|WELCOME to the Website of the Ohio County Community Foundation
|Ohio County Community Foundation
P.O. Box 170
591 Smart Drive
Rising Sun, IN 47040
The mission of the Ohio County Community Foundation (OCCF) is to build, manage and distribute a
lasting source of charitable funds for Ohio County. OCCF fulfills this mission by assisting donors to
establish and build endowments that provide charitable funds for Ohio County. Anyone can make a
contribution to endowment funds established within the Foundation. All contributions to endowment funds
are permanently endowed and invested by OCCF. Only the interests from the funds are distributed in the
form of grants. This allows the funds to grow indefinitely to increase the capacity for the funds to further
impact the community through future grant distributions. Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations
benefiting the residents of Ohio County, in the areas of Community Development, Education, Scholarships,
Health, Human Services and Cultural Affairs.
In 2008, the Ohio County Community Foundation awarded $ 69,705 in grants to local non-profit
organizations from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund, the Amado
Mauricio Memorial Endowment Fund, the Gene Siekman Memorial Endowment Fun and the Galbreath
Vineyard Golf Memorial Endowment Fund. These endowments were established within the Ohio County
Community Foundation by donors wanting to provide charitable grants to fund the most pressing needs in
The Amado Mauricio, MD Endowment Fund was established by Jeremy Dilts, grandson of Nancy
Mauricio and the late Dr. Amado Mauricio, in memory of his grandfather. Dr. Mauricio was a former
Rising Sun physician and well loved by the community.
Jeremy Dilts also established the Vicki Mauricio Dilts Endowment Fund in memory of his mother, which is
a donor advised fund. Vicki Dilts was a teacher in the area and strongly emphasized the need for cultural
and educational development of young people. Jeremy Dilts is the fund advisor for this fund through the
Ohio County Community Foundation.
The Gene Siekman Memorial Endowment Fund was established by Angel Siekman Clements and Lane
Siekman. Gene Siekman was a lifelong resident of Rising Sun, active community volunteer and a member of
the Rising Sun City Council at the time of his death.
The Galbreath Vineyard Endowment Fund was established by the children of Ralph & Evelyn Galbreath.
The Galbreath’s owned and operated the Vineyard Golf Course in Switzerland County for many years.
The Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund was established by the City of Rising Sun and
The following Community Grants were awarded in 2008:
The Ohio County Rescue was awarded $3,000 to replace an outdated desk top computer and purchase
an additional computer. This grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow
Endowment Fund and the Amado Mauricio, M.D. Memorial Endowment Fund.
The American Legion Post 0059 was awarded $2,625 to build a storage building to house medical
equipment and community event materials. This grant was funded from distributions from the Ohio County
Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Gene Siekman Memorial Endowment Fund.
The Rising Sun Ohio County Parks & Recreation Board was awarded $1,249 to purchase an
automated external defibrillator for the Senior Citizen’s Community Building. This grant was funded from
distributions from the Ohio County Today & Tomorrow Endowment Fund and the Galbreath Vineyard
The American Cancer Society was awarded $2,296 toward the 2008 Dearborn/Ohio County Relay for
The Ripley County Family Services - Family Connections Program was awarded $2,000 to purchase R.
E.A.D.Y. Parent Kits for Ohio County clients.
The City of Rising Sun was awarded $3,000 toward the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall on
exhibit in July 2008.
The Southeastern Indiana Independent Living Center was awarded $510 to purchase Farm Safety
Materials to display at the 2009 Ohio County Health Fair.
The Shiner Pride Band Boosters was awarded $1,500 to purchase additional band uniforms for the
Rising Sun High School Band.
The Ohio County Fair Board was awarded $3,000 for the Ohio Valley Riders Club to purchase Hunter
Jumping Class equipment.
The Rising Sun Police Department was awarded $2,000 to repair and upgrade the K-9 Dog Kennel.
The Rising Sun Lions Club was awarded $2,625 to build a concession/shelter to be used for
The Learning Tree of Ohio County was awarded $2,500 to purchase Back to School Supplies for
needy children in Ohio County.
The Ohio County Historical Society was awarded $1,510 to purchase a media package to record
historic facts of Rising Sun/Ohio County through interviews with local residents.
The Rising Sun Arts Council was awarded $3,000 toward funding of the 2008 Rising Sun Festival of
Fine Arts and Crafts held in September 2008.
The Rising Sun Church of Christ was awarded $1,452 toward the m&m – Ministry and Medical
Supplies program to purchase medical equipment to loan to local resident’s recovering at home from an
illness or surgery.
The Young Voices was awarded $1,000 to provide scholarships for Ohio County youth wishing to
participate in the Young Voices program.
The Rising Sun S.A.Y. Soccer Association was awarded $1,938 to purchase a KWIK Goal for the 7-8
year old league.
The Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office was awarded $2,000 to fund a Special Crimes
Assistance Program for Ohio County.
Rising Sun Medical Center was awarded $1,500 toward the 2009 Community Health Fair held in
Baby Basket, Inc. was awarded $3,000 to provide a Literacy Reading Program for children at the Ohio
Ohio County 911 Communications was awarded $2,400 toward the purchase of 24-7 office chairs
designed for prolonged sitting for dispatchers.
City of Rising Sun/Clerk Treasurer was awarded $1,500 toward an electronic filing project that will
allow citizens to access public records from the city website.
Ohio County Extension Office/Purdue was awarded $1,500 to purchase materials for the 2009 Venture
Quest program to be held in June 2009.
Region 15 Children’s Advocacy Center was awarded $1,000 as start up funds to provide support and
services to local children who are victims of child abuse.
Rising Sun Rotary was awarded $2,500 to purchase new gas griddles and utensils to replace the worn out
and unsafe griddles used for the annual Community Pancake Breakfast held in March.
Ohio County Historical Society was awarded $2,275 toward the 2009 Quilt Fair.
Rising Sun High School was awarded $2,000 toward expenses for the 2009 Rising Sun High School
Rising Sun Church of Christ was awarded $2,000 toward expenses for the 2009 After-Prom Event.
Historic Downtown Program was awarded $2,130 to create an inventory of buildings on Main Street.
Historic Hoosier Hills, RC & D was awarded $3,000 toward the silo stave preservation project at the
Denver Siekman Environmental Park.
Rising Sun Church of Christ was awarded $2,177 to purchase a laminator for use by the Child Care
Ministry and the church.
Ohio County Public Library was awarded $750 to purchase a Grant Select data base to allow residents
and non-profits internet access to research over 10,000 available grant and scholarship programs.
Southeastern Indiana Independent Living Center was awarded $1,500 to fund a poster contest and
educational program for third grade students at OCEMS concerning children with disabilities.
Safe Passage Inc. was awarded $2,112.00 toward services they provide for Ohio County families involved
in domestic disputes and violence.
Ripley County Family Services, Inc. for the Family Connections Program was awarded $1,156.00
toward the Healthy Families and Prenatal Substance Use Prevention Program available to Ohio County
Anyone can contribute to funds administered by OCCF by sending a gift to: Ohio
County Community Foundation, PO Box 170, Rising Sun, IN 47040. Gifts may be
made in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one. Donations to
OCCF-administered funds are tax deductible in most cases. For more information
concerning contributions to the Ohio County Community Foundation, please contact
Christy Elbright, Administrative Assistant, at 812-438-9401 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. For information concerning scholarships or grants,
please contact Stephanie Scott at 812-438-9401 or email@example.com. For
information to establish an endowment fund within the Ohio County Community
Foundation, please contact Peggy Dickson, Executive Director, at 812-438-9401 or