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The Community Foundation of Howard County, Inc. 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!
March 2021 marks the 30th anniversary for the Community Foundation of Howard County Inc., which began helping the community in 1991.
Starting with a $10,000 grant from the United Way of Howard County, the Community Foundation of Howard County today manages 296 funds with assets totaling more than $51.1 million. With its generous donor-base, the Foundation has made grants of more than $16 million to help make our community a better place. This amount includes approximately $13.3 million in grants and $2.7 million in scholarships, with an additional $4.2 million in Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. Read more.
The Community Foundation of Howard County has awarded $316,388 in competitive grants and $83,000 in rapid response grants in 2020. 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.
Jaeden Hannah and Jennah Jones have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the Community Foundation of Howard County 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Jaeden, son of Kraig and Brandy Hannah, is a Eastern High School student. Jennah, daughter of Steven and Kristy Jones, is a Northwestern High School student. The Community Foundation of Howard County recognized the accomplishments of the other five finalists with $1,500 scholarships. They are Ava Briggs, Kokomo High School; Mason Harrell, Northwestern High School; Truman Howerton, Taylor High School; Clayton Kelly, Western High School; and Leann Saul, Northwestern High School. Read more.
The Community Foundation Serving Howard, Clinton and Carroll Counties has received a Community Leadership Grant of $350,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. Howard County received a $150,000 grant, and Clinton and Carroll counties each received a $100,000 grant. The Community Leadership Implementation Grants were based on county population. With the grants, the Community Foundation will fund mental health and addiction services navigators in each county. Read more.
The Community Foundation of Howard County 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 16 community conversations in Howard County to determine the emerging aspirations that citizens feel are important to the future well-being and growth of our community. The conversations revealed four aspirations: mentally healthy/drug-free, safe, economically healthy and culturally diverse.
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 Howard 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.
Howard County's current net worth is $3.57 billion. Over the next 50 years, Howard County is expected to transfer $3.5 billion to the next generation. If everyone gave 5 percent to the Community Foundation, total grantmaking would increase $2.58 million per year. Watch the video to learn the impact on Howard County.
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