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Community Foundation Announces 2022 Currier Scholarship Winner

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has selected Levi Dickson (St. Joseph High School, 2020) as the 2022 recipient of the Donald C. and Marion E. Currier Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with up to full tuition, required fees, an allowance for books, and on-campus housing or an off-campus living allowance for up to six semesters at Purdue University. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $374,065 in Grants

As part of its 2022 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $374,065 to local nonprofit organizations in Senior Living grants and ArtsEverywhere grants. Senior Living grants are designed to support quality programs and services that local seniors need to remain healthy, safe, independent, and engaged. ArtsEverywhere grants to local arts organizations are designed to raise artistic quality, strengthen volunteer and staff leadership, enhance the capacity of arts organizations and the arts community, foster and support local talent, and inspire community pride. Read More

2022 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series

This summer, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will once again present the award-winning Community Foundation Performing Arts Series in the Chris Wilson Pavilion at South Bend’s Potawatomi Park. This five-event free series begins on July 30 and runs on consecutive Saturdays through August 27, featuring some of our community's best arts talent. All events begin at 7 p.m. Read More

2022 Laidig Service Scholarship Winners Announced

This year’s Scholars are Tristan Badia, Penn High School, who will attend Ivy Tech Community College; Lubabah Hassan, Penn High School, who will attend Indiana University Bloomington; Moriah Love, Riley High School, who will attend Alabama A&M University; and Peyton Shrader, Clay High School, who will attend University of Notre Dame. Read More

Winners of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Ann Okhiria and Nah’Shon Williams as the recipienta of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Okhiria will attend Indiana University Bloomington to study computer science, and Mr. Williams will attend Purdue University to study construction management. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $409,000 in Grants

As part of its 2022 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $409,000 to local nonprofit organizations through Special Project Grants. The Special Project Grant process encourages projects in community development and urban affairs; parks, recreation, and environment; health and human services, and youth and education. All nonprofit organizations serving the citizens of St. Joseph County are eligible to apply. Read More

Foundation Hosts Free 21st Century Scholar Success Fest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host a free 21st Century Scholar Success Event on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the Community Learning Center in downtown South Bend. This 21st Century Scholar event, which is open to all, will include on-site opportunities to enroll in the program, complete required program (SSP) steps, an employer fair, program representatives and current Scholars to answer questions, ScholarTrack account support, and more! Read More

CFSJC Hosts Regional IAC Grant Review Panels on Monday, April 25, 2022

Through its Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host three grant review panels open to the public on Monday, April 25, 2022. The panels will be held at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. EST. Read More

Imagination Library 2022 Photo Contest

The deadline to enter our 2022 Imagination Library Photo Contest has now passed. But stay tuned to find out which ten photos have won special recognition! Two winners will be announced each day beginning on Monday, March 14, on the Community Foundation’s Facebook page and Instagram, and ending on Friday, March 18. Each winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Read More

FY 2023 Indiana Arts Commission Grant Workshops

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2023 Arts Project Support (APS) and Arts Organization Support (AOS) Grants. Applications for both programs are due March 9, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. EST through the IAC’s online grant system. Read More

Community Foundation Offers Free Guide to Planning Your Will

The Community Foundation offers the free "Provide and Protect: A Guide to Planning Your Will and Trust" on our website. In easy-to-understand language, this 24-page guide walks you through the process of collecting and organizing the information you’ll need to share with your attorney in order to create a will. You can download it at no cost. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $210,000 in Recent Grants

As part of its 2021 fall grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $210,000 to 18 local nonprofit organizations in Senior Living grants and ArtsEverywhere grants. Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2022 Lilly Scholarship Offers

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County announces four students awarded the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for St. Joseph County, IN. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character and leadership. Read More

La Casa de Amistad Wins 2021 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence

La Casa de Amistad has won the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's prestigious 2021 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence. Read More

Community Bids Fond Farewell to George Rickey’s “Space Churn”

On Tuesday, November 16, Space Churn with Octagon—a sculpture by world-renowned artist George Rickey—will be de-installed from its current location in the Studebaker Plaza in downtown South Bend, at the corner of Michigan Street and Jefferson Boulevard, and returned to the George Rickey Foundation Collection. Through the generosity of the George Rickey Estate, the sculpture’s term of loan was extended multiple times, allowing it to remain in South Bend for more than seven years. Read More

Performing Arts Series August 7 Event Cancelled

We’re sorry to announce that the opening performance for the 2021 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series—Southold Dance Theater, scheduled for this Saturday, August 7—has been cancelled. Read More

Community Foundation Announces IAC Regional Arts Grants

Thirty area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. These grants, which total over $234,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. Since 1998, the Community Foundation has been a Regional Arts Partner for the IAC, overseeing the grants application and award process for St. Joseph, Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, Kosciusko, and Starke counties in northern Indiana. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $540,000 in Recent Grants Cycle

As part of its 2021 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $540,000 to 18 local nonprofit organizations in Senior Living grants and ArtsEverywhere grants. Read More

