One way to make an immediate impact is by contributing to one or more of the funds already established.

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is steward to more than 275 funds that support a wide range of causes.

Browse our list of existing funds below. If you are interested in making a donation, simply click “Donate Now.”

The Community Foundation Board of Directors established the 50th Anniversary Operating Endowment with a challenge grant received from Lilly Endowment. This endowment will support the operations of The Community Foundation for years to come.

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100+ Men Who Give was founded on the idea that men who are informed about the needs in their community can collectively make a real difference by practicing philanthropy together. Members join the organization annually and sign a commitment to donate $500 per year. The first $100 commitment supports an endowment fund for the 100+ Men Who Give organization to use to address future needs of the community.

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100+ Women Who Care was founded on the idea that women who are informed about the needs in their community can collectively make a real difference by practicing philanthropy together. Members join the organization annually and sign a commitment to donate $500 per year. The first $100 commitment supports an endowment fund for the 100+ Women Who Care organization to use to address future needs of the community.

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AgrIInstitute is a leadership development and people-capacity building organization that facilitates a robust network of agricultural and rural learners. More than 350 students from around the State of Indiana have completed the agricultural leadership program established in 1982. Over a two year period, people who are in or associated with the agricultural industry attend seminars increasing their knowledge about social, economic, political, trade and cultural issues that impact agriculture. The endowment helps to support the ongoing program of creating strong, well-versed leaders working in agriculture. www.agriinstitute.org

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The legacy of Jim Albregts will live through his thoughtful and generous bequest that supports Almost Home Humane Society, Wabash Center, YMCA, and YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. Because of his generosity, each year these organizations will receive grants from the James P. Albregts Endowment…gifts forever.

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An advised endowment established to provide support to area non-profits for individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

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The Alpha Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wheeler as an advised endowment fund. Grants from this fund have supported not for profit, human service organizations. The donors are especially interested in helping organizations with new initiatives that make a difference and whose leaders “stretch a dollar like a rubber band.”

 

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Indiana State Senator Ronnie Alting and his children, PVT Ronnie Alting, Jr., and Ashley, established an advised endowment fund to honor their mother Liz Patout Alting, who died of cancer in 2003. Senator Ron Alting, said, “I’ve taught our children to be givers and not takers. This is a wonderful way for them to honor their mother and also to help their community. I hope that other families will follow this example.”

 

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Mr. and Mrs. C. Virgil St. John created this endowment, which endows the first trumpet chair of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, in honor of their daughter Janet St. John Amy.

 

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For over a century, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette has celebrated the power of art by inspiring, challenging, and instructing the community through its collections, exhibitions, and programs. The endowment was established in 1992 to support the ongoing operations of the Museum.

 

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The Art League supports educational and fund raising activities, exhibitions, acquisitions and programs of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. The Art League provides members with the opportunity for individual, creative, and artistic experiences, and fosters art and artists in the community. Art League

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As a nationally accredited art museum, the Greater Lafayette Museum provides a variety of education programs, classes, lecture series, workshops, and demonstrations for children and adults alike. The flagship education, outreach program of the Art Museum is ArtSmart: Indiana that reaches out to 4th grade classes throughout the State of Indiana. The endowment earnings will support the ongoing education programs.

 

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Governed by a separate board of directors, The Art Museum Foundation exists solely to provide financial support and assistance to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

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Established in 1999 to support and benefit the artistic performances, operations, and education programs of Bach Chorale.

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Established in 1999 to support and benefit the artistic performances, operations, and education programs of Bach Chorale.

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Established in 1999 to support and benefit the artistic performances, operations, and education programs of Bach Chorale.

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In honor of George Hamilton Balfe, George Louis Balfe, and George Dan Balfe –
This fund, established by the late Opal Balfe, wife of George Louis Balfe, memorializes and honors three generations of Balfe’s, all graduates of Jefferson High School and Purdue University. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to Jefferson graduates planning to seek a baccalaureate degree from Purdue University or an associate degree from Ivy Tech College.

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A designated endowment established by Dennis and Diane Carson to support Kossuth Street Baptist Church.

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The Bauers established their endowment to continue the Lafayette Area Subway Annual Holiday Party that for 26 years has provided food and presents to local community youth during the holiday season.

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The earnings from this endowment supports the works of the Bharatiya Temple & Cultural Center (BTCC) of Greater Lafayette. BTCC’s mission is to share, foster, and promote Indian culture and religions of Indian origin to the community.
http://btccgl.org/

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Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Lafayette helps children realize their potential and build their futures. This fund was established to support its mission for years to come.

http://www.bbbslaf.org

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A designated endowment established by Mary Ellen Totten-Lovell to honor her parents and benefit Civic Theatre.
www.lafayettecivic.com

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The Purdue Black Alumni Organization established the scholarship in honor of Roger Blalock, a graduate of Purdue University who played varsity basketball and distinguished himself as a caring and effective athletic department administrator. The Fund supports young minority scholars attending Purdue University in hopes that they will seek the path of opportunity with the foundation of a college education from Purdue University.

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Wabash Center serves children and adults with disabilities and special needs, and one such family that benefitted from the services of Wabash Center was the Boardman Family for which the Fund was named. In honor of this Family, the Fund will help other clients with needed equipment/services that may not be covered by other means.

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This fund was established by Jim and Sandy Bodenmiller to address the most pressing community needs.

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Phyllis Boehning’s passion for service will continue through this endowment, established by her husband, Richard Boehning.

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Jane Early Boswell Art Scholarship was established to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Jefferson High School and pursuing art.

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Having a deep concern for the needs of at risk children, Linda and Glenn established the fund to support not-for-profit organizations that provide programs and services that will help meet current needs.

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This fund was established to address the most pressing community needs.

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Mark R. and Deborah K. Holden have established an endowment fund to support Burnett Creek Elementary School. The Holden Family’s children have attended Tippecanoe School Corporation (TSC) schools and have been truly inspired by the staff. Thus, the motivator for establishing this fund is to provide professional development opportunities for the staff members with whom the students interact and to provide the school with supplemental funds to be used to support its educational mission.  http://bce.tsc.k12.in.us/

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Founded in 2007 by donors who wanted to remain anonymous, The Community Foundation helped to structure an endowment that would help them to annually support charitable causes important to them. This endowment focuses on disaster relief, emergency shelter, family self-sufficiency, health, and other human services.

