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Legacy will help strengthen area nonprofits
February 22, 2015
Not-for-profit agencies and the services they provide contribute to the fabric of Lake County communities. Healthy agencies encourage healthy communities. It is crucial that Lake County agencies which provide human and health care programs,educational opportunities and creative and cultural experiences are well managed and financially sound.
Legacy will help strengthen area nonprofits
February 22, 2015
Not-for-profit agencies and the services they provide contribute to the fabric of Lake County communities. Healthy agencies encourage healthy communities. It is crucial that Lake County agencies which provide human and health care programs,educational opportunities and creative and cultural experiences are well managed and financially sound.
Legacy will help strengthen area nonprofits
March 9, 2015
Not-for-profit agencies and the services they provide contribute to the fabric of Lake County communities. Healthy agencies encourage healthy communities. It is crucial that Lake County agencies which provide human and health care programs,educational opportunities and creative and cultural experiences are well managed and financially sound.
Legacy will help strengthen area nonprofits
February 22, 2015
More than 50 residents, local leaders and community-based organizations attended the first training for Legacy Foundation’s Neighborhood Spotlight program recently at IBEW Local Union 697. Neighborhoods in Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary, Griffith, Hammond and Merrillville were represented.
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Legacy Foundation Kicks Off its Neighborhood Spotlight Program in 2015
January 30, 2015
On Friday, January 30, Legacy Foundation launched its Neighborhood Spotlight program at IBEW Local Union #697 in Merrillville, Ind. Neighborhood Spotlight focuses resources on a particular area in Lake County to help rejuvenate challenged communities.
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Let’s work together to transform Lake County
January 25, 2015
It’s a new year. Time for resolutions. Some of us resolve to engage in activities to further our health. Others of us resolve to take classes to expand our minds. Regardless of the resolution, we all want to do or be something better than what we have been.
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Legacy Foundation's Carolyn Saxton is featured on Lakeshore Public Media's Lakeshore Tonight
December 12, 2014

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Donors' scholarships build youths' future
November 09, 2014
For some, college has always been in the plans and money has been set aside to pay for tuition. For others, college is a dream to which they hope to aspire, but they worry about the cost and how that dream can actually happen. Legacy Foundation offers Lake County graduating seniors an opportunity to meet their aspirations regardless of their financial circumstances.
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Legacy Foundation Selects Hobart and Gary for Neighborhood Spotlight Program:
Lake County’s Community Foundation Announces Two Communities to Receive Multi-Year Funding and Support

October 30, 2014
Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation, announces Hobart-West Side and Gary-Miller as the two communities selected for the Neighborhood Spotlight grant program at a press conference on Friday, October 31 at Ivy Tech Community College.
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Legacy Foundation Receives Federal and State Awards:
Lake County’s Community Foundation recognized for Neighborhood Spotlight Program

October 23, 2014
Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation, received the Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnership at the 2014 Council on Foundations Conference and Key Award for Services Program of the Year at the 2014 Statewide Conference for Housing and Community Economic Development.
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We all can be philanthropists
October 5, 2014
Legacy Foundation CEO, Carolyn Saxton explains how we can be philanthropists with even the simplest of actions.
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Legacy Foundation is here to help Lake County communities prosper
September 7, 2014
Legacy Foundation is the community foundation serving the entire area of Lake County. From north to south and east to west, Legacy provides grants to nonprofits and funding for special projects designed to strengthen the fabric of Lake County communities.
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Legacy Foundation Announces 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients
May 9, 2014
Legacy Foundation names six Lake County students as the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.
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Legacy Foundation Announces New President to lead the $50 million Lake County Foundation
May 2, 2014
Legacy Foundation announced today that Carolyn Saxton will be the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner. Saxton will assume her new duties on June 4, 2014, succeeding Leigh Morris who has been Interim President since October 2013. She comes to Legacy Foundation from Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City where she served as executive director for over eight years.
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NWIgives raises nearly $250,000 in 24-hour period
February 14, 2014

