Nonprofit Newsletter
January 2020
KC Learning Center

KC Learning Center is a new 501(c)(3) in Angola that will serve individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, as well as their families and caretakers. KC Learning Center is in the process of applying for its Medicaid waiver and will begin construction on a facility this year, with the goal of opening in the fall. For Holly Witherby, who is the Executive Director of the new nonprofit, finding support and care for kids with autism is a challenge she understands well. Holly has traveled to Fort Wayne and other cities to make sure her son, Chase, has access to therapy and care. She hopes that KC Learning Center can provide those essential services to people in Steuben, LaGrange, Noble, and DeKalb counties. Currently, there are limited existing services for children with autism and their families, and waiting lists are plentiful. You can learn more about the programs they plan to offer on their website here.

SCCF is always happy to meet with new nonprofits to discuss applying for grant funds, endowment building, and to suggest other potential community partners that can further your collaboration. Contact us if you have questions by calling 260-665-6656 or email
Join us February 12, 2020 at Club Z in Trine University's MTI Center for a workshop on SCCF's new grant guidelines.

In the past 2 years, SCCF has worked to ask local nonprofit leaders for their feedback about fundraising needs and organizational capacity. These discussions led to a year-long process of researching regional and national community foundation grant guideline examples, and identifying changes that would best support Steuben County nonprofits. To help prepare grantees for these new guidelines, which will take effect July 1, 2020, SCCF has organized a series of workshops.

During the February workshop, SCCF will explain the changes in grant guidelines, and a series of panelists will provide insight on three key components of high quality grant requests. Connie McCahill from Cameron Memorial Community Hospital will discuss collaboration, Gretchen Miller from Trine University will discuss innovation, and Jennifer Danic from SCCF will provide tips on sustainability.

This event is open to nonprofit organizations serving Steuben County and other grantees. Please RSVP by February 4th to ensure we have enough lunches.
In addition to details about grantee eligibility, the updated grant guidelines outline a new multi-year funding opportunity that we're calling the Impact Grants. To prepare nonprofits for these grants, SCCF will host five nonprofit workshops, which are open to staff, board members, and volunteers from all nonprofits serving Steuben County. Organizations that plan to apply for an Impact Grant are required to send a representative to at least two of the five workshops. You can find more details and RSVP links on our website here.
Education: January 31, 2020
Women's Fund: February 28, 2020
Arts, Culture, Environment: April 30, 2020
Humanities Fund: Ongoing
Community Funds: Ongoing
FIST Grants: Applications available now through April 2020
Thank you to all the nonprofits who participated in SCCF's 2019 Nonprofit Wish List! The Community Foundation has already heard from donors who appreciated reading about the greatest needs of our local 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and we hope it continues to be a useful resource for you throughout the next year. We're gathering your feedback to make next year's list even better. If you haven't already, please take this survey:
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  • Search for grant funding from foundations outside of Steuben County. SCCF has purchased a 2 year subscription to Foundation Directory Online, which is a great resource for nonprofits to search a national database of grant opportunities. Stop by the SCCF office between 8:30am - 4:30pm to search for grant opportunities, or call the us with questions at 260-665-6656.
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