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The CASA endowment was established in 2015 to support their mission to provide a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to abused and neglected children in Tippecanoe County. CASA volunteers advocate for the best interest of the children in the courtroom.

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Gordon and Harriett Coppoc established the Children’s Music Foundation Endowment to honor the memory of Edward F. and Ida Leona Cone Kagay. The endowment benefits The Children’s Music Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995 that provides educators lessons, materials, and instruments to nurture the musical talent of children with financial needs.

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Board of Directors of Civic Theatre established the endowment in 1999 with an estate gift to support ongoing operations that annually provide community performances and entertainment opportunities.

www.lafayettecivic.com

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Board of Directors of Civic Theatre established the endowment in 2017.

https://www.lafayettecivic.org/

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Tara Balfe Clifford Scholarship was established to provide scholarships to females graduating from Jefferson High School and planning to attend Purdue University.

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The Scholarship is a living legacy to Samuel J. Cole and Pearl Mae Fritts, parents of the founding contributor Thomas A. Cole. The purpose of the scholarship is to support students who have attended high school in Saline County, Illinois.

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Managed by the Board of Directors containing unrestricted gifts to The Foundation for which matching funds were received from the Lilly Endowment.

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Established by The Foundation Board to accept a bequest from Jeanne and Dale Compton. The earnings from the fund will support Lafayette Urban Ministry, Tippecanoe County Council on Aging for the Meals on Wheels program, and Food Finders Food Bank.

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This fund was established by Cook Medical to address the most pressing community needs.

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While Purdue University brought Barbara Cook to town for a long career in student services, her commitments extended well beyond campus during her 57 years here. Through an estate gift, this endowment was established to support local needs in the community.

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One of Dr. Cook’s loves later in life was working in the St. John’s Food Panty. She saw firsthand people who did not have adequate food and shelter. Her way to address one of those issues was to provide part of her estate for an endowment for Food Finders Food Bank. Her legacy and generosity will carry through in perpetuity by helping those in need with a hand up.

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The Culver Academies Fund was instituted in 2011 by Ned Derhammer. The endowment’s goal is to support students living in Tippecanoe County in Indiana who have a desire and need to attend Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana.

http://www.culver.org/

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Going to college can seem daunting when you’re the first person in your family to attend or you’re in the care of a foster family. While guidance counselors and friends provide support, there’s no experienced family member to help navigate through the often-confusing maze of demands —tuition, scholarships, class schedules, dorms, and roommates. Yet, that first step toward higher education not only can set one person on a new path in life, it can blaze a trail for generations to come. Sam Curtis established a scholarship to do just that for Jefferson High School graduates desiring to go to Purdue University.

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As an avid volunteer at the YWCA’s Women’s Shelter and a registered nurse, Shirley Curtis knew the importance of helping women and children as they sought out the services of the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Before Shirley passed away in 2007, she established a legacy endowment to help provide non-prescription, pharmaceutical items and supplies to the women and children housed in the YWCA’s shelter.

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The late Bill and Donna DeFouw established an advised endowment to support the good works of many local not-for-profit organizations, their church, and Purdue University. The DeFouws planned their advised endowment fund to include the participation of the next generation of family members.

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A fund for community beautification established by Lafayette Bancorporation to honor the DeVaults.

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This fund was established in memory to Charles B. Dieterle to support Randolph Township. Grants from the fund have supported such organizations as The Randolph Township Fire Department and the American Red Cross.

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The Lynne L. and Paul J. DiFabio Endowment was established to support the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Emergency Shelter.

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This fund was established by Ron and Jan to address the most pressing community needs.

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Established by The Foundation Board to accept a bequest from David and Mary Lou Dove. The earnings from the fund will support the colleges and departments of Purdue University.

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This fund was established by Vince and Roxanne Drnevich to address the most pressing community needs.

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An advised endowment established by Vince and Roxanne Drnevich to annually support charitable causes important to them.

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Established by the Board of Directors of the Duncan Foundation, Inc.

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An advised fund established in memory of Nicole to support local non-profits.

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Established by The Foundation Board in memory of Doug Eberle, who served as The Foundation’s President and CEO from 2006 through 2009.

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A fund established to support programs identified in the 2005 CAPE (Community Alliance to Promote Education) grant proposal submitted by The Community Foundation to Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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Established by the Board of Directors using assets distributed by the Warren N. Eggleston Charitable Trust.

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This fund was established by Families Serving Greater Lafayette to address the most pressing community needs.

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Since 1981, Food Finders Food Bank has been a critical component of the welfare of Tippecanoe and 15 surrounding counties in Indiana: providing food to member agencies, advocating for the hungry, and educating the public about hunger-related issues.  www.food-finders.org

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This fund was established to address the most pressing community needs.

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The Fowler House Mansion is owned and operated by The 1852 Foundation, a 501(c)3, whose mission is to preserve the home as an asset for our community.

http://www.fowlerhouse.org/

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A fund established by Joseph France in memory of his sister Lee to benefit organizations that provide music education to disadvantaged children.

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An advised fund established by Tom and Laurie to support local non-profits.

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Established to provide support to agencies for children, this fund grew out of a community-wide effort led by The Community Foundation to bring attention to and provide support for organizations dealing with child neglect and abuse.

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For over 20 years, long time volunteer and board member Mary Fuqua passionately served Area IV. As a tribute to her legacy, Area IV established an endowment fund at The Foundation in 2008. The not-for-profit organization helps to improve the quality of life of residents who are elderly, as well as those of all ages who have a disability or are disadvantaged.
www.areaivagency.org

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Longtime community supporters, John and Kathy have been sensitive to community needs and have been actively involved with Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation and CASA for Kids. Their interests and passions for these two organizations and other not for profits that make a difference in our community will be supported for years to come through the John and Kathy Gambs Endowment.

