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
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
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.
Lisa Terry is First Executive Director
Cass County Carousel
Give Your Heart Serenades!
Family Fine Arts
1st Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
ERic Foerg, Pioneer High School Senior is named first Cass County Lilly Scholar!
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.
CCCF established as seperate entity
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.
Valentines Day Song
Celebrating 10 years!
Goodbye to Our Executive Director Lisa Terry...
Lisa Terry, the first Executive Director of CCCF resigns to take a position in Indianapolis.
Deanna Crispen named new CCCF Executive Director
Deanna Crispen, former CCCF Board Member was named Executive Director in May 2005
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.
SRD funds County Outreach
Using the funds provided by SRD, the Community Foundation hosted events in Royal Center, Walton, and Galveston to create awareness.
A New address
We moved to 417 North Street after many years in the National City Bank Building
CCCF is active in the Cultural Exchange Initiative.
CCCF sponsors series of workshops to inspire and grow community non-profits!
Back Home Again
A Record number of awards for non-traditional students!
A Gift to the Community
A new mobile stage grant kicked off the 20th Anniversary Year!
A Gift of a Lifetime
This unique piece was owned by Bill and Valerie Frushour and came to CCCF through their estate.
Football Food Drives
Each fall CCCF hosts Football Food Drives at the local high school games to help feed the hungry and promote sportsmanship!
A New Home!
Our beautiful new office was dedicated on May 21, 2015