About The Foundation

Enhancing the Spirit of Community and Improving the Quality of Life

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About Us

You are the guardian of the future for the next generation. They rely on you, me and others…to plant the trees today that will provide the shade tomorrow.

Thirty-nine years ago, forward-thinking leaders in Wayne County formed our community foundation. Thanks to their efforts, we now have over 38 million dollars in assets to support our community today.

During 2016, The Foundation awarded $1.86 million in grants, distributions, and scholarships over the course of the year. This brings the grand total of community support since our inception to more than $26.3 million. As usual, support for education is the single largest program category we address, with scholarships alone accounting for $546,700, representing 345 individual awards.

Our past guardians were wise and good and generous…and we are grateful for their vision. It is now up to us to keep the mission today…tomorrow…forever.

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Our Work

The Wayne County, Indiana, Foundation, Inc. exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in the Wayne County, Indiana area now and for future generations.

To accomplish this mission, the Foundation will:

  • Be responsible stewards of contributed assets in accordance with donor wishes and the governing instruments of the foundation.
  • Champion private giving for the public good among the people of Wayne County.
  • Provide a flexible, efficient and lasting way for donors to accomplish their philanthropic goals.
  • Make grants and provide counsel and assistance that will have a significant impact upon recipients and will address community needs.
  • Encourage collaboration and cooperation among funders and service providers to address community needs.
  • Serve as a catalyst when Foundation leadership is necessary to focus attention on critical needs in Wayne County.

Adopted 12/8/00


Financials and Annual Reports

Our financial statements and IRS Form 990 are published each year by GuideStar and may be viewed at GuideStar.org (Free Registration with GuideStar.org Required)

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Click on the Annual Reports to read more

Click to view the 2017 Annual Report


WCF Annual Report 2016

Click to view the 2016 Annual Report

Today. Tomorrow. Forever.

“Thanks to those of you who donate time and funds to promote the well-being and the best hopes of our fellow citizens and our community.”  — Len Clark, Board Chair

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Ways To Give

There are a number of ways to give through the Foundation and a variety of ways to structure new funds. Some funds help address pressing social and human service needs throughout the county. Others provide scholarships and help promote a range of educational opportunities.

Ways to Give...
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