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Indiana Parenting Institute of St. Joseph County | Diversifying Funding to Serve Out-Of-School-Time Teens

Client Needs

The Indiana Parenting Institute of St. Joseph County (IPISJC) provides out-of-school-time programming for over 300 high school students in northwest Indiana, primarily focused on college and career readiness.

The majority of students served attend South Bend Community School Corporation. This district services students with the highest needs as all five high school have higher than a 50 percent Free and Reduced Priced Lunch rate. Three of the five schools do not meet federal rating expectation standards while the other two are only “approaching expectations.” Not only are these students considered at risk, but they are ill-prepared for meeting the dire workforce needs in St. Joseph County.

As in most communities, there are “hiring” signs all over St. Joseph County post-COVID-19 and the challenge to hire skilled workers is prevalent. The county is ranked 13th in the state for unemployment.

IPISJC had a desire to focus programming on preparing students for post-high school opportunities. They wanted to better provide partnerships that allow students exposure to job training and certifications right after high school as well as college credit and financial aid assistance for those students who want to further their education. All of this was possible with more dollars.

Our Solution

IPISJC hired Transform Consulting Group to write and submit three major grants that were part of the post-COVID-19 relief efforts across the state. These grants resulted in over $1 million dollars of funding that allow IPISJC to build capacity in a number of ways:

  • Provide financial incentives for students’ participation
  • Invest in research-based curriculum
  • Strengthen community partnerships and formalize opportunities to engage local employers with teens served in out-of-school-time programs
  • Hire program staff to meet demands of more students served
  • Provide training and support to staff to build capacity and diversify funds

With additional dollars, our team was then able to create a fund development plan that would help IPISJC diversify their funding and begin more formally tapping into donors and local partners. We first worked with staff to support overall marketing strategies to create simple messaging that could be used to communicate IPISJC’s impact in all fundraising efforts. We completed an audit of the organization’s funding and a 10-year fund development plan with clear goals for diversifying and increasing funding. We trained staff in implementing the plan and developed a case statement that could be used to secure funding. We developed processes and templates to support all ongoing fundraising efforts.


  • 3 completed grant applications resulting in over $1 million for out-of-school-time programming
  • Communication and marketing support
  • 10 year Fund Development Plan with 1, 3, and 5-year goals and strategies to increase and diversify funding
  • Staff training to implement the fund development plan
  • Developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for fundraising (i.e., to process donations, gifts, sponsorships, etc.) and templates (i.e., thank you letters and forms)
  • Completed donor management software research

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