RCCF Awarded GIFT VII Board Engagement Grant

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 grant can be used for any charitable purposes the community foundation chooses.


Earlier this fall, the Endowment made a $100,000 Leadership Grant to RCCF to create a community advancement action plan, which will be developed by a diverse cross-section of residents from throughout the county. Half of the Board Engagement Grant will be used as a match to raise funds in support of the projects identified by this plan.


As part of this GIFT VII grant opportunity, each community foundation that achieved 100 percent board member giving during the period from January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, was eligible to receive an unrestricted grant of $100,000 per county served. This grant is in recognition of the important role that the community foundation’s board of directors plays both in leading the foundation and serving communities across Rush County.


The Rush County Community Foundation is fortunate to have some of the brightest and most dedicated members of our community serve on our board of directors. Clearly, they are some of the most generous as well. Their gifts, coupled with this grant, will support our efforts to help move Rush County forward to enhance life for all,” said Alisa Winters, Executive Director of RCCF.

Meeting the philanthropic needs of Rush County since 1991, the Rush County Community Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit public charity established to serve donors, award grants and scholarships, and provide leadership to enrich and enhance the quality of life in Rush County, Indiana, not only today, but for our future generations.


Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

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