We are excited to announce that a total of $2 million was raised through the generosity of the Lilly Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) program. More than 1,000 Morgan County residents, businesses and community organizations, as well as donors throughout the region, came together during an 18-month match period to raise $1 million to match the Lilly Endowment's $1 million donation. These funds will directly impact the quality of life in Morgan County.
Benefitting Our Community
Of the total $2 million in donations, $1 million will support two CFMC endowment funds. The Evergreen Operating Endowment helps to ensure the long-term success of the community foundation’s management and operations, while the Common Wealth Endowment Fund provides grants to enrich the lives of Morgan County residents.
Funds granted out by the Community Foundation of Morgan County have historically hovered around the $30,000 mark, but thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment and many other donors, grants in 2016 will skyrocket to $125,000 in potential grant funds – more than the total funds granted out since 2012. Nearly $100,000 will be specifically dedicated to larger impact grants, while one-time capacity grants will be allocated on a rolling basis.
Community Programs & Projects
Fifty-three individual funds benefited from $1 million in donations during the 18-month cycle of the Lilly Endowment match. Funds were distributed between programs that benefitted youth (14%), health related programming (10%), poverty assistance (9%), educational services (5%), scholarships (5%), veteran services (5%), environment and recreational programs (1%), and historic preservation (1%). Of the 1,040 donors who stepped up in support, 219 donated two or more times, often 3 or more times.
Join Us! Create a Legacy of Impact.
The mission of the Community Foundation of Morgan County is to connect donors and their charitable giving with our evolving community needs in order to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations through impact grant making. This mission has expanded exponentially with the $1 million matching grant from the Lilly Endowment. Join us, as we continue to find innovative ways to benefit those who call Morgan County home.