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.

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.

PHISHING SCAM WARNING: Legacy Foundation is among several companies recently made aware of a phishing scam involving con artists posing as hiring managers recruiting via email, text and social media. The imposters are creating misleading email accounts, conducting remote “interviews,” and making artificial job offers in order to collect personal and financial information from unsuspecting individuals. Please note that Legacy Foundation only uses company email addresses, which contain “@legacyfdn.org”, to communicate with candidates via email. If you are contacted by someone about an open job at Legacy Foundation, please verify the domain of the sender’s email address. If you have a question regarding an email you received, please call Legacy Foundation’s office at 219-736-1880 to confirm it was sent by an employee of Legacy Foundation. If you believe you have been a victim of a phishing scam, please visit the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Smart website to learn how to report it.