Wabash Valley Community Foundation's 2023 Annual Report
I am delighted to share the Wabash Valley Community Foundation’s Annual Report demonstrating the exceptional opportunities and challenges addressed in 2023. Once again, the generosity of our donors allowed the Community Foundation to invest in opportunities, promote enhancements and respond to emergencies within our communities.
The Community Foundation now has a new matching opportunity to increase its permanently endowed community funds and expand its ability to benefit our three counties. Lilly Endowment Inc., under its GIFT VIII initiative, will contribute $2 for every $1 given to an unrestricted community endowment fund – up to $1.25 million in Vigo County and $375,000 in Clay and Sullivan counties! GIFT VIII is a transformative opportunity for our communities and the Community Foundation as it has the potential to increase the unrestricted community endowments by more than $5 million! This would allow the Community Foundation to provide more and larger grants focusing on community enhancement and improvement.
We need your help to raise the matching funds before December 31, 2025. We hope you will consider contributing to a new or existing unrestricted endowment fund. Gifts of cash, stock, IRA rollovers and Qualified Charitable Distributions, along with many other types of charitable gifts, can be used to leverage the matching dollars. No matter the size of your gift, GIFT VIII allows you to triple your gift and its impact!
As we prepare to undertake Lilly Endowment’s latest challenge, the Community Foundation is mindful that this opportunity to secure significant financial resources will strengthen its capacity to serve our communities now and for generations to come.
I am hopeful the Community Foundation’s 2023 Annual Report and Lilly Endowment’s $2-for-$1 match will serve as an inspiration to you, as well, to join us in this impactful endeavor.
Beth Tevlin, President & CEO
Wabash Valley Community Foundation