Horizon Bank donated $10,000 to Lake County, Indiana, based foundation, Legacy Foundation, for COVID-19 relief efforts. Legacy Foundation, in partnership with Crown Point Community Foundation and Foundations of East Chicago, has distributed more than $356,000 for food, childcare, personal protective equipment, technology, educational materials, rent/utility assistance, and medical needs during the pandemic.
“The Legacy Foundation already does so much good in Northwest Indiana during a normal year, but they are stepping up even further during the COVID-19 crisis. They are deploying funds to various not for profit organizations and other agencies serving the needs of many in NW Indiana. We are certainly happy to contribute to those in need through their efforts,” stated Steve Dahlkamp, Vice President, Senior Commerical Loan Officer.
In the first phase of its COVID-19 response plan, which ran from March 30-May 18, Legacy Foundation responded to the immediate needs of nonprofits working to address the impacts of COVID-19 in Lake County. Now, the foundation is looking to mitigate long-term consequences of the pandemic on nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve.
“We took a multi-phased approach because we knew the requests for funding in the first few months of the pandemic would be different from what we would see 6 months out. Our current strategy aims to build the leadership capacity of local nonprofit organizations, support creative ideas for addressing disparities in our communities, and improve the ability of organizations to take on future disasters,” said Erica Fizer, Legacy Foundation Director of Marketing & Communications.
Already, 24 nonprofit staff and board members have received training scholarships from Legacy Foundation to attend professional development courses hosted by IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy. The training sessions are meant to build the capacity of leaders in nonprofit organizations, so they are better prepared to face future disasters.
Currently, Legacy Foundation is accepting applications for Innovative Response Grants and Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants. Innovative Response Grants are up to $50,000. Requests must focus on meeting the needs of communities and populations whose health and/or financial situations have been most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been historically marginalized and under-served in our country. The nonprofit capacity building grants will cover the cost of creating an emergency preparedness plan or a plan for strategic restructuring, up to $5,000.
More information can be found online at https://legacyfdn.org/nonprofits/covid19-grant/.
About Legacy Foundation
Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation that supports the passions of philanthropic individuals, organizations, and businesses in Lake County, Ind. Through the generosity of many donors, Legacy has awarded more than $40 million to charitable causes since its founding in 1992. With a deep knowledge of local issues, we work creatively across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to address challenges throughout Lake County. For more information, visit www.legacyfdn.org.
About Horizon Bancorp, Inc.
Horizon Bank has pledged $270,000 in aid for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are being allocated across several not-for-profit groups who are working to assist affected individuals in the communities we serve in the States of Indiana and Michigan. Horizon Bank, Inc. is an independent, commercial bank holding company serving Indiana and Michigan through its commercial banking subsidiary, Horizon Bank. Horizon Bank may be reached online at www.horizonbank.com. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol HBNC.