Supporting the Future Leaders of Miami County

Supporting the Future Leaders of Miami County

One important pillar of giving for the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) is youth development. The MCCF supports youth organizations and projects in order to support the future of our community. Today’s children are the leaders of tomorrow. Making sure that we provide educational, character-building, and leadership opportunities for our young people helps ensure that we will have strong leaders of our community in the future.

One organization that does extraordinary work in order to help develop local youth is the Miami County 4-H program. 4-H empowers young people by helping them to use their personal strengths and talents to help improve the world around them. It helps these young people to learn and develop various skills through hands-on projects that promote creativity, leadership, and collaboration.

Miami County 4-H is part of a worldwide program with millions of participants. The MCCF has given grants to Miami County 4-H in order to assist with the construction of the 4-H Community Center in Peru. The largest grant was awarded through Phase III of Lilly Endowment, Inc.’s GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow) initiative. Through the MCCF, $220,000 was given to Miami County 4-H for the Community Center. Since that time, $26,000 in grants has been awarded to further develop the building.

Miami County 4-H also has a fund through the MCCF, which was established in 1997. This fund ensures that the program will receive support every year forever.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the MCCF has been awarding surprise pop-up grants each month to support the work of local non-profit organizations. The $1,000 June MCCF pop-up grant was given in support of the Miami County 4-H program. Representatives of the MCCF surprised 4-H representatives with the check on June 25.

Through this grant, the MCCF is not only supporting the work of this organization, but it is providing support for the future leaders of Miami County.

For more information, contact MCCF Director of Development Connie Cutler at 765-475-2859 or by email at