Overview

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana provides community leadership and partners with many other organizations in Southern Indiana to support various charitable efforts. Depending on the situation we may help write grants, provide advice and support during the project and hold endowment funds for projects.

EM_LOGO_COLOR_CENTER You may already realize that having an educated workforce is an essential key to growing our economy. You might be surprised to learn that in Southeast Indiana, only 21% of our workforce has an associate’s, bachelor’s or professional degree, compared to 29% nationally. Yet one in five of our community’s adult workers has earned some college credits! For whatever reason, they started but never completed their education. Over the course of their lifetime, that means $1 million less in earnings for each of them. And their family. And our communities. The four community foundations that serve in Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties are working together on this ongoing initiative to raise the educational attainment numbers in our region by bringing together the best and the brightest in our area to learn more and help define a solution to unlock this untapped potential. Learn more by clicking here.

DPIL-color-logoDolly Parton’s Imagination Library places books in the hands of children under the age of five. The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation partnered to bring the initiative to Floyd County. Children are mailed a book every month until their fifth birthday. The NAFC Education Foundation took over the program in 2012 and helps register children. Imagination Library handles the logistics of mailing the books. Click here for more information or call (812) 542-2228.

Or you may call the Imagination Library’s local office at 542-4001 or email bking@nafcs.k12.in.us to request a brochure or for more information.

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The Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana is a fund of the Community Foundation which began in 2005 as a way to honor and support women and children in Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties. The organization’s advisory board meets monthly to concentrate on goals and mission for the organization. The Women’s Foundation advisory board also has been evaluating the needs are of women in Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties.

Click here more information on the Women’s Foundation.

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The Youth Philanthropy Council project is designed to bring youth on board in meaningful ways, to encourage them to give and serve in their communities and to make philanthropy a habit for future generations.

The history of the project goes back to 1997, when the Cinergy Foundation initiated their “links to leadership” program. In August 2000 CFSI partnered with The Ogle Foundation to “promote giving among youth in our community,” and the YPC program was initiated. Its ongoing support is provided by an endowment created for this purpose by The Ogle Foundation.

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Past Programs

Youth CountIn 2004, community members met and identified major problems in Clark and Floyd counties as part of the 4-Community Program, and applied for grants through the Lilly Foundation. In Floyd County, we led a local coalition to help create a community where youth can succeed. That continuing effort is a program of the Community Foundation called Youth Count.

Following the devastating storms that swept through our region on March 2,IMG_0133 2012, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana staff visited the impacted areas and began working with community leaders and relief organizations. To determine the greatest needs of the affected communities, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana partnered with other organizations, like March2Recovery, to help rebuild and assist in the long-term recovery efforts.

With the help of our community – and that of local, national, and even international contributions – the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to our Disaster Relief Fund.

When the last door was hung, the Community Foundation granted over $325,000 to assist with the long term recovery’s rebuilding efforts and our staff volunteered hundreds of hours of time – working hand-in-hand with various groups and organizations – assist with rebuilding efforts. By doing so, we ensured that 100% of the Disaster Relief Fund donations were given back to the community in meaningful and impactful ways.

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Heritage calendar designed by the MCOC

In 2007, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana launched the Multicultural Outreach Initiative. The funding for this initiative was made possible through a Lilly Endowment, Inc., Sustaining Resource Development grant awarded to the Foundation. The initiative was designed with two goals in mind: for the Community Foundation to have a better understanding of the expanding diverse population that was accompanying our growing community; and for the same population to have an understanding and engagement with the  Community Foundation. The Multicultural Outreach Council (MCOC), which served as a liaison between the community and the Community Foundation, stemmed from the Mulitcultural Outreach Initiative.

Dictionary Project LogoThis project placed a dictionary in the hands of every third grader in Clark and Floyd counties. The project was funded by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana and a non-profit organization called The Dictionary Project. The program started in 1992 when a woman in Savannah, Ga., gave 50 dictionaries to students at a school near her home. In Southern Indiana, the project started in 2009, and was funded through 2013.

Cape TeacherThe Community Alliances to Promote Education grant program was funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. One grant for $1.5 million funded Communities in Schools of Clark County, which coordinates programs that enable children to get help with their homework, receive counseling for problems at home, learn to read and even fight health problems. Communities in Schools continues to operate in Clark County. The second grant for $1.5 million went to the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. and was used for a reading initiative designed to help the most vulnerable young children in Floyd County. The major goal of that program was to help every third grader who participates in the program read on or above grade level. A portion of the second grant is held as an endowment by the Community Foundation and fuels ongoing efforts to find more grants to extend the CAPE programs in both counties. While the initial CAPE grant funding has ended, some of the programs started under the Floyd County CAPE grant have continued. Special family nights with reading as a theme are held at elementary schools periodically, and workshops for parents at Title 1 schools continue.

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In 2004, community members met and identified major problems in Clark and Floyd counties as part of the 4-Community Program, and applied for grants through the Lilly Foundation. In Clark County, we helped a local group obtain a grant to help improve financial literacy. That organization was so successful it became its own entity, now known as the Southern Indiana Asset Building Coalition.

Southern Indiana Asset Building Coalition

405 E. Court Avenue

P.O. Box 476 Jeffersonville, IN 47131

(812) 206-7514

http://siabc.org/