Tree Giveaway to Honor Sam Shine and Other Happenings


To Honor Life of Sam Shine 

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has organized a tree giveaway for area residents, businesses and nonprofits. Beginning this Friday and next Monday, people from across our community are invited to pick up a free pin oak tree to honor the life of Sam Shine, a Southern Indiana native and philanthropist, who dedicated much of his philanthropy to environmental conservation.

Pickup Info


Friday, March 13 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, and 
Monday, March 16 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


Community Foundation of Southern Indiana Offices 
4108 Charlestown Road 
New Albany, IN 47150

There is a limited quantity of tree saplings and they are available on a first come first served basis (limit 3 per person). The trees will come with all information needed to plant and maintain the trees.

Read the press release. Questions? Call us at 812-948-4662


Help Shape the Future of Clark and Floyd Counties 

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana wants to hear your ideas.

Help shape the future of Clark and Floyd counties by completing the  2020 Priorities for Progress Survey. 

Just half an hour of your time can help us build a strong future for Clark and Floyd counties.

The Indiana University Southeast Applied Research and Education Center is conducting the survey and your responses will be completely private.

Click here to complete the survey.


Helpful Tips from the Southern Indiana Estate Planing Council 

Alert to Caregivers of Dependents with Special Needs: You May Need to Change the Beneficiaries of Your Life Insurance, Annuities, IRAs or Other Retirement Accounts

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Chartered Financial Consultant Special Needs Planner 

The process of planning for a dependent with special needs involves developing a total plan to provide for the dependent’s lifetime care. Ownership of assets must be coordinated with legal documents (such as trusts, wills and beneficiary designations) to avoid the loss or reduction of any government or other benefits for which the dependent may be eligible.

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Grant Will Improve Region’s Quality of Place

The Foundation recently announced a new grantmaking initiative which will improve the region’s quality of place.

The Foundation’s Pathways to Progress Grants will focus on serving people with the least access to safe, high-quality public places and amenities, typically those who have low incomes and/or who have transportation or mobility challenges or physical and/or mental differences. When their lives are improved, our communities are more welcoming and attractive to all residents, tourists, and employers.

For these populations, the Foundation will work with nonprofit partners to improve:

  • Both real and perceived safety of existing amenities (greenspaces, parks, playgrounds, rivers, etc.)
  • Safe and affordable access to the amenities (trails, public/shared transit, etc.)
  • Environmental quality and sustainability of those amenities
  • Use of the areas to decrease physical inactivity, obesity, and other health risks

Learn more by visiting our website or attending an upcoming information session. Session 1 is on April 7 and Session 2 is on April 15.


Single Point of Entry System for Nonprofits

Thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the Community Foundation recently partnered with Metro United Way and the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana to bring United Community to Clark and Floyd county organizations.

United Community is a community-wide initiative to deploy an innovative shared technology platform to initiate and close referrals across many organizations. It reduces barriers to access for citizens by streamlining navigation across the multitude of services offered by our health, education and human services sectors.

The platform enables seamless referrals between agencies to meet a variety of essential needs. United Community will be a robust community service coordination system that will improve the life outcomes of our most vulnerable children, individuals and families across Louisville by facilitating integrated, multi-dimensional support efficiently.

If you’d like to learn more about United Community, or sign up your organization to participate, please visit our website.

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