- About Us
The Carroll 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!
Since 1997, the Carroll County Community Foundation has been connecting people to vital services and support within their north central Indiana community.
As an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Howard County Inc., the Carroll County Community Foundation has made grants of more than $3.5 million to help make our community a better place. This amount includes approximately $3.2 million in grants and $339,400 in scholarships, with an additional $3.5 million in Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships.
Building on this legacy of growth, the Foundation has announced it will now offer two grant cycles for the community. This means qualifying nonprofit organizations will have two periods during the year when competitive grants are available for worthy and important local causes. Read more.
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.
The Carroll County Community Foundation has awarded more than $64,600 in competitive grants in 2021. Read more.
Trinity Kelly has been named a recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Carroll County Community Foundation 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Trinity, daughter of Brandon Kelly and Amber Dowden, is a Carroll High School student.
The Foundation recognized the achievements of the other three finalists with $1,000 scholarships. They are Jackson Ayres, Carroll High School; Ava Charnley, Delphi Community High School; and Elijah Ladd, Delphi Community High School. Read more.
The Carroll County Community Foundation honored ‘Friends of Carroll County’ members at a dinner on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Flora, Indiana. The celebration event was to thank donors for their support of the community by giving through the Foundation.
Guest speaker Brandi Christiansen, president and CEO of Mental Health America – Wabash Valley Region, provided an update about MHA’s services available in Carroll County and funded by the Lilly Endowment Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative. Read more.
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.
The Carroll 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 14 community conversations in Carroll 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: safe/mentally healthy/drug-free, progressive/growing/vibrant and supportive/engaging/inclusive.
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.
The process also included a compilation of major community assessments throughout Carroll County, as well as strategic community plans that were conducted within the last three years.
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.
Carroll County's current net worth is $910 million. Over the next 50 years, Carroll County is expected to transfer $857 million to the next generation. If everyone gave 5 percent to the Community Foundation, total grantmaking would increase $65,000 per year. Watch the video to learn the impact on Carroll County.
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