Profiles

Unity Foundation of La Porte County

Post Office Box 527
115 East 4th Street
Michigan City, Indiana 46361
United States

Mission

To strengthen LaPorte County now and forever by building permanent endowments, providing leadership, offering philanthropic vehicles for everyone, and being a catalyst for social and economic vitality

Most Meaningful Change

Good organizations frequently reinvent themselves. Three years ago we did just that. We updated our mission and vision and narrowed our focus to three areas: strengthening the foundation itself, building assets, and strengthening the communities of La Porte County. As a result of this refined focus, we are much more involved in community leadership activities. And a lot of things have happened as a result, the biggest being the rescue of a two-acre property on Pine Lake that was to become a six-story condo, blocking the view of the beautiful lake to all who passed by. We are progressing in our fundraising and plan to acquire, develop and endow this public place and gift it to the City of La Porte. In Michigan City, Indiana, we are now actively engaged in an effort to turn an abandoned office building into a vibrant artist live-work place. When done, it will help attract more of the creative class into the community. And we continue to create a culture of philanthropy here by encouraging people to leave their nickel (5%) of their estates to the community foundation forever. That alone is having a huge impact on the quality of life here.

1992 Year Founded
$25,661,409 Endowment Value
$1,428,996 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 02.23.15

Population Area Served

110,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationUnity Foundation of La Porte County
Address 1Post Office Box 527
Address 2115 East 4th Street
City / TownMichigan City
State / RegionIndiana
ZIP / Postal Code46361
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)115 East 4th Street
Map City / Town (If Different)La Porte County
Map State / Region (If Different)INDIANA
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)46361
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone219.879.0327
Emailmspartz@uflc.net
Websitewww.uflc.net
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Maggi Spartz, President
Primary Contact’s NameMaggi Spartz
Primary Contact’s PositionPresident
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1992
Mission StatementTo strengthen LaPorte County now and forever by building permanent endowments, providing leadership, offering philanthropic vehicles for everyone, and being a catalyst for social and economic vitality
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced110,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)5
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)125
Total Board Members16
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$2,525,841
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$894,492
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$2,353,920
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$1,428,996
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$25,661,409
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a slight role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed an important role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed an important role
Government initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a slight role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityImportant but not central
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationLot
EnvironmentLot
HealthFair amount
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityFair amount
Information technologyLot
Strengthening local or regional governmentFair amount
HousingLot
ChildrenLot
WaterFair amount
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefLittle
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingLittle
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffOccasionally
ResearchOccasionally
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOccasionally
Providing space for local organizationsOccasionally
Access to information technologyOften
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting worse
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityNo change
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityNo change
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationNo change
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingNo change
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityA few small achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsA few small achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesSome important achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesA few small achievements
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsA few small achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationMuch achievement
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLittle
National governmentLittle
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLot
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersHelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentVery important
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceVery important
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesImportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsGood organizations frequently reinvent themselves. Three years ago we did just that. We updated our mission and vision and narrowed our focus to three areas: strengthening the foundation itself, building assets, and strengthening the communities of La Porte County. As a result of this refined focus, we are much more involved in community leadership activities. And a lot of things have happened as a result, the biggest being the rescue of a two-acre property on Pine Lake that was to become a six-story condo, blocking the view of the beautiful lake to all who passed by. We are progressing in our fundraising and plan to acquire, develop and endow this public place and gift it to the City of La Porte. In Michigan City, Indiana, we are now actively engaged in an effort to turn an abandoned office building into a vibrant artist live-work place. When done, it will help attract more of the creative class into the community. And we continue to create a culture of philanthropy here by encouraging people to leave their nickel (5%) of their estates to the community foundation forever. That alone is having a huge impact on the quality of life here.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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