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By JoAnna Ness, Dec 13 2018 05:20PM

SCCF hosted our first nonprofit training on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Many local nonprofit leaders gathered for lunch and a training session on "Building a Strong Board." In addition to sharing their challenges and questions about building an effective board of directors, attendees learned about the legal responsibilities of boards and how to engage them in the fundraising process. One of the biggest take-aways? Nonprofit boards need to build fun and mission moments into meetings regularly! SCCF is grateful for the time and effort these individuals have placed in serving Steuben County.



By JoAnna Ness, Dec 6 2018 04:44PM

An Angola High School senior has been named as the Steuben County 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Mason Gaerte will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana, along with an annual $900 stipend for books and required equipment.


Lilly scholarships were first awarded in 1998, and over 4,400 scholarships have been awarded statewide, not including 143 that will be awarded during this round.


Gaerte, son of Duane and Amy Gaerte of Angola, plans to study Biology at Butler University. He is the senior class president, plays the trombone for the Marching Hornets at Angola high school, and is part of his church’s worship team.


A surprise announcement was given to Mason at Angola High School where his family, friends, school and high school administrators, as well as members from the Steuben County Community Foundation were present.


“It’s the culmination of a lot of years of hard work, and it’s also a time to reflect on the journey and all that’s gotten me here, not just the destination,” shared Mason at the announcement.



By JoAnna Ness, Dec 4 2018 01:57PM

Dee and Cheryl Anstett have been proud community members for decades. Cheryl moved to Steuben County when she was ten years old, and Dee grew up in Pleasant Lake. They were married after Cheryl graduated from high school, and this month marks their 56th wedding anniversary. Dee worked with Pleasant Lake Schools for 40 years as a custodian and doing maintenance, then he worked on the ground crew for ten years. “He would walk to school when no one else wanted to be there, shoveling snow or clearing driveways,” said Cheryl. Dee’s family owned a variety of businesses over the years, and Dee learned many different skills from working with family. He helped make vaults, septic tanks, concrete blocks, and delivered gas and oil to homeowners and farmers with his dad.


By JoAnna Ness, Dec 3 2018 09:28PM

The Steuben County Community Foundation (SCCF) has received a $200,000 gift from the Wood Family for community grantmaking. This gift coincides with Lilly Endowment Inc.’s recent GIFT VII initiative, where Lilly Endowment will provide $2 for every $1 contributed to Steuben County Community Foundation’s unrestricted endowments during the matching period, October 1, 2018, through December 31, 2020. Therefore, the Wood Family gift will have triple the impact, increasing the Spirit of Community Fund at SCCF by $600,000. The Spirit of Community Fund is guided by the SCCF Board of Directors and is used for grantmaking, community projects, and to support nonprofit organizations in Steuben County.


“The Wood Family is pleased this gift will provide flexibility and support for the Steuben County Community Foundation to respond to the needs of the community for many years to come,” shared John Wood.


“We are honored the Wood Family trusts SCCF to manage the gift for the benefit of the Steuben County nonprofit community. And we are overjoyed this gift gives us a large step towards fulfilling Lilly Endowment’s recent $500,000 matching gift opportunity,” said Jennifer Danic, President and CEO of SCCF.


Pictured is John Wood, representing the Wood Family, and Jennifer Danic, President & CEO of SCCF

By JoAnna Ness, Dec 3 2018 08:27PM

Steuben County Community Foundation has received a grant of $500,000 as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative. With GIFT VII, the Endowment is making up to $125 million available to help Indiana community foundations strengthen the towns, cities and counties they serve.


Steuben County Community Foundation can use this matching fund grant to build our financial assets and support our charitable activities. At least two-thirds of the matching fund grant must be designated to support the growth of Steuben County Community Foundation’s unrestricted endowments, which over time will provide flexibility to help the foundation to meet community needs. Lilly Endowment will provide $2 for every $1 contributed to Steuben County Community Foundation’s unrestricted endowments during the matching period, October 1, 2018, through December 31, 2020.


Steuben County Community Foundation may choose to designate up to one-third of the matching fund grant to support the foundation’s own operating needs or specific community or charitable projects. Lilly Endowment will provide 50 cents for every $1 that Steuben County Community Foundation raises during the matching period for these purposes.


“We are thrilled with the opportunity to participate in another GIFT initiative” said Jennifer Danic, President and CEO of Steuben County Community Foundation. “As Steuben County grows and changes, we will use this opportunity to continue growing to meet our community’s needs. And we have high confidence our donor community will help us meet this challenge as they have in past GIFT initiatives.”


Steuben County Community Foundation was founded in 1991 to serve as a community leader, helping people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come. Steuben County Community Foundation’s board of directors strategically invests the earnings from its permanent assets of more than $28 million into community projects, local nonprofit organizations, and scholarships. In addition to awarding grants totaling over $1 million each year, Steuben County Community Foundation also owns and manages the community-based broadband fiber network known as the Steuben County Fiber Network.


The GIFT initiative is part of Lilly Endowment’s grantmaking to strengthen Indiana communities and has been a priority of the Endowment since the first phase of GIFT in 1990. The initiative’s primary aim is to help Indiana community foundations develop the philanthropic capacity to identify, prioritize and address local opportunities and challenges.


To encourage the engagement of Steuben County Community Foundation’s board of directors, the Endowment also will award an additional $100,000 unrestricted grant if the foundation achieves 100 percent financial support from our board members during the period January 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.


Starting in 2019, Steuben County Community Foundation will have the opportunity to apply for more funds through GIFT VII’s community leadership grants. This component includes both planning and implementation grants, which are available to help the foundation deepen its understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing its community; convene key local stakeholders and explore how it can effectively play a leadership role in implementing initiatives and strategies that enhance the quality of life in Steuben County.


Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment exists to support causes of community development, education and religion. Lilly Endowment’s community development grantmaking is designed to support efforts that enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis and Indiana.

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