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This fund was established by Pris to address the most pressing community needs.

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An advised endowment established by the Gernhardt Family to annually support charitable causes important to them.

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This fund was established by Mike and Carolyn Gery to address the most pressing community needs.

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As a young family, parents Bill and Gail Gettings started their advised endowment fund to demonstrate the value of giving over time and how it can grow. In the future their children will participate as advisors to the fund.

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Established by The Foundation Board to accept a bequest from Marjorie Gipe. This endowment will provide grants to local non-profits, forever.

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Established by the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Foundation in honor of Mr. Glick’s grandmother, Rachel Faust Glick, and in celebration of the Glicks’50th wedding anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Gene B. Glick Company.

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Established by The Foundation Board to accept a bequest from Elsie Goken. The Gokens came to Lafayette in 1952 when Max joined The Lafayette Life Insurance Company where he later became CEO. Elsie was a life-long educator, first as a school teacher and later as an administrator.

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The fund was established by Connie and Richard Grace to address the most pressing community needs.

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In 2007 John and Mary Ruth established an endowment to benefit Riggs Community Health Clinic. The Clinic provides health care services which include pediatric, prenatal, dental and adult medical care to low income and uninsured residents of Tippecanoe County at reduced fees.

www.riggshealth.com

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This endowment was established to provide the community a way to support the Greenbush Cemetery.

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The 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music is America’s premier 18th century band of pipes, fifes, and drums, and has performed for audiences across the country, from the New England coast to the Mississippi River, and from Wisconsin to Fort Ticonderoga in New York, Vermont, and south to Alabama. The endowment was created by a donation from the estate of Thomas Griffin’s mother, Helen, in memory of her son, and will provide operating support to the programs of the 42nd Royal Highlanders. http://www.42ndrhr.org/

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This fund was established by Andy and Linda Gutwein to address the most pressing community needs.

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The Mansion was originally the State of Connecticut pavilion at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. It was designed and built to be moved after the World’s Fair to Lafayette, Indiana, immediately after the Fair by Mr. and Mrs.William Potter and became their personal residence. There are only 15 known buildings surviving from the Fair, and the Haan Mansion is most true to its original design and purpose of the 13 buildings removed from the grounds. Museum founders, Bob and Ellie Haan donated the Mansion to the Museum non-profit in 2015 and moved out of the Mansion. This fund was established to support the operations of the Museum.

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This fund was established by Bob and Ellie Haan to provide support for the purchases of art for the Haan Museum of Indiana Art.

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The Mansion was originally the State of Connecticut building at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Immediately after the Fair, it was dismantled and moved to Lafayette, Indiana, by Mr. and Mrs. William Potter. Museum founders, Bob and Ellie Haan donated the Mansion to the Museum non-profit in 2015 and moved out of the Mansion. They established this endowment to provide support for the upkeep, care, and maintenance of the Museum of Indiana Art.

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Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty and substandard housing locally and worldwide. They build and renovate houses in partnership with families who qualify for homeownership based on need, willingness to partner with HFF and an ability to repay a no-interest mortgage.  The endowment will help to support the work of Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette, Inc.www.lafayettehabitat.org

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Established by The Foundation Board to accept a bequest from Caroline H. Hass. This endowment will provide grants to local non-profits, forever.

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A designated endowment established by the Board of Directors to honor Billie’s wishes to support Almost Home Humane Society.

https://www.almosthomehumane.org/

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Heartford House is designed with alleged victims and families in mind. Their goal is to help reduce the secondary stress that can be associated with an interview.
https://incacs.org/centers/heartford-house-tippecanoe-county/

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Touched by the important services provided by Wabash Center, Inc., Miriam Epple-Heath established a designated endowment in 2009 to benefit the organization’s ongoing operations. Wabash Center serves the needs of children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

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This fund was established by Gary and Shelly to address the most pressing community needs.

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As a tribute to his life, The Community Foundation Board of Directors in 1993 established an endowment in memory of Win Hentschel’s community leadership and his contributions to the founding of The Community Foundation. The endowment was designated to help support the ongoing operations of The Community Foundation.

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A Lafayette resident and attorney for more than 45 years, J. Frederick Hoffman enjoyed opera, history, ornithology, legal challenges and nature—a passion he shared with his wife, Patricia. Nature was their gift to the community. After Fred’s death, Patricia donated more than 100 acres of wooded land to the Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation Foundation as a designated nature area. In addition, she created an endowment fund at The Community Foundation as a memorial to Fred, which supports the maintenance and upkeep of the park.

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Established in 2000, the endowment fund helps to support the operations of Historic Prophetstown. This working farm, which includes a Native American Settlement and a farmstead, is located on 250 acres in Battle Ground, Indiana. Valuable lessons can be learned as the farm is dedicated to showing, sharing, and teaching about agriculture and horse powered farming.  www.prophetstown.org

 

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The Home with Hope is a safe refuge for alcoholics and addicts throughout the state of Indiana who are ready and willing to change their lives for the better.www.homewithhope.org

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This fund was established by Steve and Pam to address the most pressing community needs.

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This fund was established by Les and Rita to address the most pressing community needs.

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Established by Joan Anne Hughes, this discretionary scholarship fund provides support for Tippecanoe County residents with financial need who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing school.

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Beautification funding was very much in keeping with Virginia Huth’s passion during her lifetime. As an estate gift, her fund will support community-wide beautification projects.

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A fund established by professionals serving the community who share resources, educational opportunities, and problem solving for quality care through all stages of life and exists to provide resources and educational programs to enhance the continuum of care in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

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IU Health Arnett Foundation established this fund in 2015. The endowment will support patients at IU Health and their families.

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Established by The Foundation Board to accept a bequest from John C. Jamison in 2016. The Jamison Endowment will support the most pressing community needs.

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The Jazz Club established this fund to support high school students. This fund will foster the future of jazz.

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Established by Jefferson High School Alumni for graduating seniors from Jefferson High School, Lafayette, IN.

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A designated endowment established to support Joyful Journey, Adult Day Service.
https://www.joyfuljourneywl.org/

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This fund was established to address the most pressing community needs.

