Profiles

Washington County Community Foundation

1707 North Shelby Street
Post Office Box 50
Salem, Indiana 47167
United States

Mission

To engage people, build resources and strengthen our community.

Most Meaningful Change

1) This was a big year for Education Matters, as we got this initiative up and running. Much activity continues on a local and regional level, and we are partnering with IVY-Tech to provide free classes at the Community Learning Center. 2) In 2005, before giving a substantial grant to the county, the foundation conducted a community needs assessment that led us to focus on youth development. After assessing about 1,500 sixth- through 12th-graders in three county schools using a survey based on the “40 Developmental Assets” (created by the Minnesota-based SEARCH Institute), our board provided the seed funding to start an initiative that eventually led to the Youth First of Washington County program. The foundation has provided not only the necessary funding but also guidance and advice to a program that eventually will become an independent nonprofit organization. 3) The March 2, 2012, tornado changed our community and our priorities. Foundation staff dedicated an incredible number of hours to disaster recovery. Through their efforts, the foundation joined the Southern Indiana Community Organizations Active in Disaster, which led to the creation of the March2Recovery organization. This is a three-county coalition that is coordinating the recovery efforts for Clark, Jefferson and Washington counties.

1993 Year Founded
$16,375,748 Endowment Value
$442,375 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 10.30.14

Top Programmatic Priorities
Population Area Served

28,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationWashington County Community Foundation
Address 11707 North Shelby Street
Address 2Post Office Box 50
City / TownSalem
State / RegionIndiana
ZIP / Postal Code47167
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone812-883-7334
Emaildirector@wccf.biz
Websitewww.wccf.biz
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Judy Johnson, Executive Director
Primary Contact’s NameJudy Johnson
Primary Contact’s PositionExecutive Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1993
Mission StatementTo engage people, build resources and strengthen our community.
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced28,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)2
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members18
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$2,378,896
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$556,975
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$867,978
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$442,375
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$16,375,748
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsA little improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed an important role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentNo role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodNone
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyVery little time
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationCentrally important
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equitySlightly important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallySlightly important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLittle
EducationLot
EnvironmentNot at all
HealthLittle
Human and social servicesFair amount
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingNot at all
ChildrenLot
WaterLot
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefLot
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOccasionally
Promote understanding of public policyNever
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsNever
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchNever
Community needs assessmentNever
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsOften
Providing space for local organizationsOccasionally
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingRarely
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting much worse
CrimeGetting worse
Trust among different sections of the communityNo change
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentNo change
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsNo change
Networks and links between different parts of the communityNo change
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyDo not work in this sphere
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityDo not work in this sphere
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Quality of the environmentDo not work in this sphere
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsDo not work in this sphere
Networks and links between different parts of the communityDo not work in this sphere
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingA few small achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensNot at all
Non-governmental organizationsLittle
Local governmentNot at all
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesNot at all
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersVery unhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersVery helpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationN/A
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceNeither important nor unimportant
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyNeither important nor unimportant
More responsive authoritiesImportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three Years1) This was a big year for Education Matters, as we got this initiative up and running. Much activity continues on a local and regional level, and we are partnering with IVY-Tech to provide free classes at the Community Learning Center. 2) In 2005, before giving a substantial grant to the county, the foundation conducted a community needs assessment that led us to focus on youth development. After assessing about 1,500 sixth- through 12th-graders in three county schools using a survey based on the “40 Developmental Assets” (created by the Minnesota-based SEARCH Institute), our board provided the seed funding to start an initiative that eventually led to the Youth First of Washington County program. The foundation has provided not only the necessary funding but also guidance and advice to a program that eventually will become an independent nonprofit organization. 3) The March 2, 2012, tornado changed our community and our priorities. Foundation staff dedicated an incredible number of hours to disaster recovery. Through their efforts, the foundation joined the Southern Indiana Community Organizations Active in Disaster, which led to the creation of the March2Recovery organization. This is a three-county coalition that is coordinating the recovery efforts for Clark, Jefferson and Washington counties.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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