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.”
50th Anniversary Operating Endowment
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.
100+ Men Who Give
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.
100+ Women Who Care
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.
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
James P. Albregts Endowment
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.
Allie’s Gift Endowment
An advised endowment established to provide support to area non-profits for individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
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.”
Elizabeth Patout Alting Endowment
Ronnie Alting established this endowment to benefit Community Cancer Network.
Janet St. John Amy Fund for Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Foundation
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson Endowment
An advised endowment established in memory of Jeffrey Anderson to provide support to area non-profits.
Jeff Anderson Endowment
This fund was established by Lynn Anderson to address the most pressing community needs.
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Endowment
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.
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Art League Endowment
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
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Education Endowment
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.
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Foundation Endowment
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.
Hockerman Education Endowment for Bach Chorale Singers, Inc.
Gene and Susie Goodson Operating Endowment for Bach Chorale Singers, Inc.
Cynthia Stauffacher Podium Endowment for Bach Chorale Singers, Inc.
George Balfe Scholarship Fund
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.
Roger and Cathy Bauer Family Endowment
The Bauers established their endowment to continue the Lafayette Area Subway Annual Holiday Party that has provided food and presents to local community youth during the holiday season.
Arvind and Karen Varma Endowment for Bharatiya Temple & Cultural Center of Greater Lafayette
Andrew P. Powers Endowment for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette
Tom and Leitha Binney Endowment for Civic Theatre
Roger Blalock Scholarship Fund
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.
Boardman Family Fund for Wabash Center
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.
James H. and Sandra H. Bodenmiller Endowment
This fund was established by Jim and Sandy Bodenmiller to address the most pressing community needs.
Phyllis Boehning Endowment
Phyllis Boehning’s passion for service will continue through this endowment, established by her husband, Richard Boehning.
Jane Early Boswell Art Scholarship
Jane Early Boswell Art Scholarship was established to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Jefferson High School and pursuing art.
Linda Bowman and Glenn Tompkins Children’s Endowment
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.
Jim and Mary Beth Buescher Endowment
Burnett Creek Elementary School Endowment
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/
Bravely Women’s Health Endowment
Steve and Cherie Bruhn Endowment of Imagination Library
Steve and Cherie established this endowment to benefit the Imagination Library.
Dennis and Diane Carson Family Endowment for Kossuth Street Baptist Church
A designated endowment established by Dennis and Diane Carson to support Kossuth Street Baptist Church.
Mike and Patty Cassidy Spirit of Matthew 25:40 Endowment
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.
CASA for Kids Fund
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.
Children’s Music Foundation Endowment
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.
Civic Theatre Endowment
Tom and Ruth Moran Endowment for Civic Theatre
Tara Balfe Clifford Scholarship
Tara Balfe Clifford Scholarship was established to provide scholarships to females graduating from Jefferson High School and planning to attend Purdue University.
Samuel J. Cole and Pearl Mae Fritts Cole Scholarship Fund
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.
Managed by the Board of Directors containing unrestricted gifts to The Foundation for which matching funds were received from the Lilly Endowment.
Jeanne C. and W. Dale Compton Endowment
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.
Cook Medical, Inc Endowment
This fund was established by Cook Medical to address the most pressing community needs.
Barbara I. Cook Endowment
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.
Barbara I. Cook Endowment for Food Finders Food Bank
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.
Culver Academies Fund
Samuel C. Curtis Scholarship Fund
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.
Shirley B. Curtis Fund
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.
Bill and Donna DeFouw Endowment
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.
George and Betty DeVault Fund
A fund for community beautification established by Lafayette Bancorporation to honor the DeVaults.
Charles B. Dieterle Randolph Township Fund
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.
Lynne L. and Paul J. DiFabio Endowment
The Lynne L. and Paul J. DiFabio Endowment was established to support the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Emergency Shelter.
Ron and Jan Ditto Endowment
This fund was established by Ron and Jan to address the most pressing community needs.
David R. and Mary Lou Dove Endowment
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.
Drnevich Family Endowment
This fund was established by Vince and Roxanne Drnevich to address the most pressing community needs.
Vince and Roxanne Drnevich Endowment
An advised endowment established by Vince and Roxanne Drnevich to annually support charitable causes important to them.
Nicole Ahl Durbin Endowment
An advised fund established in memory of Nicole to support local non-profits.
