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SCCF Awards More Than $320,000 in Grants

By JoAnna Ness, Aug 13 2020 07:20PM

This year, nonprofits in Steuben County have faced new financial challenges. Canceled and postponed fundraising events disrupted their anticipated cash flows. Some individuals lost jobs, making it difficult to donate as generously. In the midst of this challenging time, SCCF was able to award more than $320,000 in grants to 74 organizations through donor-established designated funds.

The past two years, SCCF has celebrated this annual distribution at our annual public meeting.

“We decided that in the midst of COVID-19, our decision to cancel the public meeting shouldn’t overshadow these grant awards. We wanted to give our local nonprofits a reason to celebrate a little!” shared Jennifer Danic, SCCF President and CEO.

Over the course of three days, staff from SCCF hand delivered checks to 18 local agencies, and reached out by phone or video chat to many of the remaining nonprofits to offer personal congratulations.

Each designated fund at SCCF was established by a donor who was passionate about an organization and wanted to provide permanent support. Gifts to a designated fund are permanently invested. The SCCF board and a committee of volunteers carefully oversee these investments, and the interest income is used to provide an annual distribution to a specific organization. These grants are awarded automatically, in contrast to SCCF’s application-based grantmaking cycles. In an uncertain year like 2020, designated funds are designed to offer a reliable funding source to help build a nonprofit’s financial sustainability.

The majority of designated funds award grants for general support of the organization. This allows nonprofits some additional flexibility as grants are used to pay utility bills, to purchase program supplies, or even to offset unexpected expenses in the midst of a pandemic.

Designated funds account for the largest share of grant dollars awarded by SCCF every year at just over 40%.

SCCF is proud to help carry on donor legacies through facilitating this annual grant distribution to support their work in perpetuity. If you have questions about how to support a nonprofit through a designated fund, please contact the SCCF office at 260-665-6656.

The following list includes the grantees receiving designated grants from SCCF in 2020:

101 Lakes Trust Inc.

Acres, Inc.

American Legion Post 117

Angola Band Boosters Association

Angola Elks Lodge #2398

Angola High School Academic Achievement

Angola Kids League

Angola United Methodist Church

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

Blue Heron Ministries

BSA- Anthony Wayne Council

Cahoots Coffee Cafe

Calvary Lutheran Church

Cameron Palliative Care

Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County

Charles McClue Reserve

City of Angola

City of Defiance/ Cemetery Enhancements

Clear Lake Fund

Clear Lake Township Land Conservancy, Inc.

Clear Lake Township Land Conservancy Maintenance Fund

Clear Lake Yacht Club

Community Harvest Food Bank of NE IN, Inc.

Community Humane Shelter

Crawford County Care Center

Defiance City School Foundation

Defiance Society of Artists

Downtown Angola Coalition (DAC)

Easterseals RISE, Inc.

Faith Community Health Clinic, Inc.

First Congregational United Church of Christ

Forever Improving Steuben County Together Fund

Freedom Academy

Fremont Community Schools

Fremont United Methodist Church

Fremont United Methodist Church Youth Church Camps Fund

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana

Goshen Health

Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana

Hamilton Life Center

Holy Family Episcopal Church

Indiana Humanities Council

Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana

Lake James Christian Camp & Retreat Center

Land of Lakes Family Health Services, Inc.

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Metz Christian Church

Metz Volunteer Fire Dept.

National MS Society

Northeastern Center

Pokagon State Park Nature Center Fund

Powers Church Preservation & Maintenance Fund

Project Help

Questa Foundation for Education

Salvation Army of Lafayette

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

Steuben County 4-H Association

Steuben County Council on Aging

Steuben County Economic Development Corporation

Steuben County Historical Society

Steuben County Lakes Council

Steuben County Literacy Coalition

Steuben County United Way

Steuben County Vocational Education Fund

St Jude Children's Research Hospital

St Mary's Catholic Church Maintenance Fund

St Paul's Catholic Chapel

Tippecanoe County CASA

Trine University

Turning Point of Steuben County, Inc.

Women's Fund

Wood-Land-Lakes Resource Conservation & Development

YMCA of Steuben County

Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana, Inc.