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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 provided an opportunity to celebrate RCCF’s accomplishments over the past year and express gratitude for the continued support that enables us to fulfill our mission.

“We were thrilled with the turnout for this year’s Annual Meeting,” said Amy Streator, Executive Director of the Ripley County Community Foundation. “It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with the community, showcase our impact and recognize the incredible people who make our work possible.”

In 2023, RCCF awarded 209 grants totaling more than $410,000 back to Ripley County. These grants supported initiatives ranging from enhancing arts programs and environmental projects to supporting economic development and promoting health and wellness in Ripley County.

The past year was also a year of significant growth for RCCF. Twelve new charitable funds were established. By the end of the year, the Community Foundation’s assets exceeded $16 million.

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

Since January 1, 2024, the Foundation has awarded more than $130,200 in scholarships to 66 students. This includes support for 28 current college students and 38 graduating seniors from the Class of 2024.

Another major milestone in 2023 was the partnership between RCCF, the Southeastern Indiana YMCA, Batesville Memorial Library, Osgood/Milan Library, and Tyson Library to launch the Imagination Library program in Ripley County.

The national program provides high-quality, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age five, fostering a love of reading from a young age. The program has already impacted over 700 local children.

For more information about how to get involved with RCCF, visit www.rccfonline.org.