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Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our communities by assisting donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes.


Where Giving Grows
Gifts to the Community Foundations of Starke, Fulton, and Miami Counties are seeds that grow funds for the betterment of the community they are given to. The Community Foundations make giving simple and offer a variety of ways for caring community members to make a lasting impact.


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We will grow all charitable giving, cultivating permanent resources and harvesting positive community growth.


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The SCCF’s 20th Anniversary Series

Donor, friend and supporter of the SCCF, Ed Hasnerl, and SCCF founder, Arlowa Vorm

History of SCCF Part III
Volume 5 – August 24, 2016

Since it started twenty years ago, the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) has changed quite a bit. Many people have served as staff and board members. Each contributed something different to the SCCF and to the community.

Frank Alan was the first President of the SCCF, and Cherry Gumz then served as President until 2006.

Our first paid employee was Corinne Becknell-Lucas, who started part time as the Office Administrator. She has since worn many hats, such as Grants/Scholarship Coordinator, Communications and Marketing Director, and Associate Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) of which Starke County is an affiliate member.

In total, there have been six Lilly Phases. The last one ended just this year. Each time, the community and SCCF board members pulled through and brought the SCCF success.

Reminisce with us as we talk about past programs like "Give Your Heart to Your Community".


Miami County

Miami County Community Foundation Awards First Grants of 2016: So far in 2016, the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) has awarded $21,200 to five charitable organizations to improve the quality of life in Miami County.

The Miami Nation of Indians in Indiana strives to preserve and share the history and culture of the Miami Tribe. For the next four years (2016-2019), the Tribe will receive a total of $20,000 for renovations to their Tribal Complex, specifically for classroom and exhibit upgrades.

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


Fulton County

Preschool Fair Brings Schools and Families Together - Over forty-five parents and children attended the Early Childhood Preschool Fair held on July 26 at the Rochester City Park.

Parents met with nine preschool providers and five community organizations while children enjoyed games, music, and sensory activities geared towards pre-k children. Every child left with a balloon and popcorn, while parents received information how to apply and pay for preschool. 

Read about the event and see all the fun photos!

 


Starke County

Starke County Community Foundation’s (SCCF) 20th anniversary series! This year the SCCF celebrates its twentieth year of philanthropy in the communities of Starke County. Join us in our celebration by following our weekly articles featuring stories about how the SCCF works, how it got started, the history of the SCCF, how it benefits the community, and the types of funds donors set up to fulfill their charitable wishes. It will all lead up to a very special day of the year— Giving Tuesday!

Read the articles here.

 

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