Tipton County Foundation
Thank You For Helping Us Do Good!
PO Box 412 • Tipton, IN 46072


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Email the Foundation's President


Frank Giammarino
 for information about funds, investments, events, and volunteering

Community Development Officer
Lori Tragesser
for Grants
Women's Fund

Education Program Officer
Chad Huff

for Scholarships Ducky Day in Tipton Park, and youth philanthropy

Grace Leininger
meeting room reservations, donor receipts and payments to vendors


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1020 W. Jefferson St.

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Mission Statement

"We are more than our investments. We are more than the year-to-year or day-by-day changes in our net worth. We are what we do for charity. We are how we treat our family and friends. We are how we treat our dogs and cats. We are what we do for our community and our nation. If you had $100 million or $100,000 a year ago and now you have a lot less, you are still the same person. You are not a balance sheet, at least not one denominated in money." -- Ben Stein

Our Role

Through philanthropic donor services, strategic grantmaking, and constructive leadership, the Tipton County Foundation, your hometown community foundation, unites the gifts of many to sustain the causes that matter to all— now, and for all generations to come.

Founded and guided by Volunteers since 1986, contributions to TCF are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) and the public charity provisions of sections 509 and 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Purpose Statement from Articles of Incorporation

Section 3.1. Purposes. The purposes for which the Corporation is formed are: (a) The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes including the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding sections of any subsequent federal tax code. (b) To administer and distribute property for the aforesaid purposes in accordance with the terms of any such charitable gift, grant, devise or bequest, subject to any limitation or restriction imposed by the Act, any other law, and the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation or By-Laws of the Corporation. (c) In furtherance of the aforesaid purposes, to transact any and all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporated under the Act, provided such business is not inconsistent with the Corporation being organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes.

Section 3.2. Nonprofit Purposes. (a) The Corporation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes and its activities shall be conducted in such a manner that no part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any member, director, officer or other private person, except that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Section 3.1. (b) No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Learn More by Viewing "An Introduction to TCF" PowerPoint on the Web

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Board of Directors

TCF has an independent governing body broadly representative of the community, and it serves without compensation. TCF's Board is responsible for the mission, strategic direction, and policies of the organization. It must approve all grants, including scholarships. It approves and monitors policies regulating the ethical operations of the community foundation. The Board ensures adequate human resources and policies and holds the chief executive officer accountable for the operations of the Foundation.

TCF's governing body is responsible for the financial health and sustainability of the Foundation, including ensuring adequate revenue, monitoring expenses, and overseeing investment and spending practices. The Board has legal and fiduciary control over all contributions received.

Thirteen Board members are elected or appointed for five-year terms, and may not serve continuously for more than 10 years.





Mark Raver
2005 2015* Tipton Community
Schools Superintendent
Jan Henderson
Vice Chair
2008 2018* County Board
of Commissioners
Mark Baird
2006 2016*  Tri-Central Community
Schools Superintendent
Nancy Nicholson
2006 2016* TCF Board
Dr. Kevin Condict 2009 2019* TCF Board
Jason Hare 2014 2019 Tipton Circuit
Court Judge
Lary Graves 2006 2016* TCF Board
Ben B. Hobbs 2007 2017* TCF Board
Anabeth Rayl 2014 2020 TCF Board
Tom McKinney 2009 2019 TCF Board
JoAnn McQuinn 2012 2017 TCF Board
Dr. Mike Smith 2014 2019 Mayor of Tipton
Sharon Smith 2013 2018 TCF Board
  * Term Limited  

Board Meeting Schedule • 2015

  • February 24

  • May 26

  • September 22

  • December 8


Foundation CEO Frank M. Giammarino


Frank M. Giammarino
President & CEO, 675-1940

Lori Tragesser, Community Development Officer, 675-1941
Chad Huff, Education Program Officer, 675-1943

Grace Leininger, Bookkeeper/Administration, 675-1942

Past Chairmen of the Board/Presidents

Robert Wischman
Jerry Armstrong
Ben B. Hobbs
Tom McKinney
Virginia Chambers

Past Executive Directors

Robert Schram
John C. Walker

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