Generosity, Leadership, Service

Community Foundation approves three-year strategic plan We are pleased to introduce the next 3-year strategic plan for the LaGrange County Community Foundation. The LaGrange County Community Foundation Board of Directors and Foundation staff have worked together over several months to develop this plan. With the assistance of Jen Pendleton from Aly Sterling Philanthropy, we hosted […]

New scholarship fund honors longtime Westview teacher

Jean Seagly Crouse Memorial Scholarship Fund Jean was an advocate for education, teaching for Westview School Corporation for 25 years. She had a passion for children and taught fifth grade at Topeka Elementary, retiring in 1988. Jean was deeply rooted in Topeka, serving as a member of the Topeka United Methodist Church since 1950 and […]

Fund sparks LaGrange County Early Learning Coalition

A new fund at the LaGrange County Community Foundation will support community efforts to improve access to early learning and childcare in LaGrange County. The LaGrange County Early Learning Coalition Fund will support efforts underway to improve early childhood education in LaGrange County. Early learning supports the need for childcare and access to quality care, […]

Historic Gift from Howe School

LaGrange County Community Foundation received a $2.5 million gift from Howe School Board of Trustees to establish two endowments in honor of the school’s legacy. The gift comes from the sale of the Howe Military campus after the school’s closing in 2019 – it is the largest contribution in the Foundation’s history. Following the sale […]

Lilly Schackow of Lakeland High School Named 2022 Lilly Scholar

Lilly Schackow of Lakeland High Schools was surprised on Dec. 16, 2021, with the announcement that she was the 2022 Lilly Endowment Scholar. Lillian Schackow demonstrates many of the qualities we seek in a future leader: motivated, hard-working, and engaged in the community. The selection committee was impressed by her service to her community and […]

Year-End Giving Tips

There are many ways to integrate charitable giving into your financial planning at the end of 2021. The LaGrange County Community Foundation can help.

$78,438 awarded in Fall Community Impact Grants

The Community Foundation awarded $78,439 to seven nonprofits during its 2021 Fall Community Impact Grants cycle. The grants will address community needs in recreation, education and health and human services. “Some of the grants will support the development of the recreational Hawpatch Trail in Topeka, training and technology equipment for the Stroh Fire Department and […]

National Standards Accreditation Affirms Our Commitment to Excellence

LaGrange County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have recently received accreditation with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®. This accreditation, signified by the Seal shown here, indicates that LaGrange County Community Foundation meets the highest standards for philanthropic excellence. This is a significant accomplishment. When people trust LaGrange County Community Foundation with a charitable […]

The Next 30 Years, Donation Matching Program

Since 1991, the LaGrange County Community Foundation has been a charitable partner in LaGrange County, helping connect donors to their charitable dreams and building permanent community funds. In celebration of the Community Foundation’s 30 years, the Next 30 Years donation matching program will match one-for-one up to $30,000. The time is now, time to be […]

Domer, Staton receive 2021 Heart of Gold Award

Each year, we are honored to shine the spotlight on volunteerism in LaGrange County. We ask the community to share the stories of people making a difference in our community and honor the volunteers through the Heart of Gold Award. We received nine nominations for our 12th annual Heart of Gold Award. For the first […]