Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc.

  • Warsaw, IN
  • http://www.kcfoundation.org

Mission Statement

Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc. brings caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of our community. We do this by: serving as the vehicle for donors' charitable dreams, awarding grants to charitable projects and organizations, and addressing community needs as a catalyst and convener.

Main Programs

  1. Community/Unrestricted Grantmaking
Service Areas

Self-reported

Indiana

Kosciusko County, Indiana and the vicinity thereof.

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer since 1993

Self-reported

Suzanne M Light

Keywords

Self-reported

Kosciusko, Philanthropy, Charity, Community Foundation, Endowment, Scholarship, Grant, Health

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EIN

35-6086777

 Number

1653945678

Physical Address

102 E Market St

Warsaw, IN 46580 2806

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

In our 2013-2014 fiscal year, through the generosity of our donors, we awarded over $2.5 million in grants in the areas of education, arts/culture, recreation, civic projects, health, the environment and human services.

We help donors achieve their charitable dreams by accepting a wide variety of gifts including stock, property, crops, remainder trusts and more. We provide them expertise on community needs and work closely with their professional advisers.

For nonprofits in our community, we provided training and technical assistance, free meeting space, and grants.

We serve as a neutral catalyst/convener to address community needs.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Community/Unrestricted Grantmaking

Annually, the Community Foundation has approximately $300,000 to award in community/unrestricted funds, the vast majority of which are awarded in response to grant applications from area nonprofit organizations. In 2009-2010, grant highlights included a $50,000 grant to programs aiming to increase the high school graduation rate in the county, a $50,000 grant to give Remnant Trust's collection of rare and historic documents a permanent home and a grant to help start a Student Veteran Program at a local college.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$300,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    By bringing caring people and charitable endeavors together, we make donor dreams shine for the good of our community. We do this by:
    1) Serving as the vehicle for donors' charitable dreams,
    2) Awarding grants to charitable projects and organizations, and
    3) Addressing community needs as a catalyst and convener.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies to serve the charitable dreams of donors include:
    1) Accept a wide variety of gifts.
    2) Endow funds, creating a permanent legacy for donors.
    3) Opportunities to name a fund, advise a fund, designate one or more charitable beneficiaries of a fund or select a field of interest the donor wants to impact.
    4) Handle fund administration.
    5) Provide knowledge/expertise about community needs.
    6) Provide board governance/professional staffing to ensure the gift's impact.

    Our strategies to serve Kosciusko County nonprofits include:
    1) Provide agency endowment expertise and services.
    2) Award grants.
    3) Provide organizational/technical assistance (fundraising, governance, nonprofit marketing, etc.)
    4) Provide meeting space.

    Our strategies to address community needs include:
    1) Participation and/or facilitation of community forums and periodic needs assessments
    2) Proactive grantmaking when we identify an unmet community need.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a professional staff of 8 people with expertise in donor development, grant making, nonprofit governance, public relations and marketing and finance.

    We are governed by a 23 member volunteer board of directors who are elected to serve based on their expertise in diverse skill sets.

    We have both the human capacity and the physical/technical capacity (facilities, systems, processes and programs) to accomplish our work for donors and their charitable dreams.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our board sets strategic goals and periodically re-evaluates its goals and strategies at planning retreats. We measure our progress through a variety of benchmarks which are reviewed by the Board on a "dashboard" at least quarterly.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since 1992, we have awarded over $30 million in grants in the areas of education, arts/culture, health, recreation, the environment, civic projects and human services.

    We hold more than 300 funds, all honoring the charitable intent of the donors who established them.

    Yet to accomplish...
    We are working on growing our Community (unrestricted) funds so that we may meet diverse needs in Kosciusko County, Indiana, now and in the future.
    We are looking forward to conducting a board self assessment.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Indiana

Kosciusko County, Indiana and the vicinity thereof.

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Funding Needs

All Community Foundation grantmaking is made possible through gifts, large and small, from donors. We accept gifts of cash, stock, bequests, life insurance, charitable lead and remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities and private foundation transfers.

Accreditations

Council on Foundations National Standards

External Reviews

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Suzanne M Light

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jerry Yeager

No Affiliation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
As a large rural county in Indiana, we look for diversity in our board representation reflective of our community. Diversity of location of residency, income level, educational attainment, profession, industry, for example small business owner, agriculture and corporate leader. We strive to have an ethnicity balance reflective of our community.