- About Us
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!
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.
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 Carroll 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.
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.
The Carroll County Community Foundation has awarded $31,800 in competitive grants to Carroll County nonprofit organizations in 2019. Read more.
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.
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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