Lilly Endowment GIFT VIII

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Introducing GIFT VIII

The Montgomery County Community Foundation is pleased to announce its intent to apply for a $750,000 Matching Fund Grant through the eighth phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.'s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VIII). This grant is one of three funding opportunities available to the community foundation through GIFT VIII for which Lilly Endowment has allocated up to $210 million to support Indiana's community foundations in their efforts to enhance the quality of life across the state.

Beginning October 1, 2023, Lilly Endowment Inc. will provide a $2 match for every $1 gift made to any unrestricted endowed funds.

Why is this important to our community?

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, assets of the Montgomery County Community Foundation have grown steadily over the years. However, our unrestricted resources, which are used to address our community’s greatest needs, continue to have greater demand. GIFT VIII has the potential to significantly impact our community for many years to come. Building our unrestricted endowment will allow us more flexibility and a greater capacity to address critical needs as they arise in our community.

Unrestricted Endowment-Building

Unrestricted funds help secure long-term sustainability. Here’s how the $2 : $1 match can work for you and the community:
  • Establish a Named Fund
    • Unrestricted gifts benefit a wide variety of needs in the community, while establishing assets for the future. With this match, you can establish a named fund for $1,700, rather than the required $5,000.

  • Contribute to an Existing Fund at MCCF
    • Donors who would prefer not to establish a fund are still welcome to be part of this matching gift opportunity by making a contribution to an existing unrestricted fund at MCCF.
      For a list of established unrestricted funds, click here.

If you’ve considered establishing a fund at MCCF, now is the time!
Or, if you’re looking for a way to maximize your charitable giving, there has never been a better opportunity.

If you would like to take advantage of the GIFT VIII Initiative, please call us at 362-1267 or feel free to stop by our office. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss these options with you and help you make a lasting investment in our community. The GIFT VIII matching initiative is from October 1, 2023 to December 31, 2025.

If you are ready to make a gift, our online giving portal can be accessed here.

Please note that gifts will be matched on a first come, first served basis while matching funds are available.