Evansville, Indiana – An historic amount of $413,188 has been awarded as grants to 19 charitable organizations from the City of Evansville Endowment Fund (CEEF) during their annual grant cycle this fall. The CEEF is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc. The CEEF mission is to assist nonprofit charitable organizations in Evansville, and 60% percent of its grant funding is required to be distributed in support of activities in the 4th and 6th wards.
The recipients this year are Carver Community Organization; Community One, Inc.; Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center; Evansville African American Museum; Evansville Christian Life Center; Evansville Civic Theatre; Evansville Museum of Arts, History, & Science; Habitat for Humanity of Evansville; Joshua Academy; Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe); Media Ministries, Inc./Dream Center; Memorial Community Development Corp.; Patchwork Central; Southwestern Healthcare, Inc.; Sycamore Services; The Arc of Evansville; The Potter’s Wheel, Inc.; Tristate Men’s Center/Brothers Keeper; and YWCA of Evansville.
A reception and awards presentation to grant recipients was held Tuesday, November 15, at the Visiting Nurse Association of Southwestern Indiana/Deaconess VNA Homecare and Hospice.
At their quarterly meeting in September, the CEEF board of directors voted to increase the spending level to this year’s total distribution, the largest in CEEF’s history, representing an increase of more than $30,000 from last year’s total amount. The annual grant cycle began in May.
Jerome Stewart, president of the CEEF Board, notes that granting $413,188 was an enormous opportunity for the Board to support the local charitable community and will help ensure valuable services, resources, and assistance are maintained, expanded, and improved for the many people these recipient organizations serve in Evansville.
“The CEEF board is thrilled that we are again granting even more than before, to so many worthy non-profit organizations needing assistance,” Stewart said. “We feel these grants can make a real impact on the entire Evansville community.”
The CEEF originated in 1994, when former Mayor Frank McDonald II proposed that $5 million of revenue from the riverboat be invested in a way that would serve the City of Evansville forever.
After an extensive study of investment options by the Mayor and the City Council, the decision was made in 1998 to establish the endowment fund as a “supporting organization” of the Community Foundation Alliance. As a supporting organization, the CEEF is a distinct legal entity affiliated with the Alliance, created as a public charity under the Alliance’s umbrella. The CEEF’s earnings allow for grantmaking year after year.
The Community Foundation Alliance is a network of 9 county Community Foundations serving southwestern Indiana, working with each to promote philanthropy, build endowment and improve wellbeing in local communities.
Non-profit organizations wishing to receive email notification at the start of next year’s CEEF grant cycle should visit the Alliance webpage for the CEEF: https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/city-evansville-endowment-fund/
Please address any further inquiries or questions to:
Melinda Waldroup, Program Director
812.429.1191 ext. 3 (main) | 877.429.1191 (toll-free)