Creating an Impact in Our Community

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Creating Impact in Our Community

CFSI Awards Quarterly Grants 

This past month the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana announced that five local charitable organizations were 2016-08-20-st-elizabeth-catalyst-grant-presentationawarded over $37,000 in grants for projects in Clark and Floyd counties. Quarterly, grants are awarded to deserving community organizations from the Community Foundation’s unrestricted Community Endowment Fund which provides for the evolving needs of our region.
How does this round of grants impact our community? These grants will provide valuable resources which will help local nonprofits…

… provide over 5,000 no-cost meals to people in need 

help 50 young girls learn about money management, goal setting and business ethnics 

… provide career education experience to 200 high school students 

assist 40 low income individuals and families to purchase or repair equipment for a greater quality of life

… provide more services to women and children in maternity home and transitional shelter
bring together community organizations, leaders and resources so that their coordinated support of southern Indiana has a positive impact on public school success, community health, economic and talent development, and the success of our community as a whole.

Organizations receiving grants include: Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Greater Clark County Schools, Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Charities, and

St. Luke’s United Church of Christ.

Crystal Gunther, director of community philanthropy for the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana said, “These are wonderful organizations that are doing very impactful work for residents in Clark and Floyd counties.” She continued “We are honored to be a part of making these organizations successful and thankful to the donors who support our Community Endowment Fund for making these grants possible.” 

Welcome Tamala Ponder!

CFSI’s new Administrative and Database Assistant

Tamala recently joined the Community Foundation as the Administrative and Database Assistant, providing support to the Foundation’s staff and board of directors, and oversees the Foundation’s contact management database.  She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tamala spent the first 10 years of her career working in the non-profit sector before embarking on a career in the banking industry.

Needs Assessment for Clark and Floyd Counties

Things to Know

Last year, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana surveyed Clark and Floyd county residents, nonprofit community service organizations, business and community leaders, and our own fund holders to develop strategic community goals based on needs and priorities.

The Community Needs Assessment revealed that in addition to three broad community goals, respondents to the survey repeatedly indicated needs and priorities in transportation, child care, and substance abuse treatment across different topics, from economic concerns to healthful living. 

Learn more about the Needs Assessment here. 


Important Dates to Remember

Grants and Scholarships 

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship 

Applications due Monday, September 12 at Noon

Quarterly Grant Applications

Due Thursday, September 15 at Noon