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This fund was established by Jack and Leta Kelley to address the most pressing community needs.

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A designated endowment established by Archie Kerr for camperships at YMCA Camp Tecumseh.

www.camptecumseh.org

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Wolf Park located outside of Battle Ground, is a nonprofit education and research facility established in 1972 by the late Dr. Erich Klinghammer. The endowment will help to continue the work of Dr. Klinghammer which was to focus on the social behavior of the captive pack, as well as foxes, coyotes and bison.
wolfpark.org

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Established by The Foundation Board in honor of Jim Klusman, who served as President and CEO starting in 1995 and retiring in 2006.

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In 1997 the Kramer’s established an endowment for the Lafayette Family YMCA to provide memberships and programs for the needy.

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Sensitive to everyday needs of the Greater Lafayette community, Jack and Leta Kelley established an advised endowment fund to help those needing support services from local human service organizations. Working with representatives from The Community Foundation, the Kelley’s identify community needs and programs that they want to benefit. Jack and Leta have recommended grants to organizations such as Civic Theatre, Crisis Center, Lafayette Urban Ministry, Friends of the Symphony, and many others.

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The Lafayette Adult Resource Academy opened a pass-through fund in 2003 to help support their capital needs. LARA is an adult basic-education literacy program that allows individuals to continue their education outside the K-12 school system. The program provides: basic, workplace, life, and family literacy skills, English as a Second Language and GED preparation.
www.laralafayette.org/

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The Lafayette Chamber Singers is a semiprofessional group that records and performs in Greater Lafayette and throughout central Indiana. The 16-member ensemble offers audiences music from a wide variety of traditions and a span of ten centuries, ranging from pieces long hidden in archives to unpublished contemporary works. The endowment was established in 2011 to help sustain the ensemble’s musical blend and stylish performances scheduled throughout the year.
http://lafayettechambersingers.org/

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Since 1842, The Lafayette Citizens Band has been a living part of Lafayette’s history throughout the growth and development of the city, yesterday and today, and promising to be here tomorrow. The Lafayette Citizens Band provides the community with free public concerts throughout the summer and gives local musicians a chance to play quality band music. www.lafayettecitizensband.org

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The Lafayette Rotary Club formed the Lafayette Rotary Club Foundation in 1970 to grant funds for charitable purposes in the Lafayette area. In 2011, the Lafayette Rotary Club Foundation Board established an endowment fund with The Community Foundation to continue funding major projects, scholarships, camperships, and adult vocational education.
www.lafayetterotary.org

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Marking the 140th Anniversary of Lafayette Savings, the Bank established the first corporate advised endowment fund with The Community Foundation. The intent of this fund is to support community needs that generally would not be supported by Lafayette Savings Bank’s corporate support program.

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Lafayette Savings Bank established this endowment to commemorate the bank’s 145th anniversary. The fund will provide support for sustainable economic and recreational development, and beautification along the Wabash River corridor.

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The purpose of the fund is to assist the Lafayette School Corporation to accomplish its vision of inspiring and empowering all children to hope, appreciate, dream, learn, and excel. Earnings from the fund are intended to provide extracurricular and curricular opportunities to public-school children who reside within the boundaries of the Lafayette School Corporation.
www.lsc.k12.in.us

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Lafayette Transitional Housing Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization which began in 1989 to develop housing, offer supportive services, and other opportunities to foster self-sufficiency for the homeless, particularly families with children, in our community. LTHC is comprised of four separate programs: The Homeless Services Program, Family Program, Singles Program and the Lincoln Center Supportive Housing Program. The goal of all of the programs is to help the homeless learn the needed skills, so they may be able to maintain employment and housing.

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A fund to provide support for urban forestry needs of Lafayette-West Lafayette and the surrounding urban areas of Tippecanoe County.

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Cris King established the Lafayette Urban Ministry Endowment to support its Immigration Clinic, one of LUM’s many human service programs. The Immigration Clinic helps individuals from other countries, who are legally in the US, to navigate the often difficult and confusing Immigration and Naturalization system. The program which started in 2015 provides such services as citizenship classes and Spanish Conversation Tables.

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This fund was established by David and Sue to address the most pressing community needs.

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Since 1982 through the Community Leadership Program, Leadership Lafayette has prepared individuals to become active in volunteer service and community leadership. This agency endowment supports the ongoing operations of the not-for-profit organization.
www.leadershiplafayette.org

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Started with an estate gift, Legal Aid created an endowment fund at The Community Foundation in 1997. Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County provides low-cost, professional legal assistance to low-income residents of Tippecanoe County in civil matters relating to landlord-tenant problems, contracts, consumer problems, support, child custody, marriage dissolution, adoptions and guardianships in the County.

http://tclegalaid.org/

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Gary and Michele Lehman formed an advised endowment fund to support the many services and programs offered by local not-for-profit organizations. They have involved the next generation of Lehmans as successor advisors so they will understand the needs in the Greater Lafayette community and become involved in philanthropy practices.

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Kind, loving, passionate about faith and family, Diana Sue Leslie packed a lot of living into 57 years. To honor her life and her memory, husband Jim Leslie, established a legacy endowment in Sue’s name. Grants from her fund will be used to do what she had hoped to do in her later years—help others. This endowment fund will continue her giving ways.

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Because of their concern for children lacking extra-curricular opportunities, Joseph and Anne designated the purpose of their endowment fund to support public school activities such as field trips, concerts, and outings not ordinarily funded through public tax dollars. In addition, the Lifts designated the Riggs Community Health Clinic dentistry program as a secondary beneficiary of the endowment fund.

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Established by the Board of Directors using assets received by The Foundation as part of its Lilly Endowment Matching Grants programs.

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The endowment was established by Eric Lin in honor of his parents. This fund will provide grants to local non-profits now and forever.

