Your Gift Today Will Last Forever

In October 2018, Lilly Endowment Inc. unveiled the Lilly GIFT VII Match Challenge, which allowed Unity Foundation to receive $1 Million in match funding to our Community Funds if we raised $500,000!  Help us meet this goal by making a gift to one of our Community Funds listed below.

Field of Interest Funds & Agency Funds:

These funds benefit a specific charitable organization or cause.

Animal Care and Animal Education

Independent Cat Society: Promotes the welfare of all animals, especially cats, and an aggressive spay/neuter program in the Northwest Indiana region.

La Porte County Small Animal Shelter: Supports the La Porte County Small Animal Shelter to provide a safe and caring environment for stray animals in need.

Michiana Humane Society: Supports homeless and/or abused domestic animals while educating the community with kindness for all.

Polad Animal Care Fund: Helps animals that have become homeless as a result of their owners death, disappearance, or inability to care for them.

Washington Park Zoo Fund: Supports the MC Zoological Society, especially animal care and habitat improvement.

Clarence Weinkauff Jr. Grant Fund:  Promotes the 4–H swine program and the breeding of swine in La Porte County.

Arts and Culture

Arts In The Park Endowment Fund: Raises art awareness, supports a wide variety of musical performances in La Porte’s Fox Park, and increases the quality of life in and around the city of La Porte.

Arts In The Park Special Project Fund: Supports special projects of Arts In The Park in its efforts to raise art awareness, support musical performances in La Porte’s Fox Park and to increase the quality of life in and around the city of La Porte’s Fox Park and to increase the quality of life in and around the city of La Porte.

Arts United Fund of La Porte County: Promotes fine and performing arts in La Porte County.

Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts: Helps to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations.

Bankoff Family Fund for the Sinai Sunday Evening Forum Brings the “world” closer to home through this long-standing speaker series.

Barry Dulyea Arts for Children Fund: Enriches the lives of youth through the fine arts.

Beverly Shore History Museum and Art Gallery Fund: Preserves the history of Beverly Shores and supports the historic “Depot” art gallery.

Canterbury Guild Inc. Endowment Fund: Supports year-round professional and semi-professional theater productions and related activities.

Dale E. Landsman Arts Foundation: Supports fine arts, including education and appreciation; commercial arts of advertising and graphic design.

Dunes Arts Foundation Endowment: Supports fine and performing arts for children and adults in LaPorte County.

Eugene & Marilyn Glick Arts Fund: Provides financial support and promotes appreciation and participation of fine and performing arts in the city of LaPorte.

Indiana Humanities Council Fund:  Supports humanities programs in LaPorte County.

La Porte Little Theatre Club Endowment Fund: Supports La Porte Little Theatre Club as a community theatre that aims to provide quality theatrical experiences to Northwest Indiana audiences and actors.

La Porte Music Club, Inc. Fund: Provides both moral and financial support to the Music Department in the La Porte Community Schools.

Jack and Shirley Lubeznik Center for the Arts: Helps fund special projects and to introduce local students to museum situations and to art appreciation.

Jerry Peters Memorial Fund: Supports a wide variety of charitable causes, particularly related to arts & culture.

Julia Diane Ragains Slawin Music Fund: Provides support for students to participate and thrive in school music programs

Ted and Ruth Rohrabaugh Fund for the Michigan City Lakefront Amphitheater: Buys music for the Michigan City Municipal Band.

Sculptor Isamu Noguchi Tribute Fund: Supports efforts to bring the Noguchi story to La Porte County.

Sandra L. Young Arts Appreciation Fund: Supports arts and culture for the enrichment of La Porte County Residents.

Stisher Family La Porte High School Band Fund: Supports the La Porte High School Band Department and its efforts to provide excellent opportunities for its organizations.

Taleamor Park Environment and Art Fund: Provides cultural experiences integrating art, agriculture, and the environment.

La Porte County Symphony Fund: Helps the symphony to bring quality orchestral programs to LaPorte County.

 Community Development & Philanthropy

Bethany Community Fund: Creates and sustains a healthier and more livable community, and support charitable activities of the non profit organization.

