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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!

  • Connecting Causes and Donors for 25 Years

    Since its beginning in November 1996, the Clinton County Community Foundation’s value was evident.  When the Foundation was created that fall, within two months nearly $100,000 had been given locally to support the Foundation.

    Now, the organization has reached its 25th year, and the generosity of area donors supporting programs and services for residents in Clinton County, Indiana, remains strong. Since 1996, the Foundation has made grants of more than $11.3 million to help the community be a better place. This amount includes approximately $8.7 million in grants and $2.6 million in scholarships, with an additional $2.8 million in Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. 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.

  • 2021 Lily Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Announced

    Fife Deck has been named a recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Clinton County Community Foundation 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Fife, son of Kimberly Deck and the late Michael Deck, is a Clinton Central High School student.

    The Foundation recognized the achievements of the other four finalists with $1,000 renewable scholarships for a total of $4,000. They include Odalis Campos, Frankfort High School; Karina Castaneda, Frankfort High School; Kylee Maish, Clinton Prairie High School; and Owen Smith, Clinton Central High School. Read more.

  • Community Foundation Serving Howard, Clinton and Carroll Counties Receives Lilly Endowment Inc. Community Leadership Grants

    The Community Foundation Serving Howard, Clinton and Carroll Counties has received a Community Leadership Grant of $350,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. Howard County received a $150,000 grant, and Clinton and Carroll counties each received a $100,000 grant. The Community Leadership Implementation Grants were based on county population. With the grants, the Community Foundation will fund mental health and addiction services navigators in each county. 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.

  • Wabash Heartland Innovation Network

    The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) received a $38.9 million grant from Lilly Endowment to help a 10-county region become a global hub for agriculture and advanced manufacturing.  Carroll and Clinton counties are included in the region and will benefit from this long-term regional prosperity effort. To learn more about WHIN, go to regional prosperity

  • 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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