Starke County Community Foundation

Starke, Fulton and Miami County Community Foundations comprise the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc. This arrangement allows us to do more for our individual counties by being more cost effective, as well as getting a greater return on our investments. Collectively the counties hold assets in excess of 31 million dollars, and have distributed over 18 million dollars via grants and scholarships since inception.

The NICF is the legal entity through which each of the counties' Community Foundations operates. Each of the three counties sends representatives to serve on the NICF board and finance committee.

2016 NICF Board of Directors

President: Jennifer Gappa, Starke

Vice President: Evan Gottschalk, Fulton

Secretary: Judy Climie, Fulton

Treasurer: Gene Miles, Miami

Starke County Representatives: Suzy Bishop, Jennifer Gappa, Brad Lawrence, Gene Ladd, Cheryl Orkis

Fulton County Representatives: Judy Climie, Larry Cunningham, Jeff Finke, Evan Gottschalk, Kirk Robinson

Miami County Representatives: Dick Hammond, Tom McKaig, Gene Miles, Marcia Minard, Jim Yates

Like many of the Community Foundations of Indiana, ours were made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc.'s GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow) Initiative. Currently Lilly Endowment, Inc. is no longer offering matching grants to the communities. Instead, they have begun a new initiative that challenges the Community Foundations throughout the state to raise funds for sustainability. The Sustained Resource Development Initiative has inspired Community Foundations to seek funding for their own operating endowments—thus allowing them to maintain a local presence and to continue to serve their communities.

While the Community Foundations were created through matching grants from Lilly Endowment, Inc. we are not an affiliate of that organization.

Starke County Community Foundation

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 563, Knox, IN 46534

Office Location:

North Judson-San Pierre Middle School building, 950 W. Campbell Drive, North Judson, IN 46366

Director of Development

Sarah Origer



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