Economic Development Investment Fund: Supports county-wide economic development.

Jim Jessup Future Leaders Fund: Supports community leadership development opportunities.

Kankakee Valley Workforce Development FundProvides education and training for skill development and enhancement of residents.

Kiwanis Club of LaPorte Charitable Fund: Supports the charitable activities of the Kiwanis Club of La Porte, Indiana.

Michigan City Lion Charities, Inc. Endowment Fund: Provides support to assist charitable organizations in Michigan City.

Rotary Club of Michigan City Foundation: Supports scholarships and charitable organizations in Michigan City.

Star Center Project Fund: Supports the Star Center project to provide share co-working space and resources

George H. and Madeline A. Smrt West Side Neighborhood Fund: Benefits the West Side Neighborhood of Michigan City.

Unity Operating Endowment Fund: Helps Unity to help others…forever.

United Way of Greater La Porte County Endowment Fund: Helps fund United Way operations.

Unity Foundation Operating Fund Supports day-to-day operations needed to serve La Porte County.

Wanatah Lions Club Endowment Fund: Supports the charitable activities of the Wanatah Lions Club.


Barbara A. Carmen Memorial Fund: Endows teachers with grants for special enrichment programs in public and parochial schools in Michigan City.

La Lumiere School Endowment Fund: Supports La Lumiere School, a coeducational and rigorous college-preparatory school.

Janet Collings Drayton Teacher Innovation Fund:  Supports innovative classroom projects that bring learning to life for students attending Kingsbury Elementary School.

Haiti Children’s Education FundTo create a better world by providing high scool education to the most needy and most promising orphans in Haiti.

Ivy Tech Community College Pejic Campus – Michigan City Fund: Supports Ivy Tech’s Pejic Campus in delivering professional, technical, and lifelong education.

Language Arts Fund for Queen of All Saints: Supports “Hoosier Books” program and other language arts programs.

La Porte County Educational Advancement Fund: Supports efforts to increase people’s success in school, work and life.

La Porte Educational Development Foundation Endowment Fund

La Porte High School Class of 1952 FundTo help keep LPHS a great place to grow and learn.

Leadership LaPorte County Fund: Assists Leadership La Porte County in its mission to help make La Porte County more ‘leader-full”.

League of Women Voters Education Fund: Supports educational activities of the La Porte County League.

Lindsey O’Brien Kesling Wishing Tree Foundation: Lives Love through carbon monoxide education and unleashing the artistic dreams of youth

Marquette Catholic High School Education Fund: Supports students of modest means to attend and benefit from a high quality, catholic education at Marquette Catholic High School.

Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation: Enhances the quality of public education through programs not normally funded through tax dollars.

Michigan City Area Schools Endowment FundSupports the schools as “the unifying force of our diverse community.”

Michigan City Education FoundationCurrently funds small grants for teachers to develop and implement creative programs in the classroom in grades K-8.

J. Robert and Marjorie Miller Teacher Advancement FundPromotes teacher excellence within the LaPorte Community Schools.

Notre Dame Catholic School Education Fund: Supports students of modest means to attend and benefit from a high quality, catholic education at Notre Dame Catholic School.

South Central Education Foundation: Support the South Central school community and to create further educational experiences for children by extending the financial resource needed for the educators and students

Teacher Innovation Fund for MCAS: Provides small grants to support educators who develop or replicate innovative approaches and methods to make learning more effective and exciting.

Westville Schools (MSD of New Durham Twp) Endowment: Enhances the Westville schools, grades K-12, now and forever.

Bill and Kitty Wolf Art Teacher Advancement Fund: Promotes art teacher excellence in the LaPorte Community Schools.

Emergency Housing and Services

LaPorte County Chapter – American Red Cross Endowment Fund: Provides relief to the victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Michigan City Homeless Fund:  Supports Sandcastle Shelter for women and children that provides temporary emergency lodging with the goal of securing permanent housing.

The Salvation Army of LaPorte Endowment Fund: Provides support to The Salvation Army of La Porte, Indiana to provide basic human services to those in need as described by its governing documents.

The Salvation Army of Michigan CityHelps the Salvation Army meet people’s most basic needs.

