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Mission

It is the mission of the Community Foundation of Whitley County to inspire philanthropy, enrich community, and serve donors by creating an enduring source of charitable assets.
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September McConnell
Chief Executive Officer
Contact Areas: Donor Relations, Planned Giving, Community Development, Media Spokesperson
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Vanessa Bills
Chief Operating Officer
Contact Areas: Community Investment Grants, H.R., Financial Oversight, Technical Assistance and Website Management
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John Lefever
Development Consultant
Contact Areas: Estate Planning, Planned Giving, Community Outreach
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Sheena Stewart

Business Director

Contact Areas: Gift Receipts and Acknowledgements, Account Management, Payables, Fund Statements, Sierra’s Fund, and Horizon’s of Hope Scholarship

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John Slavich
A.C.T.S Navigator
Contact Area: Youth Philanthropy for students at The Center, TROY and homeschooled students
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Andrew Thompson
H.A.N.D.S. Navigator
Contact Area: Youth Philanthropy for public schools in Whitley County
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Carol Flowers

Administrative Coordinator

Contact Area: Scholarships, Heart of Gold, Valentines and the Mammogram Program, Good Samaritan Fund

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Margaret Malcolm

Receptionist

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Brooks Walker

Intern

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The people behind the commitment.

An eleven-person volunteer Board of Directors oversees The Community Foundation of Whitley County. The goal is to achieve a board composition that represents a broad cross-section of the community.

Back Row: George Schrumpf, Marcia McNagny, Gary Dillon, Greg Fahl, and Don Armstrong

Middle Row: Gloria Smith, Andy More, and Rhonda Jones

Front Row: Jaci Worrick, Sharlene Berkshire, and Tim Bloom

Not Pictured: Sam St. Clair, Joe Kessie, and Kathy Heuer

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History of the Foundation

Where we’ve been. Where we’re going.

In 1991, local community leaders shared a powerful vision. They understood the strength of endowed philanthropy and believed that through the creation of a local community foundation, endowment funds could be established and nurtured to meet the changing needs of our area.

Today we manage an endowed asset base of over $25 million. We use this asset base to award grants to local nonprofit organizations that provide a range of services throughout Whitley County. Watch the video to see how even a small donation from you can help make our community a better place to live.

Top 10 Reasons to Give

Consider the reason why over 1,500 donors each year choose to make their charitable contributions through the Community Foundation.

New Endowment Fund to Support the Dennis & Judith Hudson Commitment of the Heart Award

The Dennis and Judith Hudson Commitment of the Heart Award Fund was created in memory of Dennis Hudson (who passed away in 2019) and in honor of his wife Judy, to recognize a direct support professional working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Whitley County.  It will be presented once a year at the annual meeting of Passages, Inc.

Nominations may be made by anyone who has witnessed a care provider/direct support professional who goes above and beyond for their clients showing love, compassion and patience. These characteristics mirror the qualities Denny Hudson demonstrated in his commitment to caring for his family.

Criteria for Award Selection:
The individual has been with Passages, Inc. or working with individuals with intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities in Whitley County for at least one year; an individual may only receive the award one time; the Community Foundation will keep an on-going list of winners.

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