History

1991-1994

  • CFSI begins with $250,000 grant from Lilly Endowment
  • Ogle Foundation contributes $250,000 matching grant
  • In 1992, Dale Orem is hired as the first Executive Director

1995

John Hartstern took over as Executive Director
Total assets exceed $7 million and $93,000 was awarded in grants in scholarships
John Ragland named Board President

1996

  • Total assets exceed $10 million
  • Lilly Endowment makes $500,000 challenge grant
  • CFSI moves into headquarters in One Commerce Square

1997

  • Total assets exceed $13.1 million
  • $25,000 awarded in community grants
  • More than $1 million in total grants awarded since 1991
  • Scott County Community Foundation added as affiliate
  • Mike Newman named Board President

1998

  • Total assets exceed $17 million
  • $54,000 awarded in community grants
  • Foundation now holds over 100 permanent funds
  • Community Foundation of Crawford County added as affiliate

1999

  • Total assets exceed $29 million
  • $114,800 in community grants are made with a total $1.7 million awarded
  • Total of $260,000 in scholarships awarded
  • Pam Bennett Martin named Board President

2000

  • Total assets of $24.8 million
  • Community Grants awarded $214,500
  • Total grants awarded $1.279 million
  • Scott County Community Foundation becomes independent

2001

  • Community grants awarded: $210,603
  • CFSI celebrates its 10 year anniversary
  • Total grants awarded since 1992 are $5.4 million
  • Scholarships awarded since 1995, $1.5 million
  • CFSI becomes the seventh-largest of 94 Indiana community foundations
  • Youth Philanthropy Council is formed with $150,000 Ogle Foundation grant

2002

  • Total assets exceed $22 million
  • Community grants awarded exceeds $80,000
  • Total grants awarded $1.16 million
  • CFSI now holds over 135 endowment funds
  • Early warning sirens project funded with partners
  • Ron Barnes named Board Chair
  • Mike Douglas named interim President and CEO

2003

  • Total assets now exceed $23 million with over 150 endowment funds
  • $50,500 awarded in Community Grants
  • Robert E. Kleehammer named Board Chair
  • Laura Hansen Dean named President and CEO
  • Two supporting organizations formed (Southern Indiana 20/20, Jefferson Carnegie
    Library Foundation)

2004

  • Total assets equal $23 million
  • $69,159 awarded in community grants
  • Total of $1.9 million in grants awarded
  • 4100 Charlestown, Inc. supporting organization is created

2005

  • Total assets now at $22 million
  • $405,573 in community grants awarded
  • $348,370 in scholarships awarded
  • $3 million Lilly Foundation grant helps form CAPE (Community Alliance to Promote Education)
  • New Albany-Floyd County Education Foundation supporting organization is formed
  • Don Day named Board Chair

2006

  • $61,689 in community grants awarded
  • $250,580 in scholarships awarded
  • Total grants awarded of $792,386
  • Crystal Jubilee honors 15-year anniversary
  • CFSI certified in compliance with National Standards
  • Building Excellence Through Endowment programs launched to assist non-profits
  • Carnegie Library restoration project completed, Timeline of Liberty bronze sculpture installed

2007

  • Total assets of $24.9 million
  • $90,830 in community grants awarded
  • $255,000 in scholarships awarded
  • Total grants awarded $862,328
  • Rita Hudson Shourds is named Board Chair
  • Mike Waiz named President and CEO
  • Legacy Society grows to 27 members
  • Multicultural Outreach Council formed
  • Dictionary Project begins to give free dictionaries to all third graders in service area

2008

  • Total assets of $18.3 million
  • Community grants awarded $189,518
  • $211,732 in scholarships awarded
  • Total grants awarded exceed $1 million for the first time

2009

  • Total assets grow to $20.5 million
  • Community grants over 113,000 awarded
  • Another $261,718 in scholarships
  • Total grants awarded of $1.3 million
  • CFSI partners with Ogle and Horseshoe Foundations to create the Community Relief
  • Fund to address immediate basic needs during economic downturn
  • The Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana launches
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library projects begins in Floyd County with partners
  • Leslie Robertson named Board Chair

2010

  • Total assets of $20,827,536
  • Mike Waiz retires
  • Linda Speed named President and CEO
  • Butch Shaw named Board Chair

2011

  • CFSI celebrates its 20th Anniversary
  • The Foundation adopts a new strategic plan to develop strong community relationships and continue to grow assets

2012

  • Foundation assets approach $25 million
  • $126,000 in grants is awarded 51 organizations during the fall grant cycle anniversary
  • CFSI plays an important role in the long term recovery efforts following the March 2, 2012 tornadoes, grants more than $325,000 to assist with recovery efforts and staff volunteers hundreds of hours to March2Recovery to help with the rebuilding efforts
    Joe Jacobi named Board Chair

2013

  • Total assets reach nearly $28 million
  • Over $114,000 granted to community nonprofits
  • Over $200,000 awarded in scholarships to area students
  • The Education Matters Southern Indiana initiative is launched with surrounding partner community foundations
  • Kevin Cecil named Board Chair

2014

  • Foundation assets top $30,000,000
  • Lilly Endowment, Inc. provides $2 million in matching funds for the GIFT VI Initiative
  • CFSI undergoes important long-term sustainability study
  • The Foundation begins transitioning to more strategic grantmaking to provide the community with more impactful grants
  • Education Matters Southern Indiana program receives two years of funding from national and regional funders
  • Total grants top $1.4 million
  • Over $200,000 awarded in scholarships to 98 students
  • Julie Larner named Board Chair

2015

  • CFSI launches the 2015 Assessment of Community Needs and Priorities for Clark and Floyd Counties
  • Total grants top $23 million, including $1.2 million for the 2015 year
  • Over $533,000 awarded in scholarships to 94 students
  • CFSI now holds over 230 individual funds
  • Susie Stewart named Board Chair
  • CFSI meets a $2 million matching grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
  • The Foundation helps Floyd County establish the $70 million Floyd County Fund, providing a reliable, multi-million dollar income stream to the county for generations to come.
  • Total grants top $24 million, including $1 million for the 2016 year
  • Over 100 scholarships awarded with a combined value of over $620,000
  • CFSI now holds over 240 individual funds
  • Gary Banet named Board Chair

2016

  • CFSI meets a $2 million matching grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
  • The Foundation helps Floyd County establish the $70 million Floyd County Fund, providing a reliable, multi-million dollar income stream to the county for generations to come.
  • Total grants top $24 million, including $1 million for the 2016 year
  • Over 100 scholarships awarded with a combined value of over $620,000
  • CFSI now holds over 240 individual funds
  • Gary Banet named Board Chair

2017

  • Phillip Beaman named Board Chair
  • CFSI launches the Nonprofit Resource Guide
  • Over $4.7 million in grants and scholarships are awarded
  • Assets top $107 million
  • 133 scholarships awarded worth $424,000
  • CFSI grants to area nonprofits help over 72,000 people
  • 59 grants worth $316,000 from Community Impact Fund
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