Community Foundation of Boone County awards matching grants to local nonprofits

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The Community Foundation of Boone County recently announced it would give matching grants to 18 county nonprofits to help offset unexpected expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The foundation surveyed nonprofit organizations serving Boone County, of which 92 percent reported lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and 65 percent now have new, permanent costs due to the pandemic, such as cleaning supplies and technology costs, according to the foundation. However, with revenue down and costs up, 60 percent of the nonprofits reported experiencing an increase in demand for services, including mental health services, child abuses cases, food programs and outdoor activities.

When considering its remaining grant funds for 2020, the CFBC board of directors and staff launched a community-wide grant program to meet the broad, increased needs in Boone County. The initiative consists of two components: $150,000 in unrestricted, immediate grants to three Boone County school corporations, and a community matching grant program for Boone County nonprofit organizations. The goal of the program is to support several Boone County nonprofits that have experienced lost revenue and increased expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, 18 nonprofits applied for the program, and because of donations from current and past donors, the CFBC was able to award the matching grant in various amounts to all 18 applicants. The participating organizations have until December 31 to raise the matching amounts.

“We are so blessed today to stand on the shoulders of the generosity of those that came before us and link arms with 18 of our beloved nonprofits to help them weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Jodi Gietl, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Boone County. “This is how our local communities comes together to survive this crisis. The Community Foundation of Boone County remains resolute in our commitment to serving the 67,000 residents of Boone County today and beyond.”

Every dollar donated to the participating nonprofits directly will be matched, up to the maximum amount awarded. The 18 nonprofit organizations participating in the matching grant are:

  • Black Box Theatre Co., Inc.
  • Boone County Cancer Society
  • Boone County Mentoring Partnership
  • Boys & Girls Club of Boone County
  • Brick Street Poetry, Inc.
  • Center Stage Community Theatre
  • House of Grace
  • Humane Society for Boone County
  • Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library Foundation
  • ICAN
  • Maplelawn Farmstead
  • Mental Health America in Boone County
  • Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
  • Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center
  • The Caring Center
  • Witham Family YMCA
  • Zionsville Center for Art, History and Genealogy, Inc. (The SullivanMunce Cultural Center)
  • Zionsville Lions Park

To date, the foundation has granted over $220,000 to Boone County nonprofit organizations, schools, families, and communities impacted by the pandemic. CFBC is currently in a matching gift campaign with Lilly Endowment, Inc., which will add $2 million to its permanent funds.

Since 1991, the Community Foundation of Boone County has granted over $25 million from its various funds to nonprofit organizations and programs working to solve critical challenges in Boone County.

Gifts made to the Boone County Community Impact Fund are tripled through this matching opportunity. To join the campaign, visit www.giveboonecounty.org.


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