Foundation, Partners Encourage Enrollment in 21st Century Scholars

Wednesday, June 30, is a critical deadline for students who are eligible for free college tuition through Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program, and the Community Foundation and our partners in the 21st Century Scholar Success Coalition want to be sure that families take advantage of this golden opportunity. Read More

2021 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series

We're back! After a year's hiatus, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will once again present the award-winning Community Foundation Performing Arts Series in the Chris Wilson Pavilion at South Bend’s Potawatomi Park. This three-event free series begins on August 14 and runs on consecutive Saturdays through August 28, featuring some of our community's best arts talent. Read More

2021 Laidig Service Scholarship Winners Announced

This year’s Laidig Service Scholars are Kylie Blake, Mishawaka High School, who will attend Butler University; Adreyana Bryan, Washington High School, who will attend Purdue University; Ta’Nyi Reed, Washington High School, who will attend Purdue University; and Brianna Woods, Adams High School, who will attend Indiana University Bloomington. Read More

Winner of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Kayla Mkandawire, St. Joseph High School, as the recipient of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Mkandawire will attend Loyola University Chicago to study neuroscience. Read More

Community Foundation Announces Photo Contest Winners

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is delighted to announce the winners of its third annual Imagination Library Photo Contest. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $305,000 in Special Project Grants

As part of its 2021 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $305,000 to local nonprofit organizations through Special Project Grants. Recipients include Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County, Cultivate Culinary School and Catering, Potawatomi Zoological Society, Five Star Life, South Bend Rotary Charitable Foundation, Transformation Ministries, and the Robinson Community Learning Center. Read More

CFSJC Hosts Regional IAC Grant Review Panels on Monday, April 19, 2021

Through its Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host three grant review panels open to the public on Monday, April 19, 2021. The panels will be held at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. EST. Read More

2021 Imagination Library Photo Contest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County invites families of children who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in St. Joseph County to enter our 2021 Imagination Library Photo Contest. There will be 10 contest winners, each of which will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Read More

Community Foundation, Ivy Tech Host FAFSA Completion Event

In partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host a free FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) assistance event for area students as part of its 21st Century Scholar Success Initiative, an effort to dramatically increase the number of local low-income students who achieve well-paying jobs in our region by completing post-secondary degrees through Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program. Read More

Indiana Arts Commission Offers Grant Workshops, Office Hours

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2022 Arts Project Support (APS) and Arts Organization Support (AOS) Grants. Applications for both programs are due March 4, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. EST through the IAC’s online grant system. Read More

Community Foundation Announces Lilly Scholarship Offers

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County celebrates four students awarded the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with four-year, full-tuition scholarships and a book stipend for the Indiana college or university of their choice. […] Read More

CFSJC Receives $4,066,025 Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has received a Large-Scale Community Leadership Grant of $4,066,025 through the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. The grant will support the 21st Century Scholar […] Read More

Community Foundation Receives $200,000 Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has received a Community Leadership Grant of $200,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. This grant will support the implementation of […] Read More

Community Foundation Supports OneMoreVoice.com

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce are partnering to support a new statewide initiative to help people register to vote, learn about candidates, and show up to vote in November. In […] Read More

Community Foundation, SBSO Cancel Aug. 29 Concert at Chris Wilson Pavilion at Potawatomi

Because of the risks presented by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra have made a joint decision to cancel the August 29 concert planned for the Community Foundation Performing […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards FY2021 IAC Regional Arts Grants

Thirty area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. These grants, which total over $203,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community […] Read More

Winner of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Amaani Lee, Washington High School, as the recipient of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Lee will attend the University of Notre Dame to study biology. […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2020 Laidig Community Service Scholars

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named four St. Joseph County students as 2020 Jon and Sonja Laidig Community Service Scholars. This year’s scholars are Rebecca Mattson, Penn High School, who will attend Butler University; Lorei Munoz, Washington […] Read More

Meissner Receives 2020 Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka Award

Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka has announced that Rose Meissner, president of the Community Foundation and a member of Leadership Class 20, is the organization’s 2020 Distinguished Alumna. Kristine Hilger, executive director of Leadership, says that Meissner exemplifies the organization’s values as […] Read More

Coronavirus Response: Community Foundation Grants $45,000 to REAL Services, Food Bank Partnership

UPDATED 2/22/20: The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has announced a second $45,000 grant to REAL Services, which will sustain this program through the month of May. In response to the tremendous need created by the current coronavirus crisis, […] Read More

Resources for Local Nonprofits During the Coronavirus Crisis

We know that our local nonprofit organizations are facing unprecedented challenges during the current coronavirus crisis. Many have questions about loans and grants available through the new federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, as well as potential […] Read More

2020 Imagination Library Photo Contest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County invites families of children who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in St. Joseph County to enter our 2020 Imagination Library Photo Contest. There will be 10 contest winners, each of […] Read More

Community Foundation Commits $200K to United Way’s COVID-19 Fund

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has committed $200,000 to the United Way of St. Joseph County’s recently announced COVID-19 Response Fund. During this crisis, nonprofit organizations in our community can apply to the fund for grants to respond […] Read More

