Capacity Building Grants


In order to develop an accurate perspective of La Porte’s health and wellness, it was also necessary to gain an understanding of the resources that were already available and serving the community. HFL set about the instructive process of identifying community organizations and agencies that impact the area’s health and wellness and invited them to introduce themselves and their programs to our board and staff. Through this process, we learned that many community organizations are eager to strengthen the skills and training of their leadership and staff. HFL has identified capacity building as a funding priority to help organizations develop and strengthen the skills, abilities, and resources that are needed to make an even more impactful change in our community.

Our goals for Healthy Partner Grants are:

  • To increase impact of non-profit organizations in our area
  • To strengthen and grow community organizations’ knowledge, infrastructure, management and governance

Nonprofit Leadership Academy

HFL has partnered with Indiana University Executive Education at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs to bring professors and seasoned practitioners to La Porte to teach in the Academy. Participants will earn a certificate of completion from Indiana University after attending and participating in all classes.

The Academy consists of ten full day classes that cover Nonprofit Management in the 21st Century, Strategic and Operational Planning, Financial Management, Marketing and Communication, Planning for Fundraising Success, and Results-Based Accountability. These competency courses will cover areas of expertise vital for non-profit leadership and will be led by experienced practitioners to facilitate effective application learning methods. Learn more about the 2019 Cohort here.

2018 Class Graduates:

Lisa Smithson – Arts in the Park
Jeanne Ann Cannon – Dunebrook
Jennifer Olson – Healthy Communities of La Porte County
Amber Poff – Indiana Guardianship Services
Nanda Danitschek – La Porte County Symphony Orchestra
Janet Bloch – Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Michelle Shirk – Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Diane Wilczewski – Meals on Wheels
Casaundra “Kay” Hill – Stepping Stone Shelter for Women
Larry Smith – The Intrepid Phoenix
Nathan Loucks – The Pax Center
Kris Pate – United Way of La Porte County
Debra S. Varnak – Unity Foundation of La Porte County
Steven Bernth – Youth Service Bureau
Sandy Cogswell


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