Timeline

1984
Robert W. Evans and Stephen C. Jones

envisioned the benefits of a community foundation serving Putnam County.

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1985
October 8

A meeting of the Subscribing Members of the Putnam County Community Foundation was held on October 8, 1985 at DePauw University Administration Building at 10:30 a.m. to approve the Articles oflncorporation for filing with the Secretary of State's office.

October 17

On October 17, 1985, the Putnam County Community Foundation was incorporated as the Putnam County Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization in the State of lndiana.

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December 18

On December 18, 1985, Aura May Durham became the first donor of record, contributing $1,500 to what would become the Community Grants Endowment.

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Central National Bank

Central National Bank, Greencastle, Indiana Account #30-5561 was approved as the first depository of the Community Foundation.

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1986
The first meeting

The first meeting of the Board of Directors of the Putnam County Community Foundation was held at 16 South Jackson Street at 9:00 a.m. on January 8, 1986 to approve the By-Laws and elect officers.

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June 12

On June 12, 1986, the Internal Revenue Service provided interim determination of tax exempt status to the Putnam County Community Foundation.

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Dian Phillips helped create the Community Foundation's original logo, incorporating a photo of the Putnam County Courthouse clock taken by Lawrence Taylor. The Community Foundation's first brochure was completed in December 1986.

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July 14

The Clinton Township Scholarship Fund became the Community Foundation's first restricted endowment on July 14, 1986.

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1987
May 1

The first annual meeting of the Putnam County Community Foundation was held on May 1, 1987 in the Terrace Room of the DePauw University Student Union Building at 6:30 p.m.

August 14

On August 14, 1987, the Board of Directors awarded the Community Foundation's first grant to Fillmore to help the Town cover the cost of becoming incorporated. The amount was $150.00.

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1991
Lilly Endowment, Inc

Lilly Endowment, Inc. announced the Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative, whose purpose was to establish an active Community Foundation serving every county in Indiana.

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Partnership Center

Along with five equity partners, the Community Foundation purchased a building and established the Partnership Center.

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Barbara Mann was hired as Executive Secretary

Barbara Mann was hired as Executive Secretary, becoming the Community Foundation's first employee and serving from September 24, 1991 to 1992.

Robert and Roberta McCormick

Robert and Roberta McCormick donated the Community Foundation's first real estate gift, a vacant lot in downtown Greencastle.

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April 19

On April 19, 1991, the Internal Revenue Service provided the Putnam County Community Foundation with a final determination letter approving its charitable status.

May 13

On May 13, 1991, the Community Foundation was the beneficiary of its first bequest from Dale and Elizabeth Teaford.

November 14

Initially requesting to be anonymous, Vera Mae Kierstead became the first person to name the Community Foundation as a beneficiary of a Charitable Remainder Unitrust on November 14, 1991.

1992
April 1992

The Founders Club honored persons who made an unrestricted gift of $500 per individual or $750 per couple prior to April 1992.

D. Lisa Gibson

D. Lisa Gibson was hired on August 1, 1992 as Executive Secretary and was promoted to pait time Executive Director, serving until August 5, 1994.

1993
$3.0 million

Community Foundation assets reached $3.0 million including deferred gifts.

1994
Alice June

In August, the Community Foundation hired its first full-time Executive Director: Alice June "A.J." Hacker.

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1995
Lilly Endowment GIFT I

Lilly Endowment GIFT I was successfully achieved during the last month of the year.

1997
Lilly Endowment GIFT II

Lilly Endowment GIFT II challenge was successfully achieved.

Lilly Endowment Commnunity Scholarship Program

Lilly Endowment Commnunity Scholarship Program was initiated.

1998
Lilly Endowment GIFT III

Lilly Endowment GIFT III awarded $750,000 to local charitable organizations with the help of the Putnam County Community Foundation.

1999
$10 million

The Community Foundation's net assets exceeded $10 million by year end.

2000
Community Foundation self-assessment.

Taking Stock Report provided in-depth Community Foundation self-assessment.

Lilly Endowment issues GIFT IV

Lilly Endowment issues GIFT IV challenge by offering to match 100 percent of the value of every donation made to the Community Grants Fund up to $2 million.

$1 million

Cumulative grants and scholarships from endowment funds reached $1 million.

2001
Lilly Endowment GIFT IV

Lilly Endowment GIFT IV was successfully achieved.