Indiana Arts Commission Grant Apps Due March 5, 2020

The deadline for local arts organizations to apply for Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) grants awarded through the Regional Initiative Grant (RIG) program is Thursday,  March 5, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. EST. The IAC’s Regional Initiative Grant program provides funding in order to […] Read More

Community Foundation Presents Free Grant Proposal Workshop

In its role as a regional partner of the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will present a grant proposal workshop in late January. This free workshop is designed for nonprofit arts organizations and other […] Read More

Community Foundation Names 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County celebrates four students awarded the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with four-year, full-tuition scholarships and a book stipend for the Indiana college or university of their choice. […] Read More

African American Community Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The African American Community Fund—a family of 23 endowed funds held within the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County— marks its 20th anniversary this year with an exhibit that chronicles the history of the fund and celebrates its accomplishments. The […] Read More

2019 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence Goes to SB Symphony

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named the South Bend Symphony Orchestra winner of its 2019 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence. The award recognizes the Symphony for its strong leadership, artistic quality, and commitment to broadening its impact […] Read More

CFSJC Hosts Regional IAC Grant Review Panel on Wednesday, April 29

Through its Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host two grant review panels open to the public on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The panels will be held at 9:30 […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards $1,550,000 in Major Senior Living Grants

As part of its Senior Living Initiative, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded a total of $1,550,000 to three different local nonprofit organizations that support local seniors and their caregivers. The recipients are: REAL Services ($750,000, payable […] Read More

Community Foundation Receives $3 Million Challenge Grant to Support Library Project

In support of its $10 million commitment to the expansion and renovation of the St. Joseph County Public Library’s downtown Main Library, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has received a major challenge grant from the Judd Leighton Foundation. […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards IAC Regional Arts Grants

Twenty-nine area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. These grants, which total over $214,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2019 Currier Scholar

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has selected Nicholas Casetti (Penn High School, 2018) as the 2019 recipient of the Donald C. and Marion E. Currier Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with up to full tuition, required […] Read More

2019 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series

SHORT SURVEY: Click here to let us know what you think about the series—and what you’d like to see in 2020! For the tenth consecutive year, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will present the award-winning Community Foundation Performing […] Read More

Winner of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Deana Griffin, Washington High School, as the recipient of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Griffin will attend Ball State University to study social work. The […] Read More

Community Foundation Names Laidig Community Service Scholars

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named four St. Joseph County students as 2019 Jon and Sonja Laidig Community Service Scholars. This year’s scholars are Megan Jakubowicz, Riley High School, who will attend Purdue University; Veronica Navarro, Clay […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards $189,500 in Special Project Grants

As part of its 2019 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $189,500 to local nonprofit organizations through Special Project Challenge Grants. The Special Project Challenge Grant process encourages projects in community development and urban […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces Photo Contest Winners

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is delighted to announce the winners of its first Imagination Library Photo Contest. The contest, which was open to any families currently participating in the Imagination Library program in St. Joseph County, asked […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces Major New Senior Living RFP

For more than 15 years, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s Senior Living Initiative has supported high-quality programs and services that older adults need to be healthy, safe, independent, and engaged. In recognition of a major demographic shift occurring […] Read More

Imagination Library Photo Contest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County invites families of children who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in St. Joseph County to enter our 2019 Imagination Library Photo Contest. One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2022 Currier Scholarship Winner

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has selected Levi Dickson (St. Joseph High School, 2020) as the 2022 recipient of the Donald C. and Marion E. Currier Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with up to full tuition, required fees, an allowance for books, and on-campus housing or an off-campus living allowance for up to six semesters at Purdue University. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $374,065 in Grants

As part of its 2022 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $374,065 to local nonprofit organizations in Senior Living grants and ArtsEverywhere grants. Senior Living grants are designed to support quality programs and services that local seniors need to remain healthy, safe, independent, and engaged. ArtsEverywhere grants to local arts organizations are designed to raise artistic quality, strengthen volunteer and staff leadership, enhance the capacity of arts organizations and the arts community, foster and support local talent, and inspire community pride. Read More

2022 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series

This summer, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will once again present the award-winning Community Foundation Performing Arts Series in the Chris Wilson Pavilion at South Bend’s Potawatomi Park. This five-event free series begins on July 30 and runs on consecutive Saturdays through August 27, featuring some of our community's best arts talent. All events begin at 7 p.m. Read More

2022 Laidig Service Scholarship Winners Announced

This year’s Scholars are Tristan Badia, Penn High School, who will attend Ivy Tech Community College; Lubabah Hassan, Penn High School, who will attend Indiana University Bloomington; Moriah Love, Riley High School, who will attend Alabama A&M University; and Peyton Shrader, Clay High School, who will attend University of Notre Dame. Read More

Winners of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Ann Okhiria and Nah’Shon Williams as the recipienta of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Okhiria will attend Indiana University Bloomington to study computer science, and Mr. Williams will attend Purdue University to study construction management. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $409,000 in Grants

