Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Steuben County Community Foundation, Inc.

Where Giving Has Impact

Angola, IN   |  www.steubenfoundation.org

Mission

The Steuben County Community Foundation connects people who care with needs that matter to the community. We serve Steuben County donors and nonprofit organizations.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Jennifer Danic

Main address

1701 N Wayne St

Angola, IN 46703 USA

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EIN

35-1857065

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Steuben County has a wide variety of nonprofit organizations addressing local needs, as well as generous donors who support those. SCCF addresses the need for a community convener, working as the connector between people who care and the causes that matter to them. This means that SCCF is working to gather resources and start conversations so that we can address community needs that range from early childhood education through senior citizen transportation concerns.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grantmaking

Through unrestricted grant dollars, donor advised funds, and field of interest funds, SCCF supports local nonprofits and community initiatives.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Stronger nonprofits are more capable of improving quality of life in a community. SCCF offers frequent high quality trainings for local nonprofit leaders to attend. The topics for the training series were determined based on feedback from organizations in surveys and focus group settings. A monthly nonprofit newsletter shares additional grant opportunities, fundraising tips, and a chance to learn about another local nonprofit.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goal is to support the evolving charitable needs in our community. This is accomplished by providing financial resources to nonprofits through grantmaking, as well as providing intangible resources, such as connections and information, to nonprofits through our role as a community convener. We offer insights to donors who are interested in community projects and help fulfill a connection to the community for any donors who no longer live in Steuben County but remain committed to making a difference.

The Community Foundation model is one that prioritizes long term impact and sustainability. We grow our endowments by building relationships with donors and educating them on the benefits of giving in their lifetimes and through their estates. A volunteer committee oversees these investments and carefully manages risk levels to ensure a balance of growth and stability. These assets allow Steuben County Community Foundation to focus on grantmaking that creates impact, rather than preserving status quo. They also ensure that SCCF will be around forever as an agile organization that can pivot to address future needs in Steuben County as those develop.

We have a dedicated board and staff who represent the broader community with a diversity of occupation, gender, age, and geography. Our office is located in a visible area, making it easy for people to find us and stop by to learn more. In 2017, our organization spent months connecting with nonprofits and community members to craft a detailed 3-year strategic plan, which has guided every decision since its implementation. Steuben County Community Foundation has a record of leadership and stewardship, which is evidenced by the progress we've already made with our strategic plan. Since then, Steuben County Community Foundation has continued to convene nonprofits in regular trainings and updated communications with the nonprofit community. The board continues to discuss ways to better serve the community, including expanding convening efforts to engage a wider variety of community groups. As a neutral party with strong relationships with local donors, Steuben County Community Foundation is in a strong position to promote collaboration and facilitate collective impact.

Within the overall goal of improved quality of life in Steuben County, we have identified several key categories where we can see impact. The first is a healthy and vibrant nonprofit community that has qualified, motivated staff members, strong leadership on their board, successful programs that are clearly needed by the community, and sustainable revenue from a variety of streams. A second indicator is an increase in donations to Steuben County Community Foundation, which demonstrates that donors trust the leadership and capacity of our organization to make a difference. By surveying our nonprofit leaders and analyzing giving data, Steuben County Community Foundation is able to track our progress towards achieving those outcomes.

In 2018, we launched a 2 year nonprofit training series which has provided free workshops for our local nonprofit organizations. We have grown to manage $30 million in assets reflecting thousands of donor's wishes over the past 29 years. Our youth philanthropy group, FIST, has engaged hundreds of students and donated thousands of service hours to the community. We have convened groups of local religious leaders, economic and business leaders, and early childcare providers to share information and support each other. We have updated our grant guidelines after a full year of analysis, restructuring our cycles to provide an opportunity for support for larger programs that are innovative, collaborative, and sustainable. Our goal is to listen carefully to the needs of Steuben County, implement strategic grantmaking guidance, and develop as a community leader.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Steuben County, Community Foundation