GIFT VIII Matching Grant

Help Us IGNITE Change in Southern Indiana!

Look around, Southern Indiana. We’re doing it!

It wasn’t that long ago that our region was just considered to be a few small towns along the Ohio River. Now, our area is larger than ever, with more than 200,000 combined residents in Clark and Floyd counties.

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has seen that change first-hand. Since 1991, we have supported and strengthened this community through grantmaking, fund stewardship, and community leadership. This includes awarding more than $64 MILLION in grants to local nonprofit organizations serving Clark and Floyd County residents.

And now, as a community, we have an opportunity to grow even more.

Thanks to a generous opportunity from the Lilly Endowment, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has the opportunity to earn $3.75 MILLION in funding toward its unrestricted Community Impact Fund as part of the Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow, Phase viii (GIFT VIII) initiative.

But to pull this off by the Dec. 31, 2025 deadline, we will need the help of our entire community.


What This Means For Clark & Floyd Counties

Robynn Webb (and family) at their home’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Do you know what $3,750,000 in charitable funding could do for our region? The possibilities are endless.

That funding could help build more houses to support first-time homeowners, just like we did for Dorcas and Robynn with Habitat for Humanity Southern Indiana in Jeffersonville.

It could encourage Hoosiers to get active and stay connected, just like we did for canoers and kayakers at the Croghan Launch site at Origin Park in Clarksville.

It could even support programs for single parents suffering from homelessness and food insecurity, just like we helped Anna through Hope Southern Indiana in New Albany.

Frankly, it will help us continue creating positive changes in our region that will be felt for generations.

But more importantly, this funding would give Clark and Floyd County residents a renewed sense of community. When the lives of all of our neighbors are improved, our communities become more welcoming and attractive to everyone.

What Time Means For CFSI

Obviously, the opportunity to be awarded $3.75 million is a big deal, even for us. To say we’re giddy about this opportunity to make an impact in our community would be an understatement.

But first, our attention is focused on raising enough funding to receive the full amount: $1,250,000.

What This Means For You

New Root’s Fresh Market

From now until December 31, 2025, every $1 donated to our unrestricted Community Impact Fund will be matched with a $2 donation. That means you can TRIPLE your charitable!

By tripling your charitable gift, you allow CFSI to support more programs like Align Southern Indiana, which is home to Camp Kindergarten and its 2,156 area students.

It also means that people living in fresh food deserts, suffering from food insecurity, can get relief through Fresh Markets offered locally by New Roots.

And even something synonymous with the Kentuckiana area – tripling your charitable dollars means even more at-risk children can receive equine-assisted therapy and counseling at Charlestown’s Opening Gates Horse Farm.

This is YOUR opportunity to leave a mark on your community that will be felt for generations.

Will you help?


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