Northwest Indiana residents, corporations and foundations came together for an unprecedented one-day philanthropic effort on February 12, contributing a preliminary total of $248,678 to nearly 100 nonprofit organizations in Lake, Porter and La Porte counties.
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Foundation outlines goals, process for grant program
January 31, 2014
Community leaders on Friday learned about the process to apply for grant money under a new initiative through the Legacy Foundation. Called Neighborhood Spotlight, the goal is to effect change via specific projects in Lake County.
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EDITORIAL: Collaboration is key to revitalization effort
January 17, 2014
The selection of Gary for the Obama administration's Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative is a sign of the new era of collaboration nationally and locally. Read how Legacy Foundation is getting involved.
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Legacy Foundation brings together Community Partners to Announce Neighborhood Spotlight Program
December 20, 2013
Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, launches Neighborhood Spotlight program at a press conference held December 20, 2013.
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IACED receives $70,000 from the Legacy Foundation to design ‘Neighborhood Spotlight’ program in Lake County
December 20, 2013
The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) has received a $70,000 grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at Legacy Foundation to design a “Neighborhood Spotlight” program in Lake County.
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Legacy Foundation Announces Interim Leadership
October 9, 2013
Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce Leigh Morris as Interim President and CEO and Tina Rongers as Interim Vice President.
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Legacy Foundation Helps You Plan Ahead for College
September 30, 2013
Legacy Foundation partners with The National Center for College Costs to provide first-time undergraduate students with a financial planning tool for college.
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Legacy Foundation announces new Program Officer and Think Tank Director
July 22, 2013
Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner, adds two new faces to its staff. The Foundation welcomes Erica Fizer as Program Officer and Ester Diaz as Director of The Think Tank.
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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Plan for your death, help your heirs
June 17, 2013

This past Father's Day, Prompt Ambulance Owner and Legacy Foundation Board Member Shar Miller, shared a personal story of what it meant for her father to leave a legacy when he passed. Read the full article on the NWI Times website. Contact Legacy Foundation today or visit our website at www.legacyfdn.org to find out how you can give a gift that will benefit the charities you love for years to come.
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Legacy Foundation Announces Award Recipients of the Give in Lake County: High School Challenge
May 21, 2013

Legacy Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the first Give in Lake County: High School Challenge. The 30-day effort encouraged Lake County high schools and high school students to celebrate National Volunteer Month by volunteering, fundraising or entering the essay contest.
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Legacy Foundation Announces 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients
April 30, 2013

Six exceptional Lake County students have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the Legacy Foundation 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.
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Legacy Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Council hosts first Give in Lake County: High School Challenge
April 8, 2013

Take the Give in Lake County: High School Challenge to give, lead, and make a difference in your community for one month. Legacy Foundation, Lake County's community foundation, asks teens and high schools to volunteer and fundraise from April 1 to April 30 for a chance to win $1000. Legacy Foundation is offering a $1000 grant to both the high school and the nonprofit that log the most volunteer hours; a $1000 grant to both the high school and the nonprofit that raise the most money; and a $1000 college scholarship to the student that wins the essay/ video contest. That's a total of $5000 for giving back to your community!
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Legacy Foundation offers funding for the future
March 12, 2013
When it comes to education, Legacy Foundation is proud to manage 30 scholarship funds established by community members that serve a range of students as diverse as Lake County. Whether attending a two-year technical program or a four-year university, college can be expensive and searching for the right scholarship can be difficult. Legacy Foundation simplifies that search by providing a complete list of scholarships awards, including the qualifications, deadlines, and applications. Start the process today, by applying for one of these scholarships with an upcoming deadline.
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Legacy Foundation raises over $30,000 for Lake County nonprofits
February 23, 2013
Legacy Foundation is thrilled to announce the success of the Knight Foundation Match Grant Challenge, thanks to the generous support of local donors combined with national support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Legacy Foundation partners with national foundations to increase the investment in services for our Lake County community. Over the 2012 holiday season, Legacy Foundation fund holders raised over $30,000 to grow their endowment funds that support a range of Lake County needs. Fund holders put Legacy's Donor Engagement Platform, an online fundraising tool, to the test by campaigning for online donations that would be matched by the Knight Foundation.
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Legacy Foundation offers assistance in the Neighborhood Assistance Program application process
February 13, 2013
Legacy Foundation is proud to work with Lake County nonprofits in assisting them through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) application process. Let Legacy help your organization apply for NAP tax credits, and give your donors even more incentive to make a contribution.
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Legacy Foundation awards over $370,000 in grants to Lake County nonprofits in first grant cycle of 2012-13 fiscal year
January 22, 2013
Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner, announces grants totaling $370,141.81 to fund Lake County nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life for people throughout the region.
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Scholarship fund transfered to Legacy Foundation : Cedar Lake News
January 16, 2013

