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The Putnam County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1985 to administer funds, award grants and provide leadership, enriching the quality of life and strengthening community in Putnam County. The Community Foundation administers more than 250 funds for donors supporting a variety of charitable activities and has awarded more than $10 million dollars in grants and scholarships.


Arrow2015 Learning Series!

Toxic Charity

Presenter: Robert Lupton

Crawfordsville Country Club

May 5 , 2015


Why do the poor remain poor in spite of the enormous sums of money, resources and time we invest attempting to relieve poverty?  This session is a candid examination of current charitable practices intended to help the poor that are at best ineffective and may actually leave them worse off.  Participants will gain an undersatnding of how charitable practices intended to aid the poor can either help or do harm.

The second half of the workshop presents core principles that guide compassionate service toward actually empowering the poor.  real life models and methods of effective ministry offer instructive examples of ways to alleviate poverty through partnering with rather than doing for those in need. Participants will learn essential principles of empowering service and measurable criteria for assessing the effectiveness of charitable activity and the appropriate application.


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100+ Women Who Care Putnam County is accepting memberships for 2015.  100+ Women Who Care Putnam County is a group of women who share a common desire to give back to our community.  For more information and to find a membership form, click HERE.

Community Foundation Announces 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient - Taylor L. Secrest, son of Brad and Marjorie Secrest, has been named the recipient of the Putnam County Community Foundation's 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar (LECS).  The prestigious scholarship will provide full tuition and fees for four years' attendance at any Indiana college or university.  In addition, he will receive a $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment. This fall, Taylor will be studying chemical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. To read the full story, click HERE.

Putnam County's Future Philanthropists Speak Out - At the Putnam County Community Foundation's booth at the Mini-Farm Fest, children were asked to think about what they would do to make the world a better place.  To read the children's answers, click HERE.

Indiana's Community Foundations Hit Halfway Mark of $66 Million Matching Grant Challenge - Indiana counties are a little richer today.  In July 2014, Lilly Endowment Inc. announced a statewide challenge grant to community foundations, totaling $66 million, with incentives that include a $1-for-$1 dollar match. To read the full story, click HERE.

100+ Men:  Putnam County Near Goal of 100 Men Who Care - With the first 100+ Men Who Care:  Putnam County event scheduled for Thursday, March 19, the founding board's recruitment efforts have passed 90 men committed to participation the goal of raising $10,000 for a Putnam County charity in under an hour, four times during 2015.  To read the full article, click HERE.

2015 Lilly Scholarship Finalists Announced by Community Foundation - Four Putnam County high school senior have been named as finalists for the Putnam County Community Foundation's 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.  This prestigious award goes to the most outstanding graduating high school senior in Putnam County.  The Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship including a $900 book stipend per year, for four years to any accredited school in Indiana.  To read the full article, click HERE.

100 Women Who Care Putnam County Support The Castle - Members of 100 Women Who Care Putnam County Chapter braved cold and snowy weather to present their donations to Beth Benedix, founder of The Castle. To read the full article,

click HERE.


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