Foellinger Foundation
Strengthening Organizations

The Foellinger Foundation identifies and funds mission-driven, well-managed, results-oriented organizations. The Foundation is interested in assisting organizations to seize timely opportunities to improve their effectiveness or to engage in the Assessment Phase of strategic restructuring. Since opportunities may arise at any time, the Foundation encourages organizations to apply when it is appropriate for their circumstances. Decisions on Strengthening Organizations grant requests will be made within 60 days after submission of a completed application.

The Strengthening Organizations grant category is open to any eligible organization in Allen County, Indiana, and is not limited to those serving children and families.

All eligible organizations may apply for Strengthening Organizations support to address organizational effectiveness as outlined in the Foundation’s Evaluation Materials and Guide to Capacity Outcomes or for an Assessment Phase of strategic restructuring. Grants in the Strengthening Organizations category are for one-time projects and requests may not exceed $10,000. Examples of eligible projects in this category include:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Board Governance
  • Staff Development
  • Financial Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Mentoring/Coaching
  • Social Media
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Assessment Phase of Strategic
    Restructuring (negotiation
    and/or Implementation Phases
    will be considered on a case by-
    case basis)

Other projects related to organizational effectiveness may also be considered.

Grant funds may not be used for capital, program or operating expenditures, including staff.

Strengthening Organizations Application



helene in pressroom and retirement

Helene Foellinger (above) in her ealry years as publisher of The News-Sentinel in the pressroom and at her retirment after the sale of The News-Sentinel in 1980 (below).