Executive Director Successor Search

Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s Executive Director since 2005, has announced his retirement at the end of 2019.  A committee has been formed to lead the search for a successor.  The foundation has also contracted with Charitable Advisors, a consulting and search firm out of Indianapolis, to assist in this process.
For more than forty years, Wayne County Foundation has been a faithful steward and effective conduit for charitable giving. The foundation works with donors to create funds that reflect donors’ charitable goals. These generous givers, past and present, have enabled the foundation to provide financial support across all sectors of our communities, including social services, youth, senior citizens, education, recreation, arts, culture, animal welfare, and community development. Wayne County Foundation has awarded more than $28 million in grants and scholarships since inception, including $2 million in 2018. Current assets are approximately $45 million.
These are exciting times for Indiana community foundations, which are taking more visible leadership roles. Wayne County Foundation is at the forefront of this trend with its new Forward Wayne County Initiative. The initiative uses a collaborative approach to identify community needs and create a more vibrant and prosperous Wayne County and east central Indiana. https://forwardwaynecounty.org/
Because of the pending retirement of its current executive, the Wayne County Foundation board is seeking a community- and people-oriented leader to build on a strong base of support and community momentum. The Executive Director should be familiar with charitable giving and nonprofit organizations and able to quickly establish him or herself in Richmond and the smaller communities across Wayne County. This is a heavy relationship-building and connecting role with at least half of the leader’s time devoted to building relationships with community leaders. In addition, the Executive Director should be able to build, set priorities for, and supervise a high-performing staff team of five individuals.
The ideal candidate will have familiarity with fundraising, financial management, grant administration, and experience working in collaboration with community partners. Successful experience in fund development or sales is important. Experience working in smaller and rural communities is helpful. The Executive Director should have a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in business, nonprofit management or a related field; substantial experience may be substituted. Must be willing to become heavily involved with people and organizations across the county; a past, current or future resident of Wayne County is preferred but will consider residents of other counties. The position offers competitive compensation and benefits, including health insurance and retirement.
For more information about Wayne County Foundation, visit https://waynecountyfoundation.org/ 
ATTENTION: Be Prepared – To assist you and the search committee in discerning your match for the position, we suggest you prepare your responses to these questions prior to hitting “APPLY” to make your application. Applications will not be considered without question responses.
1) Why would leading Wayne County Foundation be a great match for you? Which of your recent experiences do you see as applicable to this role?
2) Tell us about your experience and success in building and maintaining relationships with prospective donors, customers, or clients.
3) Provide an example of how you have taken a leadership role to bring people, organizations, and/or resources together to make a difference in your community.
4) What do you see as some of the greatest opportunities or needs in Wayne County?
5) Share your experience running the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization or small business (e.g. financial management, human resources/staff, programs, board relationship).
Click the APPLY button to submit cover letter and resume.

Building a Stronger Community

Today. Tomorrow. Forever.

A grant from the Foundation helped establish the Milton Play Park
A grant from the Foundation helped establish the Milton Play Park

The Foundation seeks to fund a variety of projects which directly benefit the citizens of Wayne County. In order to receive funding, the applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization operating in Wayne County, Indiana, or an organization whose project serves a very broad segment of the Wayne County community.
Priority is given to projects that:

  • Address a community problem or special project of some significance for which funding is needed but not available through the organization’s regular budget;
  • Present an innovative and practical approach to a community problem or project;
  • Show evidence of the qualifications and stability of the applicant organization.

Wayne County Foundation Awards $169,097 In 2018 Spring Grant Cycle

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $169,097 to twenty-nine local organizations in support of programs or projects designed to enhance the spirit of the community and improve the quality of life across Wayne County.

