Starke County


Welcome to the Starke County Community Foundation
Starke County is a wonderful rural county comprised of small towns where everyone knows each other; and can always depend on neighbors and friends in a pinch. It has a wonderful heritage and a diverse cultural background that adds to its charm.

Since 1996, Starke County Community Foundation has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of this great community. The Community Foundation gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. We work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.

Starke County Community Foundation is proud to be a part of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). The NICF allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost efficient. This way Starke County donations can do more—right here in Starke County.

So far, Starke County Community Foundation has dispersed over 2.5 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $4.3 million in assets and administers 94 funds.

Sharing Fire - Community Foundations
Fabulous interview with one of Starke County's finest

Marc Hardy and Jim Hardesty
Marc Hardy of Michiana Public Television WNIT interviews Jim Hardesty  

Jim Hardesty of Hamlet, a long time donor and supporter of the Community Foundation was asked to talk about his philanthropic passions on WNIT- Public Television.

We are excited that Jim is being recognized for his good works. The Community Foundation has been one of the organizations that has benefited from his generosity. We appreciate that he shares his story of working with the Community Foundation with his neighbors and now the entire Michiana area.

Jim was given Emeritus status on the NICF board along with the “Abraham Lincoln” award for his 10 years of service on the NICF board. He also continues to lend his expertise on the Finance Committee where we all benefit from his insight and leadership.

Thanks to people like Jim Hardesty, Starke County will continue to be a great place to live, learn and grow.