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Virgil St. John established the endowment in 2000 to help support the ongoing operations of The Long Center for the Performing Arts. It is a 1,190-seat venue owned by the City of Lafayette and managed by the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit Long Center, Inc. Originally constructed in 1921 as the Mars Theater, the Long Center has played host to many famous performers including Al Jolson, Rudy Keeler, Bob Hope, The Marx Brothers, Ethel Merman, and Will Rogers. Located in the heart of beautiful and historic downtown Lafayette, the Long Center hosts a wide variety of concerts, theater productions, and children’s events.
www.longpac.org/

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Established by the Long Center in honor of Jan André Bootsma & Ken Bootsma. This designated endowment will support the mission of the Long Center for years to come.

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This fund was established by Ryan and Stephanie to address the most pressing community needs.

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As a builder, Bill Long knew well the importance of a solid foundation. What’s true for construction, he believed, is also true when it comes to funding community programs and instilling values in his sons. Before his death in 1996, he and his wife established the William H. and Susan C. Long Community Endowment Fund, an advised fund that gives the family a continuing roll in recommending grants.

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Mary Caccavo and Tom Kent established this endowment to assist nonprofits with matching grants to purchase hearing loop systems.

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Established by The Foundation Board to accept a bequest from Elizabeth Mackay. As a University professor she spent more than half her life away from Lafayette, but she turned toward home with her final gift.

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As community members since 1954, the Margerums made a significant impact on Greater Lafayette. Sonya served 24 years as mayor of West Lafayette and Dale was Purdue University’s Harvey Washington Wiley Distinguished Professor of Inorganic, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry.

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A designated endowment established by Sonya and Dale to support the West Lafayette Public Library’s History and Research Center.

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The Martin’s who give quietly, have a mission to help those less fortunate. The Fund will support not-for-profit organizations that provide basic human service needs such as housing, food, and health services.

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This fund was established by John and Marjorie Martin to address the most pressing community needs.

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This designated fund was established by John and Prella McBride to support the backpack program at Miller Elementary School in Lafayette, IN.

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Cultural art enthusiasts and supporters, John and Prella established the McBride Fund to support the good works of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

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Cultural art enthusiasts and supporters, John and Prella established the McBride Fund to support the good works of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

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A fund to provide support for the treatment of people afflicted with cancer, cancer research, equipment for the detection and/or care and treatment of cancer, and the advancement of cancer programs; not for the construction of buildings or other physical facilities.

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This fund was established by David and Anita to address the most pressing community needs.

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…in Honor of Their Children Gregg A. McPherson and Kimberly McPherson Vratil, for Lafayette Symphony Orchestra

Because the McPhersons believe music to be an integral part of our community’s cultural life, they established the endowment for the Lafayette Symphony to award scholarships that encourage and stimulate proficiency in playing string instruments. The scholarships are awarded to students in grades 7 through 12 in Tippecanoe County and the seven adjacent counties.

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The endowment honors Shirley and Mick McTague and their lifelong passion for supporting the Greater Lafayette community and Purdue University’s College of Engineering.  The scholarship will fund students enrolled and accepted at Purdue University’s College of Engineering making satisfactory progress toward a Bachelor of Science degree.

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The MHA Board of Directors established the endowment in 2012 to support its mission: to achieve better mental health in Tippecanoe County. The earnings from the endowment will help fund mentoring programs, support groups, and supportive housing.www.mhalafayette.org

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Established in 2007, the endowment helps to support the on-going operations of the Crisis Center, which provides 24 hour crisis intervention, suicide prevention, rape survivor advocacy, and information and referral, 24/7.  Crisis Center

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Robert Mertz was a lifelong resident of our community. Through an estate gift, this endowment was established to support the Tippecanoe County Historical Association.

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The Long Center Theatre Organ Society (LCTOS) is the stewardship organization for the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ of the Long Center in Lafayette, Indiana. They are dedicated to conserving this community treasure which is recognized as a national historic instrument. They actively strive to promote theatre pipe organ music, theater organ instruments, live performances by local, regional, and national artists, and all theater organ performances in the North-Central and Central Indiana areas. This endowment was established to guarantee funds are always available to keep the Mighty Wurlitzer in pristine condition.

http://www.lctos.org/index.html

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This fund was established by Deb to address the most pressing community needs.

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In honor of their daughter Debra St. John Mishler, Virgil and Ruth St. John set up the Fund to endow the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra bass clarinet chair.

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A field of interest endowment established by Stan and Kay Mithoefer to provide support to improve preschool literacy in Tippecanoe County.

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This fund was established by Stan and Kay Mithoefer to address the most pressing community needs.

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A designated endowment established by Stan and Kay to support Imagination Library.

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Charlotte M. Stitz established the endowment fund in 1999 to honor her parents Mr. and Mrs. William F. Moeller. This fund supports the St. James Lutheran Foundation in Lafayette.

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A designated fund established by Montessori School of Greater Lafayette (MSGL) to support their operations for years to come.

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NAMI West Central Indiana advocates for support, effective treatment and education for individuals and families affected by mental illness in our community. The endowment was established in 2016 to provide ongoing support for NAMI.
http://www.nami-wci.org/

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A field-of-interest endowment established to support organizations that contribute to the musical performing arts in Tippecanoe County.

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This fund was established by Dick and Betty to address the most pressing community needs.

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Established by The Foundation Board in honor of Betty Nelson’s work with The Community Foundation. Betty is Purdue University’s Dean of Students Emerita and serves on many not-for-profit boards in Greater Lafayette, including two separate terms on The Community Foundation’s board of directors.

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Betty Nelson knows the importance of literacy. This endowment was created to support literacy for years to come.

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This fund was established by Dick Nelson to address the most pressing community needs.

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This fund was established by Mariellen to address the most pressing community needs.

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A designated endowment to support New Community School.

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Established in 2005 by long time supporter Ted Harris, the fund supports Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive. This land trust organization works cooperatively with land owners, other nonprofit organizations and government agencies, actively seeking to protect a broad array of natural areas ranging from small green spaces to pristine nature preserves of high biological integrity. NICHES serves Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Pulaski, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White Counties.

www.nicheslandtrust.org

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This fund was established by John and Marian to address the most pressing community needs.

