Purpose

The Wyandot County Community Foundation provides a path for individual, families and businesses to achieve their philanthropic goals.  Donors are encouraged to create an endowment fund that meets their charitable wishes.  Funds focus on solutions to community issues, benefit programs and services of nonprofit organizations, enhance programs of schools and governmental agencies, or offer scholarships to assist students with their education.

 Mission Statement

The Wyandot County Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families of Wyandot County, Ohio.

 

The Foundation’s purposes are to:

  • develop a permanent endowment for Wyandot County citizens

  • assess and respond to changing community needs

  • serve as a mechanism for donors at all levels of charitable giving

  • provide financial assistance to groups that most significantly will meet the educational, cultural, health, social service and recreational needs of the people of Wyandot County, and

  • provide leadership on vital issues affecting Wyandot County.

History

 

In 1999, 25 Wyandot County citizens with varying backgrounds and interests met with Joy Roth to access the need for a countywide community foundation. A decision to move ahead was made and committees were formed to establish . . . 

 

  • a mission statement

  • non-profit corporation designation

  • by-laws

  • board member guidelines

  • means for investing and managing funds in the interest of the foundation and ways to create public awareness

 

Goals were met and approved by the originating group and the Toledo Community Foundation was selected to create, invest and manage funds of the newly incorporated Wyandot County Community Foundation (WCCF). Affiliation with Toledo Community Foundation offered the foundation the ability to build assets and make grants while taking advantage of TCF's stability, structure and oversight. In addition, a significant cost savings on administrative and investment services was realized.

 

A nine member board, representing various factions and geographical areas of the county was chosen. At the first board meeting, January 25, 2001 officers elected were: Jim Deer, President; Bryan Miller, Vice President; Sara Lou Brown, Secretary-Treasurer. Others serving on the board were: Ray Funk, John G. Hunter, Roy Johnson, Randy Myers, Fred Reid and David Wolfe.

 

In the succeeding years, designated, endowment and scholarship funds were established to start fulfilling WCCF’s mission. In 2007 the board successfully applied for and received a 501(c)3 charitable organization designation under the guidance of accountant and board member John Mizick.

 

A Community Grant Fund was created in 2013 through a Plant the Seed Fund Raising Campaign. Since that time grants have been awarded annually to deserving 501c 3  organizations and governmental units that serve Wyandot County Citizens.    

In 2021, the Foundation celebrated 25 years of "Doing Good. Forever."  The Board looks to the future through strategic planning. 

Did You Know

  • The Wyandot County Community Foundation was established in 2000.

  • The Foundation is an affiliate of the Toledo Community Foundation.

  • Volunteer directors representing different areas of Wyandot County serve on the board of trustees.

  • 2021 Assets - $7,862,944.00

  • 2021 Total Distributions - $207,457.51   

  • 2021 Scholarship Distributions - $26,795.89

  • 2021 Community Grants - $20,245.26

  • 2021 Organization Endowment Distributions - $16,294.00

  • 2021 Donor Directed Distributions - $144,122.36