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.


Join Our Team!

We are hiring a Program/Office Assistant.

Description of Position:
The Program Assistant is a salaried, full-time exempt position, that requires an average of 37.5 hours of work each week. The Program Assistant reports to the Executive Director and works with the staff, grantmaking activities, and the youth philanthropy group P.U.L.S.E. The Program Assistant processes all grants and assists in managing the online grant management portal Foundant GLM/SLM. This position will also provide administrative support for the foundation and assist in special projects as needed.

Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Send cover letter and resume to by April 11.
Located in Ligonier, Indiana.

2024 Program Assistant Job Description

Write A Will Informational Workshop

“Write A Will Informational” Workshop
Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Noble County.

“Will Do!” That is a common reply from folks asked to take care of something – “Yep- will do!” But when it comes to writing out a will, some folks never get the job done. Regardless of your personal wealth, everyone should have a will to ensure their assets are allocated according to their desires. The workshop is intended to promote awareness about the need to have a will.

Did you know? Without a will, the laws of the state determine how property is distributed; removing from consideration an individual’s priorities, commitments or how the person left behind might feel about the outcome.

This informational workshop is presented by Douglas J. Atz and Jacob D. Atz of Atz Law Office LLC.

Free Write A Will Informational Workshop
Thursday, September 12, 2024
Choose morning or afternoon
10 am to Noon, Noble County Council on Aging, 561 S. Main Street, Kendallville
4 pm to 6 pm, Ligonier Public Library (lower level), 300 S. Main Street, Ligonier

You must register for the workshop by calling the Community Foundation of Noble County at 260-894-3335 or email at All we need is your name(s) and phone number.

Seating is limited.


Technical Educator Grants: Up to $5,000 per educator per year


RE: Technical Educator Grants: Up to $5,000 per educator per year


LIGONIER, IND. – The Community Foundation of Noble County is pleased to announce grant applications for Technical Educators and instructors is now open. This grant is part of the Ignite Your Future Program provided by a grant from the Don Wood Foundation. DWF created the Ignite Your Future Program to grow and strengthen advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurship in northeast Indiana and beyond.


The Ignite Your Future Program creates opportunities for those living in Noble County, Ind who seek to advance their education in fields related to engineering, industrial technology, and machine tool technology. Examples of fields that Ignite Your Future Program supports include those considered part of Industry 4.0, which is the digital transformation of manufacturing/production, related industries, and value creation processes.


Broader eligible areas for scholarships include:

  • Fields related to Engineering and Industrial Technology such as automation engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering, controls engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering design, computer and information technology, automation and systems integration technology, cybersecurity, data analytics, mechatronics, robotics, and industrial informatics;
  • Technology education or leadership;
  • Sales or marketing;
  • Organizational leadership and supervision; and
  • Entrepreneurship

Including more traditional and technical trades such as welding and automotive.


Technical Educator Grants can support training, education, and professional development opportunities for technical educators and instructors living in Noble County, Indiana.


Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Community Foundation of Noble County’s website at to learn more about Ignite Your Future Program opportunities under the scholarship tab or call 260.894.3335.  The deadline to apply for a grant is March 17, 2024.


Sharing a Scholarship on behalf of Community Foundation of Huntington County

The Community Foundation of Huntington County would like to make you aware of a scholarship opportunity that could apply to students in your county. The Paul D. Souder Memorial Scholarship – the student must be a resident of Huntington, Adams, Allen, Blackford, Dekalb, Grant, LaGrange, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, or Whitley counties; enrolled or enrolling in a two- or four-year school; pursuing a career in the field of aviation, including aeronautics, air traffic management, aviation maintenance, aviation management, space operations, unmanned aircraft systems, etc.


For more information reach out to: Amber Rensberger, Program Manager at Community Foundation of Huntington County Website: at



Grants Awarded!

**Press Release: Community Foundation of Noble County Announces Grants Awarded from Community Impact Fund and Celebrate Community Fund**

Noble County, January 2024 — The Community Foundation of Noble County is delighted to announce the recipients of grants awarded from the Community Impact Fund and the Celebrate Community Fund, totaling $34,911.80. These grants support innovative projects and programs that address critical community needs and enrich the lives of residents in Noble County.

The following organizations have been selected to receive grants:

  1. Community Action of Northeast Indiana dba Brightpoint

– Project: Supporting the overall operations of the Covering Kids and Families program at Brightpoint, removing barriers to public health insurance enrollment and providing health literacy support.