As part of its 2022 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $409,000 to local nonprofit organizations through Special Project Grants. The Special Project Grant process encourages projects in community development and urban affairs; parks, recreation, and environment; health and human services, and youth and education. All nonprofit organizations serving the citizens of St. Joseph County are eligible to apply. Read More

Foundation Hosts Free 21st Century Scholar Success Fest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host a free 21st Century Scholar Success Event on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the Community Learning Center in downtown South Bend. This 21st Century Scholar event, which is open to all, will include on-site opportunities to enroll in the program, complete required program (SSP) steps, an employer fair, program representatives and current Scholars to answer questions, ScholarTrack account support, and more! Read More

CFSJC Hosts Regional IAC Grant Review Panels on Monday, April 25, 2022

Through its Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host three grant review panels open to the public on Monday, April 25, 2022. The panels will be held at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. EST. Read More

Imagination Library 2022 Photo Contest

The deadline to enter our 2022 Imagination Library Photo Contest has now passed. But stay tuned to find out which ten photos have won special recognition! Two winners will be announced each day beginning on Monday, March 14, on the Community Foundation’s Facebook page and Instagram, and ending on Friday, March 18. Each winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Read More

FY 2023 Indiana Arts Commission Grant Workshops

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2023 Arts Project Support (APS) and Arts Organization Support (AOS) Grants. Applications for both programs are due March 9, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. EST through the IAC’s online grant system. Read More

Community Foundation Offers Free Guide to Planning Your Will

The Community Foundation offers the free "Provide and Protect: A Guide to Planning Your Will and Trust" on our website. In easy-to-understand language, this 24-page guide walks you through the process of collecting and organizing the information you’ll need to share with your attorney in order to create a will. You can download it at no cost. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $210,000 in Recent Grants

As part of its 2021 fall grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $210,000 to 18 local nonprofit organizations in Senior Living grants and ArtsEverywhere grants. Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2022 Lilly Scholarship Offers

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County announces four students awarded the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for St. Joseph County, IN. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character and leadership. Read More

La Casa de Amistad Wins 2021 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence

La Casa de Amistad has won the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's prestigious 2021 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence. Read More

Community Bids Fond Farewell to George Rickey’s “Space Churn”

On Tuesday, November 16, Space Churn with Octagon—a sculpture by world-renowned artist George Rickey—will be de-installed from its current location in the Studebaker Plaza in downtown South Bend, at the corner of Michigan Street and Jefferson Boulevard, and returned to the George Rickey Foundation Collection. Through the generosity of the George Rickey Estate, the sculpture’s term of loan was extended multiple times, allowing it to remain in South Bend for more than seven years. Read More

Performing Arts Series August 7 Event Cancelled

We’re sorry to announce that the opening performance for the 2021 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series—Southold Dance Theater, scheduled for this Saturday, August 7—has been cancelled. Read More

Community Foundation Announces IAC Regional Arts Grants

Thirty area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. These grants, which total over $234,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. Since 1998, the Community Foundation has been a Regional Arts Partner for the IAC, overseeing the grants application and award process for St. Joseph, Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, Kosciusko, and Starke counties in northern Indiana. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $540,000 in Recent Grants Cycle

As part of its 2021 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $540,000 to 18 local nonprofit organizations in Senior Living grants and ArtsEverywhere grants. Read More

Foundation, Partners Encourage Enrollment in 21st Century Scholars

Wednesday, June 30, is a critical deadline for students who are eligible for free college tuition through Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program, and the Community Foundation and our partners in the 21st Century Scholar Success Coalition want to be sure that families take advantage of this golden opportunity. Read More

2021 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series

We're back! After a year's hiatus, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will once again present the award-winning Community Foundation Performing Arts Series in the Chris Wilson Pavilion at South Bend’s Potawatomi Park. This three-event free series begins on August 14 and runs on consecutive Saturdays through August 28, featuring some of our community's best arts talent. Read More

2021 Laidig Service Scholarship Winners Announced

This year’s Laidig Service Scholars are Kylie Blake, Mishawaka High School, who will attend Butler University; Adreyana Bryan, Washington High School, who will attend Purdue University; Ta’Nyi Reed, Washington High School, who will attend Purdue University; and Brianna Woods, Adams High School, who will attend Indiana University Bloomington. Read More

Winner of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Kayla Mkandawire, St. Joseph High School, as the recipient of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Mkandawire will attend Loyola University Chicago to study neuroscience. Read More

Community Foundation Announces Photo Contest Winners

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is delighted to announce the winners of its third annual Imagination Library Photo Contest. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $305,000 in Special Project Grants

As part of its 2021 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $305,000 to local nonprofit organizations through Special Project Grants. Recipients include Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County, Cultivate Culinary School and Catering, Potawatomi Zoological Society, Five Star Life, South Bend Rotary Charitable Foundation, Transformation Ministries, and the Robinson Community Learning Center. Read More

CFSJC Hosts Regional IAC Grant Review Panels on Monday, April 19, 2021

Through its Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host three grant review panels open to the public on Monday, April 19, 2021. The panels will be held at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. EST. Read More

