A gift to the Scott County Community Foundation (“SCCF”) from a man with ties to the Austin community will help fund charitable programs and projects each year during the Community Grants Program, announced Executive Director Jaime Toppe.

Cloyd “Curly” Julian was born on November 30, 1910, the oldest of seven sons born to Elsie and Otto Julian of Austin, Ind. He graduated from Austin High School and DePauw University, and later received his master’s degree from the University of Iowa. He served in the Navy during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. Curly married Elizabeth “Betty” Brooks, to whom he was married for 62 years. Curly taught at Austin High School for two years before moving to Indianapolis. He coached for the Austin Eagles from 1935-1936, leaving with a 26-13 record. He refereed high school football and basketball around the state, and is a member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

Curly, along with two others, wrote one of the leading health books, “Modern Health.” After retirement, he continued to be active in the Indianapolis community. He died April 10, 2012, at the age of 101, and is survived by several family members, including two brothers, Wilbur and Gordon, of Scott County.

The Scott County Community Foundation received notice of a gift from the Cloyd and Elizabeth Julian Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT), and will use the unrestricted gift for the Scott County Memorial Fund. A CRUT is a special, irrevocable trust that allows a donor to take a fixed percentage of their assets, and upon a specific time, the remaining balance of the assets are distributed to charity.

“When donors give an unrestricted gift, they leave the decision of the best use of the gift to the Board of Directors,” explained Toppe. “Needs in a community change over time, and our donors are entrusting the Board to use their expertise to make those decisions.”

Each year, earnings from the Scott County Memorial Fund will be used with other unrestricted funds to grant awards to the community. Since SCCF’s inception 15 years ago, over $2.7 million has been granted to the community through the generosity of its donors.

Because Curly and Betty had the foresight to use the Community Foundation as a vehicle for their charitable giving, they will be named as members of the Legacy Society. They join others who have named the Community Foundation in their planned giving instrument, such as a will or trust.

“Cloyd always remembered where he came from,” said his brother, Gordon Julian. He believes that’s why Cloyd chose the Community Foundation for his charitable giving.

“We are so honored to receive this gift, which will impact Scott County for generations to come,” said Toppe. “We encourage others who want to make a lasting commitment to our community to allow the Community Foundation to help you carry out your charitable goals.”