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J. Richard "Dick" and Joan McCain

Dick and Joan McCainJ. Richard "Dick" and Joan McCain's multi-million dollar gift to the Carroll County Community Foundation will benefit the community now and for future generations. The McCain's used the Community Foundation to establish endowed funds for the Kokomo Rescue Mission, Camp Tecumseh YMCA and the Wabash and Erie Canal Association.

Dick returned to Carroll County after serving in World War II. While serving in Germany, he was injured and was a POW. During his service, Dick earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star medals. Upon his return to Carroll County, he began his farming career on the family farm. Joan and Dick married in 1950, and she passed away in 2013. Dick passed away in April 2017, at age 93.

The McCain estate was approximately 932 acres with more than 890 tillable acres. The acreage was sectioned into parcels and the adjusted price per tillable acre averaged $11,246. The sale brought in more than $10 million, with the estate bringing in additional money. Eighty-five percent of the net amount was donated to benefit the three organizations.

"This is a great example of how the Foundation can help donors reach their charitable goals and leave a lasting legacy," said Dr. Greg Norman, chairman of the Carroll County Services Committee. "The positive impact of this gift is enduring and will reach far beyond anything we can imagine."

Van Taylor, executive director of the Kokomo Rescue Mission, knew the McCain's and shared his thoughts about the gift. "The McCain endowment has made a significant impact on the Kokomo Rescue Mission. We have confidence that having lost a leg and experienced compassionate care when his life was spared in WW II, Mr. McCain understood the importance and value of having someone come alongside you, show grace and provide a second chance. Those who come to the Kokomo Rescue Mission are in need of someone to provide those same opportunities. As we continue to serve the hungry, hurting and homeless in our community, we are facing an epidemic of addictions, mental illness, and brokenness in families.

"The need for men, women and children's shelters is increasing. Our shelters are at or near capacity and more resources are needed to bear the community's growing problems. Our community is being profoundly affected by the opioid epidemic. With the aid of Mr. McCain's generous endowment, the Kokomo Rescue Mission is responding by assessing our intake procedures, increasing our residential capacity and educating our staff. His generosity is helping us address the root causes of homelessness, not simply provide temporary shelter. We are very thankful that Mr. McCain chose to invest in the Kokomo Rescue Mission. His endowment continues to expand his legacy of concern and compassion for our community."

Scott Brosman, chief executive officer for Camp Tecumseh YMCA, said the gift will positively impact youth. "Our Camp Tecumseh YMCA vision is to provide people of all backgrounds and all ages with the finest camp experiences in the country. This generous gift from the Dick and Joan McCain estate will help provide scholarship assistance to children attending our Outdoor Education, Day and Overnight camp programs. In addition, we are working on some new initiatives specifically to benefit youth in Carroll County."
The Wabash and Erie Canal Association's President Dan McCain shared that the gift fits into long-range planning goals. "For the Wabash and Erie Canal Association, this settlement of the McCain estate means we make our goal that was established in 2014 when we were in a long-range planning mode. Canal directors made a bold statement that the Association should create an endowment fund with the Carroll County Community Foundation and complete the funding of $2 million by 2024. At that time, we didn't know of the significance of the funding from the sale of Dick and Joan McCain's land. Now six years early, we add significantly to our existing fund and top that $2 million goal. With this gift, we can now set some new mileposts in the operation and funding of our 44-year-old non-profit corporation. Those early directors, all have passed on, would be so proud of this endowment success."

The McCain's previously had also established the Joan McCain Scholarship Fund benefiting Delphi Community High School students through the Carroll County Community Foundation.

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