2021 Imagination Library Photo Contest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County invites families of children who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in St. Joseph County to enter our 2021 Imagination Library Photo Contest. There will be 10 contest winners, each of which will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Read More

Community Foundation, Ivy Tech Host FAFSA Completion Event

In partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host a free FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) assistance event for area students as part of its 21st Century Scholar Success Initiative, an effort to dramatically increase the number of local low-income students who achieve well-paying jobs in our region by completing post-secondary degrees through Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program. Read More

Indiana Arts Commission Offers Grant Workshops, Office Hours

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2022 Arts Project Support (APS) and Arts Organization Support (AOS) Grants. Applications for both programs are due March 4, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. EST through the IAC’s online grant system. Read More

Community Foundation Announces Lilly Scholarship Offers

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County celebrates four students awarded the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with four-year, full-tuition scholarships and a book stipend for the Indiana college or university of their choice. […] Read More

CFSJC Receives $4,066,025 Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has received a Large-Scale Community Leadership Grant of $4,066,025 through the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. The grant will support the 21st Century Scholar […] Read More

Community Foundation Receives $200,000 Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has received a Community Leadership Grant of $200,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. This grant will support the implementation of […] Read More

Community Foundation Supports OneMoreVoice.com

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce are partnering to support a new statewide initiative to help people register to vote, learn about candidates, and show up to vote in November. In […] Read More

Community Foundation, SBSO Cancel Aug. 29 Concert at Chris Wilson Pavilion at Potawatomi

Because of the risks presented by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra have made a joint decision to cancel the August 29 concert planned for the Community Foundation Performing […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards FY2021 IAC Regional Arts Grants

Thirty area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. These grants, which total over $203,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community […] Read More

Winner of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Amaani Lee, Washington High School, as the recipient of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Lee will attend the University of Notre Dame to study biology. […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2020 Laidig Community Service Scholars

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named four St. Joseph County students as 2020 Jon and Sonja Laidig Community Service Scholars. This year’s scholars are Rebecca Mattson, Penn High School, who will attend Butler University; Lorei Munoz, Washington […] Read More

Meissner Receives 2020 Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka Award

Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka has announced that Rose Meissner, president of the Community Foundation and a member of Leadership Class 20, is the organization’s 2020 Distinguished Alumna. Kristine Hilger, executive director of Leadership, says that Meissner exemplifies the organization’s values as […] Read More

Coronavirus Response: Community Foundation Grants $45,000 to REAL Services, Food Bank Partnership

UPDATED 2/22/20: The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has announced a second $45,000 grant to REAL Services, which will sustain this program through the month of May. In response to the tremendous need created by the current coronavirus crisis, […] Read More

Resources for Local Nonprofits During the Coronavirus Crisis

We know that our local nonprofit organizations are facing unprecedented challenges during the current coronavirus crisis. Many have questions about loans and grants available through the new federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, as well as potential […] Read More

2020 Imagination Library Photo Contest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County invites families of children who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in St. Joseph County to enter our 2020 Imagination Library Photo Contest. There will be 10 contest winners, each of […] Read More

Community Foundation Commits $200K to United Way’s COVID-19 Fund

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has committed $200,000 to the United Way of St. Joseph County’s recently announced COVID-19 Response Fund. During this crisis, nonprofit organizations in our community can apply to the fund for grants to respond […] Read More

Indiana Arts Commission Grant Apps Due March 5, 2020

The deadline for local arts organizations to apply for Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) grants awarded through the Regional Initiative Grant (RIG) program is Thursday,  March 5, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. EST. The IAC’s Regional Initiative Grant program provides funding in order to […] Read More

Community Foundation Presents Free Grant Proposal Workshop

In its role as a regional partner of the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will present a grant proposal workshop in late January. This free workshop is designed for nonprofit arts organizations and other […] Read More

Community Foundation Names 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County celebrates four students awarded the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with four-year, full-tuition scholarships and a book stipend for the Indiana college or university of their choice. […] Read More

African American Community Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The African American Community Fund—a family of 23 endowed funds held within the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County— marks its 20th anniversary this year with an exhibit that chronicles the history of the fund and celebrates its accomplishments. The […] Read More

2019 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence Goes to SB Symphony

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named the South Bend Symphony Orchestra winner of its 2019 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence. The award recognizes the Symphony for its strong leadership, artistic quality, and commitment to broadening its impact […] Read More

CFSJC Hosts Regional IAC Grant Review Panel on Wednesday, April 29

Through its Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host two grant review panels open to the public on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The panels will be held at 9:30 […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards $1,550,000 in Major Senior Living Grants

As part of its Senior Living Initiative, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded a total of $1,550,000 to three different local nonprofit organizations that support local seniors and their caregivers. The recipients are: REAL Services ($750,000, payable […] Read More

Community Foundation Receives $3 Million Challenge Grant to Support Library Project

In support of its $10 million commitment to the expansion and renovation of the St. Joseph County Public Library’s downtown Main Library, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has received a major challenge grant from the Judd Leighton Foundation. […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards IAC Regional Arts Grants

Twenty-nine area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. These grants, which total over $214,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2019 Currier Scholar

