Our 2021 Challenge Match organizations have been selected!

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Organization  Match Amount Organization  Match Amount
A Better Way Services, Inc. $10,000 Model T Ford Club of America $10,000
Amigos the Richmond Latino Center $5,000 Natco Community Empowerment Center $5,000
Birth-to-Five $5,000 Noah’s Ark Day Care Center $5,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County $10,000 Open Arms Ministries $5,000
Brighter Path, Inc. $5,000 Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church $5,000
Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center $5,000 Richmond Art Museum $10,000
Communities in Schools of Wayne County $10,000 Richmond Civic Theatre $5,000
Community Christian School $5,000 Richmond Family YMCA $5,000
Cope Environmetal Center $10,000 Richmond Friends School $10,000
Every Child Can Read Inc. $5,000 Richmond Neighborhood Restoration $10,000
Friends of Morrisson Reeves Library $5,000 Richmond Parks and Recreation $10,000
Gateway Church of Richmond, Inc. $5,000 Richmond Pickleball Inc. $5,000
Girls Inc. of Wayne County $10,000 Richmond Rose Garden $5,000
Golay Community Center, Inc. $5,000 Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Inc. $10,000
Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Center $5,000 Richmond Symphony Orchestra $10,000
Hayes Arboretum $10,000 Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Center $5,000
HELP the Animals, Inc. $5,000 Wayne County Cardinal Greenway $10,000
Hope House $5,000 Wayne County Historical Museum $5,000
Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana, Inc. $5,000 Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars $10,000
Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana $5,000 Williamsburg Area Community Center $5,000

So, what is the Challenge Match?

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.

2021 Challenge Match Partners

Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund
First Bank Community Fund
Second Chance Fund
David and Carla Stidham