2017 Annual Report

Dear Friends,

Since 1991 the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has worked to be this community’s partner, resource and steward in philanthropy. We help this community be greater in three ways:

1. We partner with individuals, businesses and families to establish charitable funds to support the causes important to them.

2. We make community grants that address our region’s greatest needs and provide scholarships to help the next generation be successful.

3. We provide leadership on important issues, bringing together the right people at the right time to accomplish incredible things.

As you’ll see while you browse through this report to the community, we’re making a difference in Southern Indiana by focusing on these three core areas – community leadership, grants and scholarships, and personal philanthropy – and it’s all because of your support. This is our home, and we’re driven by you to make Southern Indiana the best it can be. We hope to inspire you to get involved and make an impact. And, when you’re ready, give us a call and find out how you can join us on our journey to make this the best community it can be.


Linda S. Speed, J.D.                        Phillip Beaman

President and CEO                          Chair, Board of Directors

Passing On the Values of Giving Back

The Les and Virginia Albro Family Fund

Les Albro established a family fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana to continue a tradition of giving back. “CFSI is helping my family give back in meaningful and impactful ways,” he said. “But most importantly, we’re doing it together, as a family – learning about what each of us is passionate about and having fun giving back.”

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Thank You!

Last year our grants to area nonprofits helped them serve 72,000 people in Clark and Floyd Counties!

To our community, donors, fundholders and Legacy Society members, we say thank you for helping us make a difference in Southern Indiana. We’re applyingour resources to address the greatest needs of our community, and because of your support, last year our grants to area nonprofits helped them serve 72,000 people in Clark and Floyd counties. Thank you for allowing us to be the partner, resource and steward for philanthropy in our community.


Helping Clients Through CFSI

Michael “Mick” Ward

I really enjoy working with members of our community,  building strong and trusting relationships with my clients and helping them accomplish their goals,” Mick said. “That’s also the reason I encourage clients to work with the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana – I know the Foundation will make it easy for them to give back and is going to take care of them the same way I would. The folks at the Foundation are very knowledgeable about the charitable sector and operate with a level of sophistication that allows them to handle simple or complex giving arrangements.

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Getting Involved in Giving Back

Your Chance to Make An Impact

Linda Speed, President and CEO

Everyone has their own unique interests and ideas on how to give back to their community. Maybe you want to get your children and grandchildren involved as a family in your giving, establish a scholarship, provide support for your church or alma mater, leave a legacy through your will, or simply help address our community’s greatest needs.

Whatever your financial or charitable goals, whatever your means, whatever your passions, the Community Foundation will help make your giving easy, flexible and meaningful. We’ll work with you and your professional advisor to establish a customized charitable fund that supports your favorite causes and makes the most sense for your personal situation. But it starts with you, your passions and ideas for how you’d like to make this world a better place. We can help you do that. I invite you to call me at (812) 948-4662 or email me at lspeed@cfsouthernindiana.com and start the conversation about your charitable vision.

• Scholarship Funds
• Donor Advised Funds
• Charitable Checking Accounts
• Legacy Funds
• Community Impact Funds
• And more

Addressing Needs, Strengthening Community

Jeffersonville Tree Walk

Our Community Needs Assessment identified our region’s greatest areas of need and has helped us direct our grantmaking to areas where we can be the most impactful. Last year, CFSI granted more than $316,000 from our Community Impact Fund to 53 local organizations that are strengthening our community and making it a better place to live, work and play.

Jeffersonville’s Tree Walk provides access to recreational and educational activities while helping improve our air and water quality – which is why the Community Foundation supported the project through a Community Impact Grant. Chad Reischl, City Planner for the City of Jeffersonville, said, “The City of Jeffersonville is thankful to have partners like the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana who are helping us transform the city. The Tree Walk is a perfect example of how their grants and the support of our community are making an impact in Jeffersonville. The Tree Walk has many health and educational benefits and, when finished, will be a wonderful new amenity for the downtown area.”

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Personal Counseling Services

Changing Lives through Community Grants

Since 1991, CFSI has used our unrestricted Community Impact Fund to grant over $2.4 million to organizations serving the residents of Clark and Floyd counties. The Community Impact Fund provides resources that address the evolving needs of our region.

“The Community Foundation is making a difference and changing lives in our community,” said Doug Drake, CEO of Personal Counseling Services. “Because of their grants,nonprofits across our region are more impactful. A grant from CFSI allowed us to launch a pilot program at Fairmont Elementary where a therapist provided assessments, one-on-one therapy, classroom observation, and trained teachers to handle specific behaviors to help students be successful. Our program, with the help of the Community Foundation, is providing the resources students will need to have a great education and life.”

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CFSI Scholar

Kyle Vuong is Pursuing His Dreams as a Fulbright Scholar

Scholarships held and administered by CFSI offer students a sometimes life-changing opportunity to continue their education and pursue their dreams.

“I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities provided me. I feel very fortunate for my time and experiences in high school and college, the scholarship from the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, and now the Fulbright Research Grant because they’ve all allowed me to pursue my dreams.”

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In 2017, CFSI distributed 133 scholarship awards with a combined value of over $600,000 including our Lilly Scholar awards. Thank you to each of our scholarship fundholders and the donors who make these life-changing scholarships available to our community’s students.

These four seniors from Clark and Floyd counties were chosen from 218 applicants to receive full four-year scholarships from the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

Our Community’s Future​

Youth Philanthropy Council

The Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council is designed to encourage youth to give and serve in their communities. Annually, this group of bright, energetic next generation leaders learn about philanthropy, complete community service projects, and run a competitive grant cycle that awards area nonprofits important funding to address the needs of our region’s youth.

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Community Leadership

Doing More Together​

By working together, we can accomplish so much more than we can by working alone. At CFSI we believe in providing leadership on important community issues – partnering with other organizations to create change and make a positive impact on our community.

Last year the Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana,
a fund of the Community Foundation of Southern
Indiana, launched a new program called Impact 100.
Impact 100 empowers women to dramatically improve
lives by collectively funding significant grants that
make a lasting impact in our community. Their $50,000
grant to St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities started a new
teaching kitchen where residents can learn culinary skills
and food industry essentials – teaching the skills needed
to work and find employment in the food service
industry – helping end the cycle of poverty that so many
in our community face.
Align Southern Indiana is a new regional initiative that
actively facilitates a shared regional process to align
resources, address needs and produce sustainable
solutions resulting in our region achieving its potential
as a best place to live, work and play. It brings together
community leadership and representation from all
sectors of Southern Indiana’s Clark, Floyd, Harrison,
Scott and Washington counties to build greater
alignment for the future success of the region. CFSI has
invested a multi-year commitment of $165,000 through
a Community Impact Grant to get this important
initiative started, and provides leadership on the
governing board.


Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana assure that the Foundation’s resources are used efficiently and effectively to accomplish our vision and mission.

Chair: Phillip Beaman
Vice Chair: Bill White
Treasurer: Adam Naville
Secretary: David Hussung
Immediate Past Chair: Gary Banet

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