Animal Care Alliance  
To purchase four stainless steel specialty tables ($5,603)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County
To help purchase computers and access points ($7,500)

Brighter Path Inc.
To purchase a wheelchair lift for the facility ($6,000)

Christian Charities
In support of Backpack Blessings and Food Recovery
programs ($10,000)

Circle U Help Center, Inc.
In support of meal services ($5,000)

Communities in Schools of Wayne County
In support of the site coordination program ($15,000)

Cope Environmental Center
In support of the Families in the Forest project ($5,000)

Diplomas Inc.
For tuition to keep 4 teen parents and 2 children in
school for the school year ($7,200)

Dublin Public Library
To replace flooring and repaint inside the library ($6,599)

Dudas Inspiration Venue for the Arts
In support of the DIVA Improv workshop ($3,000)

Every Child Can Read
In support of the Third Grade Academy ($5,000)

Gateway Food Pantry
For food and transportation expenses ($5,000)

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
In support of the Healthy Foof for Families program
in Wayne County ($10,000)

Hagerstown Nettle Creek Players
In support of the 2018 Summer Stock Season ($5,000)

Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana
To purchase high definition video magnification
assistive devices ($5,990)

JACY House
To purchase supplies for the Speak Up Be Safe
program ($2,000)

Richmond Civic Theatre
For volunteer attraction and community engagement ($5,000)

Richmond Community Orchestra
In support of the Strings Initiative Program ($6,000)

Richmond Day Nursery
To make external repairs to the building ($7,785)

Richmond Parks and Recreation
In support of the Middlefork Reservoir playground
campaign ($5,000)

Richmond Symphony Orchestra
In support of community concerts ($3,500)

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana
For program costs relating to guests from
Wayne County ($5,000)

Safety Village of Wayne County
To assist with school transportation fees ($2,500)

Special Olympics Indiana – Wayne County
In support of the bowling and summer track and field
programs ($4,420)

Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center
To support equine therapy services ($2,500)

Townsend Community Center
In support of the Harambee Process ($3,000)

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
In support of the Conservation Days program ($3,000)

Wayne County Veterans Memorial Committee Inc.
In support of the Huey project ($2,500)

Williamsburg Area Community Center
To replace windows on third floor of building ($15,000)

Community Generates $1.5 Million in 2017 Challenge Match (Click to read the detailed results of the 2017 Challenge Match)

Wayne County Foundation Awards $117,899 In Spring 2017 Grant Cycle

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $117,899 to twenty-two local organizations in support of programs or projects designed to enhance the spirit of the community and improve the quality of life across Wayne County. “The wide range of projects and initiatives proposed for this cycle was especially impressive,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director. “We have no doubt that the ones selected for funding will have a meaningful impact on our community.” All of the Foundation’s community grantmaking is made possible by income from unrestricted and endowed field-of-interest funds.   This is the complete list of grant awards approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors at its May meeting:

Achieva Resources Corporation, Inc.
To purchase age appropriate books for the
EXCEL program ($4,000)

Animal Care Alliance
To purchase electro surgery equipment ($6,000)

Boy Scouts of America
For registration fees of Wayne County students
to participate in STEM Scouts ($5,250)

Cambridge City Main Street
For roof replacement on the Matthias and
Kline historical building ($5,000)

Center City Development
In support of Tech Education partnership with
Earlham College ($1,500)

Christian Charities
In support of the Backpack Blessings program with at least
25% to benefit the Hagerstown community ($5,000)

Circle U Help Center, Inc.
To purchase updated kitchen equipment ($3,750)

Communities In Schools of Wayne County
To support Site Coordination services ($15,000)

Diplomas
For tuition to keep 4 teen parents and 2 children
in school for a whole school year ($7,200)

Every Child Can Read
In support of the Third Grade Academy ($5,000)

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
In support of the Healthy Food for Families program ($7,500)

Hagerstown Nettle Creek Players
In support of the Nettle Creek Players Summer Stock
Tent Theatre Season ($5,000)

HELP the Animals
To replace a portion of the roof of the H.E.L.P. Shelter ($2,725)

Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana
To purchase assistive devices for continued independence ($10,000)

Indiana Women In Need Foundation
For support services of women living in Wayne County and
enduring treatment for breast cancer ($3,000)

JACY House
In support of the Speak Up Be Safe program ($2,000)

Richmond Day Nursery
To purchase cots and couches for the children ($2,204)

Richmond Parks and Recreation
To purchase a fence in Phase I of the Playground with a Purpose project ($5,000)

Special Olympics Indiana – Wayne County
In support of the Wayne County Special Olympics annual summer games ($4,420)

Wayne County Soil and Water Conversation District
For Conservation Days 2017 ($2,000)

Western Wayne Heritage
To publish a book in coordination with the Voices of the Past event ($1,350)

Williamsburg Area Community Center
For window replacement and roof repairs ($15,000)