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Edgar and Hedy Olson embraced community with a quiet generosity, but left a path for their children to follow in their footsteps. In 1992 Edgar established the first endowment, The Olson Fund. Then in 2006, Hedy set up the Olson Community Endowment Fund. She designated her children as fund advisors and her grandchildren as successor advisors to carry on the Olson legacy of philanthropy.

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Edgar and Hedy Olson embraced community with a quiet generosity. In 2006, Hedy set up the Olson Community Endowment Fund. She designated her children as fund advisors and her grandchildren as successor advisors to carry on the Olson legacy of philanthropy.

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After Ed Olson’s death in 1998, his wife Hedy Olson honored him by establishing an endowment fund in his memory that today benefits the Long Center.

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Rick Olson carries on the Olson tradition of family philanthropy as demonstrated by Rick’s parents Edgar and Hedy. In the future, Rick’s daughter will participate as an advisor to the fund.

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This fund was established by Rick Olson to address the most pressing community needs.

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The endowment fund established in 1994 benefits First United Methodist Church located in West Lafayette.

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The Fund was set up by Richard and Helen Overmyer in 1995 for the maintenance and operational upkeep of the church’s physical facilities.

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This fund was established by Tom and Deb Parent to address the most pressing community needs.

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The Scholarship, established in 1996 by Dorothy Parr, has helped a number of students in agriculture at Purdue University.

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A college scholarship, self-discipline and determination brought Roland Parrish hard-earned success. Being a Purdue graduate and franchise owner of 25 McDonalds in Texas, this entrepreneur hopes to aid and motivate students who are academically talented and have financial need. “If there’s a bump in the road, these can help,” says Roland of his scholarship fund.

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Louis and Sandy Pearlman both have a passion for community and philanthropy. When Louis died, giving to the community was an obvious way for Sandy to honor Louis’ legacy. She established the Louis Pearlman, Jr., Fund to endow a chair in his name at the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

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A field-of-interest endowment established to provide support for benches in public spaces.

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Because Jim Klatch believes dogs are man’s best friend, improving the lives of abused and neglected dogs is a mission he promotes through his charity. The Fund will support organizations that will help and care for dogs that have suffered abuse and neglect.

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Established through a bequest from James Klatch. This designated endowment will support the mission of the Sycamore Audubon Society for years to come.

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The Presidential Leadership Scholarship Endowment Fund honoring Tarrus Richardson was instituted in 2009 by the Purdue Black Alumni Organization (PBAO). As a past president of the PBAO, Tarrus has a strong desire to create opportunities for high potential students. As a successful entrepreneur, he understands the importance of leadership qualities. The endowment’s goal is to provide support to incoming freshmen at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Candidates qualifying for the scholarship are African-American students exemplifying potential presidential leadership qualities.

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The family of Thomas M. Price chose to honor Tom Price’s memory with an annual scholarship honoring his legacy and his passion of youth and team sport. Tom saw the importance of team sports in young lives and he viewed swimming as a character building sport. He believed in the values of perseverance, hard work, self-discipline and teamwork. Because of his son Bill’s involvement on swim teams and a desire to maximize the opportunities available to local talented swimmers, Tom, along with other passionate supporters, established Boilermaker Aquatics. This newly formed swim club, affiliated with Purdue University, unified the local clubs into one team and attracted a strong coaching staff. Boilermaker Aquatics has and continues to produce outstanding swimmers at the high school, collegiate and national level. The Price Family Scholarship is awarded to graduates who attend high schools in Tippecanoe County, participate in Boilermaker Aquatics, and exemplify citizenship through leadership roles.

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This fund was established by Sue Holder Price to address the most pressing community needs.

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An advised endowment established to support local non-profits.

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This fund was established by George and Nerlene to address the most pressing community needs.

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Through an estate gift, Dr. Riggs will continue to support his passions for years to come.

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Right Steps Child Development Centers provides and advocates for quality child care and early education.

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The Risk Family established the endowment in 2001 to support the good works of Junior Achievement. The not-for-profit organization provides in-school, economic education to nearly 5,000 students in grades two through twelve in Tippecanoe and Benton Counties.

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Leadership Lafayette, Tippecanoe County Historical Association, and Art Museum of Greater Lafayette – Kirby and Carolyn Risk quietly helped the Greater Lafayette community through their volunteer efforts and philanthropy. These three organizations annually benefit from the endowment fund that was established in 1996.

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Established by the Board in memory of Richard and Violet Road, this discretionary endowment fund was established through a bequest from the Roads.

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This fund was established by Linda Rohrman to address the most pressing community needs.

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This fund was established by Marianne and Larry to address the most pressing community needs.

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To mark her 80th birthday and pay tribute to their mother, Betty Rowe’s children established an endowment. This endowment supportsBauer Family Resources. Betty’s passion was to help single, young mothers with children, especially those enrolled in the Head Start program.

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This fund was established by Brock and Jennifer to address the most pressing community needs.

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The Sargents’ legacy will live through their thoughtful and generous bequest that supports Tippecanoe Arts Federation’s major fundraiser Taste of Tippecanoe. Each year the earnings from this endowment help to promote and bring awareness to this regional community event.

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An advised endowment established by Rick and Sarah to provide support to area non-profits that inspire and advance the economic, educational, personal growth, and leadership roles of women.

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This fund was established by Charlie to address the most pressing community needs.

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Jim Shook, Sr. established an endowment in memory of his wife Mickey Shook in 1999. Because Mickey was passionate about the arts and a long-time supporter of the Art Museum, Jim designated the fund to benefit the Art Museum for art acquisition and for the care and maintenance of the collection.

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This fund was established by Jim to address the most pressing community needs.

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A designated endowment established by Ruthie to support the Food Finders Food Bank BackPack Program.

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A designated endowment established by Ruthie to support Lafayette Urban Ministry.

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Kummares established this fund in 2016 to serve those most in need.

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This fund was established by John and Jane to address the most pressing community needs.

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A fund established to receive gifts in memory of Kendall S. Smith, and remainder interest of the Kendall S. and Mary Carson Smith Charitable Remainder Trust.

