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.


While Eli will never be forgotten by the people who knew and loved him, his parents, Rick & Dawn Michel, have turned their efforts to honoring the intangible gifts that are Eli’s legacy. To ensure that for generations to come his character, reputation, accomplishments, and memories will continue to inspire a quest for outdoor adventure in young people, they have created the Eli B. Michel neverlostneverlate Wilderness Scholarship.

Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

2024 Whitley County Scholarship Recipients

The Community Foundation of Whitley County is conducting a series of focus group discussions centered around mental health. We anticipate each session lasting about 45 minutes. If you are interested in participating, please email September McConnell at
Friends and family who have lost someone to mental illness
Tuesday, June 11th, 7 pm
Community Foundation of Whitley County
1171 E. Woods Way
Veterans Mental Health
Wednesday, June 12th, 11 am
Community Foundation of Whitley County
1171 E. Woods Way
Young Mothers Mental Health
Wednesday, June 12, 1 pm
Community Foundation of Whitley County
1171 E Woods Way
Jackson Longenbaugh distributing piggy banks at the South Whitley Public Library.

2024 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Announced

“She stands out as a remarkable leader in numerous aspects of her life. In the classroom, she consistently exhibits an unparalleled dedication to academic excellence. Her commitment to learning through hardwork leads to insightful contributions to class discussions that have had a positive impact on her peers, fostering an atmosphere of collaborative learning.”

Kristen Rentschler, CCHS History Teacher and Academic Team Coach
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