The Community Foundation's first

The Community Foundation's first website was established.

One hundred active funds and endowments

One hundred active funds and endowments were administered by the Community Foundation.

2002
M. Elaine Peck.

The Community Foundation hired its second Executive Director: M. Elaine Peck.

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August I 6

The Corporation legally changed its name to the Putnam County Community Foundation, Inc. on August I 6, 2002.

Community Foundation and the United Way of Putnam County.

A conununity strengths and needs assessment was completed through a joint effort of the Community Foundation and the United Way of Putnam County.

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2003
The Community Foundation's website

The Community Foundation's website was expanded to provide on-line access to a full range of services.

The Share the Dream Challenge Program

The Share the Dream Challenge Program was launched to encourage fund raising efforts.

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2004
$2 million

Cumulative grants and scholarships from endowment funds reached $2 million.

2005
The Community program

The Community program was initiated with five partners and targeted increasing educational achievement and workforce preparedness in Putnam County.

The Community Foundation's

The Community Foundation's first comprehensive written strategic plan was developed.

2006
The Nonprofit Learning Series

The Nonprofit Learning Series was initiated to increase Putnam County nonprofit competencies.

The Youth Philanthropy Committee

The Youth Philanthropy Committee was established to develop experiences of philanthropy in Putnam County's youth.

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The Knoy Resource Center

The Knoy Resource Center in Cloverdale increased 21st Century Scholarship enrollment by more than 50%.

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The Endowment Builder program

The Endowment Builder program initiated to help charities achieve financial strength.

The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation administers 150 active funds and endowments for charitable individuals and organizations.

2007
Mary Louise Miller

Mary Louise Miller passed away on January 9, 2007. Miss Miller is the largest benefactor of the Community Foundation.

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$375,000

A grant commitment of $375,000 for the Ivy Tech Community College Greencastle Campus is the largest single grant award in the Community Foundation's first 25 years.

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$5.0 million

Cumulative grants and scholarships from endowments reached $3 million. Cumulative grants and scholarships from both endowments and funds reached $5.0 million.

2009
Envision 2011 program

Envision 2011 program is announced: which awarded $100,000 in 2011 to Putnam Rise.

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2009
$7.0 million

Cumulative grants and scholarships from endowments reached $4 million. Cumulative grants and scholarships from both endowments and funds reached $7.0 million.

2010
More than 200 active funds and endowments

More than 200 active funds and endowments are administered by the Putnam County Community Foundation.

October 2

On October 2, 2010 the Community Foundation's Silver Anniversary Celebration attracts 210 to celebrate first 25 years.

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2012
$9 million

Cumulative grants and scholarships from endowment funds reached $9 million.

2014
The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation administers 250 active funds and endowments for charitable individuals and organizations.

The Lilly GIFT VI

The Lilly GIFT VI challenge was announced and provided a $500,000 matching opportunity for the community.

$10 million

Cumulative grants and scholarships from endowment funds reached $10 million.

2015
$25 million

The Community Foundation's net assets exceeded $25 million by year end.

October 17

On October 17, 2015 the Putnam County Community Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary.

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$1 million a year

The Community Foundation began awarding more than $1 million a year in grants and scholarships.

2016
Lilly Endowment GIFT VI

Lilly Endowment GIFT VI was successfully achieved.

Envision 2016

Envision 2016 awarded grants to People Paythways and the Heritage Perservation Society.

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2017
$30 million

The Community Foundation's net assets exceeded $30 million by year end.

2018
The Lilly GIFT VII

The Lilly GIFT VII challenge was announced as a $500,000 matching opportunity.

2019
Brandon Wells

The Community Foundation hired its third Executive Director: Brandon Wells.

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$35 million

The Community Foundation's net assets exceeded $35 million by year end.

Administrative Assistant

The Community Foundation staff expanded to five members when an Administrative Assistant position was added to the team.

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2020
Lilly Endowment GIFT VII

Lilly Endowment GIFT VII challenge was successfully achieved.

The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation administers 300 active funds and endowments for charitable individuals and organizations.

Putnam County Relief Fund

Putnam County Relief Fund was activated to assist community in combatting emerging and long-term needs caused by COVID-19.

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Launched a newly-refreshed website

Launched a newly-refreshed website that was user and mobile-friendly as well as providing the community with an array of resources.

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