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The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette Receives National Recognition

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette recently received re-accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. The Community Foundation has been accredited since 2006. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

 “Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Randy Royster, Chair of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 500 community foundations already accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.

“This is critically important to our donors,” said Marianne Rose, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette’s president. “When people make a charitable bequest or establish a fund, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely, honor their charitable wishes and, in some cases, provide lifetime income to a loved one. The National Standards accreditation says our house is in order.”

 The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette works to meet critical community needs and support local causes, including education, children and youth, health, diversity, and physical environment

The Foundation offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the accreditation validates The Community Foundation’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community.

“Grantmaking is a lot like investing,” said Rose, The Community Foundation’s President. “We need to assess risks, weigh potential gains, diversify assets, monitor performance and operate fairly. With our National Standards accreditation, you can be assured that we’re doing just that.”

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The Douglas W. Eberle Not-For-Profit Board Governance Series was established in 2008 to strengthen and sustain Not-For-Profit Boards in Tippecanoe and the surrounding counties. NCHS is partnering with The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and United Way of Greater Lafayette to present the education series. The purpose of this program is to build knowledge about responsible oversight and governance, and effective responses to policy and management issues faced by today’s Not-For-Profit volunteer leaders. The continuing education series is designed for, and limited to, Board volunteers and Executive Director teams.

Sessions are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Lafayette Country Club. A continuing education series designed to improve the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening boards of directors has been developed by The Community Foundation and is being jointly sponsored by NCHS, United Way of Greater Lafayette, and The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. This series is especially designed for the volunteer leaders on the Boards of Not-For-Profit Corporations.

Four Area Nonprofit Professionals Awarded Scholarships to Pursue Executive Leadesrhip Certification

North Central Health Services (NCHS) and the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette have selected the first class of NCHS Nonprofit Executive Development Initiative scholarship recipients. The initiative will fund their enrollment in the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certification Program.

Despite the fact nonprofit professionals are the primary asset driving performance in the social services sector, studies show that in the past decade, just 1% of philanthropic grants awarded in the United States were designated to develop nonprofit talent.  Yet in a growing and increasingly complex social services sector, nonprofit organizations need highly skilled executives not only to direct and sustain operations, but also to provide strategic leadership to advance social change.

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What is 100+ Women Who Care?
100+ Women Who Care was founded on the idea that women who are informed about the needs in their community can collectively make a real difference by practicing philanthropy together. Members join the organization annually and sign a commitment to donate $500 per year. The first $100 commitment supports an endowment fund for the 100+ Women Who Care organization to use to address future needs of the community. In addition, every member pledges to donate $100 at each of the four meetings (whether they attend or not) to be given to a selected Tippecanoe County non-profit organization. To join, click here for a registration form. If you have additional questions, contact us here.

How does it work?
100+ Women Who Care meets four times a year for a one-hour meeting. At each meeting, a member can put her name along with the name of a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization she would like to have considered in a drawing. At the meeting, three members’ submissions will be chosen, and each will be given five minutes to provide an explanation of the organization and its services. Two minutes will also be provided for questions if needed. At the end of the presentations, the attendees vote, ballots are counted, and a winner is announced. The women then write their checks to the selected charity. Membership has grown to over 100 members. The organization selected receives over $10,000! The larger the group grows, the greater impact we make!

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What is Men Who Give?

Men Who Give is an organization who meets quarterly to fund a local non-profit in need. Each member gives $520 throughout the course of the year. $20 goes towards refreshments for the meetings. The first $100 commitment supports an endowment fund for the Men Who Give organization to use to address future needs of the community. In addition, every member commits to donate $100 at each of the four meetings (whether they attend or not) to be given to a selected Tippecanoe County non-profit organization. To join, click here for a registration form. If you have additional questions, contact us here.

How does it work?

During each meeting, a member has the option of nominating an organization for consideration. At the meeting, three members’ submissions will be randomly chosen, and each will be given five minutes to provide an explanation of the organization and its services. Two minutes will also be provided for questions if needed. At the end of the presentations, the attendees vote, ballots are counted, and a winner is announced. The men then write their checks to the selected charity. Membership has grown to over 70 members. Every member donates $100 per meeting, so you can imagine how quickly the donation amount grows!

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2017 Recipients

100+ Women Who Care meets at 5pm at the Lafayette Country Club. To register, click here.

2017 Meeting Dates

Febuary 16th
May 18th
September 21st
December 5th

Men Who Give meets at 5pm at the Lafayette Country Club. To register, click here.


2017 Meeting Dates

February 21st
May 16th
September 19th
December 12th

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Melissa Roberts, Energy Systems Network
             Phone: 317.501.4136 Email: Melissa@energysystemsnetwork.com

             Raquel Bahamonde, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
             Phone: 317.308.0064 Email: rbahamonde@cicpindiana.com

Regional leaders to develop economic development strategy for Greater Lafayette region
                         Effort funded through planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Jan. 29, 2015) Leaders from industry, academia, and community organizations
have joined to develop a strategic plan that leverages the unique assets of the Greater Lafayette
region to drive economic growth and enhance residents' quality of life.

A $495,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the CICP Foundation will enable the Greater
Lafayette region to identify opportunities, assets and resources that can be better utilized and
coordinated to provide economic opportunities for its residents and communities. The region is rich
in higher education, including Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College, along with several
major assets in the advanced manufacturing, agriculture, life sciences and renewable energy
industries. Each sector will be reviewed in depth to determine how best to leverage these and other
assets in the region.

The Community Foundation was featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Lafayette Magazine, on sale now. Click here to view the article. To learn more about the Lafayette Magazine click here.

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