Why Should I Give??

Giving back to your community through the Community Foundation has many benefits. There are many reasons why people choose to give to the Community Foundation:


You determine the purpose for which your gift is to be used, or you may entrust all or part of that decision to the Board of Directors as they evaluate changing community needs.


Your gift keeps giving. The fund that receives your gift will continue to provide benefits to the community into the future.

Lasting Memorial

By naming a fund for a loved one, a friend, or an organization, you establish a permanent memorial.

Tax Benefits

Your gift or bequest qualifies for maximum deductibility for tax purposes.

Security & Accountability

Your gift is invested prudently and managed professionally. The Foundation is fully accountable to the community.


Your gift will keep pace with changing times. If, in the future, the need you identified no longer exists or has been met, the Foundation will ensure that the fund will continue to meet future needs of the community in fields related to your interests.

Optimum Investment Return

Your agency fund has the advantage of being invested in a larger pool of assets that can lead to greater growth, greater income and lower investment fees.

Decreased Administrative Burden

The Scott County Community Foundation handles investment management, accounting and financial reporting; including annual audit.

Increased Visibility

Your fund receives exposure in the Scott County Community Foundation’s annual report, newsletter and other publications, reaching more and perhaps different donors than those on your current list.

Cody Smith chose to support the Community Foundation through a birthday fundraiser on Facebook one year. Cody graduated from Scottsburg High School several years ago and is currently a land surveyor at Jacobi Toombs and Lanz in New Albany. He is a member of the Scott County Fair Association and coordinates Grandstand events at the fairgrounds.

“I chose the Community Foundation as my organization to support on my birthday because of the support they give to our organizations in our community,” said Cody. “No other group in our area is 100% dedicated to financially supporting organizations and up-and-coming projects like the Community Foundation.”

“I love Scott County,” shared Cody. “I love the people here, but I especially love seeing the growth of good come from different organizations and people that have been supported by SCCF.”

Cody chose to designate the donations he raises to the Community Enrichment Fund. Each year over $100,000 is awarded during our Community Grants Program to local organizations that are working hard to make life better for our Scott County residents. The Scott County Fair Association was one of those recipients for three years, and received funding to provide electrical upgrades and a catch fence at the fairgrounds. These grants were made possible by the Community Enrichment Fund and numerous other unrestricted funds.