Our grantees allow us to put our donors' dollars to good use. Without the wonderful nonprofit organizations serving our community, the RCCF would be of less value.
Since our first grant award in 1993, RCCF has provided grant dollars to 116 organizations that serve Rush County. Through fund disbursements and community grant awards, our donors' dollars have furthered the capacity of our local nonprofits and enabled programs and projects that would otherwise not be possible. Our grantees are the reason we exist.
In 2018, the RCCF awarded its first proactive grant - ever - to Huffer Childcare Resource & Referral to hire an early learning coordinator for Rush County. 90% of brain development occurs by age 5 and we are committed to ensuring that our community's youngest (and their families) have the best resources possible. What does that look like? We're still learning ourselves. What are grant funding has enabled this year is information: we now know that of the 1,143 children between the ages of 0 and 5 living in Rush County, 579 need childcare. We know that Indiana estimates a loss of $1.1 BILLION in economic activity every year due to child care related absenteeism and turnover. We know that an investment in early learning impacts the entire community, our state, and our nation: high-quality early childcare has proven return on investment. Through high-quality early learning, a measurable reduction has been proven in special education and crime, improving quality of life for all and reducing tax expenditure on remediation. Our funding has supported the development of First5, Rush County's own early learning coalition committed to expanding resources, increasing knowledge and awareness, and making an impact on the entire community through the investment in early learning. We're just getting started - and we're eager for the transformation to come.