The Western Indiana Community Foundation has met the one-million dollar challenge goal offered by the Lilly Endowment Inc. As a result, Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation, says the Lilly Endowment will be donating $1-million dollars to the Western Indiana Community Foundation.
It’s remarkable that only 15 months ago the Lilly Endowment challenged the Community Foundation to raise $500-thousand dollars in donations to be used for unrestricted purposes,’’ said White (shown in photo). ‘’Unrestricted donations are used for competitive grant-making in our Fountain and Vermillion County communities. If we reached the $500,000 goal they would match it $2 for $1, or in other words, with an additional $1-million dollars. Not only was the goal met in 15 short months, but it was completed one year earlier than expected,’’ added White.
‘’Every donated dollar makes a huge difference and stays right here in Fountain and Vermillion County (Indiana),’’ said White. ‘’This $1.5 million dollars will allow the Community Foundation to award an additional sixty-to-seventy-thousand dollars per year, for perpetuity, which is vital to our efforts to strengthen Fountain and Vermillion County and fund opportunities which benefit our citizens,’’ added White. ‘’We appreciate the generosity of those who care about their county and gave to this campaign,’’ added White.
White added he welcomes the opportunity to visit with Fountain and Vermillion County civic and service clubs, faith-based groups, non-profit organizations and others during 2020 to share the word about what is being done through the Western Indiana Community Foundation.