February 2020
FIST Teaches Fifth Graders about Philanthropy
SCCF's youth philanthropy group, FIST, has worked this year to teach younger students throughout the county about philanthropy—with grant dollars attached to the learning process. From September through January, FIST taught fifth grade students at the six schools in Fremont, Angola, and Hamilton about local nonprofits and talked about ways they could help their community. This was part of a program they call FLIP, which stands for Future Leaders in Philanthropy. FIST provided a $250 grant that the students could direct to a nonprofit of their choice. Students also brainstormed ways they could make a difference without grant money, such as shoveling sidewalks in winter. In return for their hard work, each school’s fifth grade class received a $250 grant to use for field trips, projects, etc. In total, FIST shared the fundamentals of philanthropy with almost 240 fifth grade students in Steuben County.
SCCF Welcomes New Board Members
SCCF is delighted to welcome two new board members.

Rob Moreland, a local lawyer, said he looks for ward to providing some legal background for SCCF and potentially assisting with the nonprofit capacity building series. In addition to serving on the SCCF board, he is also a trustee for the Steuben Lakes Regional Waste District. Previously, he was the president of the bar associations in DeKalb County and Allen County, and he helped start the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council organization, a group working to help with relationships between military units and business leaders in Fort Wayne.

Dr. Bill Stitt is currently the superintendent an d CFO of Fremont Community Schools. In addition to the SCCF board, Dr. Stitt is the vice president for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation board. His favorite parts about Steuben County are the lakes, the small town family environment, and the caring community.
Rob Moreland
Rob Moreland
Dr. Bill Stitt
New Grant Guidelines
Last month, SCCF announced new grant guidelines that will be implemented July 1, 2020. The new guidelines apply to our general grants cycle, community funds, and field of interest funds like the Humanities Council and the Women’s Fund. We know change can be difficult, so SCCF is working hard to make sure grantees understand the new guidelines and to help them successfullly apply for grant funds from foundations. We are offering a spring training series for our nonprofits that cover a wide variety of topics. Our next workshop will be a Grants Q&A and Nonprofit Networking event held on March 17 from 3-4pm at the SCCF office.

Nonprofit representatives can register on our website at steubenfoundation.org/nonprofit-events.
IRA Charitable Rollover
In 2015, Congress made an IRA Charitable Rollover a permanent option to assist with your charitable giving. Eligible donors can order a distribution from an IRA directly to the Steuben County Community Foundation. The money is excluded from the donor’s income for federal tax purposes, and the amount counts toward the donor’s required minimum distribution for the year. It is a simple and smart way to give.

Founding board member and longtime donor, Chuck Sheets, and his wife Tusie, utilize this giving option each year. Chuck says: “I truly like the benefit of being able to support many causes through SCCF. You can create new or support existing endowment funds, or support charitable organizations directly through SCCF. We like to do both. We make sure one check is sent directly to SCCF and it’s a very easy process with our financial advisor. We encourage anyone with a required minimum distribution to consider using SCCF in the process.”

Click to learn more or contact Jennifer if you have questions at jdanic@steubenfoundation.org or call 260-665-6656.
2019 Annual Report
Interested in reading more about SCCF's Fiscal Year 2019 activities? Check out our 2019 Annual Report, with grant stories, financials, and all the pieces that make up Steuben County's puzzle.
Thank you to our donors!
The Community Foundation would like to thank the individuals, families, and organizations who generously made donations in January 2020. Your support is appreciated!
Donations can be made:
 Online through the Donate Now button
Mailed to 1701 N Wayne St, Angola, IN 46703
Or brought into the office Monday through Friday 8:30 - 4:30
Randy White, Chair
Julie Troyer, Vice-Chair
Adam Miller, Secretary
Doug Bomba, Treasurer
Kathy Armstrong
Craig Burkholder
Dave Goodwin
Pam Harger
Jim Ingledue
Rob Moreland
Brenda Shipe
Chris Snyder
Dr. Bill Stitt
Kayla Warren
President & CEO

Office Manager 

Program Officer

Communications Director
Steuben County Nonprofits
SCCF publishes a monthly Nonprofit Newsletter with information about grants, fundraising, and upcoming trainings. Also, check out our nonprofit directory for a listing of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations serving Steuben County.
2019 Endowment Book
Click Here   to see a copy of the Endowment Funds administered by SCCF. Updated May 2019.

Notary Public
 The Steuben County Community Foundation has a Notary Public on staff.
Contact   Sandy Ferrell  for details
Philanthropy Quote of the Month:
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”
 -Booker T. Washington

The Steuben County Community Foundation is confirmed in compliance with the  National Standards for US Community Foundations.