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We believe the Community Foundation resembles the unique traits of the distinctive ginkgo tree. The ginkgo has a strong root system and resembles strength and hope to those who recognize it – inspiring good. Its leaves have been used for remedies, just as the Community Foundation strives to support nonprofits and various endeavors that improve the health of our community, our businesses, and our people – impacting success. To learn more about the seeds of generosity being planted by the Community Foundation, read our 2015-2016 Annual Report.

Mission and Values

MISSION: To Improve the quality of life in Elkhart County by inspiring generosity.

VALUES:

The Community Foundation of Elkhart County is dedicated to transforming Elkhart County by: 

Advising donors of all types and their professional advisors on charitable giving.

Awarding grants to effective nonprofit organizations that are doing invaluable work in our communities.

Providing leadership to address critical needs with a focus on youth development, vibrant community and quality of life.


Our People

Community Foundation Staff

President and Operation

Dr. Pete McCown

President

Pamela Hluchota

Chief Operating Officer

Tressa Huddleston

Office Manager

Finance and Administration

Cole Patuzzi

Chief Financial Officer and Controller

Garett Hiester

Staff Accountant



Advancement: Development, Communications, and Philanthropic Services

Jodi Spataro

Chief Advancement Officer

Justine Lightfoot

Director of Marketing and Communications

Carrie Colborn

Donor Engagement Specialist

Renee Mansfield

Advancement Office Associate

Program: Grants, Scholarships, and Community Initiatives

Shannon Oakes

Senior Program Officer
Vibrant Community and
Quality of Life

Karla Copenhaver

Program Assistant
Vibrant Community and
Quality of Life

Amanda Jamison

Program Officer
Youth Development and Scholarships

Samantha Crooks

Program Associate
Youth Development and Scholarships

Marla Unger

Scholarship Associate

 

Community Foundation Board of Directors

Dzung Nguyen – Chairperson
Mike Schoeffler – Vice Chairperson and Treasurer
Megan Baughman – Secretary
Rick Jenkins – Chair Emeritus
Richard Armington
Cien Asoera
Deb Beaverson
Randy Christophel
Rob Cripe
Steve Fidler
David Findlay
Del King
Levi King
Sharon Liegl
Gordon Moore
Tom Pletcher
Bob Schrock
Jill Sigsbee
Brian Smith
David Weed
Jeff Wells

In addition to the Board of Directors, the Community Foundation has 13 committees that are devoted to improving the quality of life in Elkhart County.

List of Committees
Our History

1989-2011

While vacationing in Naples, Florida in the mid-1980’s, Elkhart County resident Oscar Schricker observed people being approached for financial contributions by the local community foundation. Thinking about the abundant wealth in Elkhart County, he and a friend, Jim McNamee, began talking about the possibility of forming a community foundation in our county.

Each talked to colleagues and friends, including Bill Myers, who became the first president of what was to become the Elkhart County Community Foundation (renamed the Community Foundation of Elkhart County in 2015), and Dr. John Foreman, who generously made the first significant contribution. Others who became founding directors were Charles Ainlay, Jon Armstrong, Lehman Beardsley, Wilbert (Bill) Budd, Arthur J. Decio, Samuel Hoover, William Johnson, Lee Martin, Richard Pletcher, Laura Rydson and Thomas Warrick.

According to Schricker, “a lot of people had foresight and saw the possibilities…” One of these caring individuals was Wilbert (Bill) Budd. Budd was an engineer who served in many capacities at CTS corporation including that of executive vice-president and senior director. He was best known, however, for his quiet dedication to numerous Elkhart-related philanthropic causes and organizations, most notably the Community Foundation as a founding director and former treasurer.

Prior to 2012, Budd was credited as the Community Foundation’s single largest contributor. He died in early August 2006 at the age of 93, leaving a $7.4 million gift to the Community Foundation the following year.  Budd always wanted to inspire successful men and women to make the most of what they earned.  “If you have been prosperous in this community,” he often said, “be a good steward and continue to give something back.”

2012 – 2013

In 2012, the Community Foundation received an end-of-lie gift from the estate of Legacy Society member Guy David Gundlach, who died unexpectedly October 16, 2011 in Malibu, California at the age of 56.  The initial gift was just over $114 million.  However, upon receipt of property from the estate the final gift was closer to $150 million.

According to Community Foundation president, Dr. Pete McCown, “We are honored David chose the Community Foundation as the conduit of his gift to the people of the County.  We are committed to be thoughtful stewards of David’s wishes.” Having no spouse or children, Gundlach requested that the Community Foundation be the charitable beneficiary of his estate, channeling its proceeds to county nonprofit organizations.  Gundlach’s gift is being held in the Community Foundation’s unrestricted Fund for Elkhart County.

With the opportunity to continue to do good – if not greater – work with local nonprofit partners in Elkhart County, the Community Foundation initiated a Listening Tour in 2013.  McCown and foundation staff members met with over 80 diverse groups of people from throughout Elkhart County, talking and listening to gathering of 10-12 people at a time.  People like friends and neighbors of Community Foundation board members, members of the Hispanic community, farmers, teenagers, senior citizens, law enforcement offices, Amish bishops, nonprofit executive directors, homeless residents of the Faith Mission and more. We asked: “What do you think would be the best use of this extraordinary gift to our community? And we listened.

