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Community Foundation Day is Monday, July 25

Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011

Organized Philanthropy Helps Shape Indiana

Governor Mitch Daniels is again recognizing the important work of Indiana community foundations by proclaiming Monday, July 25, Community Foundation Day.  Our state’s incredible community foundation infrastructure is part of a larger philanthropic sector.  Together, Indiana’s 1,400 private, corporate and community foundations make a significant impact on our state’s economy, education, environment and people in need.

Indiana’s formal philanthropies exist for the benefit of the common good. In short, they are incorporated charitable entities that function to distribute funds strategically, in order to address short-term needs and long-term challenges.

Though foundations often play a role in times of crisis, they are more than emergency ATMs.  Foundations actively strategize and work together to create a better future for Indiana communities.  Where foundations provide added benefit is their strategic approach to giving.  It takes planning to be prepared to respond well to grim circumstances as they arise.  Significantly, it takes even more effort to prepare for the future.  Community Foundation leaders take it upon themselves to know the geographic regions in which they fund.  They often focus their grantmaking on a particular need or type of funding.

Foundations as Innovators

Organized philanthropy often takes on the role of innovator.  Foundations have the leeway to take risks where others cannot, strategically funding research or incubating pilot projects that lead to break-through solutions.  The foundations and grantmakers represented by Indiana Grantmakers Alliance have been leaders and partners in initiatives with local, state and national impact.

Every resident in each of Indiana’s 92 counties has access to a community foundation or affiliate fund in their home county – an asset no other state enjoys.  In 1990, Lilly Endowment Inc. created the Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative to seed the development of community foundations across the state.  These organizations both raise funds and give funds back to the communities they represent.  They provide the structure that helps people come together to plan and give wisely. Take time to learn about and support your county’s community foundation.  The community foundation locator is found at www.incommunityfoundations.org.

The Huntington County Community Foundation has been serving the needs of Huntington County residents for 20 years. Our activities range from funding scholarships (over $640,000 since 2003) to participating in collaborative efforts to improve the quality of life in Huntington County to awarding Make A Difference grants to area non-profits (over $800,000 since 1997). Individuals may become involved in a variety of ways, including donating to an existing fund, giving through their estate plans, or serving as a volunteer board or committee member. More information and a list of recent grants and scholarships may be accessed at our new website, www.huntingtonccf.org.