The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana was formed by a group of Southern Indiana residents who wanted to build charitable resources that would benefit nonprofits and residents of Southern Indiana, forever. Through their support, and funds from the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana was established in 1991 with nearly $1 million.
Throughout its history the Community Foundation has filled an important leadership role in our community. The 1990’s were full of growth as the market surged and helped the Foundation grow quickly with over $1.7 million in grants awarded in 1999. In 2002 the Foundation granted funds to put early warning emergency sirens throughout Clark and Floyd counties. Those sirens still operate today to warn residents. During the 2000’s the Community Foundation went through a number of changes. Scott, Crawford and Harrison Counties were all in the original service area of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana but, over the years, each community established their own foundations to focus on the needs of their specific region.
Additionally, the Foundation formed new supporting organizations to renovate the historic Carnegie Library in Jeffersonville (Jeffersonville Carnegie Library Foundation Inc.), to implement the vision of the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Southern Indiana 2020 – now One Southern Indiana – project (the OSI Foundation, Inc.), to support the New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation (New Albany Floyd County Education Foundation Inc.), and to own and manage the building that houses the Community Foundation and One Southern Indiana (4100 Charlestown, Inc.).
Since it began in 1991, the Community Foundation has granted more than $23 million in scholarships and grants to community nonprofits while continuing to grow and provide an important leadership role in Southern Indiana. Following the devastating tornadoes that swept through our community on March 2, 2012, staff of the Community Foundation visited the impacted areas and immediately began working with community leaders and relief organizations. The Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund collected donations from hundreds of donors across the country. Foundation staff participated in the regional long term recovery operation, March2Recovery, and partnered with other organizations to rebuild and assist with the long term recovery efforts. Analyzing the needs of the communities, the Foundation donated more than $325,000 towards long term relief and recovery efforts and staff volunteered hundreds of hours of time – working hand-in-hand with various groups and organizations – to assist with rebuilding efforts.
Today, the Foundation invests and administers more than 230 individual charitable funds, grants over $1 million annually to causes that impact our area, has more than $30 million in assets and continues to administer important programs like the Youth Philanthropy Council, Education Matters Southern Indiana and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
To be the partner and trusted resource for philanthropy in our community, providing stewardship of charitable intent so the impact of generosity will last for generations.
To build enduring charitable resources used to positively impact our community by:
– Serving as a partner and resource for donors, their advisors, and area nonprofits.
– Making it simple for donors to fulfill their individual goals in giving back.
– Providing stewardship of donor gifts and charitable intent for generations to come.
– Fulfilling a leadership role on important community issues.
Integrity/Ethical Behavior – Do the right thing every time
Stewardship – Preserve donor intent and charitable value across generations
Excellence – Exceed expectations in all we do
Passion – Love what we do; believe what we do makes a real difference
Leadership – Know our community and its needs; act on that knowledge
Donor Service – Create an environment of personal engagement and fulfillment of charitable wishes for each donor