The Community Foundation values its role as a catalyst, convener and collaborator, bringing other funders and nonprofits together around vital issues and adding key support to make positive change possible. We center our work around what we know about community needs.

Listed below are Special Projects/Initiatives we have introduced in Harrison County, Indiana.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Project

In September 2007 the Harrison County Community Foundation Board of Directors voted to provide $30,000 to fund this program in Harrison County, Indiana. This Program encourages parents to read to their children by providing each preschool child enrolled in the program an age appropriate book in the mail each month until their fifth birthday. Over 1,600 preschool children are currently enrolled in the program. Children can be enrolled through the Foundation or at one of the participating partners; Harrison County Public Library, YMCA of Harrison County, Harrison County Community Services, Harrison County Health Department and Harrison County Hospital. Parents may also register their children on the web at

Encouraged by the success of the program, the Board of Directors has agreed to continue funding the cost through the year 2020. The Early Readers Fund which supports the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project will benefit from a 2:1 match in 2020.


The Dictionary Project

In October 2008 the Harrison County Community Foundation Board of Directors voted to provide $700 to begin funding this program to provide a dictionary to every third grader in Harrison County. Third-grade students attending the nine Harrison County elementary schools receive their very own dictionary each year. This Project assists students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers. For more information regarding The Dictionary Project visit their webpage,


Youth Philanthropy Council

The Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) of Harrison County is designed to teach skills, to encourage youth to give and serve in their communities and to make philanthropy a “habit of the heart” for future generations. The program goals are to promote youth development through experiences in philanthropy, to encourage and support community initiatives which youth care about and to engage youth and adults in partnership through giving and serving for the common good. Click here to apply.

The Youth Philanthropy Fund which provides youth-led grantmaking dollars, will benefit from a 2:1 match in 2020.

The YPC awards grants to nonprofit organizations each year. The YPC grant application opens at the beginning of the year and closes on Feb. 28. Grant decisions are announced in early April. Visit our Grants page for more information.




General Builder's Fund


HCCF uses unrestricted funds to meet various community needs. From grants to nonprofits for basic human services to large-scale programs such as preschool - these are made possible by using unrestricted funds. HCCF is participating in the Lilly Endowment Inc. GIFT VII Challenge in order to bring more unrestricted dollars into our community.

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