The Salvation Army of Michigan City Major Building Repairs Fund: Maintains buildings so that it can provide “soup, soap and salvation” to those in need.

Stepping Stone Shelter Endowment Fund: Provides emergency shelter for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.

 Environment, Parks, & Recreation

Barker Woods Stewardship Fund: Provides environmental stewardship for the Barker Woods Nature Preserve and other properties.

Beechwood Golf Course Endowment Fund: Supports improvements to and maintenance of Beechwood Golf Course, a beautiful public golf course operated through the LaPorte Park Department, La Porte, Indiana.

Environmental Improvement Fund for La Porte County: Supports projects and programs that improve the quality of land, air and/or waters of LaPorte County.

Fort LaPlay Porte Endowment: Provides long-term maintenance of Fort LaPlay Porte, at Kesling Park.

Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center Tuition Assistance Fund: Helps LaPorte County students attend the many outstanding and experiential environmental learning programs.

International Friendship Gardens Fund: Supports the gardens, programs and ground facilities.

June B. Kelley Garden Fund for Long Beach: Preserves, maintains and develops public gardens in Long Beach, Indiana.

LaPorte City Park Foundation Fund: Supports maintenance and improvement of LaPorte City parks.

LaPorte County Conservation Trust Fund: Provides funds to purchase vital natural areas and protect bio-diversity in LaPorte County.

LaPorte County Park Foundation Fund: Supports land acquisition, park improvements, and matching funds for park grants.

Long Beach Tree Fund: Preserve and enhance tree population in Long Beach.

Mill Pond Park Fund: Supports the Mill Pond Park in Union Mills.

Jan Nona Environmental Stewardship Award Fund: Rewards students or teachers in the M. C. area, to move beyond being an ordinary citizen and become involved in local environmental issues in the community.

Pine Lake Avenue Project Fund: will help establish a public space to conserve and enhance the view of Pine Lake

Rotary Special Projects Fund: Supports the Michigan City Rotary Club’s special projects.

Save the Dunes Conservation Fund Endowment: Supports environmental programs and operations.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust Endowment for LaPorte County: Supports acquisition of natural areas for preservation in LaPorte County; restores and maintains biological integrity of the natural landscape.

Trail Creek Watershed Project Fund: Supports the work of Trail Creek Watershed Partnership to provide stewardship and leadership in order for future generations to enjoy the natural beauty and prosperity of a clean Trail Creek

Urban Forestry Fund: Helps to preserve, enhance the urban tree population in and around Michigan City.

Family Support

Center for Hospice Care Fund: Supports Center for Hospice Care.

Children’s Fund (Child Abuse Prevention)Supports Dunebrook as it maintains the child advocacy center, increases community awareness of child abuse/neglect and coordinates services for victims and families.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Fund: Supports efforts to advocate safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children.

LaPorte Family YMCA Child Care Center Fund: Supports the expanded child care center on Monroe Street in LaPorte.

La Porte Jaycees Deserving Children Endowment Fund: Helps to give the children of low-income households of La Porte, Indiana a merrier Christmas.

Women’s Care Center of Greater La Porte County Endowment Fund: Supports the local Women’s Care Centers and their outreach to pregnant women and their babies.

Womens Well-Being Fund: Improves the well-being of women and girls.

 Health Care Related

Duneland Health Council, Inc.: Dedicated to improving health and general welfare of the greater Michigan City community.

Erdheim – Chester Disease Global Alliance Fund: Provides support to the EDC Global Alliance Inc. for its mission to  raise awareness, support, education, and research related to the rare Erdheim-Chester disease and other activities.

La Porte Hospital Foundation Fund: Provides funding for foundation operations.

Mosette Levin Fund: Helps La Porte County residents suffering from cancer.

Open Door Health Center Endowment FundProvides income for the emergency medicine account.

Dr. R. Thomas Rocke SMILE Foundation: Provides financial assistance for orthodontic treatment of disadvantaged children in LaPorte County.

Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Michigan City Fund: Supports a variety of projects that promote St. Anthony’s mission.

VNA of LaPorte County Endowment: Provides health and social services to individuals who do not qualify for institutional care or prefer to stay in their own environment.

