Community Foundation of Noble County receives $750,000 matching grant!

Community Foundation of Noble County receives $750,000 matching grant!

The Community Foundation of Noble County has received a matching fund grant totaling $750,000 as part of the eighth phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s initiative, Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VIII).

Through GIFT VIII Lilly Endowment has awarded matching fund grants totaling $133.8 million to community foundations serving all 92 of Indiana’s counties. Eligible community foundations submitted proposals requesting grants ranging from $100,000 to $15 million based on the population of the counties they serve.

Qualifying matching funds raised to support the community foundation’s unrestricted endowment will be eligible for a $2(grantor)-to-$1(grantee) match from the Endowment while qualifying matching funds raised for community projects and programs or capacity-building activities will be eligible for a $1(grantor)-to-$1(grantee) match.

“As Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Noble County, I am deeply grateful for the transformative impact of philanthropy, especially with the generous match provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. This partnership exemplifies the profound difference we can make when we join forces to support our community’s greatest needs and aspirations. Together, we are not only multiplying the resources available but also multiplying the positive outcomes for Noble County and its residents,” Margarita White.

At the Community Foundation of Noble County, we are passionate about making Noble County an even better place to call home. Since 1991, area residents have been turning to the Community Foundation of Noble County to make their philanthropic giving as effective as possible, as we see it as our mission to serve as a catalyst for positive change. The Community Foundation of Noble County is a public charity 501 (c) 3 entity.

As a group of invested community members, we identify local current and emerging issues and stimulate resources to address those needs, helping our region prepare for the future. We then leverage gifts and bequests from generous donors like you to drive positive change through grants in such areas as arts and culture, education, health and human services, civic affairs, and other charitable areas of interest.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff, and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.


3 Match Opportunities


August 15, 2023

The Community Foundation of Noble County is excited to share three great opportunities to support your favorite fund and support the good works of the community foundation. The Board of Directors has approved not one but three match opportunities and set aside $100,000 for each of the three matches. The maximum amount matched will be $10k per named organization fund and these opportunities are first come first serve.

• $1 for $1 for gifts made to the Community Impact Fund
• $1 for $1 for gifts made to new and existing endowment funds *Restrictions apply.
• $2 for $1 for gifts made to the Operating Endowment Fund

*Gifts to spendable (‘gifts to cash’) are not eligible. Existing named organization funds, that have more than one fund, are eligible for a maximum of $10k to one named organization fund. The $10k maximum match applies to all new and existing endowment funds.

The match opportunities will begin August 15, 2023, and conclude May 31, 2024, or until the dollars are allocated.

The Community Impact Fund provides support through grants to agencies and organizations that make Noble County a better place to call home. Grant opportunities include non-profit agencies/organizations, and local school districts, area police departments/fire departments and many others. When the Community Impact Fund grows, the more funding available for these non-profit agencies/organizations and schools can be awarded.

New and existing endowment funds serve as support to designated non-profits and scholarships. When the endowment grows for these funds so does the distribution. Existing named organization/agency funds are encouraged to grow their endowment support. If you are interested in starting a new endowment fund to support your favorite cause, contact Margarita White at or 260.894.3335.

The Community Foundation’s Operating Endowment Fund supports the operating budget of the Foundation. This funding ensures the foundation can continue to provide staffing to oversee the grantmaking processes, scholarship management, financial prudence, leadership, and youth philanthropy that has been provided over the last 32 years.

Donors and fund representatives are asked to consider a gift to grow the endowment funds that make Noble County a better place to call home. Your generosity, in any amount, makes a difference in Noble County.

To give online visit or mail a check to Community Foundation of Noble County, PO Box 210, Ligonier IN 46767.

By working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.


Office Closed 5/24/23

Office Closing 1/25/23 at Noon

Job Posting – Program Director

Now Accepting Applications for a Program Director

Make an impact on Noble County as the next Program Director of the Community Foundation of Noble County. This position is primarily responsible for all grantmaking, but will work closely with other departments within the Foundation. 

The Board of Trustees will be looking for someone community-minded who can build strong, lasting relationships with CFNC’s partner organizations, agencies, and donors. They need to be able to identify opportunities and determine how CFNC can be a positive catalyst to strengthen the community.

A Program Director will be organized, as the day-to-day work of grantmaking includes evaluating grant proposals, conducting applicant interviews and site visits, leading committee meetings, and making grant award announcements.

This position also acts as a PULSE (Philanthropists Utilizing Lifelong Service and Education) Navigator, supporting teens as they learn philanthropic skills and how to be a leader in their community.

As a leader within the Community Foundation, the Program Director develops an annual action plan and goals for the organization, represents CFNC at community events, and has a desire to grow and learn professionally.

To be successful, this position requires:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Strong Leadership and Management skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and the ability to learn new software quickly

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in business, non-profit management, project management, organizational leadership, or related field.
  • Minimum of three years of program experience in a professional capacity.

Base pay commensurate based on experience with consideration of local, regional, and industry-specific salary survey data. Vacation and holiday pay, health benefit stipend, retirement match and professional development provided.


For the full list of job duties, please go to


Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 23. Please send a resume and cover letter to Margarita White, the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Noble County at

New Address – 9/15/2022

Beginning September 15, 2022 our new address will be PO Box 127, 1208 E. Lakeside Drive, Kendallville IN 46755. The phone number will remain 260.894.3335.
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2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application Opens 7/25

The 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application will open on Monday, July 25, 2022. The deadline to apply will be Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 11 pm. The Noble County scholarship recipient will receive four years of full-tuition, required-fees and book stipend for up to four years.

Criteria for the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
To apply, students must be a high school senior residing in Noble County and be on track to graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by the end of June 2023.  These students must also plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana. Applicants will be required to complete three essays, submit two references, and must have a high school grade point average of at least a 3.80 on a 4.00 scale at time of application.  Applicants may not round up their GPA. Additionally, applicants must show evidence of community service, volunteerism, extracurricular activities, any work experience, and leadership roles.

Ten students will be invited to interview on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 6 pm.

Visit and click on the “Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship” tab from the “Scholarships” drop down menu to being the application process.

For scholarship information contact:
Jennifer Shultz
Dir. Communications and Scholarships

Winter Storm Warning – Office Closed

Our office will be closed 2/2, 2/3 and possibly 2/4. Please leave a message for us at 260.894.3335 or email. Staff will be working from home. Be safe.