Starke County Community Foundation

Starke, Fulton and Miami County Community Foundations comprise the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc. This arrangement allows us to do more for our individual counties by being more cost effective, as well as getting a greater return on our investments. Collectively the counties hold assets in excess of 31 million dollars, and have distributed over 18 million dollars via grants and scholarships since inception.  

The NICF is the legal entity through which each of the counties' Community Foundations operates. Each of the three counties sends representatives to serve on the NICF board and finance committee.

2016 NICF Board of Directors
President: Jennifer Gappa, Starke 
Vice President: Evan Gottschalk, Fulton 
Secretary: Judy Climie, Fulton
Treasurer: Gene Miles, Miami

Starke County Representatives:   Suzy Bishop, Jennifer Gappa, Brad Lawrence, Gene Ladd, Cheryl Orkis

Fulton County Representatives:   Judy Climie, Larry Cunningham, Jeff Finke, Evan Gottschalk, Kirk Robinson

Miami County Representatives:   Dick Hammond, Tom McKaig, Gene Miles, Marcia Minard, Jim Yates

Like many of the Community Foundations of Indiana, ours were made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc.'s GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow) Initiative. Currently Lilly Endowment, Inc. is no longer offering matching grants to the communities. Instead, they have begun a new initiative that challenges the Community Foundations throughout the state to raise funds for sustainability. The Sustained Resource Development Initiative has inspired Community Foundations to seek funding for their own operating endowments—thus allowing them to maintain a local presence and to continue to serve their communities.

While the Community Foundations were created through matching grants from Lilly Endowment, Inc. we are not an affiliate of that organization.

How to Contact Starke County Community Foundation

posted Oct 20, 2017, 12:43 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated ]

Starke County Community Foundation

Mailing Address:   

P.O. Box 563, Knox, IN 46534

Office Location:

North Judson-San Pierre Middle School building,  950 W. Campbell Drive,  North Judson, IN 46366 

Director of Development 
Sarah Origer


Toll Free



Click to visit the Starke County Community Foundation.

Starke United Fund Grants

posted Oct 20, 2017, 12:39 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Starke United Fund Grants
Starke United Fund grants are from a partnership with Starke United and the Community Foundation. It was created to provide a more efficient way to assist Starke County’s charitable agencies. These grants are for charitable organizations that serve the people of Starke County. The grant application deadline has passed for 2017. The next grant cycle will be Spring of 2018.

Kindergarten Countdown, supported by the Starke United Fund, gives children a good start on their educational career.

The Starke United Fund is a partnership with the Northern Indiana Community Foundation that provides an efficient way to assist Starke County’s charitable agencies.

Donations to the Starke United Fund stay in Starke County and benefit non-profit agencies that support Starke County residents.

Non-profit social service agencies need thousands of dollars to provide the essential programs that support the quality of life for everyone in Starke County. The Starke United Fund carries on the tradition of collaborative fundraising.

Does Starke County still have a United Way?
Yes. The Community Foundation is a member of the Indiana Association of United Ways. Therefore Starke County will not lose any grant opportunities that are available only through the United Way.

Will my contributions still go to the local agency that I want to support?
Yes. The Community Foundation will distribute donations based on designations by you the donor, or through general undesignated gifts to the Starke United Fund.

How will the Starke United Fund administer grants?
If you designated a specific agency to receive your donation, then it will be sent to that agency through the Community Foundation. If you have made your contribution as an undesignated gift, it will be used to fund grant applications approved by the local Starke United Fund Committee.

Can I still use a payroll deduction through my employer to support the Starke United Fund?
Yes. Just as in the past you can use direct deposit through your employer, pay quarterly, or pay all at once. It’s up to you. Some companies also match employee or retiree contributions. Send in the paperwork and the Community Foundation will complete the request to double your gift! If you would like us to send you a payroll deduction form, just contact the Community Foundation via email or phone toll free at: 877.432.6423.

Is my gift tax deductible?
Yes. Donations to the Starke United Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Pledges are not deductible until they are paid. Matches by your employer qualify the company for a deduction, but do not increase the deductibility of your own gift.

Will my gift be invested with other funds at the Community Foundation?
No. Gifts to the Starke United Fund are not endowed or invested, but are made fully available for grants. However, gifts made to the Starke United Community Fund are an invested endowment fund. Also gifts made to the Starke United Community Fund will be matched dollar for dollar now through March 31, 2016. This matching is thanks to Lilly Endowment's Phase VI of the Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) Initiative.Learn more about this exciting matching opportunity.

Can I donate online?
Absolutely. To pay via credit card or through PayPal, go to the “Make A Donation” page on the left of this page. Choose a General Donation which is a one-time donation to the Community Foundation in any dollar amount, or choose a Reoccurring Donation which you can set up to make your donation weekly, monthly or yearly in any dollar amount. In the comment box, please note Starke United Fund.

Starke United Fund Informational Brochure

posted Oct 20, 2017, 12:36 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

North Judson-San Pierre High School Memorial Committee Fund

posted Aug 4, 2017, 1:39 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Old North Judon-San Pierre High School
Proposed North Judon-San Pierre High School Memorial

The members of the North Judson-San Pierre High School Class of 1970 have established a fund with the Northern Indiana Community Foundation with plans to build a monument to the historic North Judson-San Pierre High School. The NJ-SP High School Memorial Committee hopes to commemorate the NJ-SP High School by constructing a monument on the site of the former high school on Keller Avenue.

The Committee members recognize that NJ-SP High School was and continues to be a cornerstone for thousands of lives. The school itself served as the sight for countless celebrations and milestones for members of the community. The NJ-SP HS Memorial Committee recognizes that teachers, administrators, and staff of the NJ-SP High School helped to make thousands of graduates who they are today. They hope that by building this monument, the history of the historic NJ-SP High School will not fade away with time as former graduates pass away.

Through the generosity of First Farmer’s Bank and Trust, the NJ-SP HS Memorial Committee and the Town of North Judson have acquired a portion of property on the site of the historic school that will be used as the site of the monument. After much thought and discussion, in addition to input from a professional landscape designer, the group has created a design that mimics the front entrance of the original school building.

The group also noted that an unopened time capsule and the cornerstone of the historic building have been preserved and will be incorporated in design of the monument. When the monument is dedicated, the Committee hopes to open the original time capsule. In addition, the committee hopes to install a new time capsule in the memorial to commemorate a new era.

During construction, some original bricks will be used in addition to the new bricks for the project which were generously donated by Norwayne Lumber. The cost of this project is estimated to be approximately $25,000-$30,000. The Committee recently received a grant of $2,000 for the project from the Community Foundation.

The committee and members of the North Judson-San Pierre High School Memorial Fund hope that graduates will take time to review the plan and consider helping to make the proposed monument a reality. This monument will serve as a reminder that the historic NJ-SP High School will forever be in the hearts of its students. If you have questions about the project, please contact Committee Chair Marshall Field at 765-490-0772.

SCCF & Local Grants

posted Aug 5, 2016, 1:00 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

 Gifts to the SCCF have enabled so much good to happen in Starke County for the past twenty years and will continue to do so forever! 

2015 Grantees

SCCF & Hoosier Valley Railroad

posted Aug 5, 2016, 12:56 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

The SCCF has supported the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum through several grants throughout the years.

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