Gift VIII Initiative Enables Matching Fund Opportunities

Lilly Endowment Inc. has launched the eighth phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative, allocating up to $210 million to help Indiana community foundations strengthen the quality of life in the towns, cities and counties they serve. The GIFT initiative is based upon Lilly Endowment’s longstanding belief that community foundations are uniquely positioned to play central roles in building the prosperity of communities throughout Indiana.

Through this new GIFT phase (GIFT VIII) Lilly Endowment has invited the Ripley County Community Foundation and other eligible Indiana community foundations to participate in three funding opportunities designed to help them grow their financial resources to enhance their effectiveness and promote long-term viability; further strengthen their abilities to lead on important community priorities; encourage board engagement; and support and develop strategic efforts to enhance quality of life in their communities. The grant opportunities include:

  • Matching Fund Grants, which will enable community foundations to develop unrestricted assets, implement projects and programs that address community needs, and build their internal capacity. Lilly Endowment has allocated up to $135.3 million for this opportunity.
  • Community Leadership Grants, which will enable community foundations to continue to seek input from a diverse range of community stakeholders and, if desired, request funding to develop and implement large-scale action plans that address high-priority challenges and opportunities in their communities. Additionally, community foundations can choose to work collaboratively to address shared priorities by submitting a joint/regional proposal. Community Leadership Grants will be available in a two-phase process: a non-competitive 2 planning phase and a competitive implementation phase. Lilly Endowment has allocated up to $65.5 million for this opportunity.
  • Board Engagement Grants, which will encourage board members of community foundations to make financial contributions to their foundations. Each community foundation demonstrating 100 percent board member giving will receive a $100,000 unrestricted grant. Lilly Endowment has allocated up to $9.2 million for this opportunity.

“The Ripley County Community Foundation is grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc.’s most recent investment into our community.  The GIFT VIII initiative empowers the local community because it provides resources which will be used to respond to local needs and opportunities”, stated Amy Streator – Executive Director of the Ripley County Community Foundation.  

Thanks to the Matching Fund Grants, contributions supporting the community foundation’s unrestricted endowments, also known as Community Granting Funds, will be matched at a remarkable rate of $2 for every $1 donated. These Community Granting Funds are the sole source of our Large Grants, Small Grants, Change Ripley County Grants, Food Pantry Grants, as well as programming support to Genesis: Pathways to Success, Ripley Youth Outreach, A Greener Tomorrow, Women’s Giving Circle, Turnover Hunger, and Wreaths Across Ripley County. Those Community Granting Funds are:

  • Bonfer (Duwane & Doris) Family Community Granting Fund #108 
  • Bruns-Gutzwiller, Inc. Community Granting Fund #102 
  • Chandler (Steve & Linda) Family Community Granting Fund #119 
  • City of Batesville Community Granting Fund #106 
  • Collier Family Community Granting Fund #111  
  • Dunbar (Ralph & Ethel) Community Granting Fund #105 
  • Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation Community Granting Fund #120 
  • FCN Bank Community Granting Fund #122 
  • Hartman (Al & Norma) Family Community Granting Fund #104 
  • Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. Community Granting Fund #115 
  • Hillenbrand, Inc. Community Granting Fund #121 
  • Hillenbrand Foundation, Inc. (John A.) Community Granting Fund #103 
  • Kellerman Family Community Granting Fund #116 
  • Knueven (Willard & Linda) Family Community Granting Fund #124
  • Miles Grandchildren Community Granting Fund #112 
  • Mitchell (Louise Hunter) Family Community Granting Fund #114 
  • Ollier (Jeff & Mary) Family Community Granting Fund #110 
  • Reynolds (Gilmore & Golda) Community Granting Fund #107 
  • Ripley County Community Foundation’s Community Granting Fund #100
  • Rising Sun Regional Foundation Community Granting Fund #113 
  • Rust (Greg & Judy) Family Community Granting Fund #101 
  • Schantz (Dan & Jamie) Family Community Granting Fund #109 
  • Tanner Tucker “Pay it Forward” Community Granting Fund #118
  • Turnover Hunger Fund #123
  • United Way Community Needs Fund #617
  • Youth In Philanthropy Fund #117

GIFT is a series of statewide initiatives and programs that began in 1990 as part of Lilly Endowment’s efforts to help establish and strengthen community foundations in Indiana and build their capacity to address the needs of their local communities. The primary aim of GIFT is to help Indiana community foundations in all 92 of Indiana’s counties develop the philanthropic capacity to identify, prioritize and address local opportunities and challenges.

To contribute visit our donate page or to learn more about GIFT VIII, please visit Lilly Endowment’s website at

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