Community Foundation Week has been celebrated every November 12th-18th since 1989, to raise awareness of the critical role of philanthropy in supporting thriving communities across the country. Community foundations are the fastest growing philanthropic sectors in the United States today. They build and strengthen communities in a variety of ways including providing the means for donors to create permanent funds to meet critical needs. The first community foundation was established over 100 years ago in Cleveland, Ohio. Today there are more than 750 in the United States alone.
In the past year, South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) was pleased to receive over $2 million in gifts and awarded over $1.75 million in grants and educational scholarships to our 5 county area consisting of Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Ringgold, & Union and our 3 affiliate counties of Adams, Appanoose, and Wayne. Several of the grants awarded benefited our local schools, fire departments, daycare facilities, public libraries, conservation, senior centers, and parks.
SCICF is proud to give back to our local communities! For more information, visit us at scicf.org.