The response from the Listening Tours was clear: focus on our county’s children.  So, from the data gathered, the emphasis for grant making out of the unrestricted Fund for Elkhart County was focused on Youth Development first, followed by Vibrant Community and lastly Quality of Life, in hopes to make major transformative changes in Elkhart County.

A Note of Thanks

The telling of the Gundlach Chapter in our history would not be complete without offering our sincere thanks to two individuals who played significant roles as this chapter unfolded: Liz Naquin Borger and Mike Pianowski, both former Community Foundation board members.

Liz Naquin Borger, a friend of David Gundlach since childhood, was the Personal Representative of his estate.  She is currently Senior Vice President/Investment at Stifel: The Elkhart Group.

Mike Pianowski, partner in Sanders Pianowski attorneys at law, served as lead attorney for the Guy David Gundlach estate.

A sincere, heart-felt thank you to these two individuals who basically put a year of their lives on hold as they traveled the globe to settle David’s estate.

2014 – Present

Thanks to the many generous donors of the Community Foundation, we are now celebrating 28 years of service to Elkhart County.  As of July 1, 2016, the Community Foundation has $231.6 million in assets, holds over 350 endowed funds and has awarded more than $78.5 million in grants and scholarships to hundreds of county nonprofit organizations and students since inception.  It is with strength and hope the Community Foundation seeds the local landscape, supporting plans, programs, and ideas that potentially stand the test of time.  The Community Foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success for current and future generations.

Your Community Foundation at a glance (1989 – 2017):

  • The Community Foundation of Elkhart County was established in 1989 and presently has $231.6 million in assets.
  • We have awarded nearly $78.5 million since our inception to over 400 nonprofit organizations.
  • Each year the funding available for grants is 5% of the endowment’s average value for 16 previous quarters.
  • We hold three unrestricted funds: the Fund for Elkhart County, Fund for Excellence, and Scholarship Fund for Elkhart County.
  • We have partnered with the Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Program since its beginning in 1998.
  • We are a nationally accredited community foundation through the Council on Foundations.

Community Foundation facts:

  • The first U.S. community foundation was established in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • There are more than 750 community foundations nationwide and 1,650 community foundations worldwide.
  • There are 92 community foundations in the State of Indiana.
  • Community foundations nationwide hold more than $66 billion in assets and annually give more than $4.9 billion in local grants and scholarships.

Founding Donors

Founding donors are those individuals or organizations that contributed $50,000 or more from the inception of the Foundation through June 30, 1995.

These include Bashor Children’s Home, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Goshen Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert H. Budd, First Congregational Church, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Corson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deahl, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Decio, The Decio Family (Terrence, Jamee, Lindy, Reilly, Jay, and Leigh), Sherrill and Helen Deputy Family, Elkhart County Council on Aging, Elkhart County 4-H, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Fidler, Dr. and Mrs. John Foreman, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Hartman, Mr. F.L. Hascall, Goshen College, Goshen Rotary Club Scholarship Endowment, Greencroft Foundation, Gunden Family,

Also: Paul and Joyce Hultin Family Endowment, KeyBank, LaCasa of Goshen, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Mervin D. Lung Family, Martin Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin, Mr. William F. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Naquin, Northridge High School Dollars for Scholars, Oaklawn Foundation, Mrs. Lee A. Rieth, Ms. Martha Reith, Mr. and Mrs. Marly Rydson, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Sailor, Salvation Army of Elkhart, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sherman, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Schricker, Ina L. Strasser Endowment, Trinity United Methodist Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Basil S. Turner, United Way of Elkhart County, Mr. and Mrs. Richard VanDerKarr, Maynard W. Wells Family, YMCA/YWCA Joint Community Project.

Leadership

Community Foundation Staff Presidents:

1898-1999: Bill Myers
2000-2011: W. Earl Taylor
2011 – present: Dr. Pete McCown

Community Foundation Volunteers

The Community Foundation is blessed by the hundreds of volunteers from throughout our county’s cities and town who so unselfishly give hours of their time to Community Foundation committees.  From the grant committees to our scholarship committee, from volunteer experts within our local legal community to our financial advisors, we could not accomplish what we do without their commitment.  For this we are sincerely grateful.

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Annual Reports

990’s for THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Career Opportunities

The Community Foundation team members enjoy serving Elkhart County by responding to current and emerging community needs and providing efficient service to our donors, nonprofit organizations, volunteers and community. Team members are encouraged to be self-directed, motivated, highly professional and creative.

TO APPLY
Whether you are applying for a full-time, part-time or internship position at the Community Foundation, please email a cover letter and current resume to Info@InspiringGood.org.

There are no job opportunities available at this time.


Mailing Address

P.O. Box 2932
Elkhart, IN 46515

Physical Address

101 South Main Street
Elkhart, IN 46516
Driving Directions

*1st Floor: Finance, Administration
and Advancement Departments
*2nd Floor: Program Department

Phone: 574.295.8761

Fax: 574.389.7497

Email: info@inspiringgood.org