Donor Resources

Donor FAQs

Why donate through the Wayne County Foundation?

By giving through the Wayne County Foundation, you are supporting local philanthropy and the causes you care about, long term. The staff of the Foundation are dedicated, experienced professionals whose mission is to assist you and keep your intent always at the front of their mind. The staff understands the changing needs of your community and has a thorough understanding of the nonprofit organizations serving those needs. The WCF is committed to the stewardship of assets and ensures that the charitable goals of donors are met now and for generations to come.

Donor Privacy

You decide when or whether you want to be recognized for your gift or remain anonymous. You can feel secure in knowing that your personal information will never be disclosed.

How can I set up my own fund?

We will meet with you individually or with your financial advisor to discuss your charitable giving interests and needs, and how we can best fulfill them while making the most of your philanthropic dollars. You choose what to give, when to give, and what cause(s) or organization(s) you wish to support.

What are the financial benefits and tax advantages of giving through the WCF?

The Wayne County Foundation is a public charity and donations qualify for the maximum available deduction for charitable contributions in the year when the gift is made.

Gift Acceptance Policy

The Foundations will accept all forms of donor philanthropy consistent with their mission and policies, including those gifts whose benefits do not fully accrue to the Foundations until some future time.  Gifts may be received outright, or by will or by trust.  The Foundations will only accept gifts, however, which are consistent with their 501(c)(3) status, reserving the right to refuse any proposed gift, including those which may subject the Foundations directly or indirectly to any restriction or condition that prevents the Foundations from freely and effectively using the assets, or the income derived from them, to further their exempt purposes.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Gilliam at 765-962-1638 or by email.

Types of Funds

Click on each type of fund to see a full list.

Unrestricted Funds

Unrestricted funds are the most flexible type of funds. They allow the Foundation’s Board of Directors to make grants in response to the community’s most important needs and promising opportunities.

Field of Interest Funds

Support a cause or area of interest without naming a specific charity.

Designated Funds

Funds that support a specific organization.

Advised Funds

Funds that encourage donor engagement. Donors maintain an active role in recommending what nonprofit organizations will benefit from grants.

The Vigran Family Foundation is one of our largest Advised Funds. Learn more about it here.

Scholarship Funds

Funds that inspire education