60th Anniversary Celebration: Foellinger Foundation Funds Leadership Initiatives
Foellinger Foundation announced an investment of $1,350,000 in leadership initiatives at their 60th Anniversary Character of Leadership celebration on October 23.
The Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund received an award of $250,000 for four-year project support. The Fund provides current Allen County nonprofit board members financial assistance to attend unique educational opportunities about best practices in nonprofit board leadership. (The Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund is a donor-advised fund managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.)
The Leadership Lab, which includes the Executive Leader Lab and Rising Leader Lab, is the Foundation’s commitment to provide ongoing educational opportunities for executives and rising leaders of Allen County’s nonprofit organizations. Based on evaluations, Foellinger Foundation approved $900,000 in continuing support of the Leadership Lab for an additional four years.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors also approved three-year support in the amount of $90,000 to the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) to develop and implement new leadership projects. YLNI’s mission is to grow and support future leaders for communities in northeast Indiana.
Finally, The Alliance for Human Services (AHS) received a grant for $112,500 for three-year support of its leadership projects. AHS is an association of human service organizations whose purpose is to engage northeast Indiana nonprofit organizations in uniting their voices through idea-sharing, collaboration and peer-to-peer networking. (Brightpoint serves as the fiscal sponsor for AHS.)
“As we look to the future, we will continue Helene and Esther Foellinger’s commitments - to Allen County residents, to supporting nonprofit board and staff members, to instilling the principles of leadership in those called to lead, and to lifting up the organizations that help our community thrive,” said Cheryl Taylor, the Foundation’s President.
Foellinger Foundation Renews Half-Million Dollar Support Initiative
Foellinger Foundation announces support for limited asset improvement (LAI) project funds. This special grant opportunity is for the improvement or replacement of current assets or for the purchase of new assets. Foellinger Foundation has dedicated $500,000 for this grant opportunity.
To be eligible to apply for a limited asset improvement and replacement grant, an Allen-County based nonprofit organization must provide direct charitable services and have been a 501(c)(3) for a minimum of five consecutive years. Nonprofit organizations that meet these eligibility requirements may apply for up to $25,000.
Any organization that received an LAI grant in 2018 is not eligible to apply again. Other eligibility requirements are listed in the Q&A pages on the Foundation’s website.
Foellinger Foundation was founded on driving principles of integrity, accountability, responsibility and results. Our grantmaking strategy is built around selecting and strengthening effective organizations led by adaptive leaders. The Foundation’s work is rooted in the belief that being an effective foundation requires us to award grants in a manner that makes a tangible difference to the grant recipient, while remaining faithful to the intent of our donors. More specifically, the Foundation is interested in supporting those organizations that are mission-driven, well-governed and results-oriented.
The key to this special grant opportunity is effectiveness. Organizations applying for these funds must demonstrate how the items or projects for which funds are sought will make the organization more effective.
Applications may be found at www.foellinger.org/lai2019.
Foellinger Foundation announces Breakthrough Fund Refine Phase Recipients
Foellinger Foundation has awarded four organizations project support totaling $120,165 for the Breakthrough Fund Refine Phase.
As a part of its 60th anniversary in 2018, Foellinger Foundation announced a new grant opportunity–The Breakthrough Fund.
The Breakthrough Fund is a half-million dollar initiative that supports people-focused ideas that create a significant impact on the residents of Allen County. Nonprofit organizations and their partners collaboratively proposed concepts that identify opportunity and creatively address a social challenge our community faces. These organizations receive support for Refine Phase development; one or more of these may be approved for additional support through the Realize Phase.
The Refine Phase provides resources for organizations to further develop their ideas. These funds can be used for research, training, retreats, external consulting and more.
An additional $400,000 is earmarked for the Realize Phase. Once the Refine Phase of the project is complete, each participant’s report serves as its application for the Realize Phase. The following organizations are grant recipients for the Breakthrough Fund Refine Phase:
ACRES Land Trust $39,050
ACRES Land Trust will create a nonprofit real estate development to benefit nonprofits requiring access to large natural areas. By eliminating barriers of capital and expertise, nonprofits can own facilities adjacent to 300+ acres. The land will include multi-use trails, outdoor classrooms, and other compatible amenities, fostering partnerships through shared resources.
For more information about this project, contact Jason Kissel at email@example.com.
League for the Blind and Disabled $18,000
This project will improve on methods for helping students with disabilities transition to adult life. Current efforts focus only on employment, and major goals, skills and resources critical to people with disabilities are not considered. League for the Blind and Disabled’s innovative approach brings together public and private funding sources to develop a cohesive, holistic solution.
For more information about this project, contact David Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lutheran Social Services $21,115
Partnering with Catholic Charities, SCAN and Brightpoint, Lutheran Social Services will create a model that reinforces stability and empowers families toward greater self-sufficiency. By integrating multi-agency programs, financial resources and staff to build service bridges and overcome organizational boundaries, families’ needs remain the primary focus.
For more information about this project, contact Angie Moellering at email@example.com.
Northeast Indiana Innovation Center $42,000
The Connected Communities program enables underdeveloped, marginalized talent to participate in economic prosperity and social well-being through grassroots entrepreneurship. It will provide training, mentorship and tools, while clients orchestrate resources to achieve goals on their terms at places with people they trust.
For more information about this project, contact Karl LaPan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foellinger Foundation awards nearly one million dollars to improvement projects
As a part of its 60th anniversary celebration, Foellinger Foundation has approved a total of $999,068 in grants for improvement or replacement of current assets or for the purchase of new assets. All grantees are Allen County 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that provide direct charitable services to the community.
The Foundation’s grantmaking strategy is built around selecting and strengthening effective organizations. Specifically, the Foundation supports organizations that are mission-driven, well-governed and results-oriented.
The key to this special grant opportunity was focusing on effectiveness. Organizations that received asset improvement grants successfully demonstrated how the project for which funds were sought made the organization more effective.
“Foellinger Foundation emphasizes effectiveness so nonprofit organizations can better serve our community,” said Cheryl Taylor, Foundation President. “This special grant opportunity better positions nonprofits by addressing needs that are often lower priority than programmatic needs, but are none the less crucial to the organization’s effectiveness.”
The Foundation awarded $999,068 to 31 organizations in various asset improvement categories. For a list of grant recipients, click on the news release under News & Noteworthy below.
Alliance for Human Services releases economic impact study*
Nonprofit human service organizations contribute more than $722 million to the local economy each year, according to research released May 3, 2018 by the Alliance for Human Services, an association of more than 50 nonprofit organizations.
The study also shows that Allen County's human service organizations contribute a total of $372 million in wages each year and hold more than $552 million in assets.
The study examined the direct, indirect, and induced economic impact of 373 human service organizations serving Allen County. Nonprofit hospitals and churches were not included in the study.
"It's clear that our organizations are both impacting lives and the local economy," said Steven Hoffman, executive director of Brightpoint and a board member of the Alliance for Human Services. "This study shows that Allen County's human service nonprofit sector is a vibrant, thriving force in our community that contributes substantially to the economy of Allen County. Human service organizations help thousands of people every year improve their lives, and the economic impact of that work benefits everyone who lives in northeast Indiana."
*The research for this study was funded in part by a grant from the Foellinger Foundation.