– Grant Award: $5,000

  1. Women’s Care Center Northeast Indiana

– Project: Offering professional pro-life services for vulnerable families in Noble County, providing counseling, education, and ongoing support for expecting mothers.

– Grant Award: $6,000

  1. Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra

– Project: Supporting the 2023-24 Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Ensembles in Schools program, the Stories in Music series, and institutional ensembles in Noble County.

– Grant Award: $2,500

  1. Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana

– Project: Supporting the Client Advocate Program for Noble County, increasing access to healthcare, improving financial stability, and providing mental health support for those impacted by cancer.

– Grant Award: $5,000

  1. Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana

– Project: Supporting programming in 60 K-5 elementary schools across Noble County, providing students with essential life skills and a positive impact on the community.

– Grant Award: $3,500

  1. SCAN, Inc.

– Project: Replacing technology for children’s forensic interviewing in Noble County, acquiring a new forensic interviewing system, and upgrading aging technology.

– Grant Award: $3,399.80

  1. South Side Elementary

– Project: Supporting Scotland Culture Week at South Side Elementary.

– Grant Award: $912

  1. Rome City Elementary School

– Project: Supporting the German Culture Study at Rome City Elementary School.

– Grant Award: $2,100

  1. McMillen Health

– Project: Assisting with 2024 Preventive Health Education for Noble County Youth, teaching various topics like mental health, physical education, and more.

– Grant Award: $4,000

  1. Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc.

– Project: Assisting with offsetting costs associated with the Farm Wagon mobile pantry in Noble County, distributing food to families in need.

– Grant Award: $2,500


The grants were awarded through a competitive process, with full consideration given to each proposal. The Community Foundation of Noble County prioritizes projects addressing Childcare, Senior Issues, Economic Development, and Education. Grant applications for the Community Impact Fund are accepted on March 2, July 2, and November 2, with awards announced 60 days after each deadline.

The Celebrate Community Fund, established to promote cultural diversity, has been instrumental in supporting programs that educate and celebrate different ethnic races. Examples of past grants include school-wide studies of Italian, French, or Mexican cultures, translation of brochures, and cultural community programs.

The Community Foundation of Noble County extends its congratulations to the grant recipients and expresses gratitude to all applicants for their dedication to enhancing the well-being of Noble County residents. For more information on future grant opportunities and the foundation’s initiatives, please visit

Contact Program Director, Jazmin Herrera at or 260.894.3335



Hiring – Administrative & Marketing Intern

2024 Administrative and Marketing Intern
Job Description

Position Description
The Administrative and Marketing Intern role is a non-exempt opportunity, requiring an average commitment of 37.5 hours per week in the office. Reporting to the Director of Communications and Scholarships, the intern collaborates closely with other team members. Compensation is $17 per hour, and preference is given to applicants currently enrolled in college. The position is on-site from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

This internship spans May to August, potentially extending into the student’s college breaks.

The ideal candidate should possess excellent communication skills, meticulous attention to detail, and a collaborative spirit.

Duties and Responsibilities
o Develop a digital and paper annual report for the foundation’s website, social media, and print copies.
o Support staff in conceptualizing and executing monthly campaigns for donors and fund representatives, following an easy-to-use format.
o Monitor and enhance the foundation’s social media presence, offering suggestions for increased engagement. Create and schedule content for social media, focusing on scholarship opportunities for non-traditional students, college students, and high school seniors. Develop concise versions of donor stories.
o Update the informational video office entrance.
o Curate a swag list for marketing giveaways.
o Research and compose donor stories for the foundation’s website.
o Assist with new board members (and potentially staff members) photos for the website and annual report.
o Aid in planning recognition/gifts for Noble Legacy Society members throughout the year and the next two years.
o Craft thank-you notes for donors, emphasizing good penmanship.
o Answer phone calls, take messages, greet guests/visitors, and manage general office tasks.
o Collaborate with the finance department to handle routine tasks such as scanning documents and shredding.

o Actively take part in and enhance customer service relations with donors, fund representatives, and scholarship recipients.
o Collaborate regularly with other team members.
o Undertake other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.
o Attend meetings upon request.
o Occasionally run business errands.
o Familiarize yourself with the CFNC employee handbook.

Updated 1/10/2024

Email resume to

Herrera Selected For Class of 2024 Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute

Date January 8

Jazmin Herrera, MNA of the Community Foundation of Noble County, has been selected as a member of the 2024 class of the Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute. Launched by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance in 2021, the Mutz Institute provides a leadership training experience to skill-up professionals serving in board and executive roles at foundations, corporations, and social impact organizations across Indiana.

