Community Project Funds

Mark Gradeless Welding Scholarship

This award was created in 2021 to honor the life of Mark “Grady” Gradeless. A 1977 graduate of Columbia City Joint High School, he worked at Dana Corporation, where he tirelessly serviced machines from the age of 18 until his retirement.  “Grady” was a member of the United Auto Workers, Steelworkers Union and could often

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Night to Shine

This fund was established to help with expenses for the annual Tim Tebow Night To Shine in Whitley County, a special needs prom in February.         To learn more about Night to Shine, watch this  Night to Shine Video. Local Night to Shine Facebook Video.

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Micropulse Employee Giving Fund

Micropulse Corporation of Columbia City, a premier manufacturer of orthopedic instrumentation, engages in philanthropy in a unique way.  Several times a year a check is sent to the Community Foundation of Whitley County to be distributed to the charities of choice of their individual employees.  Based on factors such as years of service, a dollar

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Rob and Jill Marr Family Fund

Established by Rob and Jill Marr, this fund allows for on-going input from the donors and permits distribution to any charitable project or cause. The donor, their designee, or an advisory group makes recommendations as to where grants should be made. Final grant making authority rests with the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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