Current Funds of Your OCCF


Your Owen County Community Foundation

For Good. Forever. For Owen County.

Donor Advised Funds

Allison Family Fund
Established in 2007 by George & Jetta Allison. Mr. & Mrs. Allison and their children and grandchildren will make annual recommendations for grants from this fund.
John Heckman Athletic Fund
Established in 2010 by the Owen Valley Booster Club and friends to honor the retirement of long-time Spencer educator, coach, and athletic director John Heckman. The Heckman family will provide recommendations each year for grants in the area of youth sports programs.
John R. & Elizabeth Rogers Fund
Established in 2000 by John R. & Elizabeth P. Rogers to provide support to the needy, with 1/2 of each annual grant amount going back into this endowed fund until it reaches $100,000.  The Rogers family provides annual recommendations for the grant each year!
Smithville Charitable Foundation Fund
Established in 2008, this fund provides grants based on recommendations from the Board of Governors of the Smithville Charitable Foundation.
Tom & Jo Douglas Fund
Established in 2007 by the many friends of Tom & Jo Douglas to honor their contributions to Owen County throughout the years. Tom & Jo will make annual recommendations for grants from the fund.
Willie & Pat White Fund
Established in 2004 by the family of Willie and Pat White as a way to honor their parents. The family makes annual recommendations for grants from the fund.
 
 
 
Funds Providing Grant Support For The General Good Of The Community

Bill & Bettie MacMorran Fund
Established in 2002 by the MacMorran family to honor their parents and to provide annual grants to meet community needs.

Bob Babbs Community Fund
Established in 2002 by the Babbs family to honor Bob and to provide annual grants to meet community needs.

Community Fund
This is the main fund of the Community Foundation which makes grants to help make Owen County communities become better places to  grow, work and live.

DMJ Community Fund
Established in 2003 by Don, Marilyn & Jennifer Jackson to provide annual grants to meet community needs.

Hackworthy Family Community Fund
Established in 2002 by John & Cindy Hackworthy to provide annual grants to meet community needs.

Jack Simmerman Community Fund
Established in 2002 by the board of directors of OCCF to honor Jack's contributions to the founding of the organization and to provide annual grants to meet community needs.

John T. Gillaspy Memorial Fund
Established in 2006 in memory of John T. Gillaspy to provide for the general good of Owen County.

Muriel MacMorran Sare Fund
Established in 2002 by the MacMorran family to honor their aunt and to provide annual grants to meet community needs.

Paul & Ione Fulk Community Fund
Established in 2002 through the estate of Ione Fulk to provide annual grants to meet community needs.

Rogers-Pennington Fund
Established in 2002 by John R. and Elizabeth P. Rogers to provide annual grants to meet community needs.

SCI REMC RoundUp Fund
Established in 2002 by a grant from SCI REMC to provide annual grants to meet community needs.
Smithville Telephone Co., Inc. Community Fund
Established in 2002 by Smithville Telephone Co., Inc. to provide annual grants to meet community needs.
Wells Family Fund
Established in 2002 by Gordon & Diane Wells to provide annual grants to meet community needs.
Funds Providing Grant Support For Human Services
 

Freeman Charitable Food Fund
Established in 2006 through the estate of Joe Freeman, a life-long friend of Owen County, to provide food for the poor of Owen County.

 

Cancer Support Fund of Owen County
Established in 2007 by Gib & Phyllis Tucker to honor the full but short life of their grandson Zachary Tucker. This fund will provide gift and gas cards to help ease the financial strain of cancer treatment to Owen County families who are referred from hospitals and cancer treatment centers.


 

Funds Providing Grants To Specific Charitable Organizations

 
Area 10 Agency on Aging Fund
Established in 2011 by Area 10 Agency on Aging to provide perpetual support for the organization’s operations in Owen County.

DeCoursey Operating Endowment Fund

Established in 1998 to provide an annual grant to support OCCF operations.

 
Cataract/Jennings Township Fund
Established for the purpose of supporting charitable projects in Cataract and Jennings Township
 
Doug Dalton Memorial Fund
Established in 2012 by Sharon Dalton to provide grants for charitable projects in Coal City and Jefferson Township.

