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Fall 2017 Deadline for 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is a 4-year full-tuition scholarship to one local high school senior who will begin their college career in the fall of 2018. The recipient must intend to be a full time student and pursue a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in early December 2017. Until last year, scholarship recipients were identified in March of the year they graduated from high school. This change took effect within all Indiana community foundations.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application will be available to the public on August 1 at nicf.org. The online application deadline is September 1, 2017.

Northern Indiana Community Foundation Benefits from Summer Internships

Rachel Lenig (left) and Megan Galbreath (right)
Jessica Monnet (left) and Miranda Shepherd (right)

This summer, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) received funding from the Lilly Endowment to hire interns who were seeking to gain experience with the Starke, Fulton, and Miami County Community Foundations.

Rachel Lenig, who has been an NICF intern in Starke County since fall of 2014, will serve as the NICF Lead Intern. In her role as managing intern, she will provide assistance and guidance to the other three NICF interns, and she will also continue to work primarily in Starke County. Throughout the summer, she will assist the Starke County Community Foundation Director of Development with office tasks and planning events. Lenig is a senior nursing student at Valparaiso University.

Also serving in Starke County is Miranda Shepherd. Miranda was hired this summer exclusively for the non-profit organization Moving Starke County Forward (MSCF), with which the Starke County Community Foundation has partnered. Shepherd will help to coordinate events, such as the MSCF Walking Challenge, community walks, and 5Ks. She will also assist in managing the program’s social media accounts and communications. Shepherd is a junior at Indiana University South Bend, where she plans to study physical therapy.

Another of our interns, Jessica Monnot, is an NICF veteran intern. Monnot has been with the NICF in Miami County since fall of 2015. In her role as Communication/Office Intern, she will assist the Miami County Community Foundation Director of Development with planning events, such as the yearly Scholarship Reception, various office tasks, and meeting with members of the community. Monnot is a senior at Indiana University Kokomo, where she studies biology/pre-dentistry.

The fourth NICF intern, Megan Galbreath, is new to the NICF and is working in the Fulton County office. Galbreath is a sophomore student at Valparaiso University majoring in communication with a concentration in journalism. This summer, she will become familiar with community foundations as she meets and corresponds with board members, donors, and grantees. She will also assist the Fulton County Community Foundation Director of Development with office tasks, events, and communications.

“We are thankful to be able to hire this great group of interns,” said NICF Executive Director Jay Albright. “This program provides us with the opportunity to utilize the skills of these young, bright people, and also to teach them about philanthropy and what the NICF does for their communities.”

For more information about the NICF, visit our website at nicf.org or call the NICF toll free at 877-432-6423. To inquire about future paid internships, contact Jessica Martinovic, NICF Communications Specialist, at jessi@nicf.org.

2016 Annual Report Now Available
Pillars of Our Communities

The 2016 NICF Annual Report draws on the importance of the Community Foundation and the work it is doing locally. But is also features the donors who put their trust in the Community Foundation. We work hard to make our donor's philanthropic dreams become a reality.

The theme of this year's report is "Pillars". The definition of Pillars is: "A person or thing regarded as reliably providing essential support for something. Synonyms: stalwart, mainstay, rock, worthy, backbone, support, champion, upholder, tower of strength." We feel this best exemplifies the spirit of our donors and community foundation philosophy.

Miami County

MCCF Awards $8,064 in Grants So Far in 2017. The MCCF is excited that organizations have already been able to apply for and receive needed grant dollars. MCCF Director of Development Connie Cutler said, “It’s exciting to begin awarding grants, and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact these dollars will have on the community throughout the year.”

Scratching Post Cat Rescue, Inc., Ole Olsen Children's Memorial Theatre, Inc., The BOOK Program, and Systems of Care are organizations that have benefited from these grants.

Read more about it!

Starke County

Starke United Fund Supports Kindergarten Countdown and Other Projects: The Starke United Fund is proud to support the Kindergarten Countdown Program. Through this program, they hope provide an opportunity for young children who did not receive a preschool education to obtain a pre-kindergarten experience. Since the program was initiated, the results have been astounding.

In addition to the Kindergarten Countdown Program, the Starke United Fund awarded grants to many other local charitable organizations.

Get details on who received the grants.

Fulton County

Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle Awards Yearly Grants: Programs and projects throughout Fulton County were supported through grants from the Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle at their annual 2017 event. Sixty people attended the banquet.

The event was held at the Manitou Banquet Center in Rochester on Tuesday, May 9, and a total of $5,500 was awarded. Members of the Giving Circle vote for their favorite programs and initiatives to receive these funds from dues and a growing endowment fund.

Read about all the grant recipients!



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