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Community Foundation Celebrates #GivingTuesday

The Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) held a 20th Anniversary Open House on November 29th in celebration of #GivingTuesday. The SCCF raised $1,120 during the event, which will help to better the quality of life in Starke County.

The Open House was held at the new SCCF office, located in the former NJ-SP Middle School building. This was the SCCF’s 2nd year participating in #GivingTuesday.

“While the days following Thanksgiving are focused around finding the perfect Christmas gifts, #GivingTuesday provides an opportunity for individuals to give a gift to the entire community—one that will continue to give forever,” said Sarah Origer, SCCF Director of Development.

#GivingTuesday was born at 92nd Street Y (92Y), a community and cultural center in New York in 2012. The social media tag encourages individuals, families, nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses, and corporations to share with one another how they’re making a difference on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It also encourages the donation of time, resources, and talents to address local need. #GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of the generosity of people around the world to bring real change in their communities.

In 2015, nonprofits raised more than $117 million online on #GivingTuesday to help make the world a better place in countless ways. Much more was generated offline and through donations of time and other resources. People participated in #GivingTuesday activities in 71 countries around the globe last year, and this year, participating countries include Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more.

The Starke County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) public trust. The mission of the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our communities by assisting donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes. We do this by building endowment funds for our communities with contributions, both large and small.

For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.


Community Foundation Celebrates 20 Years and 6 million in Grants

Dr. Abigail C. Nichols, Donna Toth, and Wade Nichols.

Knox, Ind. - The Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) held its 20th anniversary celebration and annual Community Impact Reception on October 27th in Knox.
Since inception, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants and scholarships. The SCCF now has over $8.39 million in assets.

The evening allowed guests to reminisce and reflect on the impact that the SCCF has made over the past 20 years—an impact of $6 million through 1,766 grants to Starke County non-profits, 326 scholarships to Starke County students, and 35 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

The SCCF also celebrated the organizations that received grants this year. In total, more than $225,000 in grants and scholarships have been awarded by the SCCF in 2016.

The founders of the SCCF were Frank Alan, June Binkley, Cheryle Ferch, Cherry Gumz, Jim Hardesty, Barbara McLaughlin, and Arlowa Vorm. Three of the seven original founders of the SCCF attended the event and were presented with awards. These included Alan, Gumz, and McLaughlin. Family members of founders who have passed away accepted the awards for their loved ones.

Barbara and Marvin McLaughlin

The 2nd annual James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award was also presented to the local Tri Kappa chapter for the outstanding work they do in the community. The award was created in honor of SCCF founder, generous donor, and beloved friend, James “Jim” Hardesty. Over the past 54 years, the local Tri Kappa chapter has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships and awards to graduating seniors, in addition to other philanthropic support they provide to Starke County.

The Longest Serving Volunteer Award was given to Brad Lawrence. Lawrence began serving on the SCCF board in 1999. He served as President of both the SCCF and the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). He served 12 years, the most allowed by the NICF bylaws, and then he continued to volunteer as an advisor to the board. In January, he returned to the SCCF board as Vice President.

“It was so humbling to have a room full of people who care so deeply for Starke County,” said Sarah Origer, SCCF Director of Development. “None of this would be possible if it weren’t for the contributions of our donors, board members, and staff, as well as the grantees who put grant dollars to good use.”

The following organizations were awarded grants: Center for Workforce Innovations, $600; Community Services of Starke County, $3,500; The Crossing, $3,200; Fletcher Cemetery Association, $700; Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, $1,000; Kid’s Closet, $2,000; North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation, $1,000; Psi Iota Xi, $2,000; Starke County ABATE, $2,000; Starke County Bicentennial Bison, $1,000; Starke County Preschool Scholarship Program, $7,500; Starke County Youth Club, $3,800.

Frank Alan and Jennifer Gappa

At the start of the event, guests visited tables that represented the SCCF’s pillars of giving. When guests visited every table, their names were entered into a drawing for $100 to be put into the fund of their choice. The winner of the drawing was Sandy Kersting-Rudd, who allocated the dollars to the Starke United Community Fund.

The board of the SCCF thanked all of those who made this possible and look forward to the next twenty years of bettering the quality of life in Starke County.
The Starke County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) public trust. The mission of the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our communities by assisting donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes. We do this by building endowment funds for our communities with contributions, both large and small.

For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.