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Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, today (May 2) held a lively Town Hall session with more than 100 representatives from area nonprofit organizations to educate them about important new resources and tools offered by the foundation.

“Legacy Foundation has been granting funds into the community and building partnerships with area nonprofits for 20 years,” said Harry J. Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to bring the area’s nonprofit sector the next level of collaboration tools, training and development opportunities and online resources that will help them raise money and build capacity. This will, over the long term, benefit the people of Lake County by enhancing the delivery of services from these organizations.”

The Think Tank at Legacy Foundation

Legacy Foundation introduced The Think Tank at Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit mentoring and resource center. Through The Think Tank, Legacy Foundation staff and partners will help the area’s nonprofit sector solve problems and enhance nonprofit organizations’ capacity to deliver services.

Resources offered by The Think Tank at Legacy Foundation include:

  • Capacity-building grants
  • Facilitation of Communities of Practice
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Free meeting space at Legacy Foundation’s convenient Merrillville offices
  • Collection of online resources
  • Referrals to community training resources
  • Research, data collection and analysis
  • Development of young philanthropists in Northwest Indiana
  • Fundraising opportunities for Lake County nonprofits via www.legacyfdn.org

A primary focus for The Think Tank at Legacy Foundation over the next year will be building communities of practice. Communities of practice bring together participants including nonprofit members, business professionals, civic leaders, religious leaders, funders and donors to build innovative partnerships that address community needs. The participants share their knowledge in specific service areas, which may include arts and culture, education, the environment and human services.

The Think Tank at Legacy Foundation is led by Director Trish Alt, who brings an extensive background in community foundation leadership and nonprofit collaboration to Legacy Foundation.

New grant opportunities

Legacy Foundation announced a new grantmaking strategy designed to strengthen the Lake County community.

“We define a strong Lake County community as one where informed and engaged citizens want to live, work, worship and play,” said Lara Kalwinski, Legacy Foundation vice president. “Our nonprofit community thrives as we dedicate ourselves to the collaborative spirit and to demonstrating collective impact.”

Legacy offers grants for:

  • Nonprofit Training – up to $2,000 for organizations seeking professional guidance on how to manage their operations, programming, and fundraising
  • Transforming Lake County – programming that relates to a measure of improved economic, social or environmental well-being
  • Informed and Engaged Urban Communities – grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Fund for organizations bringing residents together to collectively address issues residents identify as important and to take action in ways they themselves deem appropriate
  • Neighborhood Spotlight – collaborative efforts targeting local needs, coming in 2013
  • Improving Student Success – for organizations working to increase high school graduation rates, college and career opportunities
  • Supporting Hobart Seniors – grants from the Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund to support a vibrant senior community in Hobart

Online fundraising platform

Legacy Foundation also introduced an online donor engagement platform that enables nonprofit organizations to fundraise directly from the community with minimal effort and no cost. By simply clicking on the “Give in Lake County” button on Legacy Foundation’s newly redesigned website, www.legacyfdn.org, a 501(c)(3) organization can post and promote a need to the community.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit Legacy Foundation’s website often, click on “Give in Lake County,” and view local needs. Giving even a small amount can help an organization make a difference in the community.

$10,000 Cara Spicer Award

Vande Velde announced the application process for the Cara Spicer Award, a $10,000 one-time award to be made later this year to a Lake County organization.

Applicants for the award must have participated in Legacy Foundation’s previous Great Lake Award Initiative workshops for at least three years and must not have received the Great Lake Award for Excellence. Applications will be available via Legacy Foundation’s website June 1, with completed applications due August 1. The award will be presented in late fall.

For more details on all these programs, see Legacy Foundation’s newly redesigned website at www.legacyfdn.org.

 

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Nonprofit organizations benefiting the people of Gary are encouraged to review requirements of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant application,now available via the Web site of Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s Community Foundation.

As a part of Knight Foundation’s $70 million Community Foundation Initiative, over the next seven years Knight Foundation will invest up to $2.5 million in an endowed fund at Legacy Foundation to foster an “informed, engaged” Gary area.

This investment is Knight Foundation’s commitment to ensuring that communities are informed about and engaged in the issues and opportunities that face them.

The new approach will modify how Knight Foundation works in the Gary area and other Knight communities. A Community Advisory Committee has been appointed to work with Legacy Foundation to review proposals and make funding recommendations to the board. Grant seekers will apply for funding through Legacy Foundation. The first deadline for applications under the new initiative is March 1, 2011.

