Valentine 2011

Fulton County


News & Events

Fulton County Community Foundation Offered $500,000 Matching Incentive from Lilly Endowment Inc.
Will lead to an additional $40,000 annually in community grantmaking dollars.

The Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) has been offered $500,000 during the Lilly Endowment Inc. Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) Phase VI initiative.

This matching opportunity will significantly increase FCCF endowments and grantmaking capabilities. Donations to Fulton County’s unrestricted community funds will be matched $1 for $1, which will lead to an additional $40,000 annually in community grantmaking dollars.

The Endowment designed the match to raise unrestricted dollars, which help community foundations improve the quality of life in their communities. Unrestricted community funds allow the Community Foundation to support grants and programs that address the pressing needs in Fulton County.

Previous grants awarded from unrestricted community funds include development of the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center; Kewanna Food Pantry; Nickel Plate Trail development; Fulton County Council on Aging upgrades; support to the Fulton Community Center and all community centers within Fulton County as well as the creation of a preschool scholarship program for needy children.

“This match will give our donors the opportunity to support the community now and into the future,” said Brian Johnson, director of development of the Fulton County Community Foundation. “Grants awarded through our unrestricted community funds support all of Fulton County and have long-lasting impact. With these additional matching dollars we can do even more good work in our communities,” Johnson said.

On July 16, the Endowment announced this sixth phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) Initiative for Indiana Community Foundations. In that announcement, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for community development Ace Yakey said, “The success of Indiana community foundations over the intervening years has far exceeded the Endowment’s expectations when GIFT began.”

Lilly Endowment launched the GIFT initiative in 1990 to help Indiana communities build endowments to become self-reliance and better able to support local projects and programs, which improve the life in each county and community in Indiana.

There are 94 community foundations throughout Indiana that make grants to support local charitable organizations in all of Indiana’s 92 counties. Since 1990, the aggregate value of the assets of Indiana community foundations that have regularly participated in GIFT has increased from about $30 million to nearly $2 billion, and those community foundations have paid grants totaling more than $915 million.

The total amount the Lilly Endowment has provided over this time period for asset building grants has been approximately $258 million. “These impressive results would not have been achieved without the imagination, generosity, commitment and leadership of thousands of donors, volunteers and foundation staff members throughout the state. We are amazed at the Hoosier philanthropic spirit,” Yakey said.

Give Your Heart to Your Community
A sweetheart of a gift that lasts forever.

Vicki Harrold, Brian Johnson and Stephania Barkman singing at the Aubbeenaubbee Library

On February 13, the Fulton County Community Foundation raised over $6,670 during "Give Your Heart to Your Community" Valentine’s Day event.  The Fulton County Community Foundation, along with RTC Communications, and WROI Radio sponsored the 17th annual fundraiser that supports the Fulton County community.

The event offered donors a chance to make a contribution to a fund of their choice and send their Valentine a gift not soon to be forgotten. Gifts ranged from a song dedication on WROI Radio, to a singing telegram and long stem rose personally delivered by groups of singers, to a Palentine displayed on RTC Communications Channel 5 and Facebook.

Guest DJs Larry Cunningham and Linda Leasure joined Baron von Imhoof on WROI Radio for the radio program. There were 41 dedications that hit the airwaves along with information about the Community Foundation and the matching incentive that is currently being offered through the Foundation from the Lilly Endowment. During this "love fest" nearly $5,000 was raised for the matching program.

Palentine greetings were sent out to the community on RTC Communications Channel 5 and the Community Foundation’s Facebook page. There were 11 adorable cats and dogs featured, all looking for their "forever friends" and waiting to be adopted from the Fulton County Animal Center. One of the highlights of the day is the singing telegrams, and 50 greetings of love were delivered by local musicians and singers.

Brian Johnson, Director of Development for Fulton County said, "It’s an amazing day that is a favorite among young and old alike. There were 62 lucky Valentines who gave their heart to their community this year, and that gift continues to grow now and forever."