LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., November 4, 2019 – The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 proactive grant to the Laughery Valley Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #146 to help support the Cops and Kids Program (formerly known as “Shop With A Cop”).

Dearborn Community Foundation Board member Julie Murphy delivers a $1,000 grant to Lawrenceburg Police Captain and Laughery Valley FOP Lodge 146 member Brian Miller. The grant will support the FOP’s Cops and Kids Program.

In a continuing effort to make an impact in the Dearborn County community, DCF is awarding 15 proactive grants of $1,000 each to charitable organizations in Dearborn County throughout 2019. Each of the Foundation’s 15 volunteer Board members is recommending a grant. The source of the total of $15,000 in grants is the Foundation’s Community Funds (also known as Unrestricted Endowment Funds), established by donors to provide flexibility to DCF’s Board and staff to address changing needs in the community over the years.  

The $1,000 grant to the FOP was recommended by DCF Board member Julie Murphy of Lawrenceburg. Murphy said she made the recommendation to support the FOP’s Cops and Kids Program because there’s an increasing number of families in the community who are in need, especially during the holidays.

“I know that many of our local police officers put forth their own money to provide Christmas gifts for children, and they say this is the most impactful program in which they participate,” said Murphy. “I believe every child should have a gift to open on Christmas morning and this program helps bridge the gap between law enforcement and our youth.”

Anyone can make a contribution to a Community Fund at DCF and help make impact grants like the 15 DCF Board members are recommending in 2019. Thanks to Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VII initiative, DCF is able to provide a $2-for-$1 match ($2 match for $1 donation) for contributions to any new or existing Community Funds at the Foundation. For a list of the Community Funds (unrestricted endowments) and to learn more about the Foundation, call 812-539-4115, stop by the office at 322 Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg, or visit the Foundation website at If you are interested in making a contribution to DCF, visit our website’s “Give Now” page to donate on line and to learn about other giving options.