to living in a small community is the ability to jump in and make a difference. While it’s not difficult to find new and worthy opportunities, the work itself is never easy. It  … Read more

Looking Back and Thinking Forward

As we look forward, it’s a good idea to look back, too. See where we’ve been. Take stock of the progress made. Celebrate the successes. Give credit where it’s due… to YOU. There’s no denying it – 2019 was huge. We’re grateful for your support! Take a look at what we’ve accomplished together.   Grants  … Read more

Arts, Community & Place: A Collaborative Workshop

We are excited to be partnering with imagine:nation, the Arts & Cultural Council of Rush County to bring a world-class event to our community! “Arts, Community & Place: A Collaborative Workshop” is part of the Indiana Humanities INseparable program and one of two events RCCF will be sponsoring in 2020.   Facilitator Kevin McKelvey is  … Read more

John & Martha Leising Scholarship Fund Established

Hard work, love of family and community, and faith in God are qualities that many try to infuse in their lives. John and Martha Leising embodied these traits.   Two of their children, Carolyn Maciejewski and Allen Leising, know this better than anyone. “From career choice, work ethics and education, to being a team player,  … Read more

Ethan Chastain: 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

Pictured: Marilyn Yager, RCCF Board Treasurer; Karen Brashaber, RCCF Board Member; Ethan Chastain 2020 Lilly Endowment Scholarship Recipient; Alisa Winters, Executive Director; Kristie Amos, RCCF Program Officer; Keith Perin, incoming RCCF Board Member   One Rush County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Rush County Community Foundation’s 2020  … Read more

GIFT VII Met Its Match… YOU!

You did it! Your generosity sparked a $250,000 giving frenzy. One by one your gifts arrived. Each one a promise to the future of our community. As if that weren’t amazing enough, it happened more than a year ahead of the deadline. The generosity of the Lilly Endowment Inc. added $500,000 to fan the flames  … Read more

2019 Community Grants Recipients

Through the support of various RCCF funds and donors like you, grants have been established to support the vital work of nonprofit organizations serving our community. Many of these groups assist our most vulnerable neighbors. Others enhance life for all.   The 2019 community grant funds are supporting three projects – one that honors the  … Read more

Building Common Ground

Photo credits: Chip West Let’s face it; teens often get a bad rap. But what happened when 309 youth from around the country descended on Rush County during one week in July tells a story that undoubtedly will warm the frostiest of hearts.   The teens were part of the Rush County Youth Group Workcamp.  … Read more

For the Community That Made Us Who We Are

When RCCF board members and classmates, Cindy Powers and Karen Brashaber, realized their 40th high school class reunion was approaching, they didn’t go shopping for something new to wear. They got busy and filed the paperwork to start the “RCHS Class of 1979 Community Fund”.   They decided that instead of changing their wardrobe or  … Read more

Restoring More Than Monuments

What comes to mind when you think of the most beautiful and peaceful spaces in Rush County? East Hill Cemetery surely tops your list. It’s a place for grieving, yes, but it’s also a place for remembering and celebrating loved ones. The hallowed grounds are home to some amazing old trees. It holds the key  … Read more