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Tipton County Foundation
Growing, Leading, and Serving Since 1986!
PO Box 412 • Tipton, IN 46072 •

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Frank Giammarino
 for information about funds, investments, events, and volunteering

Community Development Officer
Lori Tragesser
for Grants
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Chad Huff

for Scholarships Ducky Day in Tipton Park, and youth philanthropy

Rhonda Nightenhelser
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1020 W. Jefferson St.

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Leadership Tipton County

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Board of Directors

TCF is governed by a Board of Directors who serve four-year terms without financial compensation. No one can serve more than ten consecutive years, but may be re-elected or appointed after a lapse of at least one year. The names, terms, and electing or appointing authority for the current Board may be found on the Vision and Values page of this website.

The Board regularly meets quarterly and makes policy decisions, approves committee recommendations, develops strategic and operational plans, and evaluates staff. They also individually lead and serve on operating committees.


The role of staff is to assist volunteers with planning, organization, development, and evaluation of all aspects of the Foundation. The employees perform administrative duties, follow Board-adopted policies, comply with government regulations and other laws, communicate with Foundation grantees, vendors, and other contacts, and recommend plans, policies, and procedural alternatives for Board or committee decisions. Staff members help to develop meeting agendas, monitor follow-up, prepare communications, and accomplish objectives, all under volunteer direction.


Major committees meet quarterly, or more frequently when needed, and include Board members as well as other members of the public who have a particular interest or expertise in the work of that committee. The current active committees are Finance/Investment, Grantmaking, Scholarships, Resource Development, Volunteer Development, and Conference Center.

Advisory Councils

The Foundation plans to establish a small group of knowledgeable citizens in each township who will meet periodically to discuss needs and opportunities that the Foundation might pursue.


Project sub-committees are also formed to diversify volunteer input and leadership even more, and to enable community members to take part in the aspects of the Foundation that interest them. Active sub-committees are currently working on A Ducky Day in Tipton Park (the last Sunday each August) and the growth of the Women’s Fund.

United Community Fund

Also, representatives of the incorporated nonprofit agencies will be asked to make plans for the future of the United Community Fund as a means of collaborative fundraising. If they decide to go forward, campaign and allocation committees will be organized with grassroots involvement of more people.

Volunteer Agreement

People with roots, residence, or business in Tipton County are welcome to become Foundation volunteers. Orientation meetings are scheduled as needed and an agreement is signed by both the new volunteer and a Foundation representative. Fundamental to every “job description” is the commitment to make a personally significant investment of time, talent, and treasure in a particular aspect of the Tipton County Foundation, and encourage others to do the same.

As a Volunteer for the Tipton County Foundation, a person has a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that the Foundation does the best work possible in pursuit of its goals. One must believe in the purpose and the mission of the Foundation to serve donors, award grants, and provide community leadership, and intend to act responsibly and prudently as its steward.

The agreement sets forth the following expectations...

As part of my responsibilities as a Volunteer:

  1. I will make a personally significant investment of time, talent, and treasure in the Tipton County Foundation, and encourage others to do the same.
  2. I will interpret the Foundation’s work and values to the community, represent the Foundation, and obtain information for people that I cannot answer on my own.
  3. I will attend at least 75% of the meetings, and the events related to my role.
  4. I will actively participate in some TCF activities that may not be directly related to my role.
  5. I will act in the best interests of the Foundation, and excuse myself from discussions and votes where I have a conflict of interest.
  6. I will stay informed about what is going on in the Foundation. I will ask questions and request information. I will participate in and make recommendations on issues and policies for which the Board or staff seek input.
  7. I will work in good faith with staff and other Volunteers as partners towards achievement of our goals, and maintain the confidentiality of personal information about which I may become aware.
  8. If I do not fulfill these commitments to the Foundation, I will expect a Volunteer leader to call on me and discuss my responsibilities with me.
In turn, the Foundation will be responsible to me in several ways:
  1. I will be sent reports and updates of Foundation activities related to my role that allow me to meet the “prudent person” section of the law.
  2. Opportunities will be offered to me to discuss with the staff and other Volunteers the Foundation’s programs, goals, activities, and status; additionally, I can request such opportunities.
  3. The Foundation will help me perform my duties by keeping me informed about issues in the nonprofit field in which we are working, and by offering me opportunities for training and development as a Volunteer.
  4. Board members and staff will respond in a straightforward fashion to questions I have that I feel are necessary to carry out my fiscal, legal and moral responsibilities to this Foundation. Board members and staff will work in good faith with me towards achievement of our goals.
  5. If the Foundation does not fulfill its commitments to me, I can call on the board chairman and Foundation president to discuss these responsibilities.

Introduction to TCF

A PowerPoint presentation about Foundation operations may be viewed on this website.
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