P.U.L.S.E. Endowment in Memory of Dave Knopp
For three Noble County High School seniors (one awarded to a Central Noble High School senior, one awarded to an East Noble High School senior, one awarded to a West Noble High school senior) currently enrolled who has shown strong community involvement, has been active in various volunteer committees, and has participated in any school-sponsored sports all four years of high school. Awards $1000 one time. (NCCF)
Donor Fund Story:
P.U.L.S.E. was started in 1994 through the Dekko Foundation and was created and facilitated by Linda Speakman-Yerick, the very first youth pod in northeast Indiana. It’s a youth-led organization that works to spread philanthropy throughout Noble County. P.U.L.S.E. stands for Philanthropists Utilizing Life-long Service and Education. There are 19 students total, ranging in age from 8th graders to seniors in high school. There are 15 members that represent East Noble, Central Noble, and West Noble, along with one homeschooled and two private school students. P.U.L.S.E. meets every month at the Noble County Community Foundation in Ligonier to grant funds to other nonprofits in Noble County and to organize community service projects. Community Foundation leaders teach youth about charitable giving, grantmaking, fund development and relationship building. P.U.L.S.E. is a YOUTH-driven, adult-guided, real-world philanthropic experience.
P.U.L.S.E. established an endowment fund in 2000. This fund was to help support the organization and its philanthropic endeavors. P.U.L.S.E. endowment is named after Dave Knopp, a navigator of P.U.L.S.E. for many years, and he was always willing to go the extra mile to make a difference. P.U.L.S.E. named their endowment fund to honor him, and each year they give out three scholarships to Noble County students who are active in school, sports, and their communities.