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has selected Nicholas Casetti (Penn High School, 2018) as the 2019 recipient of the Donald C. and Marion E. Currier Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with up to full tuition, required […] Read More

2019 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series

SHORT SURVEY: Click here to let us know what you think about the series—and what you’d like to see in 2020! For the tenth consecutive year, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will present the award-winning Community Foundation Performing […] Read More

Winner of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Deana Griffin, Washington High School, as the recipient of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Griffin will attend Ball State University to study social work. The […] Read More

Community Foundation Names Laidig Community Service Scholars

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named four St. Joseph County students as 2019 Jon and Sonja Laidig Community Service Scholars. This year’s scholars are Megan Jakubowicz, Riley High School, who will attend Purdue University; Veronica Navarro, Clay […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards $189,500 in Special Project Grants

As part of its 2019 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $189,500 to local nonprofit organizations through Special Project Challenge Grants. The Special Project Challenge Grant process encourages projects in community development and urban […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces Photo Contest Winners

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is delighted to announce the winners of its first Imagination Library Photo Contest. The contest, which was open to any families currently participating in the Imagination Library program in St. Joseph County, asked […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces Major New Senior Living RFP

For more than 15 years, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s Senior Living Initiative has supported high-quality programs and services that older adults need to be healthy, safe, independent, and engaged. In recognition of a major demographic shift occurring […] Read More

Imagination Library Photo Contest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County invites families of children who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in St. Joseph County to enter our 2019 Imagination Library Photo Contest. One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2022 Currier Scholarship Winner

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has selected Levi Dickson (St. Joseph High School, 2020) as the 2022 recipient of the Donald C. and Marion E. Currier Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with up to full tuition, required fees, an allowance for books, and on-campus housing or an off-campus living allowance for up to six semesters at Purdue University. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $374,065 in Grants

As part of its 2022 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $374,065 to local nonprofit organizations in Senior Living grants and ArtsEverywhere grants. Senior Living grants are designed to support quality programs and services that local seniors need to remain healthy, safe, independent, and engaged. ArtsEverywhere grants to local arts organizations are designed to raise artistic quality, strengthen volunteer and staff leadership, enhance the capacity of arts organizations and the arts community, foster and support local talent, and inspire community pride. Read More

2022 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series

This summer, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will once again present the award-winning Community Foundation Performing Arts Series in the Chris Wilson Pavilion at South Bend’s Potawatomi Park. This five-event free series begins on July 30 and runs on consecutive Saturdays through August 27, featuring some of our community's best arts talent. All events begin at 7 p.m. Read More

2022 Laidig Service Scholarship Winners Announced

This year’s Scholars are Tristan Badia, Penn High School, who will attend Ivy Tech Community College; Lubabah Hassan, Penn High School, who will attend Indiana University Bloomington; Moriah Love, Riley High School, who will attend Alabama A&M University; and Peyton Shrader, Clay High School, who will attend University of Notre Dame. Read More

Winners of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Ann Okhiria and Nah’Shon Williams as the recipienta of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Okhiria will attend Indiana University Bloomington to study computer science, and Mr. Williams will attend Purdue University to study construction management. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $409,000 in Grants

As part of its 2022 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $409,000 to local nonprofit organizations through Special Project Grants. The Special Project Grant process encourages projects in community development and urban affairs; parks, recreation, and environment; health and human services, and youth and education. All nonprofit organizations serving the citizens of St. Joseph County are eligible to apply. Read More

Foundation Hosts Free 21st Century Scholar Success Fest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host a free 21st Century Scholar Success Event on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until noon, at the Community Learning Center in downtown South Bend. This 21st Century Scholar event, which is open to all, will include on-site opportunities to enroll in the program, complete required program (SSP) steps, an employer fair, program representatives and current Scholars to answer questions, ScholarTrack account support, and more! Read More

CFSJC Hosts Regional IAC Grant Review Panels on Monday, April 25, 2022

Through its Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host three grant review panels open to the public on Monday, April 25, 2022. The panels will be held at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. EST. Read More

Imagination Library 2022 Photo Contest

The deadline to enter our 2022 Imagination Library Photo Contest has now passed. But stay tuned to find out which ten photos have won special recognition! Two winners will be announced each day beginning on Monday, March 14, on the Community Foundation’s Facebook page and Instagram, and ending on Friday, March 18. Each winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Read More

FY 2023 Indiana Arts Commission Grant Workshops

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2023 Arts Project Support (APS) and Arts Organization Support (AOS) Grants. Applications for both programs are due March 9, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. EST through the IAC’s online grant system. Read More

Community Foundation Offers Free Guide to Planning Your Will

The Community Foundation offers the free "Provide and Protect: A Guide to Planning Your Will and Trust" on our website. In easy-to-understand language, this 24-page guide walks you through the process of collecting and organizing the information you’ll need to share with your attorney in order to create a will. You can download it at no cost. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $210,000 in Recent Grants

As part of its 2021 fall grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $210,000 to 18 local nonprofit organizations in Senior Living grants and ArtsEverywhere grants. Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2022 Lilly Scholarship Offers