Historic Preservation

Naomi Bowman Talbert Anderson: Provides support to preserve the history of Naomi Bowman Talbert Anderson.

Michigan City Lighthouse Catwalk Maintenance: Assists in restoration and maintenance.

Rumely/Allis-Chalmers La Porte Heritage Center  Fund: Provides support to preserve the history of the Rumely and Allis-Chalmers companies’ important, innovative and iconic machinery.

Washington Park Bandstand Fund: Supports work with the Marquette Questers to maintain the historic bandstand.

Long Beach Historical Society Fund: Supports efforts to connect people to the past by collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Long Beach.

Housing and Food

Affordable Housing Fund for the Greater Michigan City Area: Supports affordable housing for low-to moderate- income households.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary: Provides a Christian response to help meet a variety of human needs in LaPorte County.

Food Bank of Northern Indiana Fund: Helps feed hungry families in LaPorte County.

Michigan City Holiday Meals: Provides funding for holiday (Thanksgiving and Christmas) dinners for people in the Michigan City area who would otherwise go hungry or be alone.

Homeward Bound, Inc. Endowment Fund: provides a financial hand up to people moving out of homelessness or those at risk of becoming homeless.

Housing Opportunities Endowment Fund: Supports development and provision of safe, decent, and affordable housing and customized support services.

La Porte County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.: Endowment Fund: Improves living conditions for Michigan City area people in need.

La Porte County Meals on Wheels Endowment: Delivers nutritious meals to the homebound in the greater Michigan City area.

Lorraine Gehrke Orlowski Fund for Housing & Homelessness: Assists in preventing homelessness and helping people who find themselves without a safe and habitable place to live.

Literacy & Library Services

Kay Franklin Commemorative Fund: Furthers literacy and literature, particularly for the benefit of those at risk of illiteracy due to economic and/or cultural disadvantage.

LaCrosse Public Library Fund: Supports the library’s expansion, programs and services.

La Porte County Public Library Endowment Fund: Provides information, education, recreation resources, and emerging technologies to benefit the community.

Marquette Catholic High School Library Fund: Provides funds to purchase books, audio-visual and computer equipment, and other learning materials.

Michigan City Public Library Unity FundSupports collections and programs.

Read La Porte County Literacy Fund: Increases reading, math and English skills in the community through tutoring.

Reading is Fundamental Fund: Supports the Reading is Fundamental program and activities of M.C. AAUW.

Unity Foundation Literacy Fund: Removes barriers to education and improves literacy.

Mental Well Being

Mental Health Fund of La Porte County: Promotes quality mental health resources for consumers of mental health services, families and the community.

Reins of Life Michigan City Endowment Fund: to carry out its role and mission to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy.

Samaritan Counseling Centers Fund: Supports the community-based, interfaith counseling and educational service.

Worthy Women Recovery Home: Endowment Fund:  Supports WWRH, Inc. to provide recently incarcerated women with programs and tools necessary to empower them to live as positive role models.

 Positive Youth Development

4-H of La Porte County: Supports the 4-H Program to help youth develop important life skills.

Aaron McNew Memorial Fund: Supports a wide variety of charitable causes that honor the life of Aaron and the gifts he shared during his lifetime.

Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City: Provides inspiration and enables youth between 6 and 18 years of age to become responsible, productive, caring citizens.

Boy Scouts (LaSalle Council #165): Helps children in the development of character, value, and citizenship training through fun programs in the out of doors.

Charles Westcott Youth Fund: Supports education and recreational activities for youth in the greater Michigan City area.

Dr. Fischer La Porte High School Athletics Endowment Fund: Supports the La Porte High School Athletic Department and its efforts to provide excellent athletic opportunities to LPHS students regardless of ability to pay.

Foundations for Youth (Youth Service Bureau, Big Brothers/Big Sisters): Supports a wide variety of programs to benefit area youth.

Imogene L. Dahl Purdue Extension La Porte Endowment Fund: Supports programs hosted by Purdue Extension La Porte County.

Ray “ Shorty” Simpson Fund for Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana: Supports the the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana as they build girls of courage, confidence , and character, who make the world a better place.