Douglas W. Eberle Endowment
Established by The Foundation Board in memory of Doug Eberle, who served as The Foundation’s President and CEO from 2006 through 2009.
Education Fund for Tippecanoe County
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.
Warren N. Eggleston Fund
Established by the Board of Directors using assets distributed by the Warren N. Eggleston Charitable Trust.
This fund was established by Jim to address the most pressing community needs.
Exchange Club of Lafayette Foundation Endowment for At-Risk
The Exchange Club of Lafayette established a field of interest fund to provide support for at-risk youth in Tippecanoe County.
Families Serving Greater Lafayette Endowment
This fund was established by Families Serving Greater Lafayette to address the most pressing community needs.
Food Finders Food Bank Endowment
Food Finders Food Bank Board Endowment for the BackPack Program
Fred R. and Mary H. Ford Endowment Fund
Fowler House Mansion Trust Fund
Louisa Lee France Endowment
A fund established by Joseph France in memory of his sister Lee to benefit organizations that provide music education to disadvantaged children.
Frazee Family Endowment
This fund was established by Barb to address the most pressing community needs.
Tom and Laurie Frey Family Endowment
An advised fund established by Tom and Laurie to support local non-profits.
Ward and Netta Frey Family Endowment for Crestview Community Church Youth
Netta established this designated endowment to support Crestview Community Church’s youth ministry.
Ward and Netta Frey Family Endowment
Netta and her children established this endowment to support charitable causes important to them.
Fund for Children’s Needs
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.
Mary Fuqua Endowment for Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs
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.
John and Kathy Gambs Endowment
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.
Pris Gerde Endowment
This fund was established by Pris to address the most pressing community needs.
Gernhardt Family Endowment
An advised endowment established by the Gernhardt Family to annually support charitable causes important to them.
Dennis and Jeanne Gernhardt Endowment
This fund was established by Dennis and Jeanne to address the most pressing community needs.
Dennis and Jeanne Gernhardt Endowment for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program at Lafayette Urban Ministry
Dennis and Jeanne established this endowment to support the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program at LUM.
Michael and Carolyn Gery Family Endowment
This fund was established by Mike and Carolyn Gery to address the most pressing community needs.
Gettings Family Endowment
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.
Marjorie Gipe Endowment
Established by The Foundation Board to accept a bequest from Marjorie Gipe. This endowment will provide grants to local non-profits, forever.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Blue Ribbon Fund in Honor of Rachel E. Faust
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.
Max and Elsie Goken Endowment
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.
Connie F. and Richard E. Grace Endowment
The fund was established by Connie and Richard Grace to address the most pressing community needs.
John and Mary Ruth Graham Endowment for Riggs Community Health Clinic
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.
Greenbush Cemetery of Lafayette Endowment
This endowment was established to provide the community a way to support the Greenbush Cemetery.
Thomas Griffin Endowment for the 42nd Royal Highlanders
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/
Andy and Linda Gutwein Endowment
This fund was established by Andy and Linda Gutwein to address the most pressing community needs.
Robert and Ellen Haan Museum of Indiana Art Endowment Fund
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.
Haan Family Art Acquisition for Haan Museum Endowment
This fund was established by Bob and Ellie Haan to provide support for the purchases of art for the Haan Museum of Indiana Art.
Haan Family Endowment for the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art Maintenance Fund
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.
Haan Family Operations Endowment for the Haan Museum
Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette Endowment
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
Dr. Robert J. Hagen Scholarship Endowment for National Football Foundation
Established by the National Football Foundation in memory of Dr. Robert Hagen to support scholarships.
Caroline H. Hass Endowment
Established by The Foundation Board to accept a bequest from Caroline H. Hass. This endowment will provide grants to local non-profits, forever.
Billie F. Hathaway Endowment
Heartford House Endowment
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.
Miriam K. Epple-Heath Endowment for Wabash Center, Inc
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.
Gary and Shelly Henriott Endowment
This fund was established by Gary and Shelly to address the most pressing community needs.
Winfield F. Hentschel Fund for The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette
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.
J. Frederick Hoffman Fund for Tippe Co Parks & Recreation Foundation
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.
Historic Prophetstown Fund
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
Home with Hope Endowment
Steve and Pam Horne Endowment
This fund was established by Steve and Pam to address the most pressing community needs.
Les and Rita Huddle Endowment
This fund was established by Les and Rita to address the most pressing community needs.
