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We are focused on education, pathways to careers and lifelong learning.

To improve the quality of life for Elkhart County residents by generating, developing and supporting career advancement and educational opportunities.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • K-12 Career Awareness & Exploration
  • K-12 Internships & Apprenticeships

Additionally:

  • Post-Secondary Access
  • Talent Development, Attraction & Retention

Where We Invest

Internship and apprenticeship programs

Pipeline of education to career

Post-secondary college access

Skills/trade certificate and college programming

Talent attraction and retention

Transition programs

Vocation and career development

Workforce development

Story Highlight

Clark Air Base

EDUCATION IS AN INVESTMENT IN PEOPLE

How one family has invested everything in Elkhart.

IN A LOT OF WAYS, EDUCATION IS AN INVESTMENT IN HUMAN CAPITAL. FOR ELKHART COUNTY IT’S NO DIFFERENT. HERE, EDUCATION IS AN INVESTMENT IN HOME…AN INVESTMENT IN PEOPLE.

The Johnson family has been a mainstay of Elkhart and its members have been generous investors in the community through the years.

If we treated people like stocks in the stock market, Leonard W. Johnson, Jr. was like Berkshire Hathaway. He was a great investment. He graduated high school at age 14, the youngest graduate in Elkhart Community Schools history. He went on to get his Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University, walking before his 23rd birthday. He tacked on a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard University just a few years later. While maintaining a private practice and residency at a hospital was the more traditional path, it wasn’t enough for Leonard. He felt that he was missing something.

Applying

The idea application

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We have decreased the amount of time it will take you to apply, just submit your idea through our brief online application to our grants team.

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Our team will sort through the application, put it in the right category, and get back to you in 7-10 business days.

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Your application seamlessly moves through our system and we'll be in touch with you concerning next steps.

Tips for Grant Seekers

FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Our grant response team has put together a list of frequently asked questions that our grantees have during the process. Take a look through those questions before you contact the support team.

Organizations classified as non-profit tax-exempt public charities by the Internal Revenue Service. Most will be identified as a 501(c)(3), however, a few other institutions such as public entities, Schools*, Municipalities*, Libraries, and Chambers of Commerce may also qualify.

(*) Due to the number of departments, schools, and clubs within each school corporation and our municipalities; the Community Foundation requires all applications be approved by the highest ranking official within your governing body (i.e. superintendent’s or mayoral office) before an idea application may be submitted.

Our Team

Our program officers are available to help answer questions, give feedback, and help shape your grant request to be sure you have the best chance to serve Elkhart County in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Candy Yoder
Chief Program Officer

As Chief Program Officer, Candy Yoder oversees all the grant making processes at the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and…

Amanda Jamison
Senior Program Officer

As Senior Program Officer at the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Amanda Jamison supports efforts to improve career advancement and…

Karla Copenhaver
Grants Administrator

Karla Copenhaver says her role as Grants Administrator for the Community Foundation of Elkhart County is the best job in…

Samantha Lambert
Associate Program Officer

As Associate Program Officer, Samantha Lambert works to connect students with the array of scholarships available from the Community Foundation…