In January 1999, an anonymous gift of $50,000 was made to the Decatur County Community Foundation for the benefit of South Park Cemetery. The donor used the Foundation to create an endowment—a permanent source of income—known as the South Park Cemetery Preservation Fund.
At the time of the original gift, a match challenge was available through the Lilly Endowment. Through wise investing the gift has returned more than $50,000 in distributions in just the last 15 years. That return is a testament why donors choose to endow their money at the Foundation.