Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Since 1997 the Community Foundation of Pulaski County has worked to engage leaders and residents throughout the community for the purpose of inspiring generosity and enriching the lives of all those who live in, and visit, Pulaski County, Indiana.

Our passion puts the future of Pulaski County at the core of everything we do, and we are powered by people who are passionate about making Pulaski County a great place to live, work, and play: You. We listen to our community intently, and with each decision we make, we ask ourselves and often our residents, “What is best for the people and the future of Pulaski County?”

Our leadership starts with forward-thinking listeners who aim to be nimble in response to community needs, and we take the initiative to test new ideas that can transform lives. We work to meet the needs of our community by awarding grants and scholarships, and by providing resources, planning, and coordination in pursuit of solutions that drive the common good.

With a spirit of collaboration, we support our community partners and work with residents and community leaders to foster and encourage a culture of philanthropy and care. We engage and collaborate with key community partners to address the needs of our entire community, solve problems, and coordinate charitable activities.

We serve with integrity. Trust is the foundation of any organization, and we strive to always do the right thing. In 2006, we achieved National Standards accreditation and have worked hard to maintain accreditation ever since! We conduct all of our business on behalf of the Pulaski County community with respect, honesty, and transparency.

Our success is measured with accountability. We strive to achieve the highest standards of philanthropy, stewardship, and fiscal responsibility to ensure our assets are used for the good of the community. We are thoughtful about our work and its community impact, and we are responsible for each unique touchpoint that contributes to our vision for the betterment of Pulaski County.

We charge minimal annual service fees, offer flexibility to maximize your generous intentions, strive to be a convenient option to steward your gift, and offer resources and asset management so that your personal impact meets your desires immediately or for generations to come.

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County is here to build resources, engage people, and inspire generosity to enrich lives in Pulaski County and help shape a thriving and healthy community where every resident can learn, create, contribute, prosper, and reach their full potential.

We are you. You are us. Together, we will grow into the future.

Community Foundation History

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. Also in 2001, CFPC won a $5,000,000 educational CAPE grant for Pulaski County, forming the PACE organization that continues as a grant making entity today.

On March 31, 2002, the Pulaski County Community Foundation officially became an independent organization. Its first independent granting cycle was offered 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. The office was moved to 127 E Pearl Street in Winamac in 2006, and by its 10th anniversary, total assets of the Foundation exceeded $6.5 million.

The next decade for the Community Foundation included advancements in organizational practices and technology, community awareness, and assets. Youth programs at elementary and high school levels were offered to spread the concept of philanthropy. Nonprofit support through grants, workshops, and endowment building programs were presented. The Legacy Society was created to recognize individuals who create planned gifts for the future of their community.

Donations may now be made online, and grant and scholarship programs are also processed online. CFPC maintains accreditation with state and national standards for community foundations and has its own Facebook page. Total number of funds rose to over 100, and total assets to nearly $10 million. Total grants and scholarships distributed surpassed $4.4 million.

The Community Foundation Board adopted a new name in 2015 (putting “community” first), logo, vision, and commitment statement. In March of 2016, the Community Foundation succeeded in raising over half a million dollars in response to Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VI challenge. Combined with the Endowment’s match, over $1.2 million was raised and added to CFPC funds.

In celebration of the Community Foundation’s 20th year in 2017 and recognition of the tremendous community support over those years, Love Your Community placemaking grants were awarded to each community that summer, totaling $50,000.

Beginning in 2019, Lilly Endowment’s GIFT Phase VII opportunity began, and generous donors enabled the foundation to receive a $500,000 challenge grant; a planning grant was received and followed by an implementation grant in 2020 for an initiative focusing on Forward Thinking Leadership spanning three years.

The Community Foundation continues its mission to serve and enrich Pulaski County with continued focus on long term goals, commitment to donors, and stewardship of endowed funds.

Marking its 25th year in 2022, the Community Foundation looks forward to a new impactful role in Pulaski County with a community leadership focus. It will continue to serve and support the charitable interests of our citizens as it works to strengthen and enhance our community for the years ahead!

Community Foundations National Standards

National Standards

Community Foundation of Pulaski County meets National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.

The National Standards seal indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that the Community Foundation has met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability.

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program was established in 2000. The Community Foundation was first confirmed in 2007, and re-confirmed in 2012, 2017, 2019, and recently in 2022.

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Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

CFPC is a proud member of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, and a Leadership Circle member.

IPA is a community of foundations, companies, and other social investors working together to lead change, increase impact, and improve outcomes for Hoosiers.

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