Knight Foundation’s overall contribution during this initiative will be up to $2.5 million, pooled in a permanent endowment fund intended to serve the Gary community indefinitely.

Nonprofits seeking funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Fund at Legacy Foundation should contact Cara Spicer, program officer at Legacy Foundation, and ask about Knight Foundation’s donor-advised fund. Spicer can be reached at (219) 736-1880 or cspicer@legacyfoundationlakeco.org. The grant application is available at www.legacyfoundationlakeco.org/grantknight2010.pdf.

From 2000 to 2007, Knight contributed a total of $69 million to create donor-advised funds at 25 community foundations. At $70 million, this new initiative doubles Knight’s current investment in community foundations across the country.

About Legacy Foundation
Legacy Foundation is Lake County’s Community Foundation, a permanent philanthropic endowment for Lake County, Ind., founded in 1992 by a group of community leaders. The mission of Legacy Foundation is to encourage philanthropy, support good works and inspire leadership. The foundation manages assets of nearly $33 million and is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing a diverse spectrum of business, education, and the nonprofit and public sectors from throughout Lake County. During its 2009-2010 fiscal year, Legacy Foundation distributed more than $2 million in grants and scholarships to nearly 200 organizations and individuals. Legacy Foundation’s strategic initiative, Project 100%, champions educational attainment for students in Lake County. Learn more at www.legacyfoundationlakeco.org.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

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Knight Foundation Commits up to $2.5 million to Legacy Foundation, Inc. to Increase Local Impact

GARY – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today that it will invest up to $2.5 million in an endowed fund to foster an “informed, engaged” Gary area over the next seven years through the Legacy Foundation, Inc., Lake County’s Community Foundation.

The effort is part of Knight Foundation’s $70 million Community Foundation Initiative, an effort to deepen Knight Foundation’s commitment to ensuring that communities are informed about and engaged in the issues and opportunities that face them.

“Information is an essential community need and community foundations were established to meet core needs,” said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation’s president and CEO. “They also only exist and thrive because of community engagement and contributions. That makes them ideal partners to help us understand and advance local community engagement, focused on ensuring that these communities have the information they need to manage their affairs in our democracy.”

The new approach will modify how Knight Foundation works in the Gary area and other Knight communities. Grant seekers will apply for funding through the Legacy Foundation, Inc. A new community foundation director in Knight’s Miami headquarters will work with a local advisory committee composed of regional leaders and innovators to guide the community foundations on how to use the funds. Knight’s overall contribution during this initiative will be up to $2.5 million, pooled in a permanent endowment fund. Grants made from the gains of this fund are intended to serve the Gary community indefinitely.

“As our region’s leaders and residents think about what kind of community we are striving to be, getting people involved and sharing that information will help all of us be better citizens. This initiative to create informed, engaged communities will help stimulate creative thinking and problem solving from many. As we roll out this initiative and invite proposals, we welcome participation from newly formed as well as established not-for-profits that have innovative ideas to share,” said Nancy Johnson, president of Legacy Foundation, Inc.

Nonprofits seeking Knight funding should contact Cara Spicer, program officer at the Legacy Foundation, Inc., and ask about Knight Foundation’s donor-advised fund.

“Our goal is to better coordinate and focus our initiatives in the communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers, and use our resources in the most effective way possible,” said Trabian Shorters, Knight Foundation’s vice president for communities.

Community foundations make contributions to local groups from funds established by individuals, families, businesses and others to address needs in specific geographic areas. These organizations offer a national funder like Knight the benefit of their grassroots grasp of issues. The grants will help community foundations enlarge their donor-advised funds supporting the work of local nonprofits.

From 2000 to 2007, Knight contributed a total of $69 million to create donor-advised funds at 25 community foundations. At $70 million, this new initiative doubles Knight’s current investment in community foundations.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

About the Legacy Foundation
The Legacy Foundation is Lake County’s Community Foundation, a permanent philanthropic endowment for Lake County founded in 1992 by a group of community leaders. The mission of the Legacy Foundation is to encourage philanthropy, support good works and inspire leadership. Learn more at www.legacyfoundationlakeco.org.

Contact: Marc Fest, Vice President of Communications, Knight Foundation,
305-908-2677; fest@knightfoundation.org

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