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Types of Funds

Operating Funds:

Operational gifts constitute an important source of contributions for the Foundation's administrative expenses. These gifts allow the Foundation to focus permanent endowment funds on grants and programs.

  • Operating Fund

  • Operating Endowment Fund

Agency Endowment Funds:

Agency Endowment Funds are created for the benefit of charitable organizations or agencies that prefer to establish funds within the Foundation rather than create and manage their own funds.

  • Acres, Inc. Agency Endowment Fund

  • Agape Respite Care, Inc. Agency Endowment Fund

  • Bluffton Rotarian’s Endowment Fund

  • Caley Memorial Endowment Fund

  • Cancer Services Wells County Endowment Fund

  • Family Centered Services, Inc. Endowment Fund

  • Indiana Lions for Leader Dog, Inc. Agency Endowment Fund

  • Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana - Serving Wells County Fund

  • Norwell Dollars for Scholars Fund

  • The Salvation Army Hope for Wells County Endowment Fund

  • Wells Community Boys & Girls Club, Inc. Endowment Fund

  • The Wells County 4-H Program Endowment Fund

  • Wells County Public Library Endowment Fund

  • Wells County Soil and Water Conservation Fund

  • Whicker Park Inclusive Community Playground Fund

  • Youth Philanthropy Endowment Fund

  • YWCA of Fort Wayne, Inc. Agency Endowment Fund


Designated funds can be tailored for donors who want to support one or more specific organizations today but recognize that the world may change. If, in the future, an organization ceases to function or exist, the Foundation can then redirect income from the fund to organizations with a similar mission.

  • Angel of Hope Memorial Park, Inc. Endowment Fund

  • Arts, Commerce and Visitor Centre Reserved Capital Improvements Fund

  • Babcock Family Gazebo Maintenance Fund

  • Bi-County Services, Inc. Designated Fund

  • Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department Fund

  • Bluffton RiverGreenway Preservation Fund

  • Bluffton-Wells County Animal Shelter Fund

  • Robert E. Covault Endowment Fund

  • Creative Arts Council of Wells County, Inc. Operating Endowment Fund

  • Decker Endowment Fund

  • Claude and Helen Decker Emmanuels Cemetery Endowment Fund

  • Downtown Bluffton Revitalization Maintenance Endowment Fund

  • K. Robert Ehrman Endowment Fund

  • The Huggins-Mann Pretzels, Inc. Legacy Fund

  • Interurban Trail Extension Fund

  • Kehoe Park Rotary Stage Fund

  • Kehoe Park Summer Concert Series Fund

  • Anne Marie Kuzmitz and Margaret Clare Kuzmitz Endowment Fund

  • Kenneth and Beth Lampton Creative Arts School of Ballet Endowment Fund

  • Limberlost Scouters of Anthony Wayne Area Council Endowment Fund

  • Mossburg Cemetery Endowment Fund

  • Deb Neuenschwander Memorial Endowment Fund

  • Parlor City Athletic Club Endowment Fund

  • Psi Iota Xi Sorority (Alpha Eta Chapter) Creative Arts Endowment Fund

  • Mary V. Reinhard Memorial Endowment Fund

  • Remembrance Fund

  • Resource Library/Seminar Fund

  • Howard and Beverly Rich Kehoe Park Endowment Fund

  • George K. Robb and Viella E. Robb Endowment Fund

  • Rock Steady Boxing Program Fund

  • Sailsbery Family Endowment Fund

  • Hugh and Lou Ann Shafer Fund

  • Edward and Anita Sigl Memorial Endowment Fund

  • Dr. Tom Stogdill Community Service Award Endowment Fund

  • G. Robert and Emma Studabaker Endowment Fund

  • United Way of Wells County Endowment Fund

  • Wells Community Swimming Pool Fund

  • Wells County Community Center Endowment Fund

  • The Wells County Health Fair Fund

  • Wells County Historical Society Endowment Fund

  • Wells County Neuter/Spay Assistance Fund

  • Wells County Regional Sewer District Assistance Fund

  • Wells County Senior Citizens Center Endowment Fund

  • Wells to Riley Fund

Donor-Advised Funds:

Offer the donor the opportunity to be actively involved in an advisory capacity for distributions from this fund. As income becomes available for distributions, the donor-advisor recommends to the Foundation’s Board grants that meet his/her charitable interests. Donor-advised funds offer an alternative to establishing a private foundation.

  • Apostolic Christian Church of Bluffton North, Inc. Charitable Advised Fund

  • Bluffton Rotary Club Charitable Advised Fund

  • Bluffton Tri Kappa Memorial Fund

  • Caylor-Nickel Foundation Charitable Advised Fund

  • DAD's Fund

  • Dr. Walter O. and Bette A. Erxleben Donor-Advised Endowment Fund

  • Espich-Gabet Donor-Advised Endowment Fund

  • Jaime M. Gentis Memorial Donor-Advised Fund

  • Bruce and Willmina Hogg Donor-Advised Endowment Fund

  • Parlor City Athletic Club Endowment Fund

  • Howard and Beverly Rich Donor-Advised Fund

  • Wabash Endowment Fund

Field of Interest Funds:

These types of funds are established by donors who wish to contribute to an area of concern (e.g., youth, family welfare, etc.) but do not want to designate a particular organization. The Foundation makes grants that meet current needs in the chosen fields.

