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Ripley County Community Foundation Celebrates Year of Giving at Annual Meeting

Ripley County Community Foundation Celebrates Year of Giving at Annual Meeting

RCCF celebrated the achievements of the past year.

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(Batesville, Ind.) – The Ripley County Community Foundation held its annual meeting on June 25, welcoming more than 200 community members, donors and partners.

The event served as a platform to celebrate RCCF’s achievements over the past year and express gratitude for the ongoing support that fuels their mission.

“We were so pleased with the turnout for this year’s annual meeting,” said Amy Streator, Executive Director of the Ripley County Community Foundation. “It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the community, showcase our impact and recognize the incredible individuals who make our work possible.”

In 2023, RCCF awarded 209 grants totaling over $410,000 to Ripley County. These grants supported a variety of initiatives, from enhancing arts programs and environmental projects to stimulating economic development and supporting health and well-being in Ripley County.

Last year was another year of significant growth for RCCF, with twelve new charitable funds established and by year-end the Community Foundation’s assets exceeding $16 million.

RCCF’s work goes beyond grantmaking. The Women’s Giving Circle empowered women to pool their resources and maximize their philanthropic impact. The Turnover Hunger Program connected student-athletes to local food insecurity needs. Ripley Youth Outreach partnered with local partners to bring free Wi-Fi and murals to Daren Baker Memorial Park. Finally, Wreaths Across Ripley County honored more than 4,400 veterans during the holiday season.

The foundation has awarded more than $130,200 in scholarships to 66 students since January 1, 2024. This includes supporting 28 current college students and 38 graduates from the Class of 2024.

Another big development in 2023 was the launch of the Imagination Library program in Ripley County, a partnership between RCCF, the Southeastern Indiana YMCA, Batesville Memorial Library, Osgood/Milan Library, and Tyson Library.

The national program encourages a love of reading from an early age by providing high-quality, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age five. The program has already impacted more than 700 local children.

For more information on how to join RCCF, visit: www.rccfonline.org.