Championing Philanthropy

for the lasting good of whitley county

Whether you are a long-time resident, a recent transfer, or someone brought up here years ago, we think you’ll agree Whitley County is a great place to call home. At the Community Foundation, we believe it can be even better. That’s why each day we work to find ways to improve our little corner of Indiana. It might mean creating a program to meet health needs, or making a grant to fund important community projects. Other times our work involves partnering with donors and tailoring options to help them meet their charitable goals.
Our primary purpose is to serve donors. We do this by first understanding their vision, and then, by helping them invest their funds in the most impactful way.


Our secondary purpose is to help grant and scholarship seekers obtain the funds they need to achieve their goals.
The Community Foundation of Whitley County also helps professional advisors guide their clients with information and tools that explain how to achieve maximum tax benefits.


The Community Foundation of Whitley County is pleased to announce the opportunity for Whitley County high school seniors to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECS). The Community Foundation is honored to once again participate in the LECS program funded by the Lilly Endowment, which will provide a deserving student from our community with the opportunity to attend four years of college tuition free.

Community Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners

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“ Directing support to where local need is the greatest is a long-running focus of the Foundation and this commitment remains steadfast in this time of crisis. ”

September McConnell - CEO, Community Foundation of Whitley County

Rapid Response Grants

To expedite our regular granting procedures in this evolving COVID-19 crisis, the Community Foundation will distribute grants from the DISASTER RELIEF FUND FOR WHITLEY COUNTY by utilizing a method called “rapid response grantmaking”. The main purpose in activating emergency grantmaking is to quickly and efficiently support the emerging needs of our nonprofits, which include, but are not limited to, food access, homelessness, medical services, and equipment needs. Once the state of emergency has expired, any remaining funds will support nonprofit organizations impacted financially as a result of program disruptions or cancellations resulting in revenue loss.


Office Staff and Covid 19 Update

To do our part to prevent the spread of disease, all Community Foundation staff will work remotely at least until the stay-at home order by Governor Holcomb is finished.

All essential functions will continue and we will do our best to minimize disruptions to service and support for donors and nonprofit partners.

Local, state, and federal agencies are here to help.  

The Community Foundation has established The Disaster Response Fund and reopened the Whitley County Cares Fund to help nonprofits and assist those affected by the COVID 19 in our community.

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