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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

Five in 50 Covered Bridge Ride a Team Effort

Five in 50 Covered Bridge Riders

Photo credits: Green Photography In 2018, 208 cyclists rolled through Rush County to enjoy the inaugural Five in 50 Covered Bridge Ride. This year’s event attracted 367 riders from ten states. In addition to admiring the beautiful countryside and the majestic covered bridges, the riders raised $27,200 to support the Rush County Community Foundation (RCCF).  … Read more

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

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

Rush County Class of 1963 Fund established

Enthused by the opportunity to make a lasting difference in Rush County, Paul Barada, Dan Earnest, and Dr. Suellen Reed have begun the Rush County Class of 1963 Fund at the Rush County Community Foundation.  The named unrestricted endowment fund will forever support Rush County through impactful grants to the Rush County community.   Representing  … Read more