Chaucie’s Place earns grant


Chaucie’s Place has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Indiana Service Challenge, sponsored by Companies With a Mission. The grant monies will be used to build a training room at Chaucie’s Place.

Chaucie’s Place, a nonprofit Child Advocacy Center that focuses on the prevention of child sexual abuse and youth suicide, received the grant thanks to Carmel-based NextGear Capital, whose employees volunteered at the organization and nominated the nonprofit for the grant.

“The minute the employees at NextGear Capital learned about Chaucie’s Places’ mission and their need for a training room, they supported the organization and this effort 100 percent,” said Patty Turner, director of marketing and administrative services at NextGear Capital. “NextGear Capital purchased the materials, and our employees volunteered to construct the storage barn, which was the first step in transitioning the garage into a training room. Through the Indiana Service Challenge, we had the opportunity to submit this project for grant funds for Chaucie’s Place. We were thrilled to help Chaucie’s Place get the $5,000 seed money for its training room.”

One hundred and ninety-four nonprofits were vying for a total of $200,000 from the Indiana Service Challenge.  Only 38 nonprofits walked away with grants between $1,000 and $15,000.

“We are going to renovate our 4-car garage into a training room for our prevention programs,” said Toby Stark, executive director of Chaucie’s Place. “This training room will allow us to reach even more people in the community with our child sexual abuse prevention programs.”

Based on its estimated costs for the renovation, Chaucie’s Place needs to raise an additional $20,000 to begin work on the training room. Those interested in supporting this project with a donation can visit