Welcome Brad Graden

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF NOBLE COUNTY NAMES BRAD GRADEN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Noble County is pleased to announce that it has named Mr. Brad Graden as its new Executive Director. After an extensive search, the Board is eager to welcome Graden to the organization later this month. Graden will follow former Executive Director, Jenna Ott, who recently resigned to pursue a new opportunity as the Vice President of Programs at the Dekko Foundation.

A graduate of East Noble High School, and a long-time resident of Noble County, Graden has served the community in a variety of roles. Currently, he works as a loan officer at Campbell & Fetter Bank. Before joining Campbell & Fetter, Graden coordinated professional development for the Huntington County Community School Corporation, worked as the Director of Quality Programs & Assessment at Central Noble, and spent a short time as the Executive Director of the Cole Center Family YMCA.

Graden has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wabash College, a Master of Science degree in Economics from Purdue University, and a Teaching Certificate from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“As a long-time resident of Noble County, I am aware of the important role the foundation plays in our community. I am honored to have been selected for this position and look forward to collaborating with others in our effort to make Noble County a great place to live, work and play.”

“We are thankful that the Community Foundation is well positioned for the future, and we are excited to have Brad as the next steward of this wonderful asset in our community. His lifelong involvement in Noble County will be of great value to our organization, and to the others that we work with to create strong, thriving communities,” said Rebecca Schroeder, President of the Board.

Graden, and his wife Kelly, live in Kendallville and have two sons, Lucas and Jacob. Graden is also the current Board President of the Cole Center Family YMCA, a member of the THRIVE Noble County Steering Committee, Treasurer of the Kendallville Redevelopment Commission, a committee member with Activate Noble County, and a former member of the Community Foundation’s Investment Committee.

A welcome reception for Graden will be organized and held at a later date.

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.

2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Interviews

2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Interviews – Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6 pm at the Community Foundation of Noble County, 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier IN.

Students selected to interview:
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

  • Students should arrive between 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm. Please do not arrive sooner than 5:30 pm.
  • Students should dress appropriate for the interview as if it is for a job. Interviews will start at 6 pm with the six judges.  Interviews may last until 9 pm. If you have a school obligation that evening, please let us know as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate your need to leave early.
  • Feel free to park in front of the building around the circle drive – just pull your vehicle over to the side so other cars can pass.
  • Student’s don’t need to prepare anything in advance. You will know the answers to the questions we ask.
  • Light snacks and sandwiches will be available before or after for students. However, feel free to eat something before you arrive.
  • Please bring a photo/senior photo with your name, contact information, college major, college choice (if known) with you. If you do not have one, a group photo will be taken and we can take a head shot that evening. If you forget to bring one, that is okay. You can mail or email it to us.

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
Administration/Operations

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.

https://charitableadvisors.hirecentric.com/jobs/166534.html

Career Opportunity

SUMMARY

The Community Foundation of Noble County seeks a full-time, Financial Coordinator. The Financial Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day tracking of financial transactions. The ideal candidate has strong attention to detail, demonstrated experience in accounting, and a heart for serving the community. The Financial Coordinator works with staff, donors,committees, and board members to ensure the Foundation’s assets are stewarded to the highest standard.

EDUCATION

A high school diploma is required. An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.

EXPERIENCE

At least five years of basic accounting experience required.

See additional details listed below.

Financial Coordinator

Job Description

Description of Position:

The Financial Coordinator of the Community Foundation of Noble County is a salaried, full-time exempt position,that requires an average of 37.5 hours of work weekly. The Financial Coordinator is responsible for many of the Foundation’s day-to-day accounting activities. This position supports the preparation of monthly and quarterly financial statements, and income and expense reports. The Financial Coordinator supports the oversight of the operating budget and sends routine fund statements. This position works collaboratively with auditors, staff, and Board members.

For more information, please follow the link below.

 

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2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application

The application period for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is now to August 28, 2019 at 11 pm.

The Community Foundation of Noble County administers many different scholarships to help students achieve their educational dreams. Other scholarships are also available to apply for, though the list typically changes from year to year, other scholarships are generally offered mid-November through January, with a few exceptions. The scholarships awarded are to be used for tax-exempt college expenses, excluding housing or transportation unless otherwise stated. A student awarded or declining the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is not eligible for any other scholarships offered through the Community Foundation of Noble County.

2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Criteria: Four years of full tuition and required fees awarded to one well-rounded high school senior who resides in Noble County, that 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 nonprofit college or university in Indiana.  Students must achieve a high school grade point average of at least 3.80 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application.  Students need to be well-rounded seniors through their community service, volunteerism and extracurricular activities and work experience as well as leadership roles.

*NOTE: Top Honor Finalists for this scholarship will be posted on our website www.CFNoble.org on Friday, October 4, 2019 and your interview, if selected, will be Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6 pm at the Community Foundation of Noble County located at 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767. Those selected to interview should arrive at the community foundation between 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm.

