Community Foundation awards more than $304,000 CHICKEN

Wineland Goss

Wineland Goss

Last week, friends of your Community Foundation of White County gathered at United Way’s new Community Life Building to celebrate the best of 2021 and share what’s happening at the Foundation in 2022.

Governing Council President Dave Winings welcomed and thanked the donors and friends who make the work of CFWC possible.

Copies of the 2021 report were distributed and are available to anyone else who might desire one. Shortly, it will be available on our website, as well (

Eight new funds were established with the Foundation in 2021: the Brookston Fire Station Endowment Fund, Community Foundation of White County Operating Endowment, Community Life Building Project Fund, Community Life Building Endowment Fund, Aaron Jackson Memorial Fund, Joe R. Hahn “North White Trades Education” Endowment, Robert and Joan Sanbloom Scholarship Fund, and the Twin Lakes Class of 1976 Scholarship Fund.

A total of 107 grants and scholarships totaling over $304,000 were awarded from the Foundation’s various funds.

We’re so grateful to the caring donors who make these opportunities possible in our community!

After being canceled twice in 2021 because of COVID, CFWC was proud to host directors Frank and Kimberlee Spillers of Rural CommUnity Solutions to facilitate a series of Community Conversations throughout White County the first week of April this year. This engagement was made possible by a Leadership grant offering from Lilly Endowment Inc. which challenged community foundations to think more broadly about their role – and potential roles – in their communities.

Data gathered from these structured individual and group conversations will be added to extensive demographic data already compiled by e2 (Entrepreneurial Ecosystems), also part of this Leadership grant initiative. CFWC is eager to receive the final report and will be sharing it widely throughout the community.

As your Community Foundation of White County approaches its 25th anniversary in 2023, it’s exciting to look back on our journey to serve generous donors and dedicated nonprofits with integrity and responsible stewardship – and even more exciting to look ahead to greater possibilities!

Thank you for walking beside us on this journey. We are honored by your trust and look forward to serving you and our community for many years to come.

If you would like a copy of our 2021 Annual Report, just drop by the office or contact Leslie or Lucy at 574-583-6911.

Leslie Wineland Goss is the executive director of The Community Foundation of White County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. For more information, or to get involved in your community, contact Goss at 574-583-6911, check out the organization’s Facebook page, or log onto


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