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Northern Indiana Community Foundation Meets $1.5 Million Matching Goal

NICF staff: Front row: Brian Johnson, Connie Cutler, Executive Director Jay Albright. Back row: Corinne Becknell Lucas, Jessica Mikel, Alison Heyde and Sarah Origer.

Rochester, Indiana -  “I'm pleased to announce that all three NICF counties have now met their Lilly Endowment Inc. 2014 grant challenge", said Jay Albright, Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). "The 2014 challenge from Lilly Endowment created a remarkable opportunity to significantly increase the granting capacity in Fulton, Miami and Starke Counties. I'm beyond excited and proud of our boards, staff, and donors who joined with us to make it happen."

Lilly Endowment Inc.’s, Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative allowed each county in the NICF to match $500,000 with at least half of those dollars designated for unrestricted Community Funds. Community Funds support community projects and programs, and help the Community Foundation board of directors and staff address changing needs in the community.

“It was a great opportunity to talk about local philanthropy and building an endowment for our future," said Albright. The three counties and their donors met the matching dollar challenge in March of this year.

In Starke and Miami counties, $250,000 of the match incentive was directed to unrestricted Community Funds and other types of funds were matched $1 for every $2 with matching dollars designated to each counties operating fund. “This increase in operating dollars makes us sustainable forever in Miami and Starke counties,” said Albright.  Fulton County used the entire $500,000 incentive to build unrestricted community funds.

Thanks to donors and Lilly Endowment, NICF’s overall endowment will grow by nearly $2.3 million, due in part to the 2014 Lilly Endowment matching challenge.

Lilly Endowment launched the GIFT initiative 25 years ago to help Indiana communities build endowments to become self-reliance and better able to support local projects and programs, which improve the life in each county and community in Indiana.

There are 94 community foundations throughout Indiana that make grants to support local charitable organizations in all of Indiana’s 92 counties. Since 1990, the aggregate value of the assets of Indiana community foundations that have regularly participated in GIFT has increased from about $30 million to nearly $2 billion, and those community foundations have paid grants totaling more than $915 million.

The total amount the Lilly Endowment has provided over this time period for asset building grants has been approximately $258 million.  Ace Yakey, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for community development stated in the announcement of the GIFT initiative, “These impressive results would not have been achieved without the imagination, generosity, commitment and leadership of thousands of donors, volunteers and foundation staff members throughout the state. We are amazed at the Hoosier philanthropic spirit.”

Starke County

Annual Starke United Golf Outing! Friday, June 24, 2016 . Support Starke United and all the great programs that they fund in Starke County.

All proceeds support the Starke United Community Fund and grants to local charities. Fabulous Prizes and Bragging Rights for: Closest to the Pin, Longest Putt, Longest Drive.

At the Hamlet Golf Course, 100 E Short Street, Hamlet, IN 46532.

Get details and registration forms here.


Fulton County

Liberty Township Park and Fulton County Youth Leadership Academy Receive Community Fund Grants - Grants totaling $7,825 were awarded to programs that encourage women’s athletics in Fulton County and help build future leaders. These grants are made possible thanks to Community Support Grants awarded through the FCCF.

With this second round of grantmaking from the FCCF, over $10,000 has been awarded from Fulton County Community Funds in 2016. The application has no deadline, and is open to all charitable organizations. Grant dollars are available for programs that support Fulton County residents.

Read more about these grants and the programs they support.

Miami County

Miami County Community Foundation Awards First Grants of 2016: Two grants totaling $5,000 have been awarded in Miami County during this first year of the Community Foundation’s “no-deadline" approach to grantmaking.

A grant of $1,000 was presented to Ole Olsen's Children's Theatre Workshop (CTW) for William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" as part of CTW's "Shake it Up with Shakespeare".

Circus City Festival also received a grant of $2,500 to help paint the outside of the Circus City building on 7th street.

Read more about these grants and how to get a grant application.




Welcome to Northern Indiana Community Foundation

Since 1993, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc. (NICF) has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of the community. The NICF serves the Community Foundations of Starke, Fulton and Miami Counties. This arrangement allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost-efficient. Thus gifts can do more for the counties they are given to.

The NICF is a public trust, a public charity that gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. Operating under state and federal laws, we work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.

Contact the NICF at 574.223.2227 or toll free 877.432.6423