Click here to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Other scholarships offered through the community foundation for 2019-2020 will be available to apply online through the community foundation’s website around mid November 2019 to mid January 2020.

Scholarship questions may be directed Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm to:

Jennifer Shultz
Director of Communications and Scholarships
Jennifer@CFNoble.org
260-894-3335

Welcome Hailey!

Welcome Hailey!

We are excited to announce Hailey Meyer will be working at the community foundation office this summer. She is a 2019 graduate of East Noble High School. While in high school she participated in Bi-Phy-Chem, 4-H and the Noble County Horse and Pony Club, National Honor Society, Kendallville Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, and the State of Indiana Aim Youth Advisory Council just to name a few. She will be studying chemistry and political science at St. Mary’s of Notre Dame this fall.

When asked about what she is looking forward to at college she stated, “I look forward to really digging into fields I am passionate about, I cannot wait.” Some of her strengths include that she is a people person and she can make a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies! Chocolate chip cookies Hailey? The staff accepts your challenge!

She added “I am really excited to get to know the amazing donors and serving those in the community!”

Please help use welcome Hailey to the community foundation team!

 

Summer Intern Position

The Community Foundation of Noble County is Hiring!

 Thanks to a generous grant from the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, the Community Foundation of Noble County seeks to hire an intern for the summer.  The job description for this eight-week, paid position is attached.

Who should apply?

The ideal applicant will have a heart for serving the community. The individual will have crazy good organization skills and an eye for opportunities to make our work more efficient.  Knowledge or interest in marketing/communication projects is a plus. The ideal applicant will be at least 16 years of age (driver’s license preferred but not required), and must be enrolled in an accredited college or university.

What else should I know?

Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  This is a paid, hourly position that will last for up to eight weeks.  A few evening and weekend hours may be required.

I’m interested!  Now what?

Send us your resume, along with a cover letter describing your interest in working for your Community Foundation to 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier IN 46767. Your letter should help us get to know you better.  Tell us about your heart for serving the community, your organizational skills, and the reasons you think you would be a great member of our team for the summer.

Questions?

Give us a call at 260-894-3335 or email Jennifer Shultz at jennifer@cfnoble.org

 

Accepting applications through Friday, June 14th.

Scholarship Deadline for General Scholarships is Jan. 15, 2019 at 4 pm

The scholarship deadline for General Scholarships is approaching on January 15, 2019 at 4 pm.

The Community Foundation of Noble County is home to over 60 unique scholarships ranging from career choice, college attending and high school attending just to name a few.

Because each scholarship is unique, applicants should follow the link below to be directed to the scholarship information page on our website.  From there applicants can read more about getting started and creating an account to begin the process.

When applying to the General Scholarships being offered November – January, students are asked to complete the Master Application. This application collects the bulk of the applicant’s information such as academics, career/college choice, three required essays, community service/volunteer service, extra curricular activities/work experience and two references.

Most of the named scholarships simply ask applicants to enter the ID number. Some will ask an additional question or have an extra essay to complete.
The bulk of the applicant’s information is only gathered one time. When the applicant enters the ID number for the named scholarships, this tells the system, “include my information in the pool of applicants.”
Otherwise, applicants would be entering their academics, career/college choice, etc. each time for each scholarship.
The system will not let a student submit an application if a required question/field is left incomplete.
The Julia L. Atz Scholarship Application period is early spring to April 30, 2019. The Julia L. Atz Scholarship will award $2,500 in the fall to a senior (or entering their senior year in the fall) in college or a post-graduate student pursuing a career in classical music performance or conducting, and with a college GPA of 3.00 or above. An applicant can re-apply and receive financial support in ensuing or subsequent years. Preference will be given to applicants from Indiana. Deadline to apply is 4 pm on April 30, 2019.

Christina Coats Awarded David O. Kile and Marjorie B. Kile Scholarship

Congratulations to Christina Coats of Wawaka for receiving the David O. Kile and Marjorie B. Kile Scholarship. Christina is studying Math Education and Dance.

Longtime residents of Noble County, David O. and Marjorie B. Kile have dedicated their lives to making a difference, and giving back. As a retired teacher, Marjorie has seen first-hand the difference a scholarship can make when awarded to a student in search of higher learning, regardless of age. David and Marjorie know that as a traditional or non-traditional student, access to higher education can be difficult. Thanks to the generosity of the Kile’s, this fund is an opportunity for both traditional students and non-traditional students to pursue their dream.

The David O. Kile and Marjorie B. Kile Scholarship is available to any Noble County resident who is at least 19 years of age with a high school diploma, or GED, in pursuit of higher education in a field of their choice. This scholarship is available to applicants planning to attend, or are currently enrolled, either full-time or part-time, in an accredited vocational school, or two-year or four-year college or university. The award is given one time, with no restriction on applying in subsequent years.

Thank you to the generous donors who made this scholarship possible.

General scholarships through the Community Foundation of Noble County will be available online mid November 2018 to January 15, 2019. Visit the community foundation’s website at www.CFNoble.org and click on the Scholarship tab to learn more.