December 2020
2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar
SCCF offers our congratulations to Gage King, who is the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient! King was surprised by a small family celebration on December 10 at the SCCF office to share the news. King of Hamilton, IN, son of Brian and Shannon King, plans to pursue a career in business and entrepreneurship at DePauw University, Butler University, or Purdue University. In addition to being a three-sport athlete—football, basketball, and baseball—Gage is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council at Angola High School. 

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is one of 50 scholarships available through the Steuben County Community Foundation. Application materials for other 2021 community foundation scholarships are available on the foundation’s website: deadline for scholarship applications is January 31, 2021 at 4:30pm. 

Click the link below to read the full press release and learn more about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.
Pictured from left to right: Norm King, Tina King, Lane King, Brian King, Gage King, Shannon King, Judy Snyder, Bill Snyder
Nonprofit Wish List
On December 1, SCCF celebrated #GivingTuesday with a community-wide nonprofit wish list. We asked local nonprofits to share their top needs—both monetary and collaborative. For businesses or families who are looking for ways to give back during the holiday season, the Steuben County Nonprofit Wish List offers a way to make a difference. The wish list includes contact information so donors can reach out to nonprofits if they would like to give.

Some nonprofits have already reached out to SCCF with stories of generosity. For example, Sarah Funkhouser, CEO of the YMCA of Steuben County, shared that they had several people and organizations reach out about replacing their gym floors. Jalaine Hinman, Executive Director of the Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County, said their donors purchased all the cat litter available at TSC in response to their request. In a year where nonprofits need our support more than effort, SCCF would like to thank the community for their outpouring of generosity.

Year-end Giving & Holiday Hours
Donors who are looking for a tax advantage for the year-end can make a gift of appreciated stock or mutual fund shares to a qualifying nonprofit like SCCF. This year, the CARES Act included some changes to charitable deduction rules. People who don’t itemize can take a charitable deduction for up to $300 in cash contributions in 2020 to some nonprofits. Donors who itemize may benefit from changes in limits on charitable contributions and the way donations can affect your AGI.
In order to ensure a gift is completed by December 31, 2020, and eligible for a 2020 tax receipt, gifts of stock transfers should be initiated by December 23rd. If you wish to make a donation by cash or check when the office is closed, you may use the locked drop-box on the north side of our building. Checks must be dated and postmarked by December 31. Or, you can make a gift online through our website.

The SCCF office will be closed from noon on December 23-December 25 and from noon on December 30-January 1.   

For more information about year-end giving, you can check out this e-booklet or give us a call at 260-665-6656. Thank you for considering a year-end gift to or through the Steuben County Community Foundation! 

*PS. Please stop by the SCCF office to pick up a free pocket 2021 calendar book.
Ralph E. Taylor Conservation Fund
The Ralph E. Taylor Conservation Fund was established by Cheryl Taylor as a surprise in honor of her husband, Ralph, and his retirement after 30 years with the DNR. When he passed away not long after his retirement, Cheryl used this donor-advised fund as a way to keep his memory and love of conservation thriving.
SCCF works closely with Cheryl to find projects that fit her interests, like a recent grant to Fling Springs Elementary in Huntington for a courtyard project. Awarded in 2019, this grant allowed a local teacher named John Stoffel to transform a school courtyard into a space where students get a hands-on education about nature. Students are growing plants in raised garden beds, learning about native plants, and caring for a monarch butterfly habitat. “Sometimes, it’s the most real nature kids see,” shared Principal, BreeAnne Dyer.
When Cheryl retired from her role as President & CEO of Foellinger Foundation this summer, their board celebrated her three decades of service with a gift of $100,000 to her donor-advised fund. Cheryl plans to use this funding to offer additional environmental education focused grants to schools in the four-county area for outdoor learning spaces. Seeing the variety of natural spaces and educational opportunities present in the Flint Springs courtyard, Cheryl stated, “Ralph would say kids need to be outside in nature, like this. He would have loved it.”

SCCF Updates
Our 2020 Annual Report is now available. Check out these stories of generous donors and dedicated community members who are making a difference in Steuben County. Click here to download a PDF of the annual report. You can also check out the annual report on our website here.
Last month, SCCF launched our new and improved website. We hope the new site offers more information and provides clearer answers to some of the questions we frequently receive about giving and granting in Steuben County. Check it out at
Thank you to our donors!
The Community Foundation would like to thank the individuals, families, and organizations who generously made donations in NovemberYour support is appreciated!
Donations can be made:
 Online through the Donate Now button
Mailed to 1701 N Wayne St, Angola, IN 46703
Or brought into the office Monday through Friday 8:30 - 4:30
Randy White, Chair
Adam Miller, Vice-Chair
Kayla Warren, Treasurer
Chris Snyder, Secretary
Kathy Armstrong
Brevin Bennett
Doug Bomba
Craig Burkholder
Pam Harger
Rob Moreland
Brenda Shipe
Dr. Bill Stitt
President & CEO

Office Manager 

Program Officer

Communications Director
Steuben County Nonprofits
SCCF publishes a monthly Nonprofit Newsletter with information about grants, fundraising, and upcoming trainings. Also, check out our nonprofit directory for a listing of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations serving Steuben County.
2020 Donor Established Funds Book
Check out the list of donor established funds administered by SCCF. Updated May 2020.

Notary Public
 The Steuben County Community Foundation has a Notary Public on staff.
Contact Sandy Ferrell for details
Philanthropy Quote of the Month:
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”
-Amelia Earhart

The Steuben County Community Foundation is confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for US Community Foundations.