RCCF Celebrates 25th Anniversary with New Logo, Grant Opportunity

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 9:59 AM

By Ripley County Community Foundation, news release

The colors of the Community Foundation’s new logo represent the organization's four areas of service.

(Ripley County, Ind.) - The year 2022 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Ripley County Community Foundation. For over two decades the Ripley County Community Foundation has worked with local governments, citizens, and organizations to identify opportunities, develop action plans, and leverage resources needed to achieve the dreams for a better Ripley County. This collaborative spirit has allowed the Ripley County Community Foundation to grow from $19,000 to $17 million in charitable assets while simultaneously granting over $16 million back into Ripley County.

In 1997, a group of innovative individuals came together to create a permanent source of grant dollars to benefit the quality of life in Ripley County. Together, and with the assistance of Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Rising Sun Regional Foundation, they established the Ripley County Community Foundation. Over the last 25 years, the enthusiasm expressed by those first Board Members has multiplied exponentially and has spread to every corner of Ripley County.

“Looking at the next 25 years, we are confident that the Ripley County Community Foundation will continue to impact our communities and will be a valuable resource to those who want to leave a legacy for future generations,” stated Amy Streator, Executive Director of the Ripley County Community Foundation.

A new logo will launch the Community Foundation into its next phase of stewardship. As part of the rebranding process, the Board of Directors conducted an introspective review of the Community Foundation’s mission and identified four pillars that will guide their future grantmaking. Those four pillars are: 1) Arts & Culture, 2) Business & Entrepreneurship, 3) Education, Health, & Well-Being, and 4) Environment & Natural Resources.

Streator noted, “Our new logo is a reflection of the Ripley County Community Foundation’s evolution into the next phase of our growth. This logo reveals who we are as an organization and where we are headed in the future.” 

The colors of the Community Foundation’s new logo represent the four areas of service. Arts & Culture is represented by the color purple which stands for inspiration, wisdom, and innovation. Business & Entrepreneurship is represented by the color blue to spotlight loyalty and stability. Education, Health, & Well-Being is represented by the color orange, which promotes generosity and optimism. Environment & Natural Resources is represented by the color green to signify growth and renewal. The heart represents the Community Foundation’s love for Ripley County.

“We are grateful to those who had the foresight to establish the Community Foundation, those who have donated, and those who have given their expertise to ensure that our grant making and programming has been, and remains, impactful,” said Streator. Streator further noted, “In appreciation for those 25 years of support, the Board of Directors has established a 25th Anniversary Impact Grant opportunity.”

The 25th Anniversary Impact Grants make a total of $100,000 available to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that are serving the people and places of Ripley County. Of the total funding available, $25,000 will be made available in each of the Community Foundation’s four service areas. Organizations can request between $1,000 and $25,000 per service area. Eligible applicants are non-profits who identify a plan or program which will leverage an opportunity available within the county, create a sustainable impact amongst one or more communities, can demonstrate cross-sector, cross-community, cross-county collaboration, and can clearly articulate how their organization, or project, aligns with more than one of the Community Foundation’s four service areas.

The 25th Anniversary Grant Application is accessible through the Community Foundation’s website at www.rccfonline.org/grants. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and will be reviewed each month beginning in April, 2022, or until available funding is expended. The first round of grant recipients will be announced on June 21st during the Ripley County Community Foundation’s Annual Dinner, and the second round of grant recipients will be announced on November 4th during the Ripley County Community Foundation’s Annual Day of Giving. Applications will no longer be accepted after Friday, September 9, 2022.

To learn more information about the Ripley County Community Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, please contact Amy Streator by emailing at office@rccfonline.org, calling 812-933-1098, or visiting 13 E. George Street, Suite B, Batesville, IN, 47006.

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