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Cass County Community Foundation
(574) 722-2200
History

In Indiana, Community Foundations as we know them are the "baby" of Lilly Endowment Inc. Lilly Endowment was started in 1937 by JK Lilly Sr. and his sons; JK Jr. and Eli to help the people of their city and state build a better life. In the years when Senator Lugar was Mayor of Indianapolis, a great portion of the Lilly Endowment income was poured into revitalizing the capital city. It wasn't long before the rest of the state saw how the transformation from "naptown" to a world-class city was accomplished in Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment Inc began remembering the rest of the state. They knew they were not in a position to effect change simply by pouring money into the communities. They needed a way to let local leaders be the conduit and so the plan became to establish Community Foundations throughout the state. In 1990 Lilly began to help local communities grow their own resources into community foundations and for many years provided matching dollars as an incentive to donors to give. You may remember some of the early matching Phases. Lilly also provided technical support and program support in the early years. They began with a 15-year dream and a plan that ended in 2005 with every county in Indiana benefiting from a community foundation.

The Cass County Community Foundation was originally part of a five county consortium known as the Northern Indiana Community Foundation and began in October 1993. However, as you might expect, people in Cass County were so committed and generous that the Cass County portion of contributions was growing at rates way beyond the other counties in the group. In 2000, Cass County separated from the NICF and became a stand-alone community foundation to benefit the people of Cass County and here we are!



Cass County Community Foundation Timeline

1993

Northern Indiana Community Foundation Began

Northern Indiana Community Foundation Began Cass County Community Foundation was originally part of a five county consortium known as the Northern Indiana Community Foundation and began in October 1993.

1994

Lisa Terry is First Executive Director

Lisa Terry is First Executive Director

1995

Cass County Carousel

Cass County Carousel

1996

Give Your Heart Serenades!

Give Your Heart Serenades!

1997

Family Fine Arts

Family Fine Arts

1998

1st Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

1st Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship ERic Foerg, Pioneer High School Senior is named first Cass County Lilly Scholar!

1999

Peyton Manning Speaks

Peyton Manning Speaks Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts Quarterback speaks in Logansport. Peyton donated the proceeds to start the "Back Home Again" Scholarship for non-traditional students.

2000

CCCF established as seperate entity

CCCF established as seperate entity

2001

Cass County Became a Stand-Alone Community Foundation

Cass County Became a Stand-Alone Community Foundation The Cass County portion of contributions was growing at rates way beyond the other counties in the NCIF. In 2000, Cass County separated from the NICF and became a stand-alone community foundation to benefit the people of Cass County.

2002

Valentines Day Song

Valentines Day Song

2003

Celebrating 10 years!

Celebrating 10 years!

2004

Goodbye to Our Executive Director Lisa Terry...

Goodbye to Our Executive Director Lisa Terry... Lisa Terry, the first Executive Director of CCCF resigns to take a position in Indianapolis.

2005

Deanna Crispen named new CCCF Executive Director

Deanna Crispen named new CCCF Executive Director Deanna Crispen, former CCCF Board Member was named Executive Director in May 2005

2006

CCCF Receives $250,000 for SRD

CCCF Receives $250,000 for SRD CCCF received a $250,000 grant from Lilly Endowment to support Sustaining Resource Development. Board members Randy Head and Alan Biggs, along with Executive Director Deanna Crispen wrote the proposal.

2007

SRD funds County Outreach

SRD funds County Outreach Using the funds provided by SRD, the Community Foundation hosted events in Royal Center, Walton, and Galveston to create awareness.

2008

A New address

A New address We moved to 417 North Street after many years in the National City Bank Building

2009

Cultural Exchange

Cultural Exchange CCCF is active in the Cultural Exchange Initiative.

2010

Non-Profit Excellence

Non-Profit Excellence CCCF sponsors series of workshops to inspire and grow community non-profits!

2011

Back Home Again

Back Home Again A Record number of awards for non-traditional students!