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County announces four students awarded the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for St. Joseph County, IN. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character and leadership. Read More

La Casa de Amistad Wins 2021 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence

La Casa de Amistad has won the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's prestigious 2021 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence. Read More

Community Bids Fond Farewell to George Rickey’s “Space Churn”

On Tuesday, November 16, Space Churn with Octagon—a sculpture by world-renowned artist George Rickey—will be de-installed from its current location in the Studebaker Plaza in downtown South Bend, at the corner of Michigan Street and Jefferson Boulevard, and returned to the George Rickey Foundation Collection. Through the generosity of the George Rickey Estate, the sculpture’s term of loan was extended multiple times, allowing it to remain in South Bend for more than seven years. Read More

Performing Arts Series August 7 Event Cancelled

We’re sorry to announce that the opening performance for the 2021 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series—Southold Dance Theater, scheduled for this Saturday, August 7—has been cancelled. Read More

Community Foundation Announces IAC Regional Arts Grants

Thirty area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. These grants, which total over $234,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. Since 1998, the Community Foundation has been a Regional Arts Partner for the IAC, overseeing the grants application and award process for St. Joseph, Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, Kosciusko, and Starke counties in northern Indiana. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $540,000 in Recent Grants Cycle

As part of its 2021 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $540,000 to 18 local nonprofit organizations in Senior Living grants and ArtsEverywhere grants. Read More

Foundation, Partners Encourage Enrollment in 21st Century Scholars

Wednesday, June 30, is a critical deadline for students who are eligible for free college tuition through Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program, and the Community Foundation and our partners in the 21st Century Scholar Success Coalition want to be sure that families take advantage of this golden opportunity. Read More

2021 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series

We're back! After a year's hiatus, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will once again present the award-winning Community Foundation Performing Arts Series in the Chris Wilson Pavilion at South Bend’s Potawatomi Park. This three-event free series begins on August 14 and runs on consecutive Saturdays through August 28, featuring some of our community's best arts talent. Read More

2021 Laidig Service Scholarship Winners Announced

This year’s Laidig Service Scholars are Kylie Blake, Mishawaka High School, who will attend Butler University; Adreyana Bryan, Washington High School, who will attend Purdue University; Ta’Nyi Reed, Washington High School, who will attend Purdue University; and Brianna Woods, Adams High School, who will attend Indiana University Bloomington. Read More

Winner of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Kayla Mkandawire, St. Joseph High School, as the recipient of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Mkandawire will attend Loyola University Chicago to study neuroscience. Read More

Community Foundation Announces Photo Contest Winners

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is delighted to announce the winners of its third annual Imagination Library Photo Contest. Read More

Community Foundation Awards $305,000 in Special Project Grants

As part of its 2021 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $305,000 to local nonprofit organizations through Special Project Grants. Recipients include Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County, Cultivate Culinary School and Catering, Potawatomi Zoological Society, Five Star Life, South Bend Rotary Charitable Foundation, Transformation Ministries, and the Robinson Community Learning Center. Read More

CFSJC Hosts Regional IAC Grant Review Panels on Monday, April 19, 2021

Through its Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host three grant review panels open to the public on Monday, April 19, 2021. The panels will be held at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. EST. Read More

2021 Imagination Library Photo Contest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County invites families of children who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in St. Joseph County to enter our 2021 Imagination Library Photo Contest. There will be 10 contest winners, each of which will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Read More

Community Foundation, Ivy Tech Host FAFSA Completion Event

In partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host a free FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) assistance event for area students as part of its 21st Century Scholar Success Initiative, an effort to dramatically increase the number of local low-income students who achieve well-paying jobs in our region by completing post-secondary degrees through Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program. Read More

Indiana Arts Commission Offers Grant Workshops, Office Hours

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2022 Arts Project Support (APS) and Arts Organization Support (AOS) Grants. Applications for both programs are due March 4, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. EST through the IAC’s online grant system. Read More

Community Foundation Announces Lilly Scholarship Offers

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County celebrates four students awarded the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with four-year, full-tuition scholarships and a book stipend for the Indiana college or university of their choice. […] Read More

CFSJC Receives $4,066,025 Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has received a Large-Scale Community Leadership Grant of $4,066,025 through the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. The grant will support the 21st Century Scholar […] Read More

Community Foundation Receives $200,000 Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has received a Community Leadership Grant of $200,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. This grant will support the implementation of […] Read More

Community Foundation Supports OneMoreVoice.com

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce are partnering to support a new statewide initiative to help people register to vote, learn about candidates, and show up to vote in November. In […] Read More

Community Foundation, SBSO Cancel Aug. 29 Concert at Chris Wilson Pavilion at Potawatomi

Because of the risks presented by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra have made a joint decision to cancel the August 29 concert planned for the Community Foundation Performing […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards FY2021 IAC Regional Arts Grants

Thirty area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. These grants, which total over $203,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community […] Read More

Winner of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Amaani Lee, Washington High School, as the recipient of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Lee will attend the University of Notre Dame to study biology. […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2020 Laidig Community Service Scholars

