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Community Foundation facts:

The first U.S. Community Foundation was established in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio.

There are more than 750 Community Foundations Nationwide.

There are more than 1,650 Community Foundations Worldwide.

There are 92 Community Foundations in the State of Indiana.

Community Foundations nationwide hold more than $66 billion in assets.

Community Foundations nationwide (annually) give more than $4.9 billion in local grants and scholarships.

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Your Community Foundation at a glance (1989 – 2014):

The Elkhart County Community Foundation (ECCF) was established in 1989.

ECCF total assets as of FY ’12-’13 totaled $227 million.

ECCF has awarded nearly $52 million since our inception.

Each year the funding available for grants is 5% of the endowment’s average value for 16 previous quarters.

In fiscal year 2014, we awarded $7 million in grants and scholarships.

ECCF’s largest single donor was Guy “David” Gundlach, giving an estimated $150 million.

ECCF is governed by a 21 Member Board of Trustees.

ECCF has awarded grants to more than 275 not-for-profits serving Elkhart County.

ECCF holds three unrestricted funds: The Fund for Elkhart County, Fund for Excellence, and Scholarship Fund for Elkhart County.

ECCF has partnered with the Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Program since its beginning in 1998.

ECCF is a nationally accredited community foundation through the Council on Foundations.

ECCF grants in the areas of Youth Development, Vibrant Community, and Quality of Life.






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