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Connecting People With Causes That Matter

Whether your resources are great or small… the United Community Fund can combine your gifts with those of many others, to benefit the causes that matter to all, through the Tipton County Foundation.

The nonprofit social service agencies at work in Tipton County need thousands of dollars every year to provide the essential programs that support the quality of life for everyone. The Tipton County Foundation, a member of the Indiana Association of United Ways, conducts and underwrites the expenses of an annual campaign, so that every dollar donated by the public can be used for grants to the partner organizations of the United Community Fund. How has this come about?

A Half-Century of Community Leadership and Service

For more than fifty years, the original Tipton County Community Fund helped local social service organizations with some of their fundraising burden. A unified campaign each autumn has helped to partially fund the important work these agencies do year ‘round to provide a safety net and helping hand.

Working Together for the Future of Tipton County!

In the Fall of 2007, the Tipton County Foundation joined this effort and in a series of ads and mailings announced that it would match certain gifts to the Community Fund. On November 29 last year, the Tipton County Community Fund, Inc., was formally dissolved. Among its final grants were contributions to the community fund operating endowment at the Tipton County Foundation. TCF also received TCCF's unexpended funds for current operations, such as rent, telephone, and insurance, and all of their equipment and records at the Community Connections offices, 121 N. Main St., in Tipton. The Foundation acknowledged all of the contributions made in the Fall 2007 campaign, and pays the bills that come due.

Using the 2007 Campaign Proceeds

In mid-2008 the Foundation made $27,500 in grants to the customary Community Fund partner agencies, over and above the $65,800 that TCF already awarded to these organizations from its annual grantmaking budget. Work of Partners

But That’s Not All!

Besides this $93,300 to these traditional nonprofit collaborators, as of September 30, TCF has made additional 2008 grants to other worthy causes totaling $73,892.

Scholarship funds endowed at the community foundation paid $66,230 for 2008 graduates of Tipton and Tri-Central High Schools to continue their education. In addition, seven current Lilly Endowment Community Scholars from the county have tuition and fees paid for all four years of college; the value this year was $96,150. Non-Scholarship component funds at TCF have so far spent $393,238 for their local charitable purposes.

With one-fourth of the year to go, the Tipton County Foundation has expended over $600,000 in community benefits from its investment earnings. Just under $25,000 came from the public as donations for current spending on immediate needs of local agencies.


Much more is needed than the Foundation’s investment earnings can provide!

TCF has established the United Community Fund to carry on the tradition of collaborative fundraising in Tipton County. We have become a member of the Indiana Association of United Ways, so that we can continue the best practices in this important area of philanthropy. (Technically, we cannot become a United Way of America affiliate because that federation of local United Ways is not accepting more members. The only way to affiliate today would be to join an existing United Way in a neighboring county.)

Members of the community can thus contribute your fair share, whether by a one-time yearly gift or memorial, a payroll deduction arranged through your employer, or a pledge that enables you to increase your total gift by spreading the payments. Gifts to the special United Community Fund at TCF are not endowed and invested, but the entire amount contributed by the public to the United Community Fund this year will be added to the Foundation’s grantmaking budget for all the charitable needs in the county next year. Foundation grants are awarded strategically, based on the high impact that projects will have on improving community life.

Your Giving is Essential

The United Community Fund at the Tipton County Foundation is ready to receive your gifts and will distribute them fairly to the partner agencies, based on proposals those agencies submit. You have the option of designating how your gift will be allocated, but we hope you will entrust to TCF the flexibility of making it possible for all of our partners to provide their essential services.

Your donations to the Tipton County Foundation are fully tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Pledges are not deductible until they are paid. Matches by your employer qualify the company for a deduction, but do not increase the deductibility of your own gift. Some companies also match employee or retiree contributions. Send in the paperwork with your check and TCF will complete it to double your gift!

Make a High Impact Gift Now

Contribution Form Kindly click on the link to open a contribution form in Microsoft Word. Print it out and mail it in with your check to make a personally significant investment in the United Community Fund. You will note that the form invites you to invest your time and talent as well, to help TCF to encourage others to do the same. Call for information or assistance at any time: (765)675-8480. Thank You!

Nonprofit Agency Partners 2007-2008-2009

American Red Cross – Tipton/Howard Chapter Boys & Girls Club Caregiver Companion
Girl Scouts Habitat for Humanity Council on Aging/Senior Center/Food Bank
Mustard Seed Salvation Army Shoes for Kids & Medicine Chest @ TCF
Local schools and other organizations also receive Foundation grants, but have not been traditional Community Fund beneficiaries. Click the link for information on submitting Grant Proposals.

Foundation Grantmaking Areas

Arts & Culture (Theater, Music, Exhibitions) Scholarships & Educational Projects Findling Legacy for the Neediest Children (including Jubilee Christmas)
Health (including Medicine Chest for prescription assistance) Human Services for all ages and different kinds of families in distress
(including Shoes for Kids)
Recreation, Environment, and Community Development Leadership Development for Youth and Volunteers

Funds Managed by the Tipton County Foundation for Various Fields of Interest

You may send a separate contribution to any of these special funds at TCF, or express a preference for your United Community Fund gift to be allocated to…

  • Arts & Cultural Interests

  • Schram Education Fund (Not Scholarships)

  • Findling Legacy for the Neediest Children

  • Medicine Chest (prescription assistance)

  • Shoes for Kids

  • Programs for Senior Citizens (a NEW Fund!)