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named four St. Joseph County students as 2020 Jon and Sonja Laidig Community Service Scholars. This year’s scholars are Rebecca Mattson, Penn High School, who will attend Butler University; Lorei Munoz, Washington […] Read More

Meissner Receives 2020 Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka Award

Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka has announced that Rose Meissner, president of the Community Foundation and a member of Leadership Class 20, is the organization’s 2020 Distinguished Alumna. Kristine Hilger, executive director of Leadership, says that Meissner exemplifies the organization’s values as […] Read More

Coronavirus Response: Community Foundation Grants $45,000 to REAL Services, Food Bank Partnership

UPDATED 2/22/20: The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has announced a second $45,000 grant to REAL Services, which will sustain this program through the month of May. In response to the tremendous need created by the current coronavirus crisis, […] Read More

Resources for Local Nonprofits During the Coronavirus Crisis

We know that our local nonprofit organizations are facing unprecedented challenges during the current coronavirus crisis. Many have questions about loans and grants available through the new federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, as well as potential […] Read More

2020 Imagination Library Photo Contest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County invites families of children who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in St. Joseph County to enter our 2020 Imagination Library Photo Contest. There will be 10 contest winners, each of […] Read More

Community Foundation Commits $200K to United Way’s COVID-19 Fund

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has committed $200,000 to the United Way of St. Joseph County’s recently announced COVID-19 Response Fund. During this crisis, nonprofit organizations in our community can apply to the fund for grants to respond […] Read More

Indiana Arts Commission Grant Apps Due March 5, 2020

The deadline for local arts organizations to apply for Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) grants awarded through the Regional Initiative Grant (RIG) program is Thursday,  March 5, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. EST. The IAC’s Regional Initiative Grant program provides funding in order to […] Read More

Community Foundation Presents Free Grant Proposal Workshop

In its role as a regional partner of the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will present a grant proposal workshop in late January. This free workshop is designed for nonprofit arts organizations and other […] Read More

Community Foundation Names 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County celebrates four students awarded the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with four-year, full-tuition scholarships and a book stipend for the Indiana college or university of their choice. […] Read More

African American Community Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The African American Community Fund—a family of 23 endowed funds held within the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County— marks its 20th anniversary this year with an exhibit that chronicles the history of the fund and celebrates its accomplishments. The […] Read More

2019 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence Goes to SB Symphony

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named the South Bend Symphony Orchestra winner of its 2019 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence. The award recognizes the Symphony for its strong leadership, artistic quality, and commitment to broadening its impact […] Read More

CFSJC Hosts Regional IAC Grant Review Panel on Wednesday, April 29

Through its Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host two grant review panels open to the public on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The panels will be held at 9:30 […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards $1,550,000 in Major Senior Living Grants

As part of its Senior Living Initiative, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded a total of $1,550,000 to three different local nonprofit organizations that support local seniors and their caregivers. The recipients are: REAL Services ($750,000, payable […] Read More

Community Foundation Receives $3 Million Challenge Grant to Support Library Project

In support of its $10 million commitment to the expansion and renovation of the St. Joseph County Public Library’s downtown Main Library, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has received a major challenge grant from the Judd Leighton Foundation. […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards IAC Regional Arts Grants

Twenty-nine area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. These grants, which total over $214,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces 2019 Currier Scholar

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has selected Nicholas Casetti (Penn High School, 2018) as the 2019 recipient of the Donald C. and Marion E. Currier Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with up to full tuition, required […] Read More

2019 Community Foundation Performing Arts Series

SHORT SURVEY: Click here to let us know what you think about the series—and what you’d like to see in 2020! For the tenth consecutive year, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will present the award-winning Community Foundation Performing […] Read More

Winner of Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship Announced

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named Deana Griffin, Washington High School, as the recipient of this year’s Charles Martin “Touch a Life” scholarship. This fall, Ms. Griffin will attend Ball State University to study social work. The […] Read More

Community Foundation Names Laidig Community Service Scholars

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has named four St. Joseph County students as 2019 Jon and Sonja Laidig Community Service Scholars. This year’s scholars are Megan Jakubowicz, Riley High School, who will attend Purdue University; Veronica Navarro, Clay […] Read More

Community Foundation Awards $189,500 in Special Project Grants

As part of its 2019 spring grants cycle, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has awarded $189,500 to local nonprofit organizations through Special Project Challenge Grants. The Special Project Challenge Grant process encourages projects in community development and urban […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces Photo Contest Winners

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is delighted to announce the winners of its first Imagination Library Photo Contest. The contest, which was open to any families currently participating in the Imagination Library program in St. Joseph County, asked […] Read More

Community Foundation Announces Major New Senior Living RFP

For more than 15 years, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s Senior Living Initiative has supported high-quality programs and services that older adults need to be healthy, safe, independent, and engaged. In recognition of a major demographic shift occurring […] Read More

Imagination Library Photo Contest

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County invites families of children who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in St. Joseph County to enter our 2019 Imagination Library Photo Contest. One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift […] Read More
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