Hanover Dollars for Scholars has disbanded after more than 20 years of fundraising and awarding post-secondary scholarships to Hanover Central High School students. Through its tag days, flower and holiday greenery sales, the group raised close to $250,000 to provided scholarships to young men and women headed to college and trade schools.
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Fiscal Cliff Deal Impacts Local Giving
January 9, 2013

Earlier this year, we waited as news outlets kept us up to minute on whether we would go over the proverbial fiscal cliff. Now that part of the deal is done, have you been asking yourself "how does this directly affect me and my community?" Legacy Foundation, your community foundation, understands that sometimes national news doesn't feel like it has an impact at home. Here are some ways the fiscal deal impacts nonprofit services at home.
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Philanthropists honored in NWI
November 15, 2012

Earlier this year, we waited as news outlets kept us up to minute on whether we would go over the proverbial fiscal cliff. Now that part of the deal is done, have you been asking yourself "how does this directly affect me and my community?" Legacy Foundation, your community foundation, understands that sometimes national news doesn't feel like it has an impact at home. Here are some ways the fiscal deal impacts nonprofit services at home.
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Legacy Foundation Provides Free College Planning Tool
November 7, 2012

The Legacy Foundation website now features a free tool to help Lake County, Ind. scholars, parents and guidance counselors compare the costs of attendance across Indiana colleges. "Completing the cost estimator information will provide valuable information in the financial fact finding stage of the college selection process," said Sandy Nicholls, Legacy Foundation scholarship administrator. After completing the form, students and their parents receive a report from The National Center for College Costs which provides a personal financial analysis.
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Foundation receives grant to advance literacy
October 18, 2012

The Legacy Foundation website now features a free tool to help Lake County, Ind. scholars, parents and guidance counselors compare the costs of attendance across Indiana colleges. "Completing the cost estimator information will provide valuable information in the financial fact finding stage of the college selection process," said Sandy Nicholls, Legacy Foundation scholarship administrator.
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Community, business leaders join Legacy board
October 2, 2012

Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner, is proud to welcome four new community and business leaders to its Board of Directors. The new board members are superintendent of Tri-Creek School Corporation, Debra Howe; attorney at Krieg DeVault, J. Brian Hittinger; Shar Miller, chief executive officer of Prompt Ambulance Service; and Dana Rifai, attorney at Burke, Costanza & Carberry, LLP.
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The Good Teacher's Count Fund Announces its First Recipient
September 13, 2012

The Good Teachers Count scholarship for 2012 has been awarded to Cosetta Black. The new scholarship fund was recently established with Legacy Foundation by nine women of Legacy Foundation's Board of Directors. Black is the first recipient of the award.
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Hammond Education Foundation Receives $15,000 Grant
August 6, 2012

The Hammond Education Foundation has received a $15,000 grant from the Legacy Foundation to fund a new child literacy program, Come and Read with Me. The grant will be used to cover all program expenses, including materials, facilitators, books and refreshments.
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Our Kids: Attia Gray, 15, spends summer studying marine life : Kids
August 6, 2012

With all due respect to the actual parameters of the potential assignment, Hammond Academy of Science and Technology sophomore Attia Gray can probably wrap up one of those tried-and-true "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" essays with just one simple word: water. For two hours a day she was in it, practicing with the competitive Lansing Swim Organization and continuing a relationship with the water that began when she was just a little girl.
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Low Ropes Challenge Course Coming to Campagna Academy
August 6, 2012

Elena Dwyre, chief executive officer of Campagna Academy, accepts an $8,500 check from Barry Tyler, program officer of Legacy Foundation, during a recent meeting with Keith Jacobs of Experiential Systems of Lansing, IL. "This grant award from the Foundation's Lake County Community Fund is instrumental in constructing a low-ropes challenge course on our Schererville campus," said Elena Dwyre.
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Legacy Foundation Announces the Promotion of Barry C. Tyler, Jr. to Program Officer
July 31, 2012

Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner, is pleased to announce the promotion of Barry C. Tyler, Jr. to the position of Program Officer. Mr. Tyler will be responsible for grant program administration; statistical record-keeping and reporting; public relations efforts; providing support for the initiatives of Legacy Foundation board and committee members; and other projects specific to Tyler's expertise.
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Legacy Foundation awards $260,000 in scholarships
June 28, 2012

