About the Foundation
By bringing caring people and charitable endeavors together, we make donor dreams shine for the good of our community.
We do this by:
- Serving as the vehicle for donors’ charitable dreams
- Awarding grants to charitable projects and organizations
- Addressing community needs as a catalyst and convener
Since 1968, the Community Foundation has been making donor dreams shine. We hope you will take a moment to glance at where we have been, and we hope you will be a part of where we are going. Here’s a glimpse at where we’ve come from.
1968 Foundation begins as the Greater Warsaw Community Foundation under the sponsorship of the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce. Assets: $871.
1970s Foundation reorganized to include entire county. Renamed Kosciusko County Community Foundation.
1982 Foundation receives first bequest from Ruth Ladd’s estate.
1990 Lilly Endowment Inc. announced Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT), which establishes and strengthens Community Foundations across the Hoosier state.
1991 Foundation hired first paid Executive Director, Neal Carlson.
1995 Suzie Light promoted to Executive Director. Kosciusko Endowment Youth Services (KEYS) is formed with the help of the Dekko Foundation.
1997 Ethel Vandermark establishes the Good Samaritan Fund to help people facing medical crisis.
2000 George and Priscilla Bowser donate the Bowser Building, giving the Foundation a permanent home.
2002 The Foundation changes from trust form to corporate form and becomes incorporated in the state of Indiana as Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc.
2007 An advised fund started by Frank Levinson awards a grant to Grace College to “establish infrastructure for sustainable management and stewardship of Kosciusko Lakes,” which later becomes the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams.
2010 The KC Riley Kids Fund is established by Alan Alderfer and Mike Bergen to help local children access care at Riley Children’s Hospital.
2012 Kim and Denny Fuller donate the Little Crow Foods building, which is later sold and developed into income-based affordable housing.
2018 50 year anniversary! 354 endowed funds, 79 non-permanent funds. Assets over $57 million. Annual grantmaking nearly $2.5 million.
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