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The Clinton County Community Foundation makes a positive difference in our community. We help people who are passionate about giving back to our community, take the lead on community initiatives and partner with nonprofit organizations to support a broad range of projects that make a positive impact. Browse our Web site for more information about our work, and see the difference that philanthropy can make!

  • Clinton County Community Foundation 25th Anniversary Nonprofit Grant Contest Winners

    As part of the Clinton County Community Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebrations during 2021, the Foundation provided $25,000 to Clinton County nonprofit organizations through a series of $2,500 drawings during the year. Read more.

  • Community Foundation Meets Highest Standard for Philanthropic Excellence

    The Community Foundation Serving Howard, Clinton and Carroll Counties was recently notified that it has again met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability.

    National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations is an accreditation program that establishes legal, ethical effective practices for community foundations. This is the fifth time the Foundation has met these standards. The first accreditation was met in 2006 and accreditation has been maintained ever since. Read more.

  • Clinton County Community Foundation Awards Grants

    The Clinton County Community Foundation has awarded $44,133 in competitive grants during the second half of 2021. Combined with the first half total of $87,500, this brings the total of competitive grants awarded to $131,633 for the year. Read more.

  • 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Announced

    Lizbeth Contreras has been named a recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Clinton County Community Foundation 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Lizbeth, daughter of Jose J. Contreras Ortiz and Irma Espinoza Ruiz, is a Frankfort High School student.

    The Foundation recognized the achievements of the other three finalists with $1,000 renewable scholarships. They are Ashley Campos-Hernandez, Frankfort High School; Nissa Freestone, Clinton Prairie High School; and Cain Martin, Clinton Central High School. Read more.

  • Community Foundation Serving Howard, Clinton and Carroll Counties Receives Lilly Endowment Inc. Large-Scale Community Leadership Grant

    The Community Foundation Serving Howard, Clinton and Carroll Counties has received a Large-Scale Community Leadership Grant of $4,986,515 through the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. The grant will support efforts to establish a medically assisted Drop-In Engagement Center in Howard County, with regional collaborative partnership locations in Carroll and Clinton counties. Read more.

  • Lilly Endowment Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow Community Leadership Initiative

    The Clinton County Community Foundation received a Planning Grant through the Lilly Endowment Inc. Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow Community Leadership Initiative. 

    This funding allowed the Foundation to evaluate our local landscapes and identify and prioritize community needs and assets, develop a deeper understanding of what our roles should be within the community, strengthen relationships with local stakeholders and potential collaborators, build internal capacities to act as an effective leader, and prioritize and develop strategies to address high-priority challenges and opportunities.

    The Community Foundation did this by conducting 16 community conversations in Clinton County to determine the emerging aspirations that citizens feel are important to the future well-being and growth of our community.  The conversations revealed three aspirations: mentally healthy/drug-free, growing/vibrant and connected/supportive.

    Clinton County Community Conversation Report

    Following the community conversations, the Foundation invited key service providers/experts to participate in a Taking Effective Community Action (TECA) Meeting related to each aspiration. The TECA approach is a part of the Harwood Method of turning outward to enable communities to become a collective force for change. During these meetings service providers were invited to share current programs and services being offered in the area of the specific aspiration and actions that would make a difference in the community.

    TECA Report – Mentally Healthy & Drug-Free    
    TECA Report – Growing & Vibrant
    TECA Report – Connected & Supportive

    The process also included a compilation of major community assessments throughout Clinton County, as well as strategic community plans that were conducted within the last three years.

    Clinton County Assessments Report         

    We invite you to use these finding as a way to learn more about your community and to create opportunities and actions through collaboration for positive impact.

  • 5% Giving - An Attainable Approach to Giving

    Clinton County's current net worth is $1.32 billion. Over the next 50 years, Clinton County is expected to transfer $1.48 billion to the next generation. If everyone gave 5 percent to the Community Foundation, total grantmaking would increase $1.05 million per year. Watch the video to learn the impact on Clinton County.

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