Lilly Endowment Gift Phase IV

As with formed GIFT phases, the purpose of GIFT Phase IV is to continue support for the development of locally controlled community foundations in Indiana counties as effective institutions in building a community, assessing and prioritizing local needs and problems and mobilizing support to address them. Lilly Endowment, Inc. has made up to a total

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1998 Lilly Endowment GIFT Phase III

Three community projects reeived a major boost from Lilly Endowment, Inc. in 1998. Through Phase III of their Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT), the Decatur County Family YMCA received $750,000; the Decatur County Child Care Center received $175,000; and the Decatur County Parks and Recreation Youth Sports Complex received $75,000. In October of 1997,

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Alden and Dorothy Westhafer Memorial Fund

The Alden and Dorothy Westhafer Memorial Fund was created in 1997 by Alden and Dorothy’s children; Joe, Jerry, John, Tom, Dorothy, and Barbara as a memorial to their parents.  The fund was created to support and promote education and research about the history of Decatur County. This is accomplished by their fund supporting the Decatur

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1996 Historical Society & Special Olympics Grant Stories

The Community Foundation has been fortunate to help many wonderful organizations this year. Here are a couple of their stories: “The grant to the Decatur County Historical Society was the most generous Christmas gift any of us interested in the future of the museum home could have anticipated on any of our wish lists.” –

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Donald D. Austin Memorial Funds

In November of 1994, long-time resident and noted journalist, Don Austin, made several generous gifts to our Decatur County Community Foundation, thereby allowing the Foundation to reach its one million dollar goal, and qualifying it for the $500,000.00 matching grant from the Lilly Endowment. In doing so, Mr. Austin utilized several different gifting methods, including

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In the Beginning…

The Decatur County Community Foundation, Inc. has been established to provide a general depository for charitable contributions that will serve Decatur County. The purpose of the foundation is to establish a long-term capital fund that will be available to develop projects needed in Decatur County. The foundation will provide supplemental support for the artistic, benevolent,

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