Surprise Grants and Awards Highlight of 30th Anniversary Celebration

Published: June 18, 2021 by Gail Richards, president & CEO

On June 17, 2021, the Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) celebrated its 30-year monumental milestone by honoring the following and awarding $90,000 in grants to area organizations.

  • The original group of founders were honored and Marty Armbruster and Bruce Gale were in attendance.
  • Sandy Daniels, the first president & CEO of JCCF was honored for her commitment to JCCF, Johnson County and philanthropy in general.
  • Jeff Goben, retired banker and founder of Heartland Community Bank (now Horizon Bank) was presented the JCCF Community Spirit Award for his devotion to Johnson County.
  • The three Johnson County Lilly Endowment Inc. 2021 scholars were honored for their commitment to academic achievement and community service. Tatum Hacker of Center Grove High School, Lillian Lacy of Franklin Community High School, and Naman Satsangi of Columbus East High School will receive full-tuition scholarships and an annual $900.00 book stipend as the 2021 Johnson County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.
  • Gateway Services/Access Johnson County, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Johnson County and Great Harvest Food Pantry were each presented $30,000 grants made possible by the JCCF Board of Directors and Lilly Endowment Inc.

Established 30 years ago, JCCF provides donors a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving—so their gifts do good works within the community, forever. Since established, JCCF has made grants and scholarships of almost $25 million and manages $38 million in assets.

“We have been so fortunate over the years to have such wonderful support from the community and Lilly Endowment Inc. to make the above celebration possible. JCCF is structured to continue to support Johnson County in perpetuity, which means many more aforementioned milestones in the future,” said Gail Richards, JCCF president & CEO.

JCCF is a nonprofit public charity established in 1991 to serve donors, award grants and provide leadership to improve Johnson County forever. For more information, call JCCF at 317-738-2213 or visit our website at 

A special thanks to our Platinum Community Partners!

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