About the Foundation

Our Mission

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

Our Board

Our Board

The Community Foundation is led by volunteer board members. See who they are.

Meet the Board

Our Staff

Our Staff

Have a question about the Community Foundation or any of our programs? Find the right person to contact here.

Meet our Staff

Our Publications

Our Publications

Find our Annual Reports, E-newsletters, Newsletters, Audits, Financials—including Form 990s—and more, all in one place.

See Our Publications

Contact Us

Contact Us

Get in touch with us anytime—we’re here to help.

Contact Us

Our History

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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