Robert and Dorothy Hughes Community Fund
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.
Virginia B. Huth Endowment for Community Beautification
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.
Indiana Care Circle Fund
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.
Indiana University Health Arnett Foundation Endowment
IU Health Arnett Foundation established this fund in 2015. The endowment will support patients at IU Health and their families.
Isaiah 117 House Endowment
Established in 2022 to provide support to Isaiah 117 House. Isaiah 117 provides a comforting place to stay for children who have been removed from their home and are awaiting placement
John C. Jamison Endowment
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.
Tony Zamora Jazz Club Endowment
The Jazz Club established this fund to support high school students. This fund will foster the future of jazz.
Jefferson High School Alumni Association Scholarship
Established by Jefferson High School Alumni for graduating seniors from Jefferson High School, Lafayette, IN.
Joyful Journey, Adult Day Service Endowment
Junior Achievement of Greater Lafayette Endowment
Greg and Barb Kapp Endowment
Christiane E. Keck Endowment
This fund was established by Christiane to address the most pressing community needs.
Christiane E. Keck Endowment for Community Cancer Network
Christiane Keck established this endowment to benefit Community Cancer Network.
Christiane E. Keck Endowment for Imagination Library
Christiane Keck established this endowment to benefit the Imagination Library.
Jack and Leta Kelley Endowment
This fund was established by Jack and Leta Kelley to address the most pressing community needs.
Leta Kelley Endowment for CASAs for Kids Fund
Jack established this endowment in honor of Leta. CASAs for Kids Fund will be supported in perpetuity.
Pamela Kay Underwood Kerr Endowment
Erich Klinghammer Wolf Park Endowment
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.
Jerome F. and Shirley R. Klinker Endowment
The Klinker family established this endowment to support the most pressing needs in the community.
Jim and Nancy Klusman Community Endowment
Established by The Foundation Board in honor of Jim Klusman, who served as President and CEO starting in 1995 and retiring in 2006.
Charles and Nelda Kramer Endowment for Lafayette Family YMCA
In 1997 the Kramer’s established an endowment for the Lafayette Family YMCA to provide memberships and programs for the needy.
Kronos Family Endowment
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.
Lafayette Adult Resource Academy Capital Fund
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.
Lafayette Chamber Singers, Inc Fund
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.
Lafayette Citizens Band
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
Lafayette Rotary Club Foundation
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.
Lafayette Rotary International Endowment
The Lafayette Rotary Club established this endowment to support Rotary District 6560 World Community Service Foundation.
Lafayette Savings Bank – John Purdue Benevolent Endowment
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.
Lafayette Savings Bank Wabash River Enhancement Endowment
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.
Lafayette School Corporation Education Endowment
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.
Lafayette Transitional Housing Fund
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.
Lafayette-West Lafayette Urban Forestry Fund
A fund to provide support for urban forestry needs of Lafayette-West Lafayette and the surrounding urban areas of Tippecanoe County.
Lafayette Urban Ministry Endowment
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.
Lasater Family Endowment
This fund was established by David and Sue to address the most pressing community needs.
Leadership Lafayette Christy Smith Endowment
Warren N. Eggleston Legal Aid Endowment
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.
Lehman Family Endowment
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.
Diana Sue Leslie Endowment
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.
Diana Sue Leslie Endowment for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program at Lafayette Urban Ministry
Joseph and Anne Lift Endowment
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.
Lilly Endowment, Inc. Fund
Established by the Board of Directors using assets received by The Foundation as part of its Lilly Endowment Matching Grants programs.
TL Lin and CC Wu Endowment
The endowment was established by Eric Lin in honor of his parents. This fund will provide grants to local non-profits now and forever.
Long Center Fund
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.
Long Center Endowment in Honor of Jan André Bootsma & Ken Bootsma
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.
Ryan and Stephanie Long Family Endowment
This fund was established by Ryan and Stephanie to address the most pressing community needs.
William H. and Susan C. Long Community Fund
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.
Hearing Loops and Assistive Hearing Technology Endowment
Mary Caccavo and Tom Kent established this endowment to assist nonprofits with matching grants to purchase hearing loop systems.
Mary and Mark Lundstrom Endowment
Mark established this endowment to address the most pressing community needs.
Elizabeth Mackay Endowment
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.
Jim Mailloux and Jim Smith Endowment
This fund was established by Jim Mailloux and Jim Smith to provide support to area non-profits.