Early Childhood Education Fund
Established in 2000 with a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to provide support for early childhood education programs throughout Owen County.

 
 Flona Everly Query Fund
Established in 2008 by the family of Flona Everly Query to provide an annual grant to the Vandalia Preservation Association to maintain the Vandalia church and schoolhouse.

Freedom-Franklin Township Fund
Established in 2009 by Susan Coulter for the purpose of supporting community projects in Freedom and Franklin Townships. 
Gosport History Museum Fund
Established in 1999 by the Fortnightly Club Gosport History Museum to provide perpetual support to the Gosport History Museum.
 

Jack R. DeFord Library Fund

Established in 2006 by the DeFord family and Insurance Services to support SOCS transportation to Owen Co. Public Library for instruction on library sciences.
 

Jim Vance Owen County YMCA Fund

Established in 2004 as a memorial to Jim Vance to support the Owen County Family YMCA


Irene & Arthur Kelley Beech Cemetery Fund

Established in 2000 by Mrs. Irene Kelly to provide upkeep, repair & restoration of the cemetery.

Irene & Arthur Kelley Patricksburg Lutheran Cemetery Fund

Established in 2000 by Mrs. Irene Kelly to provide upkeep, repair & restoration of the cemetery.


Owen County Community Foundation Operating Endowment Fund

Established in 2000 by the board of directors of OCCF to provide perpetual operating funds for the Community Foundation.

Owen County Community Foundation Operating Fund

Provides funding for current year operations of the OCCF.

Owen County Humane Society Fund

Established in 1998 to support animal neutering at the Owen County Humane Society.

Owen County Ministerial Fund

Established in 1997 by Julian & Faye Duling to provide annual support to the Owen County Ministerial Association.



Owen County Preservation Fund
Established in 2005 to provide perpetual support to Owen County Preservations, Inc.

Owen Valley Jr ROTC Fund

Established in 2006 by local supporters of the Owen Valley youth organization to provide an annual grant to cover expenses of the group.

Senior Friends of Owen County Fund

Established in 2004 to provide perpetual support to the Senior Friends of Owen County.

St. Jude Catholic Church Fund
Established in 2000 by John & Cindy Hackworthy to provide annual support for special projects of the parish.
 
Tivoli Theater Endowment
A fund established to support the ongoing operations of the restored Tivoli Theatre in Spencer 
 
 
 
 
Funds Providing Grants In A Certain Area Of Interest Or In A Specific Geographic Area

Boston Scientific Child Care Fund
Established in 1997 by Boston Scientific Corp. in support of training of child care providers and acquisition of supplies, related materials and EMS service.

Coal City-Jefferson Township Fund
Established in 2006 to support projects in Coal City & Jefferson Township.
Community Medical Fund
Established in 2000 to provide for the medical care and related services of the citizenry of Owen County.                                                                          

Economic Development Fund
Established in 1998 with the balance of monies left with the dissolution of the Washington/Clay Sewer Advisory Board, to promote economic development in Owen County.

Fire & Emergency Fund
Established in 1997 to provide grants for area fire departments to purchase fire fighting equipment.

Gosport Fund
Established in 1996 by Gosport residents to provide support to any charitable organization in Gosport, Wayne or Harrison Township.

J. Welch Wampler Fund
Established in 1999 by the Wampler family to honor J. Welch Wampler and to help maintain the Ferry Bridge or support projects in the Gosport area.

Law Enforcement Fund of Owen County
Founded in 2010 by the community to honor Owen County law enforcement professionals. The fund will provide grants to local law enforcement agencies to help with training and equipment expense.

Owen County Education Fund
Established in 1997 to provide annual support to SOCS teachers through mini-grants, which are grants given twice each year, in the amount of $50-$250 to enhance our students classroom learning experiences.

 
REALTOR Fund

Established in 2013 by the Bloomington Board of Realtors to carry out charitable projects in the areas of housing, safety, health, and beautification to improve the community.

SCI REMC Disability Fund
Started in 1997 with a grant from the SCI REMC RoundUp Fund to provide support for Owen County residents with special needs.

 
Veterans of Owen County Fund
Established in 2013 by the Veterans Service Office to collect spendable gifts for the purchase of a new veterans transportation vehicle. The Endowment will provide support to armed forces veterans in Owen County. 
 
