Consequently, the ECCF has spent the past year listening to people throughout the county.
According to McCown, the ECCF board recently adopted six “Guiding Values” that will help inform the organization’s conduct in the coming years. A breakdown of those six guidelines is as follows:
• The ECCF will maintain an openness to all community ideas and requests from non-for-profit organizations serving the citizens of Elkhart County. However, based on the findings of the Community Listening Tour, the foundation will also focus and prioritize resources around transformative grant making in the areas of youth development and quality of place.
• The ECCF will preserve community volunteers as the leaders and decision makers in the grant process.
• The ECCF will play an active role of support to the Elkhart County-based not-for-profit organizations. Resources will be dedicated to coaching, peer learning and professional development opportunities for those working in these organizations.
• The ECCF will play a quiet but influential role within the community. The board wants community ideas to develop at the grassroots level, which will allow ECCF to “lead from behind” by partnering with community members passionate about a particular cause.
• The ECCF and its not-for-profit partners will work together to become learning organizations. The board will use data and evidence to guide activity and decision making in a collaborative way.
• The ECCF wants to encourage generosity and volunteerism in local communities. Opportunities and programs that inspire acts of volunteerism and generosity across the community will be highly valued.
As a public, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization, the ECCF solicits and develops endowment funds and distributes income from them through quarterly grants to not-for-profit organizations throughout the county.
For more information on the foundation, its assets or grants awarded in fiscal year 2012-2013, visit www.elkhartccf.org to view its annual report.