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Karen Wlodarski, David Smyser’s stepmother, established the scholarship in memory of his all-too-short life and to recognize his many athletic achievements during his years at Jefferson High School. David was a former Jeff basketball star, and he also held the school’s high jump record in track for many years. Unfortunately, he lost his battle with heart disease at age 43, as did his father, Duke Smyser, just eleven months prior. David’s siblings, Tag Smyser, and Laura Buit, work with the Jefferson High School Scholarship Committee to recommend candidates for this legacy scholarship fund.

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The endowment supports the maintenance and operation of the Sons of Abraham Congregation Cemetery.

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This fund was established by Linda and Bob to address the most pressing community needs.

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A fund established by Mary Jo and Tom Sparrow, both local educators born of educators. Mary Jo spent 24 years with Greater Lafayette Area Special Services, educating children with special needs.  Tom taught 28 years at Purdue University with a joint appointment in industrial engineering and economics.  Both are retired and continue to make their home in West Lafayette.

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A designated endowment established by Tom and Mary Jo to support Food Finders Food Bank.

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A designated endowment established by Tom and Mary Jo to support Imagination Library.

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Established in 1868, a year before Purdue University was founded, the cemetery is the burial site for more than 11,000 people. In 1941, Spring Vale became a public, not-for-profit charitable organization. The endowment will help with the upkeep in perpetuity.

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This fund was established by Gary and Connie to address the most pressing community needs.

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This fund was established by Tom and Suzy Newett to address the most pressing community needs.

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After many years of establishing and supporting other Community Foundation endowments like Tree Lafayette, Greenbush Cemetery, and Lafayette Urban Forestry, Arlan and Sharon established their own donor-advised fund that provides them the opportunity to participate in community grantmaking for other not-for-profit organizations that do good works.

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A designated endowment to support memberships and programs for those in need at the YWCA.

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Dr. Jerome J. Stefaniak established this fund in 1996 to support the principle clarinet chair of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

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Dr. Jerome J. Stefaniak established this fund in 1996 to support the principle flute chair of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

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The Stein Family philanthropy has long supported community organizations, activities, programs and events. Their generosity will live on in perpetuity through the Stein Family Fund that will support charitable, religious and educational organizations.

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Established to support the good works of Wabash Center, Inc.

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A designated endowment established by Betty to support Imagination Library.

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Betty Suddarth, a long-time volunteer with The Community Foundation scholarship committee, knows the importance of acknowledging young talent and intellect, and the desire to pursue a baccalaureate degree at a college or university in the State of Indiana. Established in 2007, the scholarship is awarded to graduates of Harrison High School.

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This fund was established by Betty Suddarth to address the most pressing community needs.

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Established by the family of Matt Zika, this fund will provide resources for youth workers to help them in counseling youth who are suicide risks. The family encourages others who are passionate about preventing suicide to contribute to this fund. As the fund and its granting capacity grow, the additional resources will help youth workers reach more at-risk children and young adults.

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Established by Burr Swezey Jr. and Anne Louise Swezey in 1996; Burr was born in Lafayette and loved the community; the couple’s many contributions to Greater Lafayette have made a profound difference in scores of community and statewide efforts.

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The Sycamore Audubon Society Endowment was established by Susan Ulrich to support their mission for years to come.

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Marjorie Poor Taylor, who was a lifelong resident of Lafayette and helped such organizations as Group Homes for Children and Cary Home, established the Taylor Family Endowment fund to support community needs. Today Marjorie’s daughters continue her community legacy as fund advisors making annual grant recommendations.

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A designated endowment established to provide support to the Joe Tiller Chapter of Northwest Indiana, National Football Foundation.
https://www.nfftillerchapter.org/

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The Board of Directors set up an agency endowment in 2007 to support the on-going operations of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. TAF is the umbrella organization and arts council for fourteen counties providing educational opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts. It also provides outreach programs for both underserved communities and at-risk youth, and funding for capital and operational expenses to fellow arts organizations region-wide.
www.tippecanoearts.org

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As a legacy to Suzie Coles, a long-time volunteer and past executive director of TAF, the Board of Directors, friends, and family honored her memory and many contributions to the arts by setting up an endowment fund, which supports and fosters the development of arts photographers.

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Dedicated to promoting the performance and appreciation of chamber music in the Lafayette-West Lafayette community, the TCMS Board of Directors partnered with The Community Foundation in 2007 to set up an endowment fund that would continue to enrich the Greater Lafayette community through chamber music.
www.tippecanoechambermusic.org

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The Council on Aging offers programs and services that enable older adults 60 years of age and older to live independently. In addition the organization operates a Senior Center that provides older adults with social, educational and recreational activities along with health information and referral services, lending library, and a computer center.
www.jenksrest.com

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TCHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and preserving information and artifacts relating to the history and culture of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and its citizens. The organization manages three properties: Tippecanoe Battlefield, Ft. Ouiatenon Blockhouse, and Frank Arganbright Genealogy and Research Center. The endowment fund supports the on-going operations of the Historical Association.
http://www.tippecanoehistory.org/

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In 2000 the Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation Foundation Board established an endowment fund for the purpose of acquisition and maintenance of real and personal property so as to provide facilities and programs for parks and recreation in the Tippecanoe County Department of Parks and Recreation.
www.tippecanoe.in.gov/parks/

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Since 1882, the Tippecanoe County Public Library has been the community’s leader in encouraging and promoting reading, literacy, and lifelong learning. In 1998, the Tippecanoe County Public Library established the endowment fund at The Community Foundation to support the ongoing operational activities of the organization.
http://www.tcpl.lib.in.us/

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The Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation Endowment was established to support its mission for years to come.

https://tcpl.lib.in.us/support-2/foundation/

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Established by an anonymous donor who believes in the importance of books at an early age, this fund supports the Imagination Library program administered through Right Steps Child Development Centers. Children under the age of 5 can receive a book monthly. There is also a matching opportunity for contributions made to this fund.

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Tippy Connect hosts professional development, networking, and community service events throughout the year for young professionals.

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Bette Tompkins established a legacy endowment in memory of her husband Larry Tompkins who worked in the agriculture industry. As the advisor to the fund, Bette is interested in supporting agricultural education.

