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Disaster Response Fund – Accepting donations

Natural disasters and events like those that unfolded at Drake Terrace Apartments on April 12th and 13th can devastate a community. The Community Foundation of Noble County can help through our CFNC Disaster Response Fund. Donate now at CFNoble.org. Click on Donate, and then choose CFNC Disaster Response Fund. Your contribution can make a difference when tragedy strikes in Noble County.

 

Community Foundation Sells Ligonier Property to Ligonier Redevelopment Commission

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SELLS LIGONIER PROPERTY TO LIGONIER REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION       

 

The Community Foundation of Noble County has sold its Ligonier property to the Ligonier Redevelopment Commission.

 

In 2021, the Board of Directors made the decision to sell their Ligonier property which housed its office staff. That location housed the foundation for 22 years as we served the Noble County community.

 

The board of directors of any nonprofit organization has three primary legal duties known as the “duty of care,” “duty of loyalty,” and “duty of obedience.”

 

  • Duty of Care: Take care of the nonprofit by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will;
  • Duty of Loyalty: Ensure that the nonprofit’s activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing its mission; Recognize and disclose conflicts of interest; Make decisions that are in the best interest of the nonprofit corporation; not in the best interest of the individual board member (or any other individual or for-profit entity).
  • Duty of Obedience: Ensure that the nonprofit obeys applicable laws and regulations; follows its own bylaws; and that the nonprofit adheres to its stated corporate purposes/mission.

 

However, a board of directors does not exist solely to fulfill legal duties and serve as a fiduciary of the organization’s assets. Board members also play very significant roles providing guidance to nonprofits by contributing to the organization’s culture, strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability, as well as serving as ambassadors and advocates. Beyond fulfilling legal duties, board members can be important resources for the organization in multiple ways.

 

Using its “Duty of Care” the board had two options for selling of the property, listing with an agent or find a buyer ourselves. We discussed what outcomes we wanted to have from the sale of this property which included getting a fair and just price. Most importantly, though, we wanted to be “good neighbors” to the City of Ligonier and allow the property to be used to make a positive impact on the entire Noble County community!

 

We engaged in discussions with the City of Ligonier officials and the Ligonier Redevelopment Commission voted to make us an offer. The Ligonier Redevelopment Commission’s mission has always been to invest in industry, and they have done excellent work bringing high paying manufacturing jobs to Ligonier. They have recently turned their focus to housing, one of Noble County’s top issues. Through the sale of this land to the Ligonier Redevelopment Commission, 27 acres will now be available for a new housing development. Additional housing is critical to a thriving community, and the Community Foundation of Noble County is excited to be fulfilling our mission as a catalyst for positive change in this way.

 

The profits from the sale of CFNC’s Ligonier property will be reinvested into the Foundation’s assets to benefit Noble County.

 

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) RDC Members Paul Fought, Bryan Shearer, Julie Bell, CFNC ED Margarita White, CFNC BOD President Frank Tijerina, John Mangona, Chris Fought.

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Community Foundation Strikes Deal For New Office Space

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

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Hiring an Administrative Assistant/College Student

Administrative Assistant Intern/College Student

Job Description
2023 Administrative Assistant Job Description
2023 Administrative Assistant Intern Goals

Description of Position:

The Administrative Assistant Intern is a non-exempt position, that requires an average of 37.5 hours of work each week in office. The Intern reports to the Director of Communications and Scholarships, but also works closely with other staff members. Pays $13 – $15 per hour based on experience. Applicant must be entering into college or be a college student. This is an “in office” position.

The position will be an active team member from May to August and could possibly continue through the student’s college breaks.

Skills:
The ideal candidate should have excellent communication skills, pay attention to detail, be a team player.

Submit resume to Jennifer@CFNoble.org by April 14, 2023.
Located in Kendallville, Indiana.

 

We are hiring a Program Director

Description of Position:

The Program Director is a salaried, full-time exempt position, that requires an average of 37.5 hours of work each week.  The Program Director reports to the Executive Director, and oversees the grantmaking activities of the Foundation, Community Initiatives, G. Martin Kenney, Hagan Family Advised Fund, Lloyd Ness Family Fund, and PULSE.  The Program Director processes all grants, and provides direction and support to the Foundation’s grantmaking program, according to policies, procedures, goals, and objectives established by the Board of Directors. The Program Director manages the online grant portal Foundant GLM and assists with CFNC’s scholarship program.

2023 Program Director – Updated 3-23-2023

Follow the link above for more information. Send resume and cover letter to Margarita@CFNoble.org

PULSE of Noble County Senior Citizen Prom

Write A Will Workshop – Coming in September

The date for the Write A Will Workshop is set for Thursday, September 14, 2023. Two different time sessions are scheduled. Attend a morning session in Kendallville or late afternoon in Ligonier. While the planning is still in progress, more details are coming. Registration is required by calling 260.894.3335 or email Jennifer@cfnoble.org.

The Secure 2.0 Act of 2022

Office Closing 1/25/23 at Noon