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.
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
Fremont Community Schools
Fremont United Methodist Church
Fremont United Methodist Church Youth Church Camps Fund
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana
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
Pokagon State Park Nature Center Fund
Powers Church Preservation & Maintenance Fund
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
Turning Point of Steuben County, Inc.
Wood-Land-Lakes Resource Conservation & Development
YMCA of Steuben County
Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana, Inc.