Community Foundation Strikes Deal For New Office Space


The Community Foundation of Noble County has struck a deal to move to a permanent location back on the county’s west side. In a partnership with the City of Ligonier, the Community Foundation will eventually lease the historic City Hall building later this year.

In December, the Board of Directors made the decision to head back to Ligonier.

“We appreciate the generosity of The Dekko Foundation in allowing us to use their former offices in Kendallville,” said Community Foundation Board President Frank Tijerina.

The Community Foundation moved from its previous location south of Ligonier on U.S. 33  in September 2022. The large amount of acreage that accompanied that space, along with the potential costs of updating a large, aging home, led the Community Foundation Board of Directors to make the decision to temporarily move to Kendallville while seeking a permanent location. There is some interest in the property, and the Foundation expects to sell it soon. The community will benefit from the sale, as the profits will be put into the Community Foundation’s coffers, then reinvested back into the community.

Leatherman Construction has been hired to handle the renovations of the former City Hall and will add seven office spaces to accommodate future expansion of the Community Foundation. A staff of five currently runs the day-to-day operations, with many more people involved on the Foundation Board and several committees.

“We are pleased that the Foundation Board has decided to move into a building that holds great significance to Ligonier’s history,” said Ligonier Mayor Patty Fisel.

“The Community Foundation of Noble County has a strong support system,” said White. “We are so fortunate that Noble County understands and supports the decision to move our offices back to Ligonier. We are also looking forward to being part of the fabric of the community, in a historic building right in the heart of the city.”

White said she expects renovations to take most of the summer, so the Foundation staff will prepare for a move this fall…likely close to one year from the date they first left Ligonier.

About the Community Foundation of Noble County, Indiana, Inc.

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.

Pictured (l to r)

Barb Hawn, Julie Bell, Doretta Wiegand, CFNC Board President Frank Tijerina, CFNC Executive Director Margarita White, Ken Schuman, Chris Fought, and Matt Kreager