The Community Foundation of Pulaski County, Inc. is a nonprofit charity that serves donors, awards grants, and provides leadership to enhance the quality of life in Pulaski County. Its mission is to encourage the growth of endowed funds to serve and enrich our community today and tomorrow.

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foundation news

  • third board bucks awarded

    The third Board Bucks was recently awarded to the Friends of the Panhandle Pathway at their monthly meeting. The Panhandle received a $1,000 grant to support their thriving & growing efforts.

  • Aspirations in action making headway

    Hundreds of Pulaski County community members have engaged in various aspects of the Community Foundation of Pulaski County’s Forward Thinking Leadership Initiative since it launched in 2020.  Some participated in nonprofit management or elected official trainings, some in a county-wide community development session or the Leadership Pulaski County class, and others spent more than two days in a Community Development Course led by Ball State.  Countless more individuals have read, heard, or experienced outcomes resulting from those activities.   Read more...

  • WHIN Awards grant to community foundation

    WHIN (Wabash Heartland Innovation Network) has awarded $50,000 to the Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC). Board President Vicki Overmyer said, “This grant is a truly generous gift that will provide terrific support for important work already underway.”   Read more... 


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  • CFPC welcomes new executive director

    The Community Foundation of Pulaski County Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Leeann (Zahrt) Wright, MNA, CFRE, will be the organization’s new executive director. Wright, who has nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience with a focus on strategic planning and fundraising, was born and raised in Winamac. “I’m excited to return to my hometown and Pulaski County and look forward to giving back to the community,” said Wright. Read more...

  • Second board bucks awarded

    A second Board Bucks grant for $1,000 was awarded to the Pulaski County 4-H Fair Board at the fair's program recognition. The CFPC Board recognizes their community efforts in promoting Forward Thinking Leadership.

  • May e-newsletter

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  • first board bucks award for 2022

    The Pulaski County Tribe has been making an impact across the county since its start in 2020. The Community Foundation of Pulaski County Board recently made a $1,000 surprise Board Bucks grant in support of their efforts! 

  • New scholarship in memory of john c keller

    A new scholarship has been created by Keller Advisory Group in Winamac. The John C. Keller Ag Scholarship will provide annual financial support to students graduating from any public high school in Cass, Fulton, or Pulaski counties and who will pursue a degree in Agriculture or an ag-related field including Welding, Automotive, and Heavy Machine Operations.

    John Keller was a strong advocate for agriculture and a good friend to many.  John valued his community and the importance of education.

  • winamac main street

    Twenty-four interested community members attended a Main Street informational meeting held March 7 at the Eastern Pulaski Elementary School Learning Lab. Hosted by the Community Foundation of Pulaski County, the event featured the Office of Community and Rural Affair’s (OCRA) Northwest Indiana Community Liaison Gerry White giving an overview of the Indiana Main Street program. Attendees were able to learn what successful Main Street organizations have in common.  Read more...

  • actions leading to economic impact in pulaski county

    The Community Foundation of Pulaski County has chosen to take several steps to engage, educate and empower the people of Pulaski County to achieve their aspirations for a thriving community.  Read more...

  • february 2022 E-newsletter

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  • Putting Aspirations into Action

    Action is Community Foundation's Focus for FTL Initiative.  “Words may inspire but only action creates change. Read more about this initiative's continuing progress and upcoming plans.

  • 2022 Pulaski county Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

    Tanner Hampton was named the 2022 Pulaski County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.  Tanner is from North Judson-San Pierre High School. Way to go Tanner!

  • CFPC Puts down roots

    The Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) is putting down roots with the purchase of property to establish its own office in downtown Winamac. The CFPC Board of Directors approved purchase of the existing house at 221 N. Monticello Street in July.  Read more...

  • Emil smolek leaves $1.5 million legacy

    Over ten years ago, Emil Smolek made a bequest in his will creating an endowment in the Community Foundation of Pulaski County. The testamentary gift totaled over $1.57 million to support his passions in life. The bequest is the largest gift ever received by the Community Foundation.   Read more...

  • GIFT VII Board engagement grant

    “The GIFT VII board engagement grant posed a challenge for each director to commit significant financial resources. They rose to meet that challenge so that our community could benefit from a generous unrestricted grant

    from Lilly Endowment.”  Read more... 

  • why community development? considerations for change

    David Terrell, Executive Director of the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University, met with local leaders in August, 2020 to share research and facts on community development.  Listen to the recording and view the presentation video and slides here:

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    Actual presentation starts at 2:13 on recording.    

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