Challenge Match

The Challenge Match Initiative

The Wayne County Foundation’s Challenge Match Initiative grew out of a need to help local not-for-profit organizations raise unrestricted operating dollars more efficiently. It quickly became a means to help organizations strengthen their development functions and a fun way for donors to express which charities are most important to them. Perhaps most importantly – at least from the Foundation’s perspective – the Challenge Match became a very positive and highly-visible way to encourage charitable giving in our community.

Here’s how it works:

Participating organizations are given the opportunity to secure a dollar-for-dollar match from the Foundation, up to a specified match goal, based on qualifying gifts they receive from the community in a designated period of time.

In order to participate, organizations must:

  • be located in Wayne County;
  • be in good standing with the IRS and the Foundation;
  • have some previous relationship with the Foundation;
  • submit an application outlining their work in the community and why it is important;
  • show their plan for achieving the match; and
  • identify the outcomes they expect to achieve with the community’s support.

Match goals are assigned based on the organization’s request and the Foundation’s assessment of the application. These goals represent the dollar amount the Foundation will match, and essentially, the maximum amount an organization can expect to receive from the Foundation. In no way, however, do they limit the total amount of money an organization can raise. Gifts up to $1,000 per person per organization received during the designated match period qualify for the match.

A grant use report is to be submitted online within six months after the grant is awarded.  The report can be completed at



2019 Challenge Match Partners

Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund

First Bank Community Fund

Fund for Tomorrow

Eldon and Sharon Harzman

Mr. Jeff Jeffers

Wayne Bank Community Fund


Other Contributors to the Match Pool

Guthrie Family Donor Advised Fund

Carla and Dave Stidham

2019 Participating Organizations

The organizations participating in the Foundation’s 2019 Challenge Match and their match goals are:

Organization Match Goal
2nd Chance Animal Rescue of Richmond $2,500
Achieva Resources Corporation, Inc. $2,500
Amigos Richmond Latino Center $5,000
Animal Care Alliance $2,500
Birth to Five $5,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County $10,000
Brighter Path Inc. $2,500
Cambridge City Main Street $2,500
Center City Development $2,500
Christian Charities $2,500
Circle U Help Center, Inc. $10,000
Communities In Schools of Wayne County $10,000
Cope Environmental Center $10,000
Every Child Can Read $5,000
Friends of Morrisson Reeves Library $2,500
Gateway Hunger Relief Center $2,500
Genesis of Richmond $5,000
Girls Inc. of Wayne County $10,000
Golay Community Center Inc. $5,000
Good News Habitat for Humanity $5,000
Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care of Richmond, Inc. $5,000
Hayes Arboretum $10,000
HELP the Animals $2,500
Hope House $5,000
Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana $2,500
JACY House $5,000
Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana $2,500
Model T Ford Club of America $10,000
Open Arms Ministries $5,000
Richmond Art Museum $10,000
Richmond Civic Theatre $5,000
Richmond Community Orchestra $2,500
Richmond Day Nursery $2,500
Richmond Family YMCA $5,000
Richmond Friends School $10,000
Richmond Neighborhood Restoration $2,500
Richmond Parks and Recreation $10,000
Richmond Rose Garden $5,000
Richmond Shakespeare Festival $10,000
Richmond Symphony Orchestra $10,000
Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center $2,500
Wayne County Cardinal Greenway $10,000
Wayne County Historical Museum $5,000
Wayne County SWCD $2,500
Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars $10,000
Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission, Inc. $2,500
Williamsburg Area Community Center, Inc. $2,500