Nonprofit leaders receive professional development scholarships from Legacy Foundation

Nonprofit leaders receive professional development scholarships from Legacy Foundation

Recipients include: (from left to right) Lara Bates, Challenger Learning Center of NWI; Sade Carrasquillo, For the Love of the Arts; Donna Catalano, South Shore Neighborhood Development Corp.; Sandra Dafiaghor, CRWorks; Anthony Englert, Wittenberg Village; Maranda Fishback, Legacy Foundation. Kristina Fry, Humane Indiana; Stephanie Harden, Transitions Resource Center; Lisa Hughes, St. Mary Catholic Comm. School; Rachel Hurst, Meals on Wheels of NWI; Richele Kaiser, Mental Health America; Pamela Key, Women Organizing Women

In partnership with the IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy, Legacy Foundation awarded 24 nonprofit leaders with a professional development scholarship. The selected staff members will receive a training scholarship to attend virtual courses covering fundraising, grant writing, and organizational sustainability.

“I am so happy and honored to have received a scholarship for the IUPUI course, it was very beneficial and it was nice to be back in the ‘classroom’,” said Emma Rose of Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana.

(Left to right) Denise Mavity, Old Sheriff’s House; Barbara Muckel, Dream Chaser NWI; Emma Rose, Challenger Learning Center; Amy Stevens, Dream Chaser NWI; Catisha Toney, Coates, Inc; Allyson Vaulx, Food Bank of NWI

Recipients who are not pictured include: Antoinette Brumfield of FAITH CDC, Anthony Burrell of The Welcome Network, Roger Cavazos of International Institute of NWI, Elizabeth Gonzales of Respite Care Services, Vanessa Allen McCloud of Urban League of NWI, and Michelle Robinson of Cause 4Paws.

“Through this program, Legacy Foundation seeks to give nonprofit leaders, especially leaders of color, access to the tools they need to have an organization that is well positioned to be sustainable, even in times of hardship,” said Kelly Anoe, vice president at Legacy Foundation.

Of the 24 recipients, 13 (54%) self-identified as belonging to a minority group, which was a priority for distribution of the awards.  From its COVID-19 Response Fund, Legacy Foundation aims to mitigate the effect of the pandemic on nonprofit organizations and communities across Lake County, Indiana, whose health and financial situations have been most severely impacted by COVID-19 and who have been historically marginalized.