Community Foundation Receives $300,000 Board Engagement Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

The Wabash Valley Community Foundation has received a $300,000 grant through the Board Engagement component of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) community foundation initiative.

As part of this GIFT VII grant opportunity, each community foundation achieving 100 percent board member giving during the period from January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, was eligible to receive an unrestricted grant of $100,000 per county served. For the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and its affiliates, Clay County Community Foundation and Sullivan County Community Foundation, having 100 percent board participation from its 50 volunteers resulted in a successful $300,000 grant.

The granting opportunity, developed to encourage board engagement, is in recognition of the important role that the Community Foundation’s board of directors plays both in leading the Community Foundation and serving its communities in Clay, Sullivan and Vigo counties. The $300,000 grant, which is unrestricted, will be used to continue to fulfill the Community Foundation’s mission of engaging people, building resources and enriching lives.

“Our local volunteers ensure we meet our mission and improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Beth Tevlin, Executive Director of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation. “These engaged and invested individuals are active members in the communities we serve, and they help to lead the Community Foundation forward through their dedication, knowledge and passion for our communities. We are incredibly grateful for their generosity in helping us achieve this grant, and are thankful for their voluntary service, expertise and commitment to our mission. ”

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community developmenteducation and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.