Not-for-profits, Residents Gather at Hamilton County Community Foundation’s Celebration of Philanthropy

Foundation announces 2020 plans, kicks-off $1M campaign

At its annual Celebration of Philanthropy event on Nov. 7, Hamilton County Community Foundation honored three community leaders, each of whom allocated a $5,000 grant to the organization of their choice. The foundation also announced a campaign to raise $1 million for the unrestricted Endowment for Hamilton County. If raised, those funds will be matched 2:1 through Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT), an initiative of Lilly Endowment Inc, and would increase the foundation’s grant-making power in perpetuity.

At the event, Hamilton County Community Foundation awarded three Community Pillar Awards to Mayor Scott Fadness, Lauren Guynn and Dan Clark for their work in the areas of mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth, respectively. Each recipient was given $5,000 each to award to a not-for-profit serving Hamilton County.

Mayor Scott Fadness with the City of Fishers awarded $5,000 to Youth Mentoring Initiative, which builds and sustains a mentoring community with high levels of service, integrity, encouragement and empathy for students.

Lauren Guynn with Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County awarded $5,000 to Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND) to support a home repair partnership with Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County.

Dan Clark with Ivy Tech Hamilton County awarded $5,000 to Good Samaritan Network for a new community workforce development project that includes education and training linked to a web-based directory.

More than 400 Hamilton County residents mingled with representatives from 50 local not-for-profit organizations at Celebration of Philanthropy before Hamilton County Community Foundation shared several innovative projects and partnerships for 2020. The new efforts include a feasibility study for a not-for-profit innovation center and a social impact investment business line for the foundation.

Additionally, the foundation kicked off a campaign to raise $1 million for the Endowment for Hamilton County by Dec. 31, 2020 that will be eligible for a 2:1 match offered by Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII initiative. If the foundation raises $1 million, the additional $2 million in matching funds will increase Hamilton County Community Foundation’s grant-making power by $150,000 annually and in perpetuity. Since it was established in 1991, the Endowment for Hamilton County has invested $5.8 million into initiatives and organizations throughout the county.

More information about Hamilton County Community Foundation’s impact in the community or to make a gift to the unrestricted Endowment for Hamilton County, visit

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