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In 2001, the Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) began matching gifts, dollar for dollar, into all endowments. In other words, for every dollar someone contributes, the foundation will put another dollar with it; this essentially doubles the gift. The original purpose of the match was to introduce more Harrison County residents to HCCF and the benefits of endowments, expanding visibility and generating more contributions.

The popular program continues today with HCCF matching gifts dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 per donor household or single source per year. Where else can you be guaranteed an immediate 100 percent return on investment? If that sounds good, what about a 200 percent return?

Three endowments have gifts matched two to one. This means that for every dollar someone donates, the foundation adds two. The endowment funds in the two-for-one match program are the Early Readers Fund (supports the Dolly Parton Imagination Library), the IU Southeast Scholarship Fund and the Youth Philanthropy Fund.

After experimenting with periodic two-for-one match incentives for different nonprofits, HCCF began a four-year incentive program for six nonprofit organizations serving our county that will last until the end of 2019. Those six organizations are Dare to Care, Harrison County Community Services, Hayswood Theatre, Hoosier Hills PACT, Junior Achievement and the YMCA.

These nonprofits are being encouraged to grow their endowments by increasing the number of donors who support them. When a donor directs a gift into one of those six endowment funds, the nonprofit is rewarded with a two-for-one match.

The Betty R. Goldman Memorial Relay for Life Fund was established in 2002 by Betty’s friends and family after she passed away. The Fund supports the annual Harrison County Relay for Life event, which benefits the American Cancer Society. Read the fund’s information sheet to learn more.

In 2017, James Goldman presented a check in the amount of $15,895.24 from the fund in memory of Betty at the Harrison County Relay for Life.Betty Goldman

In summer 2016, Harrison County Community Services (HCCS) purchased a refrigerated truck, using $31,000 from the Harrison County Community Services Fund and $2,500 from the Ewbank Family Fund, which benefits HCCS. The refrigerated truck is a 2009 Freightliner truck that has a 26' box and a 3,000 pound lift gate. The truck has been helping HCCS safely transport food that is donated or food that HCCS picks up from Dare to Care in Louisville. 

HCCS serves all of Harrison County. The organization focuses on helping people in the county who are below 150% of the poverty level. HCCS has a food pantry, a clothes closet and other services for Harrison County residents in need.

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