Sonya L. and Dale W. Margerum Endowment
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.
Sonya and Dale Margerum West Lafayette History and Research Center Endowment
A designated endowment established by Sonya and Dale to support the West Lafayette Public Library’s History and Research Center.
John and Marjorie Martin Endowment for Health and Human Services
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.
John and Marjorie Martin Endowment for Health and Human Services
This fund was established by John and Marjorie Martin to address the most pressing community needs.
McBride Family Endowment for the Food Finders Food Bank BackPack Program at Miller Elementary
This designated fund was established by John and Prella McBride to support the backpack program at Miller Elementary School in Lafayette, IN.
John K. and Prella P. McBride Endowment Fund for Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
Cultural art enthusiasts and supporters, John and Prella established the McBride Fund to support the good works of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.
John K. and Prella P. McBride Endowment Fund for Lafayette Symphony
Cultural art enthusiasts and supporters, John and Prella established the McBride Fund to support the good works of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.
Esther L. McConnaughay Endowment Fund for Cancer Research and the Care and Treatment of Cancer Patients
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.
David and Anita McGaughey Endowment
This fund was established by David and Anita to address the most pressing community needs.
Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. McPherson String Instrument Scholarship Fund
…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.
Shirley and Mick McTague Scholarship
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.
Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County, Inc. Endowment
Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County for Crisis Intervention Endowment
Robert F. Mertz Endowment for Tippecanoe County Historical Association
Robert Mertz was a lifelong resident of our community. Through an estate gift, this endowment was established to support the Tippecanoe County Historical Association.
Mighty Wurlitzer of Long Center of Greater Lafayette Endowment
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.
Mick and Deb Mikels Family Endowment
This fund was established by Deb to address the most pressing community needs.
Ben and Maxine Miller Family Endowment
An advised endowment established by Ben and Maxine to annually support charitable causes important to them.
Debra St. John Mishler Fund for Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Foundation
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.
Mithoefer Family Endowment for Preschool Literacy
A field of interest endowment established by Stan and Kay Mithoefer to provide support to improve preschool literacy in Tippecanoe County.
Stan and Kay Mithoefer Endowment
This fund was established by Stan and Kay Mithoefer to address the most pressing community needs.
Stan and Kay Mithoefer Endowment for Imagination Library
A designated endowment established by Stan and Kay to support Imagination Library.
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Moeller Fund for St. James Lutheran Foundation
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.
Montessori School of Greater Lafayette Endowment
National Alliance on Mental Illness of West Central Indiana (NAMI-WCI) Endowment
Fund for Musical Performing Arts
A field-of-interest endowment established to support organizations that contribute to the musical performing arts in Tippecanoe County.
Richard C. and Betty M. Nelson Endowment
This fund was established by Dick and Betty to address the most pressing community needs.
Richard C. and Betty M. Nelson Endowment for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program at Lafayette Urban Ministry
Dick and Betty Nelson established this endowment to support this program at Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM). LUM’s 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for students pre-k through 6th grade. Dick and Betty have generously offered to match dollar-for-dollar, gifts of $1,000 or greater. Learn more here.
Betty M. Nelson Community Endowment
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.
Betty M. Nelson Endowment for Literacy
Betty Nelson knows the importance of literacy. This endowment was created to support literacy for years to come.
Richard C. Nelson Endowment
This fund was established by Dick Nelson to address the most pressing community needs.
Mariellen and Gerry Neudeck Endowment
This fund was established by Mariellen to address the most pressing community needs.
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.
John L. and Marian W. Oberholtzer Endowment
This fund was established by John and Marian to address the most pressing community needs.
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.
Olson Community Endowment
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.
Edgar B. Olson Endowment for the Long Center
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.
Olson Heritage Endowment
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.
Kathryn E. Olson Endowment
This fund was established by Rick Olson to address the most pressing community needs.
Omega Columbarium Fund
The endowment fund established in 1994 benefits First United Methodist Church located in West Lafayette.
Richard C. and Helen M. Overmyer Endowment for First Christian Church of Francesville, IN
The Fund was set up by Richard and Helen Overmyer in 1995 for the maintenance and operational upkeep of the church’s physical facilities.
The Parent Family Endowment
This fund was established by Tom and Deb Parent to address the most pressing community needs.