Legacy Foundation announces the recipients of $260,000 in college scholarship awards for 2012. "One of Legacy Foundation's most important roles is to support and encourage educational achievement," said Harry J. Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer of Legacy Foundation. "Diverse groups of dozens of volunteers from throughout the community are engaged in selecting these worthy recipients, based on the many accomplishments of these young people and the promise they show for their college careers and beyond."
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Legacy Foundation Hosts First Wise Women Give Where They Live Event
June 28, 2012

Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner, gathered more than 70 women from Lake County to celebrate Legacy Foundation's event, Wise Women Give Where They Live. Over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, attendees shared ways in which they contribute to Lake County and ideas about the future of the community. "It was a wonderful opportunity for women to share information, understand that there is a large community of women interested in working together for progress in Lake County, and recognize how Legacy can help them actualize their ideas," said Nancy Clifford, Legacy Foundation Board Chair.
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Legacy Foundation funds nearly $1.1 million in grants and scholarships
June 25, 2012

Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner, funded nearly $1.1 million in grants and scholarships during the first six months of 2012. "This significant investment in the quality of life and educational attainment of Northwest Indiana residents marks a new milestone for Legacy Foundation," noted Harry Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer. "We are leading the way in creating positive impact through funding that enhances the community, creates an informed and engaged citizenry, and helps youth graduate high school and realize their higher education and career goals."
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Northwest Indiana youth invited to "Speak for Change" with nationally known speaker and author
May 18, 2012

Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner, invites youth from throughout Northwest Indiana to participate in a night of poetry, spoken word and youth empowerment with nationally recognized author and speaker Basheer Jones, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster.
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Legacy Foundation introduces new resources and tools to strengthen Northwest Indiana nonprofits
May 2, 2012

Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner, today (May 2) held a lively Town Hall session with more than 100 representatives from area nonprofit organizations to educate them about important new resources and tools offered by the foundation.
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Legacy Foundation introducing nonprofit mentoring and resource center
April 24, 2012

Legacy Foundation launched its nonprofit mentoring and resource center, The Think Tank at Legacy Foundation. The Think Tank at Legacy Foundation will help the area's nonprofit sector solve problems and enhance their capacity to deliver quality services. Participants in the session will learn how to access resources offered by The Think Tank at Legacy Foundation, including: convening and facilitation of communities of practice; a newly redesigned website; meeting space; research, data collection and analysis; and a donor engagement platform that can enhance local fundraising.
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Legacy Foundation announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipients
April 20, 2012

Six outstanding Lake County students have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the Legacy Foundation 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Each Lilly Scholar will receive full tuition to the Indiana college or university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
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Hayes Leonard Elementary School fourth graders join Legacy Foundation celebrating the release of The Legends Compass activity resource
March 19, 2012

Fourth-grade students at Hayes Leonard Elementary School in Valparaiso, IN are learning more about these innovators and 16 others by using a new activity resource provided by Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner. The students gathered Wednesday in the school library with teacher Sharon McCorkle and other educators to celebrate the release of The Legends' Compass: A Collection of True Tales for Young Adventurers and Dreamers.
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Fourth graders at Crown Point's St. Mary Catholic School join Legacy Foundation celebrating the release of The Legends Compass activity resource
March 14, 2012

Fourth-grade students at Crown Point's St. Mary Catholic School in Crown Point, IN are learning more about these innovators and 16 others by using a new activity resource provided by Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner. The students gathered Wednesday in the school library with teacher Sharon McCorkle and other educators to celebrate the release of The Legends' Compass: A Collection of True Tales for Young Adventurers and Dreamers.
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Legacy Foundation names Lara Kalwinski as Vice President
January 23, 2012

Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner, has named Lara Kalwinski as Vice President. Kalwinski, of Hammond, is responsible for management of all Legacy Foundation grants initiatives. She also participates in asset development for the foundation, with responsibility for fund stewardship and donor relationship management.
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Third annual Northwest Indiana Mentor Summit to be held Jan. 27 at IUN
January 12, 2012

Basheer Jones, a poet, motivational speaker, radio host and activist, will keynote Northwest Indiana's third annual Mentor Summit, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Library Conference Center at Indiana University Northwest.
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Legacy Foundation hosts Brown Bag "Proposal Prep" Session on Jan. 31
January 12, 2012

Nonprofit organizations thinking about submitting a grant request to Legacy Foundation are encouraged to attend our next "Brown Bag" Session from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at our new office: 1000 East 80th Place, North Tower Suite 402, Merrillville. You bring your sandwich, we'll provide a drink, chips and a dessert!
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