Community Foundation Receives $750,000 Matching Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

WINCHESTER, INDIANA – The Community Foundation of Randolph County has received a matching fund grant totaling $750,000 as part of the eighth phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s initiative, Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VIII).

This $750,000 grant will significantly bolster the Foundation’s ability to build financial assets and support charitable activities. Specifically, the $750,000 will be allocated to enhance the Foundation’s unrestricted endowments, known as Community Enrichment funds. These funds provide crucial flexibility to address community needs through strategic grantmaking over time.

During the matching period from October 1, 2023, to December 31, 2025, the Endowment will generously provide $2 for every $1 contributed to any new or existing Community Enrichment unrestricted endowment while funds are available. This remarkable matching ratio underscores Lilly Endowment’s dedication to maximizing the impact of philanthropic investments in Randolph County.

Lisa Jennings, Executive Director of the Community Foundation, expressed enthusiasm for this partnership, stating, “The Community Foundation is deeply honored to be a recipient of this grant, which will have a transformative impact on our community. We are excited to embark on this journey and are committed to achieving the objectives outlined in this grant.”

To participate in this matching opportunity, donors can mail a check to the Community Foundation of Randolph County (120 W. Washington St., Winchester, IN 47394) with a memo of “Community Enrichment” or contribute online (

The Community Foundation of Randolph County partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives. Since 1993, the Community Foundation has helped generous donors to meet community needs, provide scholarship opportunities to local students, and made grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve Randolph County. The Community Foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success by bringing people and resources together. To learn more, go to