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.

Congratulations East Noble Scholarship Recipients

Watch the East Noble High School senior award video presentation!
Congratulations to all the seniors and the scholarship recipients!

Best to you!

Community Partners

Dear Friends,

I want to make sure you are aware of some exciting Noble County news that took place over the past few weeks. First, the Noble County Economic Development Corporation was awarded a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The EDC received over $95,000 to help fund a micro-grant program that will target at-risk small county businesses. Second, the United Way of Noble County (UWNC) received a $275,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant, which will benefit area human and social service nonprofits.

The citizens of Noble County are fortunate to have organizations such as the Noble County EDC and UWNC in their corner. CFNC has been asked to partner with both organizations through their application review process. It is these types of collaborative opportunities that will make us a stronger community moving forward. As we move on from these troubled times, CFNC will continue to look for new opportunities to collaborate with these key county organizations for the betterment of our community.

If you would like to learn more about these collaborations or would like to talk about how you can support CFNC in its efforts, please call me at 260-894-3335.

Brad Graden
Executive Director
Community Foundation of Noble County

Congratulations West Noble Scholarship Recipients

Watch the West Noble High School senior award video presentation!
Congratulations to all the seniors and the scholarship recipients!

Best to you!

Students Interviewed for 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Noble County recently interviewed ten top honor students in the final phase of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship nomination process for Noble County. These students were selected to interview based on their applications submitted in August to the community foundation which were reviewed by a panel of judges representing the central, east and west part of Noble County.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides four years of full-tuition and required fees awarded to one well-rounded high school senior who resides in Noble County, who will receive a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school by the end of June 2020, and will pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. Community Foundation of Noble County also requires community service, volunteerism, extra-curricular activities, leadership roles and honors and awards and at least a 3.80 high school grade point average.

Students interviewed were:
Robert Bridegam – Central Noble Jr/Sr High School
Madelyn Hosford – East Noble High School
Benjamin Jansen – East Noble High School
Austin Liepe – East Noble High School
Ian Schowe – East Noble High School
Emily Silver – Lakewood Park Christian School
Kristina Teel – West Noble High School
Bergen Tom – West Noble High School
Emma Wilkins – West Noble High School
Jocelyn Winebrenner – Central Noble Jr/Sr High School

Names of the top candidates will be submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc for final selection of the recipient. ICI is a nonprofit organization that represents 30 regionally accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The Noble County recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will be announced in early December 2019. Finalists not selected for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Community Foundation of Noble County

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state. A total of 143 Lilly scholarships are awarded statewide.

Pictured seated are Emily Silver, Bergen Tom, Madelyn Hosford, Emma Wilkins, Jocelyn Winebrenner. Standing are Ian Schowe, Austin Liepe, Kristina Teel, Benjamin Jansen and Robert Bridegam.

Career Opportunity

Job Posting: Executive Director

Community Foundation of Noble County

The Community Foundation of Noble County seeks to hire a dynamic, community and people-oriented servant leader to take the work of the foundation to the next level. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in the areas of project management, resource development, outstanding customer service and community building.

Purpose of the Position:  The Executive Director (ED) reports directly to and works in partnership with the Board of Directors (the “Board”) and operates under the general direction of the Board, within the policies established by the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, policies and guidelines as duly adopted, and consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. It is important to note that this job description is subject to change as deemed necessary by the Board for effective pursuit and achievement of the Community Foundation’s mission, vision and strategic plan.

The Executive Director provides professional leadership in partnership with the Board to accomplish CFNC’s mission and vision; supervises and oversees the day-to-day operations, growth and development of the Community Foundation; administers the implementation of Board policies and plans toward the accomplishment of CFNC goals; employs sound business practices; is prudent, ethical, honest and efficient in all actions and decisions made on behalf of the Community Foundation.  The ED also serves as ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board and Executive Committee.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Donor Development & Relations
Plan & Program Development
Board Relations and Organizational Visioning and Planning
Community Relations, Advancement and Leadership
Investment/Fund Management

Qualifications and Experience Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree and relevant skills and professional experience required
Ten years of progressively responsible experience in the management of a community-related operation
Experience with charitable giving, fund development, sales, financial management, grant administration
and/or nonprofit organizations will be highly considered
Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
Ability to use computer-related software and technology to accomplish tasks

Compensation and Benefits
The compensation and benefits of this position will be consistent with the candidate’s qualifications, education and experience level as well as in line with the geographical area and Foundations of a similar size within our region.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, references and complete a brief questionnaire via the link below by September 23, 2019. No phone calls please.