Pictured (L to R) are Kosciusko Leadership Academy cadet Amanda Sautter; Stephanie Overby, CEO, Kosciusko County Community Foundation; Rich Haddad, president and CEO, K21 Health Foundation; Lili Dailey, vice president, Lake City Wealth Management; and KLA cadet Dr. Bennett Hollar. Photo Provided.
Pictured (L to R) are Kosciusko Leadership Academy cadet Amanda Sautter; Stephanie Overby, CEO, Kosciusko County Community Foundation; Rich Haddad, president and CEO, K21 Health Foundation; Lili Dailey, vice president, Lake City Wealth Management; and KLA cadet Dr. Bennett Hollar. Photo Provided.
The latest Kosciusko Leadership Academy session was at the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

On Nov. 15, KLA cadets got an overview of philanthropy in Kosciusko County from CEO Stephanie Overbey at the Kosciusko County Community Foundation (KCCF). Rich Haddad, president and CEO of K21 Health Foundation, spoke about the role of a private foundation in philanthropy, according to a news release from KLA.

The cadets also learned the basics of estate planning from Lili Dailey, Lake City Bank vice president, wealth management.

Community foundations have become the fastest growing way to give in the United States, now with one in every Indiana county. Since being established in 1968, The KCCF now has over 300 endowment funds, almost $72 million in assets, and awards $3 million annually to charitable organizations.

The K21 Health Foundation works to support health initiatives and projects in the county. The cadets also learned about the rules of distribution and eligibility of organizations. In 23 years, K21 Health Foundation has granted $60 million to benefit Kosciusko County residents.  

Dailey explained the importance of estate planning, which includes having an updated will, named beneficiaries, a living will and other healthcare documents. She helped cadets make the connection between wealth management and charitable giving. Through estate planning, individuals can protect financial assets and leave a lasting legacy.

The work of these organizations and others is a testimony to the generosity of those who invest in the lives of people in Kosciusko County, the news release states.

"We live in a very blessed community, but it’s not by accident,” said KLA moderator Allyn Decker.

The next KLA session will cover the orthopedic industry in Kosciusko County at the city of Warsaw’s council chambers on Nov. 29.

The Kosciusko Leadership Academy is in its 41st year of service to our county. As an independent 501-3(c) organization, KLA conducts biweekly morning sessions around the county to expose leaders to a wide variety of local topics and experts.  The annual whitepaper projects have yielded many benefits to the citizens of Kosciusko County.

For more information, visit www.kocsciuskoleadership.org.