Harlan W. and Dorothy W. Parr Scholarship Fund
The Scholarship, established in 1996 by Dorothy Parr, has helped a number of students in agriculture at Purdue University.
Roland G. Parrish Black Cultural Center Scholarship Fund
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.
Louis Pearlman, Jr. Fund for Lafayette Symphony Orchestra
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.
Pookie and Gracie Endowment
A field-of-interest endowment established to provide support for benches in public spaces.
Pookie and Gracie Dog Rescue Fund
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.
Pookie Endowment for Sycamore Audubon Society
Established through a bequest from James Klatch. This designated endowment will support the mission of the Sycamore Audubon Society for years to come.
Presidential Leadership Scholarship in Honor of Tarrus Richardson
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.
Price Family Scholarship in Memory of Thomas M. Price
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.
Thomas M. Price Family Endowment
This fund was established by Sue Holder Price to address the most pressing community needs.
Michael R. Raisor Memorial Endowment
An advised endowment established by the Raisor Family to support charitable causes important to them.
George and Nerlene Ramsey Endowment
This fund was established by George and Nerlene to address the most pressing community needs.
Dr. Wendell A. and Eleanor C. Riggs Endowment for Riggs Community Health Center
Through an estate gift, Dr. Riggs will continue to support his passions for years to come.
Right Steps Child Care Endowment
Right Steps Child Development Centers provides and advocates for quality child care and early education.
Risk Family Endowment for Junior Achievement
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.
Kirby and Carolyn Risk Endowment
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.
Richard and Violet Road Endowment
Established by the Board in memory of Richard and Violet Road, this discretionary endowment fund was established through a bequest from the Roads.
Linda Rohrman Family Endowment
This fund was established by Linda Rohrman to address the most pressing community needs.
Marianne and Larry Rose Endowment
This fund was established by Marianne and Larry to address the most pressing community needs.
Betty Rowe Endowment
Russell Family Endowment
This fund was established by Brock and Jennifer to address the most pressing community needs.
Sidney “Sarge” and Jo Sargent Endowment for Tippecanoe Arts Federation
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.
Dennis and Sharon Schlott Endowment
This fund was established by Dennis and Sharon to address the most pressing community needs.
Dennis and Sharon Schlott Endowment for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program at Lafayette Urban Ministry
Dennis and Sharon established this fund to support the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program at Lafayette Urban Ministry for years to come.
Richard R. and Sarah A. Schwarz Endowment
This fund was established by Rick and Sarah to address the most pressing community needs.
Rick and Sarah Schwarz Women’s Initiative Endowment
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.
Charlie Shook Endowment
This fund was established by Charlie to address the most pressing community needs.
Mickey Shook Memorial Fund for Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
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.
James C. Shook Endowment
Ruthie Shook Endowment for the Food Finders Food Bank BackPack Program
A designated endowment established by Ruthie to support the Food Finders Food Bank BackPack Program.
Ruthie Shook Endowment for Lafayette Urban Ministry
Meddie and Candy Silver Family Endowment
This fund was established by Meddie and Candy to address the most pressing community needs.
Anne and Kumares Sinha Endowment for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program at Lafayette Urban Ministry
Kumares established this endowment to support the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program at LUM.
Anne and Kumares Sinha Endowment for Food Finders Food Bank
Kumares established this fund to benefit Food Finders Food Bank.
John and Jane Smith Endowment
This fund was established by John and Jane to address the most pressing community needs.
Kendall S. and Mary Carson Smith Fund
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.
David Smyser Scholarship Fund
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.
Sons of Abraham Congregation Cemetery Endowment
The endowment supports the maintenance and operation of the Sons of Abraham Congregation Cemetery.
Linda M. and Robert S. Sorensen Endowment
This fund was established by Linda and Bob to address the most pressing community needs.
Mary Jo and Tom Sparrow Endowment
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.
Tom and Mary Jo Sparrow Endowment for the Food Finders Food Bank
A designated endowment established by Tom and Mary Jo to support Food Finders Food Bank.
Mary Jo and Tom Sparrow Endowment for Imagination Library
A designated endowment established by Tom and Mary Jo to support Imagination Library.
Spring Vale Cemetery Endowment Fund
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.
Gary and Connie Standiford Endowment
This fund was established by Gary and Connie to address the most pressing community needs.
Gary and Connie Standiford Endowment for Thomas Duncan Hall
This fund was established by Gary and Connie to support Thomas Duncan Hall for years to come.