Hands off Heroin Fund, MSD New Durham Twp Schools: Encourages students to make positive choices in their lives.

Imagination Station Fund: Improves the quality and accessibility of child care for the community and increases public awareness for the importance of quality early childhood experiences.

Junior Achievement of Michigan City: Provides Junior Achievement and economics programs in all Michigan City area schools, sending positive messages about business and government.

Kent D. Ribordy Youth Fund: Supports a wide variety of positive youth activities, primarily serving youth of La Porte and Porter Counties in Indiana

La Porte County Fair Unity Fund: Supports the fair, and 4-H programs and awards.

La Porte County Family YMCA Michigan City Elston Branch Endowment Fund: Supports the Elston YMCA Branch and its activities within the greater Michigan City, Indiana area.

La Porte Family YMCA Fund: Assists the LaPorte Family YMCA to support children and families throughout their service area.

MCAS Education Enrichment & Dress for Success Fund: Supports school uniforms, afterschool care, mentoring, and other non-tax supported programs.

MCHS Athletic Booster Club, Inc. – Capital Fund: to support capital and equipment purchases, primarily for IHSAA (Indiana High School Association) – sanctioned athletic programs.

New Prairie Athletic Capital Fund: Supports capital projects for athletic programs within the New Prairie, IN, School Corp. District.

Philip A. Sprague Care & Share Fund: Helps La Porte County youth discover the joy of philanthropy.

Teen Dream Fund: Encourages La Porte County youth participation in extracurricular activities.

Tuholski & Oberlie Environment and Arts Fund for Youth: Bring the environment and the arts closer to young people in the Michigan City area.

Youth 2 Youth Endowment Fund: Promotes a hands-on program that teaches youth to be responsible grant makers and grant seekers.

Zach McCoy Youth Development Fund: Supports a wide variety of youth development activities.

Senior Citizen Well Being and Other-abled

The Agrawal Family Endowment Fund for the Benefit of the Social and Learning Institute: Supports the Social and Learning Institute for the Disadvantaged, Inc. as it provides social learning programs for the intellectually disabled and other developmentally disabled persons.

The Gardner and Guerrucci Memorial Endowment Fund for The Social and Learning Institute:  Offers a unique educational experience for mentally, physically, and/or emotionally disadvantaged young adults who are no longer able to attend public school or participate in another program.

Legacy Fund for the Swanson Activity Center for Older Adults: Sustains the Center as it serves senior citizens in the greater La Porte area.

Library Services for the Disabled FundHelps the Michigan City Public Library better serve the disabled.

Paladin, Inc. Fund: Provides vocational, developmental, and advocacy services for people with disabilities and/or other vocational disadvantages to enhance their individual potential.

Senior Independence Fund: Assists Parents and Friends, Inc in meeting the needs of the elderly population by offering transportation, nutrition, guardianship, financial counseling and other services.

Share Foundation with the Handicapped Inc. Endowment Fund: Serves the residential, vocational, and social needs of adults with disabilities as provided by the Share Foundation with the Handicapped, Inc. as long as it operates in and/or serves disabled adult residents of La Porte County, Indiana.

 Awards and Scholarships

Agricultural Scholarship

The Judith A. Amor Nursing Scholarship

Diane Kay Bamberth Memorial Award

Gustav J. and Elma A. Banzhaf  Scholarship Fund

Bensz Family Scholarship Fund

Dr. Windham Bremer Scholarship

Lloyd G. and Betty Jane Clayton Scholarship Fund

William Vernon Compton Scholarship

Earl and Faye Cunningham Scholarship

Anne H. Daley Youth Service Bureau Scholarship

R.E. Daly III La Lumiere Scholarship

Ernest and Mildred Delco Scholarship

Carley Dickard Memorial Scholarship Fund

Galena Township Scholarship Fund

James A. and Phyllis A. Garwood Memorial Music Scholarship

Donald & Beverly Guse Scholarship Fund

J. & J. Guerrucci Family Foundation

Harold and Rowena Hargrave Scholarship

Robert J. Hiler Memorial Scholarship

Ruth Howe Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The Ingersoll Trust

