Foundation Goes ‘Extra Mile’ to serve Porter County Nonprofits

dThe Porter County Community Foundation may be one of the few community foundations providing dedicated space for nonprofits to meet and collaborate as part of its philanthropic mission of serving Porter County, said William Higbie, President and CEO. Now completing its first year, the new Center for Community Philanthropy has become a hub of nonprofit activity in which more than 300 meetings have been held. Named the Jacki Stutzman Center for Philanthropy, this center is dedicated to promoting philanthropy as an important part of community life.   Thanks to this philanthropically funded project, this new center that opened on June 1, 2016 is part of a 12,000 square foot facility that is also home to the Barbara A. Young Nonprofit Conference Center. Thanks to the vision of the community foundation, an aging building was transformed into a focal point of nonprofit activity. A former grocery store, county office building, and recently medical office facility today offers quality, free space for nonprofits.  Totally refurbished as part of a $6.5 million fundraising campaign to celebrate the foundation’s 20th anniversary, $3 million was invested in the building, which also houses admin offices. The idea to serve nonprofits came from discussions asking how the foundation can better meet the needs of the nonprofit community. The response called for access to quality meeting space.  “We have been delighted with the enthusiasm of the nonprofit community to our new center,” Higbie said.

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