2012

A Gift to the Community

A Gift to the Community A new mobile stage grant kicked off the 20th Anniversary Year!

2013

A Gift of a Lifetime

A Gift of a Lifetime This unique piece was owned by Bill and Valerie Frushour and came to CCCF through their estate.

2014

Football Food Drives

Football Food Drives Each fall CCCF hosts Football Food Drives at the local high school games to help feed the hungry and promote sportsmanship!

2015

A New Home!

A New Home! Our beautiful new office was dedicated on May 21, 2015

2016

Judge Julian and Dr. Sue Ridlen honored with Thanks For Giving Award

Judge Julian and Dr. Sue Ridlen honored with Thanks For Giving Award

1993

Northern Indiana Community Foundation Began

Northern Indiana Community Foundation Began Cass County Community Foundation was originally part of a five county consortium known as the Northern Indiana Community Foundation and began in October 1993.

1994

Lisa Terry is First Executive Director

Lisa Terry is First Executive Director

1995

Cass County Carousel

Cass County Carousel

1996

Give Your Heart Serenades!

Give Your Heart Serenades!

1997

Family Fine Arts

Family Fine Arts

1998

1st Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

1st Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship ERic Foerg, Pioneer High School Senior is named first Cass County Lilly Scholar!

1999

Peyton Manning Speaks

Peyton Manning Speaks Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts Quarterback speaks in Logansport. Peyton donated the proceeds to start the "Back Home Again" Scholarship for non-traditional students.

2000

CCCF established as seperate entity

CCCF established as seperate entity

2001

Cass County Became a Stand-Alone Community Foundation

Cass County Became a Stand-Alone Community Foundation The Cass County portion of contributions was growing at rates way beyond the other counties in the NCIF. In 2000, Cass County separated from the NICF and became a stand-alone community foundation to benefit the people of Cass County.

2002

Valentines Day Song

Valentines Day Song

2003

Celebrating 10 years!

Celebrating 10 years!

2004

Goodbye to Our Executive Director Lisa Terry...

Goodbye to Our Executive Director Lisa Terry... Lisa Terry, the first Executive Director of CCCF resigns to take a position in Indianapolis.

2005

Deanna Crispen named new CCCF Executive Director

Deanna Crispen named new CCCF Executive Director Deanna Crispen, former CCCF Board Member was named Executive Director in May 2005

2006

CCCF Receives $250,000 for SRD

CCCF Receives $250,000 for SRD CCCF received a $250,000 grant from Lilly Endowment to support Sustaining Resource Development. Board members Randy Head and Alan Biggs, along with Executive Director Deanna Crispen wrote the proposal.

2007

SRD funds County Outreach

SRD funds County Outreach Using the funds provided by SRD, the Community Foundation hosted events in Royal Center, Walton, and Galveston to create awareness.

2008

A New address

A New address We moved to 417 North Street after many years in the National City Bank Building

2009

Cultural Exchange

Cultural Exchange CCCF is active in the Cultural Exchange Initiative.

2010

Non-Profit Excellence

Non-Profit Excellence CCCF sponsors series of workshops to inspire and grow community non-profits!

2011

Back Home Again

Back Home Again A Record number of awards for non-traditional students!

2012

A Gift to the Community

A Gift to the Community A new mobile stage grant kicked off the 20th Anniversary Year!

2013

A Gift of a Lifetime

A Gift of a Lifetime This unique piece was owned by Bill and Valerie Frushour and came to CCCF through their estate.

2014

Football Food Drives

Football Food Drives Each fall CCCF hosts Football Food Drives at the local high school games to help feed the hungry and promote sportsmanship!

2015

A New Home!

A New Home! Our beautiful new office was dedicated on May 21, 2015

2016

Judge Julian and Dr. Sue Ridlen honored with Thanks For Giving Award

Judge Julian and Dr. Sue Ridlen honored with Thanks For Giving Award