Dr. King S. Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund

Arthur & Alice Kabelin Scholarship

Kabelin Family Scholarship

K.A.T. Volunteer Scholarship

Harry Kelling Scholarship Fund

Sandra Calkins Kowalski Community Nursing Fund for PNC

Richard and Tracy Krause Scholarship

The La Porte County E-Z Riders Horse & Pony Scholarship Fund

La Porte Amateur Musical Scholarship

La Porte County Nursing Scholarship Fund

La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Deborah DePoy Music Scholarship

Robert E. LeRoy Tennis Scholarship

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

William P. and Mary Lou Linnen Fund for St. Marys College

Linnen Memorial Fund for La Lumiere

Robert L. Ludington & Anita Huppenthal Ludington Scholarship Fund

Marilouise Lundgren Lossing Memorial Education Fund

Jack Lubeznik Scholarship Fund

Terence Metcalf Memorial Scholarship

Ruth and Leonard Minich Scholarship Fund

M.C. Summer Festival Scholarship Fund

Dr. Edwin C. and Alice J. Mueller Scholarship Fund

Loyal Perlich Outstanding Speaker Award

Redington & Rootes Scholarship

Pioneer Scholarship

Ida M. Reffett Debate Scholarship

Robert A. & Dorothy W. Rocke Scholarship

Frank and Dorothy Schellin Scholarship

Donald F.  Scott Motivational Scholarship

Floyd O. & Betty L. Shunk Scholarship

Edward B. Siperek & Grace A. Steele Siperek Scholarship

Irvin & Peg Swanson Fund

Tanber-Blair Golf Scholarship Fund

John R and Florene A. Troyer Scholarship

Unity Foundation County-Wide Scholarship Fund

D.I. Walker Scholarship Fund

Arlo & Jayne Westphal Memorial Scholarship

Donor Advised Funds

These funds are for charitable purposes recommended by the Donor Advisor. Their recommendations are honored as long as they are deemed legal and charitable in nature.

Alt Family Fund

Agrawal Family Fund

Amberg and Spartz Family Advised Fund

Paul and Sharon Applegate Family Foundation

Bensz Family Advised Fund

Brennan Family Fund

Milton L. & Sylvia R. Bankoff Memorial Foundation

Muriel R. and Myron E. Berkson, M.D. Fund

Fred and Helen Brust Fund

Sara & Bill Carlisle Advised Fund

DeCamp’s Band of Brothers Fund

Pauline M. Dent Memorial Fund

Dent and Sterger Families Foundation Fund

Jeff and Dawn Dunifon Family Fund

Shaw and Greta Friedman Advised Fund

Micky Gallas Family Fund

GoMetz Farm Fund

Charles K. and Janet Greenwald Family Fund

Hay Family Advised Fund

Jack L. Jones Advised Fund

Kabelin Family Fund

Lindsey O’Brien Kesling Foundation

Lake Family Fund for LaPorte County

Lake Fund

Levine Family of La Porte Fund

Lighthouse Place Charitable Fund

Shirley Lubeznik Advised Fund

Manges Family Fund

Magnuson Family Advised Fund

Bruce and Julia Manner Social Capital Fund

Rose & Walter Machnyk Donor Advised Fund

McDermott Family Fund

Leigh and Marcia Morris Fund

William E. Nickels Memorial Fund

Jerome C. and Kathy A. Orcutt Fund

Pontius Family Foundation

William & Marie Priebe Memorial Fund

Random Acts of Kindness Fund

Ransom Family Foundation

Cheryl J. Reinhart Advised Fund

Tom & Judy Ringo Advised Fund

Salmon Family Fund

Paul & Terri Sammann Fund

Donald F. Scott Fund

Eugene and Elaine Shurte Family Fund

Scott E. and Kimberly A. Siefker Fund

Donnie & Peggy Thomas Empowerment Fund

Ticsay Family Charitable Foundation

Ulery Family Fund

Varnak Family Foundation

John & Jean Vail Advised Fund

Ron Wood Jr. Memorail Water Safety Fund

Robert W. and Sharon L. Wright Community Fund

Anonymous Funds