In 1994, Pulaski County citizens gathered to create our community foundation. For two years these leaders worked closely with a similar group in adjoining Starke County. In late 1996 both counties decided to become affiliates of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF), which already consisted of Cass, Fulton and Miami counties.
Marking 1997 as the inception date, the Pulaski County Services Committee completed GIFT Phases sponsored by Lilly Endowment Inc. Like many community foundations throughout Indiana, ours was made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc.'s GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow) Initiatives.
In 2000 the Pulaski County committee unanimously voted to become self-standing, and a local office was established in Winamac in 2001 with a part-time staff. The Board of Directors was increased and the organization applied for 501c3 status.
On March 31, 2002, the Pulaski County Community Foundation officially became an independent organization. The Community Foundation ran its first independent granting cycle that year, awarding over $12,000 to local projects and organizations.
A full-time executive director was hired in 2003, and the Community Foundation continued to grow. By the end of 2007, the CF's 10th anniversary, the Foundation's total assets exceeded $6.6 million.
Its 15th anniversary was recognized through a video summary. Watch the video here.
Over one hundred years ago in 1914, the community foundation concept was born in the Midwest. Today, 700 community foundations across America are helping people invest in the future of the communities they care about.
Today, the Community Foundation is continuing to develop philanthropy in Pulaski County. Donations may now be made online, and grant and scholarship programs are processed online. CFPC maintains accreditation with state and national standards for community foundations, has its own Facebook page, and offers youth philanthropy opportunities each year.
The Board of Directors are recognizing the Community Foundation's 20th year in 2017, with a theme of "Looking Forward, Giving Back." In recognition, special Love Your Community placemaking grants are being offered in each community, and projects will be announced in late summer at the anniversary event.
We look forward to increased service and support of the charitable interests of our citizens and community in the months and years ahead!