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In 1991, a group of Southern Indiana residents formed an organization that would be a resource for nonprofits and a place that would help ordinary people find a way to honor causes they loved. That organization is the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.


Through the generous personal gifts of this core group and funds from the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., the Community Foundation opened up for business with Dale Orem at its helm.



Orem's task during those first few years was to meet with people, one-on-one, and explain what the Foundation was and how it could help them make their charitable dreams come true.


Due largely to Orem's diligence and persistence, the organization quickly grew to have a $5 million endowment, and also even made grants during those early days.

Recent News from Community Foundation of Southern Indiana


Community Foundation of Southern Indiana names 2021 Lilly scholarship winners
Foundation: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Lilly Endowment

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Four graduating seniors in Clark and Floyd counties will receive four-year scholarships as the Community Foundation...more

Floyd County hospital sale investment grows by more than $4 million
Foundation: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

The Community Foundation has provided millions of dollars in grants and scholarships, and the organization also has some newer initiatives...more

Optimists Club increases support for Jeff High students
Foundation: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

From left are Charlie Schladand, Jeffersonville Optimist; Linda Speed, Community Foundation; Peggy Metzger and Bob Krall, Jeffersonville...more

Southern Indiana community loans $1.15M to businesses
Foundation: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

... along with the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County and the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, joined together to raise funds to...more

Southern Indiana community outreach groups partner to support families in need
Foundation: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

The seed money was supplied by a grant from the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI). CFSI is helping to fund similar efforts across...more

Commissioners announce Floyd County Economic Stabilization and Recovery Program
Foundation: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

By partnering with the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County, One Southern Indiana and the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana,...more

Local agencies join forces to form loan fund for businesses
Foundation: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

... of commerce and economic development organization for Clark and Floyd counties, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI) and...more

One Southern Indiana launches initiative to help businesses during COVID-19 outbreak
Foundation: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

... partner with The Caesars Foundation of Floyd County and the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana to provide funds for businesses in...more

Relief fund set up for southern Indiana residents, families affected by coronavirus outbreak
Foundation: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana will oversee donations to the fund, but the direct funding to people in need will go through...more

CFSI Opens Disaster Relief Fund in Response to COVID-19
Foundation: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

Anyone can give to the fund and 100% of the donations will be used to address community needs. Linda Speed, president and CEO of the...more



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