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OCCF Celebrates National Philanthropy Day, Community Foundation Week

Recently, National Philanthropy Day and Community Foundation Week were celebrated across the country. The Owen County Community Foundation (OCCF) joined in the celebration to recognize generous foundations, companies, and individuals who give their time, talent, and treasure to improve life in Indiana.

Many Hoosier foundations and corporate social investors were first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic through the creation of Response Funds. These funds were established to tackle the immediate needs of local organizations and communities that the crisis had impacted. Your OCCF funded $272,180 worth of COVID-19 Recovery Grants in 2020 alone.

“The work of philanthropy and foundations spans beyond the practice of giving. There is a tangible impact that can be seen in the lives of those these selfless organizations serve,” said Janet Rummel, OCCF President & CEO. “We are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems and advance the most promising of opportunities to benefit our residents.”

Indiana is home to over 1,200 foundations who gave over $2.2 billion for social causes in 2018 and is the national leader in its number of community foundations. There are over 94 community foundations, affiliates, and area funds in Indiana, serving all 92 counties. In 2019, these community foundations invested more than $193 million back into local communities. Workplace giving, which contributes billions of dollars and millions in volunteer hours to U.S. nonprofits each year, also plays an important role in making community engagement and small-scale giving accessible to Hoosiers.

These generous individuals, businesses, and foundations create opportunities and permanent philanthropic resources for the current and future needs of our communities from basic human needs to creating innovative solutions that transform our towns, cities, and counties.

“Individuals from all walks of life have the ability to be philanthropists in small, medium and large ways,” shares Rummel. “With the year-end fast approaching, it’s a tremendous time for citizens to make an investment to advance their communities by donating to their workplace giving program or local community foundation, and volunteering time with local nonprofits who need our support now more than ever.”

Your OCCF is committed to helping our Owen County communities become better places to live, grow, and work. We value community involvement and charitable spirit. If you would like to know more about how you can work with this hometown charity, give me a call at 812-829-1725, email me at, visit us online at our website, follow us on social media, or stop by our office at 60 E. Market Street on the south side of the Courthouse Square in Spencer.

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