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After Katie’s tragic death in a boating accident in the fall of 2010, the Traynor family established a legacy scholarship to honor Katie’s passion – caring for others through nursing. Katie will be remembered not only for her enthusiasm and love of nursing, but she also will be remembered by students enrolled in the School of Nursing at Purdue University who chose their life’s work and passion to care for the sick and injured.

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Tree Lafayette serves our community by providing the leadership and inspiration to engage the community in the activity of planting trees. It is a source of knowledge and information regarding the value that trees provide to the urban setting and it is committed to urban beautification, a healthy environment, and a sustainable quality of life that the urban forest provides.

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Since 1994, the earnings from the Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club Endowment Fund have helped to support the ongoing operations at its two clubs located on North 10th Street and Beck Lane, Lafayette. Through its many activities, and services, the Boys and Girls Clubs offer youth a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and hope and opportunity.
http://www.bgclublafayette.org/

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A designated endowment established by Bob and Patti to support Imagination Library.

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A field of interest fund established by Bob and Patti for emergency needs of area non-profits.

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The Truitt family established this scholarship for West Lafayette High School students that excel in athletic and sports leadership.

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This fund was established in memory of Mary Twiddy to address the most pressing community needs.

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The earnings from this endowment supports the works of The Unitarian Universalist Church. As a nurturing religious community, it celebrates diverse beliefs and encourages spiritual growth through lifelong learning, and is guided by Unitarian Universalist Principles, which include supporting one another through lifes’ journeys and working towards social justice in the local and world communities. www.uuctc.org

Other funds supporting the work of Unitarian Universalist Church include:

    • Unitarian Universalist Church Kay Asher Religious Education Endowment Fund

    • Unitarian Universalist Church Building Endowment Fund

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  • Unitarian Universalist Church Harvey-Ferris Social Justice Endowment Fund

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In 1993 United Way established an endowment to support its vision for years into the future: add value to the Greater Lafayette community by enabling people to help one another. United Way will provide leadership in defining community needs and in coordinating resources to address community issues.
www.uwlafayette.org

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Randy and Kathy established this field-of-interest fund in 2017 to provide support to at-risk youth in Tippecanoe County.

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Harry P. Von Tobel, and his wife Rita, and daughter Anita endowed the Von Tobel Fund to benefit Long Center for the Performing Arts in 2000.

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During all the years of JoAnn’s working life, her passion for adult basic education literacy will be carried on through her donor advised endowment fund. As the past executive director of Lafayette Adult Resource Academy JoAnn knows only too well the needs of individuals who have goals and aspirations to continue their education outside of the K-12 school system.

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During his later years, Samuel C. Curtis became the gardener and caretaker of the island located within Wallace Triangle Neighborhood and at the corner of South Eleventh, Elliott, and East State Streets. He set up a trust to beautify and maintain the small flower garden. After his death, the successor trustee transferred the trust assets to The Community Foundation. Today, the endowment earnings support neighborly efforts to nurture and maintain the beauty of this small garden and sculpture known as Curtis Triangle.

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Established by The Foundation Board in honor of Sally Watlington’s work with The Community Foundation. Sally came to Purdue in 1956. Upon graduation, she entered the U.S. Navy and spent 23 1/2 years serving our country. Upon retirement from the Navy, she made Lafayette her home and volunteering became her passion. Sally is retired from her post as board chair for the Riggs Community Health Center and is a former board member of The Community Foundation. She continues to serve the Riggs Center and many other area not-for-profit organizations.

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A designated endowment established by Tom Walsh to support Tree Lafayette.

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As a gift of appreciation, the West Lafayette High School Class of 1947 established in 1998 the Golden Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to graduating seniors pursuing post high school education at an Indiana educational institution.

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The West Lafayette Public Library strives to be the community’s center for lifelong learning, the collector of West Lafayette’s written and audio-visual heritage, and the gateway to resources within and beyond the library’s walls. The endowment was established in 2009 by the Board of Trustees to provide ongoing support of the Library’s operations.
www.wlaf.lib.in.us

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The West Lafayette Tree Friends Endowment was established to support the planting of trees and implementing landscaping projects in the public right-of-way in West Lafayette, Indiana.

West Lafayette Tree Friends

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A fund set up by the Board of Directors in memory of Bob Whitsel and in honor of Marilyn Whitsel. Upon Bob’s retirement as CEO with The Lafayette Life Insurance Company, Bob and Marilyn established the fund from Bob’s retirement account. Bob devoted much time and effort to The Community Foundation and many other area organizations and Marilyn continues to be active in the community.

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Due to the 2011 corporate merger involving the firm, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company established the Robert and Marilyn Whitsel Scholarship Fund with the assets from the firm’s Robert M. Whitsel Scholarship Program to honor the legacy of Robert M. Whitsel and The Lafayette Life Insurance Company’s support of the Greater Lafayette community.

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The Wiebers know the importance of education and believe every young person needs the opportunity to have a higher education. The scholarship supports graduates from Faith Baptist High School desiring to pursue a degree from a college or university of their choice.

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Willowstone Family Services, formerly known as Family Services, Inc., is a private non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and individuals of all ages and income levels to improve quality of life. Services include: Healthy Families and Baby TALK, The Center for Counseling, Employee Assistance Program, Insight: Program for Youth, and Homecare Services. They have been serving our community since 1964.
http://www.willowstone.org/

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Tippecanoe School Corporation (TSC) established this fund in honor of Richard D. Wood, retired superintendent. This fund provides scholarship awards to a member(s) of the TSC certified staff who is (are) actively seeking an administrator’s license in the state of Indiana and is (are) enrolled in an accredited program.

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The legacy of Susan and Kingsley will live through their thoughtful and generous bequest that supports Civic Theatre, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. Because of their generosity, each year these organizations will receive grants from the Susan and Kingsley Wu Charitable Endowment…gifts forever.

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Originally established with bequest funds, the earnings from the Camp Tecumseh Endowment provide camp scholarships to children from ages 5 to 15 so that they may grow in their personal confidence and learn to get along with people from different backgrounds.

www.camptecumseh.org

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