About Decatur County Community Foundation
As our community's most versatile philanthropic organization, Decatur County Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter. Our goal is to leverage the power of generosity to change lives for the better — now, and in the future.
Here at Decatur County Community Foundation, we believe that something special happens when dreamers come together — dreamers who really care about their neighbors and want to see great things happen right here at home. When dreamers come together, dreams become reality, and that's what we're all about!
To inspire the generosity of our community to create a lasting impact.
We accomplish this in four ways:
We help visionary donors practice highly effective charitable giving.
We award grants to not-for-profits doing good in the community.
We award scholarships to ease the financial burden of education for students.
We provide leadership to make Decatur County a better, more beautiful, more equitable community.
In 1992, a group of concerned volunteers gathered to establish a community foundation in Decatur County. They recognized that this new type of charitable organization would provide something Decatur County never had before: a charitable organization that allows donors to support any type of charity and more importantly, a foundation that is established to last forever.
They worked diligently to establish the organization and gain those first gifts. Each gift was invested into a permanent fund. Those gifts have developed into the existing endowment. Providing over $1.5 million in grants and helping to bring $2 million to the community in Lilly Endowment Funds, the Foundation has become a constant source of financial support to local non-profits.
The volunteers and staff have established a structured group of committees, which actively monitor investments, grants, scholarships, donor relations, and overall operation of the Decatur County Community Foundation.