Herrera successfully completed a competitive application process to gain one of 22 spots in this year’s class.

She is making waves in the realm of philanthropy and community development. Currently, she adeptly manages grant requests, orchestrates impactful nonprofit workshops, and serves as the dynamic leader of the youth philanthropy group, P.U.L.S.E. of Noble County.

In her pivotal role, Herrera is responsible for overseeing grantmaking activities with an unwavering commitment to maintaining rigorous standards and evaluating proposals that align with the foundation’s mission. Her visionary approach catalyzes community development, fostering collaboration between nonprofit organizations and donors for sustainable impact.

Herrera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Saint Mary’s College and a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration from the prestigious University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. This unique blend of academic expertise and practical experience positions her as a driving force in the pursuit of community betterment.

Margarita White, Executive Director at the Community Foundation, underscores the foundation’s mission, stating, “Jazmin’s leadership has been instrumental in driving our mission forward as a catalyst for positive change. Her passion for community betterment and her ability to forge meaningful partnerships have significantly enhanced our impact in Noble County.”

“It is imperative that Indiana cultivates a generation of sharp leaders ready to forge significant advancements in critical sectors such as education and economic development,” said IPA President and CEO Claudia Cummings. “Through this program, we celebrate the visionary legacy of John Mutz and his foundational role in establishing IPA, all while fostering a dynamic and diverse cohort of philanthropic pioneers for the future.”

The Mutz Institute is named for former Indiana Lieutenant Governor, past Lilly Endowment Inc. president, IPA founder, corporate CEO and Indiana visionary John M. Mutz.

“We want to imbue the individuals who graduate from our program with a lot of knowledge and wisdom,” shared John Mutz. “But more importantly, what we want to do is build a fire under philanthropy, and under government, and under business in this state so we can be better than we are.”

Go here for a full listing of those accepted into the class of 2024 Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute:

About John M. Mutz

Born in Indianapolis, John M. Mutz is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in advertising and business management. He had a long career in business, including managing a chain of restaurants and serving as president of PSI Energy (now Duke Energy). Elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1967 and to the state Senate in 1970, he was instrumental in introducing the set of legislative reforms that came to be known as Unigov, the creation of IUPUI and the White River Park Commission, among others. From 1980-1988, he served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor, serving under Governor Robert D. Orr. Mutz later served as president of Lilly Endowment Inc. and chairman of the Lumina Foundation board of directors.

About Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

IPA is the largest association supporting effective philanthropy in Indiana and includes foundations, corporations and other social investors. Philanthropy in Indiana invests over $2 billion each year in support of causes that fuel success, like education, health, human services, arts and culture. Learn more at

The Mutz Institute is a program of the IPA. Classes begin in January and meet once a month until October. For more information, visit

P.U.L.S.E of Noble County Presents Hubie Ashcraft Concert for a Cause

P.U.L.S.E of Noble County, a dynamic youth philanthropic initiative under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Noble County, is thrilled to announce the Hubie Ashcraft Concert, scheduled to take place at Sylvan Cellars on March 2, 2024, starting at 6:30 pm.

Join us for an unforgettable night filled with live music, delectable food, an exciting auction, a cash bar, and dancing, all aimed at raising funds for our endowment. This event is a unique opportunity to support P.U.L.S.E.’s mission of broadening Noble County’s horizons of education and service through philanthropy.

Event Details:
Date: March 2, 2024
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Sylvan Cellars

Tickets for this exclusive event are available at

P.U.L.S.E. envisions a thriving Noble County where youth-driven philanthropy serves as the catalyst for positive change. Guided by compassion and continuous learning, our mission is to create a lasting legacy that shapes a brighter, more compassionate future for all of Noble County.

About P.U.L.S.E. of Noble County:
P.U.L.S.E. of Noble County comprises 22 students from diverse educational backgrounds spanning grades 8 through 12. Actively engaged in awarding grants to nonprofit organizations and schools in the county, P.U.L.S.E. also organizes year-round service projects, all led and coordinated by the dedicated teens involved.
The primary goal of this fundraiser is to generate funds for our endowment. By attending, you contribute to the long-term sustainability of our initiatives, ensuring a lasting impact on the community.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy great music, bid on fantastic items at our silent auction curated by P.U.L.S.E. students, and be a part of building a brighter future for Noble County.

For more information, please contact:
Jazmin Herrera, MNA
Program Director & PULSE Navigator
260-894-3335 or