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Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence

Awards and Grants to St. Joseph County, Indiana Nonprofits to
Recognize Outstanding Achievements in the Charitable Sector

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

LOI Date:

07/01/19

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 Postmarked or Receipt

Description:

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Awards and grants to St. Joseph County, Indiana nonprofits to recognize outstanding achievements in charitable areas. Candidates must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Applicants should demonstrate exceptional management, leadership, and programming. Grants may be used to help cover any additional fundraising and communication expenses, for general operating purposes, or be applied to the organization's match.

The award is intended to:
- Recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievement of a local nonprofit
- Attract valuable resources to the award winner to help sustain its strength
- Motivate all charities in our community to pursue excellence through the inspiring examples of the winners and the hope of a major award

At its discretion, the committee may select 1-2 other organizations to receive special recognition highlighting particular achievements or qualities. Recipients of Special Recognition Awards shall receive a grant to be used in furtherance of the specified achievement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143444

Number of Grants:

1 Leighton Award; 1-2 Special Recognition Awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Leighton award is a $150,000 endowment challenge grant. Recipients must raise $150,000 in matching funds. The resulting $300,000 will be used to create or add to a fund in the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County for the award recipient’s benefit.

The Leighton Award winner will also receive a $25,000 cash award.

Recipients of Special Recognition Awards shall receive a grant of $10,000.

Term of Contract:

In award years, the winner will be publicly announced each September by the Community Foundation. Recipients will have two years to secure $150,000 in matching gifts and pledges.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must be nonprofit organizations organized and operated for charitable purposes for the benefit of St. Joseph County residents with annual operating budgets under $30 million.

The Community Foundation understands, however, that there are cases when large organizations provide needed services that are not funded through their typical revenue sources (fees, public funding, etc.). Large organizations may be granted an exception to apply on behalf of programs that meet a standard of excellence and are fully or significantly supported by the local community.

Recipients of the Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence may reapply after five years.

Pre-Application Information:

Candidates interested in applying should email their intent to the Foundation by July 1. The application deadline is August 1.

Applications will be reviewed by the Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence Committee and staff of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. The committee may choose to conduct site visits and meet with the organization’s staff and board leadership.

At its discretion, the committee may select 1-2 other organizations to receive special recognition highlighting particular achievements or qualities.

The Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence will be awarded in odd calendar years.

The award is a $150,000 endowment challenge grant. Recipients must raise $150,000 in matching funds. The winner will be publicly announced each September by the Community Foundation. Recipients will have two years to secure $150,000 in matching gifts and pledges. Pledges will be matched only as received and must be paid in full by December 31 of the third year following receipt of the award. If the award recipient fails to raise the full amount within the timeframe, the award will be reduced by the amount of the shortfall. Matching gifts and pledges can be made directly to the Community Foundation for the benefit of the Leighton Award recipient or made directly to the recipient and transferred to the Community Foundation.

Additional information: https://www.cfsjc.org/cfsjc-leadership-initiatives/leighton-award-for-nonprofit-excellence/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

LOIs and appplications should be submitted online:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfsjc

Angela Workman, Program Staff
Email: angela@cfsjc.org

If you think your organization has already registered in the system, contact Program Officer Kayla Myers at kayla@cfsjc.org to confirm your status in the system and receive any necessary instructions.

Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
205 W. Jefferson Blvd.
P.O. Box 837
South Bend, Indiana, 46624
Phone: (574) 232-0041
Fax: (574) 233-1906

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