About Legacy Foundation

Legacy Foundation is the community foundation for Lake County, Indiana. Our goal is to offer a personalized approach to giving that enables individuals, families, organizations, and businesses to create a charitable legacy. With over 300 funds and $90 million in assets, we have become the trusted source for philanthropic giving in the region.

Since 1992, we have served the community in five important ways:

  • Helping donors invest and manage their charitable assets
  • Providing grants to organizations serving the Lake County, Indiana community
  • Awarding scholarships to Lake County, Indiana high school and current college students
  • Collaborating with local leaders to enhance residents’ quality of life
  • Serving as a mentor and resource center to ensure nonprofit organizations can effectively provide services to the community

We believe that lasting and meaningful change happens when all residents are able to contribute. We help a broad base of people give of their time, skills, and financial assets to charitable causes and organizations they care about.

Mission Statement
Transforming Lake County by providing strategic leadership and impactful philanthropic support to ensure equitable opportunity for all communities that we serve.

Vision Statement
Create an equitable Lake County where all people thrive.

Employment Opportunities

Community Impact Director
Submit cover letter and resume to legacy@legacyfdn.org by Sunday, July 31, 2022.
Location: Work in office, Merrillville, Indiana
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Payroll Status: Salary

The Community Impact Director will lead development, implementation, and evaluation of the Foundation’s community investments and engagement. This person will be an experienced change maker and a leader within the Foundation and in the philanthropic, nonprofit, civic and social sectors in the region and beyond. This person will be responsible for implementing grant-making and programs that deepen the Foundation’s impact in Lake County communities, as well as connecting with and inspiring the Foundation’s donors. This position will also be responsible for building an evaluation framework that monitors and communicates our progress.

Qualifications and Desired Skills

  • At least 8 years of professional experience, including at least 5 years in the non-profit, philanthropy, or community organizing sector at a leadership level.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field required, Master’s level strongly preferred.
  • Required knowledge of grant writing, grant compliance, fundraising, program management, program evaluation, and basic accounting.
  • Strong operational, community engagement, community development, non-profit, advocacy, and management experience.
  • Fluency with data and evaluation, including the development and utilization of metrics to assess social impact and return on investment.
  • Familiarity with grant management, including foundation, corporate, and government funding.

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Part-Time Gift Entry and Payables Clerk

Submit cover letter and resume to legacy@legacyfdn.org by Sunday, July 31, 2022.

Location: Work in office, Merrillville, Indiana
Hours: 24 hours/week, flexible hours between Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Payroll Status: Hourly

The Gift Entry and Payables Clerk is a part time position, which requires a skilled professional who is proficient in accounts payable, data entry, and Microsoft Office. This position requires someone who is organized and can prioritize and multi-task multiple responsibilities.

Qualifications and Desired Skills

  • At least 2 years experience in a professional office environment required.
  • Associates degree in accounting, finance, or related work experience.
  • Proficiency with computer software, including Microsoft Office and relational databases with intermediate to advanced skills in Excel.
  • Not-for-Profit office experience preferred.
  • Database management experience preferred.

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What is a Community Foundation

A community foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit, publicly supported, non­sectarian philanthropic institution with a long term goal of building permanent, named, component funds established by many separate donors for the broad-based charitable benefit of residents of a defined geographic area. A community foundation serves a particular geographic area such as a municipality, county, metropolitan area, or state.