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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!

  • 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists Selected

    The Carroll County Community Foundation congratulates the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship finalists. The scholarship provides full tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for books and equipment for four years at any Indiana nonprofit public or private university or college. The students listed below were selected to be interviewed as part of the application process. In Carroll County, one finalist will be awarded the scholarship.

    -Jackson Ayres, Carroll High School
    -Ava Charnley, Delphi Community High School
    -Trinity Kelly, Carroll High School
    -Elijah Ladd, Delphi Community High School

  • 'Friends of Carroll County' Supports Carroll County Community Foundation

    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.

  • Community Foundation Serving Howard, Clinton and Carroll Counties Receives Lilly Endowment Inc. Large-Scale Community Leadership Grant

    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.

  • Community Foundation Serving Howard, Clinton and Carroll Counties Receives Lilly Endowment Inc. Community Leadership Grants

    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.

  • Lilly Endowment Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow Community Leadership Initiative

    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.

    Carroll County Community Conversation Report

    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.

    TECA Report – Safe, Mentally Healthy & Drug-Free    
    TECA Report – Progressive, Growing & Vibrant
    TECA Report – Supportive, Engaging & Inclusive

    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.

    Carroll County Assessments Report         

    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.

  • 2020 Carroll County Scholarship Recipients Announced

    Twenty students from Carroll County high schools and statewide universities will have help in their studies during the 2020-21 school year, thanks to the Carroll County Community Foundation.

    The foundation has awarded scholarships and renewals from funds with an approximate value of $245,172. This includes administering the award and finalists for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. (The Carroll County Community Foundation Scholars group comprises the Lilly finalists.) Read more.

  • Wabash Heartland Innovation Network

    The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) received a $38.9 million grant from Lilly Endowment to help a 10-county region become a global hub for agriculture and advanced manufacturing.  Carroll and Clinton counties are included in the region and will benefit from this long-term regional prosperity effort. To learn more about WHIN, go to regional proserity.

  • L & A Park Foundation Fund Established Through the Carroll County Community Foundation

    In honor of Libby German and Abby Williams, the family of Libby German has established the 'L & A Park Foundation Fund' through the Carroll County Community Foundation. Give Now / Read more.

  • Liberty German Scholarship Fund Established Through the Carroll County Community Foundation

    To honor her memory, the family of Libby German has established the 'Liberty German Scholarship' Fund through the Carroll County Community Foundation. Give Now / Read more.

  • Abigail Williams Scholarship Fund Established Through the Carroll County Community Foundation

    To honor her memory, the family of Abby Williams has established the 'Abigail Williams Scholarship' Fund through the Carroll County Community Foundation. Give Now / Read more.

  • 5% Giving -- An Attainable Approach to Giving

    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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