Greene County Foundation distributes funds to 44 area organizations

Each year, typically in the spring but rushed this year in order to provide much-needed relief to the organizations in question, the Greene County Foundation (GCF) distributes checks to area nonprofits in need of support and designated by Foundation donors.

“Greene County Foundation has around 40 designated funds, which were set up by donors to support specific organizations,” said GCF Executive Director Sherri Knieriem. “The Foundation administers and invests these funds in a balanced approach to offset risk while generating positive returns. The Foundation provides annual payouts of earnings, net proceeds, in the form of checks to these nonprofits.”

Fourty-four checks are in the mail, for a total of $94,495, Knieriem said.

“The Foundation strictly adheres to the donors intent, so the donors control who gets the payouts,” Knieriem added.

Some of the area nonprofits receiving funds include:

• SON Ministries

• Greene County Senior Centers

• Middle Way House

• Greene County Humane Society

• Shawnee Theatre

• Four local public libraries

• Cemeteries and many others

The Foundation, according to Knieriem, is closely following the COVID-19 pandemic, and is determining ways they can help the community, Anyone wishing to help support these efforts or any of the funds listed above can donate through PayPal at

For more information or to share your ideas, contact Sherri Knieriem at

About the Greene County Foundation

The Greene County Foundation exists for charitable individuals to leave a lasting legacy to the community they love. Through the establishment of endowments, donors can forever support the local causes important to them. The Greene County Foundation has had a charitable impact in every school, library and community in Greene County. The Foundation annually awards over a quarter million dollars in grants through fund payouts, competitive grants and student scholarships. For more information, visit or 812-659-3142.

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