Vigran Family Foundation

Lifelong Richmond resident Stanley Vigran considered forming a private foundation as a way to support causes that were important to him and his family. As a former Wayne County Foundation board member, however, he understood there was a way to use the Foundation to achieve his goals with fewer complications.

By creating a supporting organization, called the Vigran Family Foundation, he and his family retained many of the benefits of a private foundation while leveraging many other benefits. In addition to a $1 million establishing gift in 2001, a very generous bequest came to the Vigran Family Foundation on Stan’s passing in 2004.

Stanley, who was never shy about his fondness for Richmond, once said that ‘a day out of Richmond is a day out of life.’ Today, the Vigran Family Foundation supports the charitable purposes of the Wayne County Foundation, and especially those advancing theater and the arts, higher education, healthcare, and Jewish causes.

The Vigran Family Foundation allows for Stanley’s passions to be felt to this day. In 2002, the Palladium-Item wrote that ‘Richmond is deeply indebted to Vigran for his belief in the city’s potential, (and) his hopes for the well-being of its residents. The community should be thankful that his distinguised record of valuable service…will be continued through the Vigran Family Foundation.’

Grants made through the Vigran Family Foundation in 2022

A Better Way, Richmond Achieva Resources Amigos Richmond Latino Center
Beth Boruk Temple Birth-to-Five Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County
Centerstone Circle U Help Center Communities in Schools Wayne County
Community Food Pantry Earlham College – Jewish Studies Program Every Child Can Read
Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library Gateway Hunger Relief Center Girls, Inc. of Wayne County
Goldman Union Camp Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care of Richmond Hillel at Miami University
Indiana Historical Society Indiana Historical Society-History Day Indiana Jewish Historical Society
Indiana University East-Scholarships Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council International School of Indiana
JACY House Joseph Maley Foundation Miami University-Vigran Social Entreprenuership Fund
Noah’s Ark Daycare Planned Parenthood Great Northwest Quaker Hill Amphitheater
Reid Hospital Foundation Richmond Civic Theater Richmond Parks and Recreation
Richmond Shakespeare Festival Second Helpings Special Olympics of Wayne County
Stage One Youth Theater at Richmond Civic Theatre Texas Hillel United Way of Whitewater Valley
Wayne County Cardinal Greenways Wayne County Foundation Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission