We support nonprofits serving Elkhart County with competitive funding made possible through the Fund for Elkhart County. The Fund for Elkhart County is an unrestricted fund made up of hundreds of donations from the people who support a thriving community in which to work, live and play. As this fund grows, so does our ability to make transformative changes in our community.

Available Grants and Resources

As we give our best time and attention to our new grantmaking process, please note the following:

If your organization has received a grant from the Community Foundation and the project is coming to completion, visit our Grantee Reports & Checklists page.

Organizational Effectiveness Resource Center

The Community Foundation desires to play an active role in providing our nonprofit community with leadership development and continuous improvement programs through our innovative Organizational Effectiveness Resource Center (OERC). Our goal is to elevate a whole community of nonprofit organizations into well-managed, collaborative agencies by providing resources and development opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations, thus helping them realize – and sustain – their missions.

2018 Opportunities

  • We are bringing the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to Elkhart County! The Fund Raising School (TFRS) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has brought the highest quality of training to nonprofit professionals around the world. In January, we will be offering the Proposal Writing and Grant Management course and in February – March we will be offering the Principles & Techniques of Fundraising course.
  • The University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business will be hosting their 6th annual Nonprofit Breakfast Series beginning February 13 – May 8.
  • On April 25-26, we will be hosting our annual Nonprofit Leadership Retreat. The retreat will be held at Oakwood Resort in Syracuse, Indiana.  The location provides great space for the interactive workshops, networking opportunities and free time for leaders to simply recharge.
  • Mark your calendars!  On July 11, Penelope Burk will be presenting on her book Donor-Centered Fundraising. More details coming soon.
  • Throughout the year we offer our CEO Roundtables.  This monthly, peer-to-peer networking opportunity focuses on sharing experiences instead of giving advice.  The customized discussions address current, tangible issues including board relations, organizational sustainability, fundraising, human resources, and much more.

Organizational Effectiveness Grants are available year-round through the funding of the OERC. Click here to download a grant request form.

For more information on the OERC, please contact Justine Lightfoot, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 574.295.8761 or via email at

Contact Us

Shannon Oakes

Senior Program Officer
Vibrant Community and Quality of Life

Karla Copenhaver

Program Associate
Vibrant Community and Quality of Life

Amanda Jamison

Program Officer
Youth Development and Scholarships

Samantha Lambert

Program Associate
Youth Development and Scholarships