 
Scholarship Funds

Babbs Supermarket Scholarship Fund
A fund established to produce one scholarship for an employee or child of an employee at Babbs Supervalue.
 
Braysville Extension Homemakers Club Scholarship Fund
Established in 1999 to award a scholarship to an OVHS senior who resides in Owen County and will be attending a vocational school.
 
Burns Family Fund
Established by John Burns and his family, this scholarship is intended for adult students pursuing a vocational degree. 

Charles T. Cooper Scholarship Fund

Established in 2007 and will pay out for the first time in 2009.

Charles W. Edwards Scholarship Fund

A fund established in 1998 was changed to a scholarship fund in 2006, to provide an award for high academic performance to an Owen County high school senior pursuing a degree in law or a law-related field.

Coyne Family Fund

Established in 2005 by family members in memory of Marian Annette Coyne, to provide a scholarship beginning 2012 to an Owen County high school senior pursuing degree work at an accredited college or university resulting in qualification to be certified to teach in the field of special education.

David Campbell Gray Scholarship Fund

Established in 2003 to award a scholarship to an OVHS senior who resides in Gosport or Wayne Township.

 
David Livingston Scholarship
A fund established to award a high school student who has shown the largest increase in GPA from sophomore to senior year. 
 
Dillingham Scholarship
Established by Ron Dillingham and Carol Patterson Dillingham to grant graduating seniors with a scholarship to attend a two or four year college.
 
Dyer Family Scholarship Fund
Established in 2011 to provide a scholarship to graduating seniors of OVHS who will attend a college, university, or technical school in pursuit of a degree or certification. Scholarship award is renewable for up to 4-years of college or the normal period required to complete an associate degree or trade certification.

Elliott Hickam Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in 2000 to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior pursuing a degree from IU and who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities.

 
EPIC Scholarship
"EPIC" stands for Educators Philanthropic Investment Chapter; this scholarship is funded by teachers throughout the SOCS school system with the purpose of distributing one scholarship every year to a graduating senior. 

Freedom Alumni Scholarship Fund

Established in 1998 to provide an award to an Owen County high school senior who is a descendant of a Freedom Alumni.

Gosport Alumni Scholarship Fund

Established in 1998 to provide an award to an Owen County high school senior who is a descendant of a Gosport Alumni.

Gosport Lions Club Scholarship Fund

Established in 2000 to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior who is a resident of Gosport or Wayne Township.

Ione W. Fulk Scholarship Fund

Established in 2002 to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior pursuing a four-year degree at any school of higher education in the state of Indiana, majoring in elementary education.

James P. Root Scholarship Fund

Established in 2002 in honor of Pastor James P. Root to provide a scholarship to a resident of Owen, Monroe, Greene or Lawrence counties to pursue a career in full time Christian service who will be attending a school affiliated with Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ.

Jefferson Township/Coal City Alumni Scholarship Fund
Established in 1999 by alumni of Coal City High School to provide a scholarship to a descendant of a Coal City alumni or a resident of Jefferson Township.

Jeffrey Wayne Johnson Scholarship Fund

This fund is being established by the family of Jeffrey Wayne Johnson, in his memory.

Jim & Wilma Fulford Scholarship Fund

Established in 2004 by OCCF to honor Mr. & Mrs. Fulford for his contributions as the first executive director and to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior attending a four-year degree program in the field of education.

Joe Carmichael Sons of the American Legion Scholarship Fund

Established in 2000 to fund an annual scholarship.

John Moore Scholarship Fund

Established in 1998 to honor Mr. Moore’s contributions as a coach and teacher and to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior who has been a student athlete and plans to attend a four year school in Indiana.

Josephine Brown Owens Scholarship Fund
Established in 1990 by Josephine Brown Owens to award the OVHS senior with the highest grades accumulated in four years of high school mathematics.
Judy Hamilton Education Scholarship Fund
Judy Hamilton, who served on OCCF's Board of Directors for several years, made arrangements for this scholarship fund in her will.  This fund provides a scholarship to a student transitioning from a 2-year junior college to a four year degree program.
Loretta Heidrick Scholarship Fund
Established in 1998 by Ronald & Dolores Heidrick in memory of their sister to provide a scholarship to any Owen County student pursuing a degree in education, preferably elementary education.