  • Burl and Edith Bryan Fund

  • The Paul L. and Marilyn Todd Creason Fund

  • Phyllis I. Genth Fund

  • Habitat for Humanity of Wells County, Inc. Fund

  • Indiana Lions for Leader Dog, Inc. Agency Pass-Through Fund

  • LiGHT Fund

  • LiGHT Endowment Fund

  • Ronald L. Milholland Memorial Endowment Fund

  • Virginia Gene Neuenschwander Youth Fund

  • Earl F. and Vera R. Rudy Youth Enhancement Endowment Fund

  • Phyllis Shinn Memorial Fund

  • G. Robert and Emma Studabaker Endowment Fund for the Physically and or Mentally Challenged

  • G. Robert and Emma Studabaker Senior Citizen Fund

  • Wells County Ag Leadership Endowment Fund

Scholarship Funds:

May be established in memory of an individual, for graduates of a specific high school, field of study, or for those planning to attend specific colleges or universities.

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  • P. A. Allen Memorial Scholarship

  • Mabel M. Wilson Archbold Scholarship

  • Adam Ault Memorial Scholarship

  • Mary Elizabeth Steiner Babcock Scholarship

  • Janet Baker Memorial Scholarship

  • Balamohan Family Scholarship

  • BHS 50 Year Legacy Scholarship

  • Bluffton-Harrison Elementary PTO Scholarship

  • Ralph A. Broman Educational Scholarship

  • Burl and Edith Bryan Scholarship

  • Emily J. Butler Scholarship for the Arts

  • Christian Care Retirement Community Scholarship

  • Ingeburg Clawson and Glenda Kaye Meyer Scholarship

  • Mr. and Mrs. Pete W. Cole Scholarship

  • Claude and Helen Decker Memorial Scholarship

  • Loren and Helen Decker Scholarship

  • Ronald E. DeWitt Memorial Scholarship

  • Glennis S. Dick Memorial Scholarship

  • James I. and Glennis S. Dick Business Scholarship

  • Paul and Phyllis Dotterer Memorial Scholarship

  • Jill Dreyer Memorial Nursing Scholarship

  • K. Robert Ehrman Educational Scholarship

  • K. Robert Ehrman Trade/Technical Scholarship

  • Daniel M. and Ruth A. Eichhorn Scholarship

  • Jean and Joe W. Gilliam Scholarship

  • Edward J. and Henrietta R. Goetz Nursing Scholarship

  • Edward J. and Henrietta R. Goetz STEM Scholarship

  • James and Mary Alice Jackson Memorial Scholarship

  • N. David Kelsay Scholarship

  • Emma Liddy Memorial Scholarship

  • LiGHT The Way Gifting Scholarship

  • Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

  • Harry and Dorothy Lindstrand, Bernard Hookanson and
         Phoebe Lindstrand Hookanson Memorial Scholarship

  • Margaret J. McPheeters and Nancy Sprague Williams Scholarship

  • Bettye J. Minniear Memorial Scholarship Endowment

  • Montpelier Pony & Saddle Club Scholarship

  • Gaylord and Crystal Mounsey Scholarship

  • John and Martha Mugg Memorial Scholarship

  • Paddlefish Clean Energy Advocate Scholarship

  • Painter-Webber Scholarship

  • Edwina Patton Memorial Scholarship

  • Robert E. Pence Work Based Learning Scholarship

  • Wells County Pilots Association Scholarship

  • Pretzels, Inc. Scholarship

  • Clare and Edith Prible Memorial Scholarship

  • Forrest Dwight Ramseyer Memorial Scholarship

  • Mary V. Reinhard Memorial Education Scholarship

  • Sellers Family Memorial Scholarship

  • Sellers Family Memorial Scholarship for Manchester University

  • Sherrie's Kitchen Scholarship - In memory of Sherrie Mosser

  • Rex, Marceille and Jerry Shutt Memorial Scholarship

  • Six Mile Church Christian Education Scholarship

  • Joe Smekens Tiger Spirit Scholarship

  • James W. Stogdill Memorial Scholarship

  • Lou Ann C. Stogdill Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship

  • William J. and Phyllis (Zehr) Stogdill Memorial Scholarship

  • August and Eleanor Streater Mathematics and Science Scholarship

  • G. Robert and Emma Studabaker Agricultural Scholarship

  • Eileen Ward Memorial Scholarship

  • Lewis Ward Memorial Endowment

  • Wells County Master Gardener Scholarship

  • Wells County Medical Alliance Scholarship

  • Wells County Turnaround Scholarship

  • Vance and Marie Wilson Nursing Scholarship

  • Don Wood Foundation Ignite Your Future Scholarship

  • Zadylak Family Wrestling Scholarship



An unrestricted gift to the foundation is an excellent way to provide resources for grantmaking and help make a positive difference in the community. Income from these funds is used for grants to nonprofit organizations serving Wells County.

  • Community Enhancement Endowment Fund

  • Ellen A. Gerbers Unrestricted Endowment Fund

  • Edward J. and Henrietta R. Goetz Unrestricted Endowment Fund

  • Charles F. and Hildreth L. Hissem Endowment Fund

  • Ossian State Bank Community Enrichment Endowment Fund

  • Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund

  • Elizabeth V. Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund

  • Margaret Powers Unrestricted Endowment Fund

  • Unrestricted Endowment Fund

  • Unrestricted Fund

Donor Advised
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