  • Women’s Philanthropy

Other component funds, both endowed and non-endowed, also may receive your charitable donation, but not in the category of the United Community Fund, where donations must be made available for current needs of the committed partner organizations.

Other community benefit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) tax deductibility are eligible to receive grants from the Tipton County Foundation general fund. However, since they are not formal partners of the United Community Fund (like the ones listed above), they cannot be designated to receive your contribution through this particular campaign. Examples could include the Tipton County Historical Society, Tipton Community Theatre, or local chapters of Special Olympics or the Humane Society. However, every charitable organization that serves Tipton County is eligible to apply in January 2009 for future United Community Fund partnership status.

Once paid, your donations to the Tipton County Foundation are fully tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Pledges are not deductible until they are paid. Matches by your employer qualify the company for a deduction, but do not increase the deductibility of your own gift.

How the United Community Fund Partners Serve Your Neighbors… Connecting People to Causes that Matter!

Tipton County Senior Center

341 W. Jefferson St. • Tipton • 675-4746

The Tipton County Senior Center opened in 1979, and is located in the C.W. Mount Community Center. They help our growing senior population be independent by dealing with nutritional needs, fellowship, homecare, and transportation. It also houses the Tipton County Food Pantry. The Center offers speakers on a variety of topics, various games, and activities, such as trips to doctors, shopping, and other interests. All seniors are welcome to call or visit and become a part of all that happens there.

341 W. Jefferson St. • Tipton • 675-9362

The Boys & Girls Club of Tipton County, located in the C.W. Mount Community Center, is dedicated to serving the youth of the community, and has been doing so since 1993. The Boys & Girls Club is special! It is a dedicated youth facility, staffed by professionals, trained in youth development issues. It is open daily after school, and during the summer when youth need positive, productive outlets during their free time. They serve all youth, from kindergarten through grade twelve. And thanks to your support, they keep dues low, and offer scholarships for any interested youth.

121 N. Main St. • Tipton • 675-6715

The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to build or renovate houses for the poor in Tipton County. They use volunteer labor and donated materials as much as possible. Employing biblical economics, the houses are sold to families in need, unable to secure a bank loan, at no profit and no interest. As the cost of a house is repaid over a fixed time period, the payments help to fund new houses and renovations.

121 N. Main St. • Tipton • 675-7727

Tipton County Mustard Seed offers supportive community services, such as Crisis and Community Outreach, Little Angels Fund, Little Angels Pantry, Medical Travel for Cancer, and Shoes for Kids (funded by Tipton County Foundation). The Partnering Families program is an all-inclusive six month program designed to help Tipton families and individuals with the life skills, advocacy, education, motivation, and personal strength needed to carry on through crisis, overcome financial obstacles, meet and exceed life challenges, and remove self-sufficiency barriers. Self help is emphasized and facilitated by teaching life skills education, providing advocacy, creating individualized goal setting, resources, referrals, and providing limited financial assistance. Partnering Families learn life changing strategies and key skills to overcome life’s barriers to independence.


121 N. Main St. • Tipton • 675-1863

Sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph, Caregiver Companion is a volunteer ministry that provides for the vulnerable in our community. The organization, whose mission is to assist caregivers of the sick, frail, and disabled, relies upon volunteers to provide in-home respite care and other helpful services supportive of this vital ministry. Without your financial will to make a difference, this support would not be possible. Your thoughtful generosity encourages concern and care for others… right here in Tipton County.

210 W. Walnut • Kokomo 46901 • 675-2486

The American Red Cross Howard-Tipton Chapter has been saving lives and helping the people of our combined communities prevent, prepare for and respond properly to emergencies. They have been there in the middle of the night for people whose homes were destroyed by disaster; trained people in first aid, CPR, aquatics and water safety; taught  disaster preparation, provided a link with family members in the Armed Forces, contributed to the hospital blood supply.


PO Box 88517 • Indianapolis 46208 • (317)937-7000

The Salvation Army’s emergency assistance program helps to meet basic human needs by providing funds for lodging, groceries, meals, transportation, clothing, rent, utilities, and medical expenses. Volunteer representatives provide referrals for social services in connection with substance abuse, domestic violence, chronic homelessness, and other issues. The local unit visits shut-ins and nursing home residents, and also provides back to school supply kits for needy children.


Other Causes

Scouting: Local volunteers operate Girl Scout and Boy Scout units for all ages, engaging in character development, life skills, citizenship, outdoor and fitness experiences, career education and ideals of service to others.

You Can Do It Now

We are now set up for credit card payments online. Click the Donate Now box at left for more information. Be sure to indicate on the JustGive Screen if you want your gift to go for Current Needs through the United Community Fund @ TCF.

We will be happy also to take a pledge via email or phone, and follow-up with a thank you and reminders by regular mail. Please call or write us with your name, address, phone, email address, and the amount of your pledge.

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