This fund was established by Tom and Suzy Newett to address the most pressing community needs.
Arlan and Sharon Stavnheim Endowment
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.
Marion W. and Jerome J. Stefaniak Fund for YWCA
A designated endowment to support memberships and programs for those in need at the YWCA.
Stefaniak Family Clarinet Endowment Fund for Lafayette Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Jerome J. Stefaniak established this fund in 1996 to support the principle clarinet chair of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.
Stefaniak Family Flute Endowment Fund for Lafayette Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Jerome J. Stefaniak established this fund in 1996 to support the principle flute chair of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.
Stein Family Fund
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.
Phil and Jan Sterner Family Endowment for Wabash Center
Established to support the good works of Wabash Center, Inc.
Betty Suddarth Endowment for Imagination Library
A designated endowment established by Betty to support Imagination Library.
Betty M. Suddarth Scholarship Endowment
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.
This fund was established by Betty Suddarth to address the most pressing community needs.
Suicide Prevention Fund
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.
Burr and Anne Louise Swezey Fund
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.
Sycamore Audubon Society Endowment
Taylor Family Endowment
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.
Joe Tiller Chapter Endowment
Tippecanoe Arts Federation
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.
Tippecanoe Arts Federation Endowment in Memory of Suzie Coles
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.
Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, Inc Endowment
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.
Tippecanoe County Council on Aging Endowment
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.
Tippecanoe County Historical Association Endowment
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.
Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation Foundation Endowment
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.
Tippecanoe County Public Library Endowment
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.
Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation Endowment
Tippecanoe Imagination Library
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.
Tippy Connect Young Professionals Endowment
Tippy Connect hosts professional development, networking, and community service events throughout the year for young professionals.
Larry J. Tompkins Memorial Fund
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.
Katie Traynor, RN Scholarship
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.
Tree Lafayette Endowment in honor of Larry L. Rose
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.
Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club Fund
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.
Truitt Family Endowment for Preschool Literacy
A designated endowment established by Bob and Patti to support Imagination Library.
Robert B. and Patricia Peyton Truitt Endowment
A field of interest fund established by Bob and Patti for emergency needs of area non-profits.
Truitt Family West Lafayette High School Athletic Leadership Scholarship Endowment
The Truitt family established this scholarship for West Lafayette High School students that excel in athletic and sports leadership.
Donald and Mary Twiddy Endowment
This fund was established in memory of Mary Twiddy to address the most pressing community needs.
Unitarian Universalist Church Funds
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
- Unitarian Universalist Church Harvey-Ferris Social Justice Endowment Fund
United Way Endowment Fund
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.
Lynn T. and John W. Van Etten III Endowment for Imagination Library
Lynn and John Van Etten established this fund 2023 to support Imagination Library for years to come.
Randy and Kathy Vernon Endowment for At-Risk Youth
Randy and Kathy established this field-of-interest fund in 2017 to provide support to at-risk youth in Tippecanoe County.
Randy and Kathy Vernon Endowment for Tippecanoe County Council on Aging
Dr. Harry M. Von Tobel Endowment for Long Center
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.
JoAnn P. Vorst Endowment
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.
Wallace Triangle Endowment
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.
Sally Watlington Community Endowment
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.
Tom Walsh Endowment for Tippecanoe County Council on Aging
Tom Walsh established this designated fund to provide support to Tippecanoe County Council on Aging.
Tom Walsh Endowment for Tree Lafayette
A designated endowment established by Tom Walsh to support Tree Lafayette.
West Lafayette High School Golden Scholarship Endowment
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.
West Lafayette Public Library Endowment
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.
West Lafayette Tree Friends Endowment
Rick Westerman and Linda Swihart Technology Endowment for Tippecanoe County Historical Association Endowment
Bob & Marilyn Whitsel Endowment Fund
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.
Robert and Marilyn Whitsel Scholarship Fund
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.
Jacob E. and Mary Ann Wiebers Scholarship Fund
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.
Jake and Mary Ann Wiebers Endowment
This fund was established by Mary Ann to address the most pressing community needs.
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.
Michael G. and Jane A. Wilson Endowment
An advised fund established to support local non-profits.
Mike and Jane Wilson Family Endowment
This fund was established by Mike and Jane to address the most pressing community needs.
Richard D. Wood Scholarship Fund
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.
Susan and Kingsley Wu Charitable Endowment
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.