About Us

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 and a handful of funds.

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 foundation to focus on the needs of their specific region.

Since 1991, the Community Foundation has continued to grow. Today, the Foundation administers over $140 million assets, annually granting more than $6 million to causes that impact our community. In addition to stewarding nearly 300 individual funds, CFSI provides leadership on important community issues.

Vision Statement

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Our Values

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

About Us

How We Help

Board of Directors


Impact Stories


Public Reports and Policies

2023 Annual Report

Join Our Team!

Share This Story
Community Resources

We are your community foundation.

Get in touch with us to discuss your how together we can make Southern Indiana’s future even brighter!

Back to Top

IT'S OFFICIAL: The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has been awarded a $3.75 MILLION Matching Grant from the Lilly Endowment! Learn how you can help us award an estimated additional $200,000 in local grants - a 50% annual increase - each year. Forever.

window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-9242094-1');