“Despite the challenges of 2020 with COVID-19, Boone County residents rose up to support local community needs, setting a record year of over $2.3 million in donations to funds held at the Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC)”, says Josh Frost, Community Foundation of Boone County Board Chair. “This is a true reflection of the great people of Boone County. It shows that we can and do make a tremendous impact when we collectively work together and reflects the spirit of placemaking throughout the entire county.”

When planning for a year post-pandemic outbreak, it is crucial for CFBC to continue listening to the needs of local nonprofit organizations and ensure that 2021 initiatives align with those needs. In later 2020, CFBC adjusted the 2021 granting cycles to ensure strategic goals supported the present needs. “Many of the nonprofits are still working to cover losses incurred during 2020 and we are here to help as much as we can through our granting opportunities”, says Jodi Gietl, CFBC President & CEO. “In addition to granting and supporting nonprofits, we know local residents are craving ways to get involved and connect with others. As our mission states, our role in Boone County is to connect people, organizations, and philanthropy to create a thriving community for all. That is the reason for our existence and we are grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc. for providing us with funds to develop the Connect Boone County app.”


One common need CFBC continues to hear from nonprofits and community residents is the desire for a centralized hub to connect our local communities.

CFBC is excited to share an update on our Community Leadership work, as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. CFBC is in the beginning phases of developing a much needed Connect Boone County app, which will be the driving vehicle to connect and engage people in collective work that is positive and interactive, regardless of education, ability, or income. The app will become the hub of all things nonprofit-related, raising awareness of volunteering, connecting community happenings and providing ways to get involved, current nonprofit resources offered to the public and needs, and promoting philanthropic donations. Connect Boone County will host available volunteer opportunities throughout the county, allowing residents looking to get involved to find a plethora of opportunities in one place, sign up to fill an opportunity, and connect them directly to the nonprofit in need. The app will also act as a community-wide calendar, hosting a schedule of a variety of events and happenings, helping those seeking to connect with others to make the needed connections. Users of Connect Boone County will also be able to make donations through the app, to support a variety of local funds and causes.

“CFBC wants local residents to feel included in the local opportunities that exist right here in Boone County, have a voice in our collective future, reach their own potential, and know that a broader community outsider their circle of friends and family cares about them,” says Jodi Gietl, President & CEO for the Community Foundation of Boone County. “We believe this will happen through the development of this much needed app!”

This app will be heavily supported and driven by a newly added position to the CFBC team: Community Collaborations Coordinator. The job description for this position can be found on our website here. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2021. For more details on Connect Boone County, visit our website here. If you would like to get involved with and support CFBC’s work, contact us today to volunteer!

The Community Foundation of Boone County is one of 84 foundations in Indiana receiving grants through this round of GIFT VII grantmaking. Lilly Endowment created GIFT in 1990 to help local communities in Indiana develop the philanthropic capacity to identify local needs and challenges. It launched GIFT VII in 2018 and made available a total of $125 million to help foundations strengthen their leadership capacities in the town, cities and counties they serve.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to the founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.


Since 1991, the Community Foundation of Boone County has granted over $27 million from its various funds to nonprofit organizations and programs working to solve critical challenges in Boone County. Through the generosity of donors, the Community Foundation currently holds over $27 million in net assets. In the past 30 years, we have worked with donors to create permanent funds for charitable giving. The establishment and growth of permanent endowment funds will strengthen Boone County for generations to come.