Community foundation welcomes 2019 officers

Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) is pleased to announce that its board of directors recently elected officers and welcomed a new director. CFPC is governed by a volunteer board of directors, each of whom is elected for a three-year term with a maximum of three full consecutive terms of service.


Megan Perkins, Credentials Coordinator at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, will lead the board as president in 2019. “I look forward to serving as board chair, especially as the Community Foundation enters a new GIFT Phase,” said Perkins. “Giving back to one’s community is something we all can do. I believe the Community Foundation of Pulaski County is a key organization whose work and future potential has never been greater.”


Perkins is joined by other officers including Vice President Vicki Overmyer, Treasurer Gregg Malott, and Secretary Darlene Mellon.

New board member Karen Jones brings her own experiences to benefit the organization. Jones is the administrative assistant at First United Methodist Church in Winamac and is an advisor for Northern Indiana Power from the Past. As parent of a Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, Karen has personally experienced the benefits made possible through the Community Foundation and said, “I look forward to the opportunity to give back to our community.”


Continuing directors include: Kaye Beall, Bob Conn, Missy Culp, Katie DeGroot, Tim Gearhart, Julie Hanus, Robert Klitzman, Shane Pilarski, Robert Simpson, Don Street, and Dan Zylstra.


“Individuals from around the county serve as CFPC directors, bringing a depth of knowledge, expertise, and perspectives that is crucial to the board’s success,” said Wendy Rose, executive director of the community foundation. We are pleased to welcome Karen to the board as we embark on GIFT VII and efforts to improve quality of life in Pulaski County.”


Winamac Conservation Club Leaves A Legacy


After 85 years, the Winamac Conservation Club came to a close last year, but left a legacy through a new scholarship. 


Created in 1933, the purpose of the organization was to support conservation efforts in Pulaski County. By 1961, the Club had grown to over 60 members. Charlie McKinley, long-time member and treasurer for the Club, can tell stories about the various projects accomplished by the Club over the years. In 1940, a fish hatchery pond was built at the Winamac Town Park which was used for replenishing the Tippecanoe River fish supply, and during the winter months was used for ice skating.


The Winamac Conservation Club Scholarship will be awarded in the coming years to high school students who will study Natural Resources and Conservation. Read the full story HERE.

year-round grant opportunities

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) announced that it will offer year-round grant opportunities starting in 2018. There are no longer  grant deadlines, so applicants may submit applications online at any time throughout the year. This grant process allows proposals to be accepted on a continuous basis, without deadline, giving grant seekers the opportunity to apply when they wish as opposed to waiting for an annual grant cycle.


The mission of the Community Foundation of Pulaski County is to encourage the growth of permanent funds to serve and enrich our community today and tomorrow. By opening this window, the foundation will broaden its commitment to improve the quality of life in Pulaski County by funding community programs and projects on a year-round basis.


The Community Foundation offers several types of grants through an application process, including youth grants, field of interest grants and community grants to provide support to organizations throughout Pulaski County.  Sustainability grants offer 501(c)(3) organizations the opportunity to create their own endowment funds in the Community Foundation with a matching grant up to $5,000.  Grant making areas of interest include community development, education, and environment.


All CFPC grants shall serve Pulaski County and its communities. Past grant recipients should be aware that some changes to requirements and procedures have been made. Grant seekers should carefully review all grant guidelines and are encouraged to contact the CFPC office before submitting a proposal. Specific requirements pertaining to each type of grant are included on the individual applications and can be found on the foundation’s website.