Lyle & Marion Brighton Scholarship Fund

Established in 1999 by John & Carol Brown, in honor of her parents, Lyle & Marion Brighton, long-time residents of Gosport, to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior continuing their education.

Margaret Marley Pinkston Scholarship Fund

Established in 2006 to provide a scholarship to an Owen County student, including one already attending college, enrolled in or enrolling in a four-year course of study.

Mearl & Laverne Brown Scholarship Fund
Established in 1999 by John & Carol Brown, in honor of his parents, Mearl & Laverne Brown, long-time residents of Gosport, to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior continuing their education.

Melvin R. and Margaret A. Hall Nursing Scholarship Fund

Established in 1998 by Mr. & Mrs. Melvin R. Hall to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior who will be studying in the field of nursing.

Michael D. Magner Scholarship Fund

Established in 2009 by Vicki Dittemore to honor the memory of her late brother and to assist an Owen County student pursuing their graduate work toward a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Michael Job Vocational Scholarship Fund

Established in 2000 by Michael Job to provide a scholarship to an Owen County senior who is pursuing an education at a vocational school.

Myrtle S. Marshall Scholarship Fund

Established in 2003 to provide a scholarship to the outstanding business student at OVHS.

Our Community Bank, sb Scholarship Fund

Established in 2000 to provide a scholarship to a college-bound Owen County high school senior.

Owen County IU Varsity Club Scholarship Fund

Established in 2000 to provide a scholarship to a male and to a female OVHS senior who will be attending Indiana University.

Owen Valley Alumni Scholarship Fund
Begun in 2003, fund is being built up by OVHS Alumni to eventually provide a local scholarship.

Owen Valley FFA Scholarship Fund  

Established in 1998 by an anonymous donor to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior who is a member in good standing of the OV FFA Chapter.

Patricksburg Alumni Scholarship Fund
Established in 1998 to provide a scholarship to a high school senior who is a descendant of a Patricksburg Alumni.
 
PFC Brett Wood Memorial Scholarship
Established to honor the memory of PFC Brett Wood and reward an OVHS graduating senior with a scholarship based on commitment to citizenship.
Quincy Alumni Scholarship Fund
Established in 1998 to provide a scholarship to a high school senior who is a descendant of a Quincy Alumni.
Robert & Barbara Stanley Bonness Scholarship Fund
Established by Robert Barbara Stanley Bonness to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior who will be attending any Purdue University campus in pursuit of a four-year degree in the College of Agriculture or College of Consumer Sciences. This scholarship is paid out in four annual installments.

Roma Wilson Scholarship Fund

Established by the Wilson family to honor the memory of their mother, Roma. Preference for this award will be given to a single mother trying to advance her education.

Spencer Alumni Scholarship Fund
Established in 1997 to provide a scholarship to a high school senior who is a descendant of a Spencer Alumni.
 
Tri Kappa Scholarship Fund
This fund serves as a base for five scholarships.

Vada Baker Scholarship Fund

Established in 2007 to honor Vada Baker and her contributions to Gosport as an educator. In years when no qualified applications are received, a grant is made to the Ten O'Clock Line Treaty Museum in Gosport.

West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home Scholarship Fund

Established in 1997 by the local business to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior who is continuing their education at college.

Woody & Barry Franklin Scholarship Fund
Established in 2000 to provide a scholarship to an OVHS senior who resides in Franklin Township and will be studying a four-year business program.

 

 

Special Project Funds
Disaster Recovery Fund

Established in July, 2008 to receive monies for Owen County's Disaster Recovery from the flooding of June, 2008.

 

Owen County Heritage & Culture Center                                                                                                                                                     Established in 2006 to provide a way for supporters of the new organization to make charitable gifts for the project.


History of Owen County Fund

Established in 2010 to support historic celebrations in Owen County, including the 2010 Courthouse Centennial and the 2019 Owen County Bicentennial.


Owen County CASA Fund

Pass-through fund established in 2006 to provide direct support to the Owen County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.