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.
Wyandot County Community Foundation 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
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.
The Foundation continues to grow. Recently six enthusiastic board members have joined the board, three scholarships were added., two designated funds were created and an unrestricted community fund made possible grants to deserving
501 (c) (3) organizations for the first time.
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.
Wyandot County Community Foundation assets exceed $6 million from 22 funds.
Distributions of $209,039 from various fund types were made in 2020 2020 Donor Directed Distributions $151,529
2020 Community Grant Distributions $16,6282020
2020 Scholarship Distributions $25,216
2020 Organization Endowment $15,666