Breakthrough Fund Initiative Announced

In 2017, Foellinger Foundation provided $8.1 million in grants to many key community nonprofit organizations. We will continue to support those organizations served by the most adaptive leaders in 2018.

To celebrate its 60th Anniversary, the Foundation has developed several special strategic grant opportunities. One of those is the Breakthrough Fund -- a half-million dollar initiative to support people-focused ideas that create a significant and positive impact on the residents of Allen County. To view a video and learn more, go to our Breakthrough page.

Foellinger Foundation Grants $1 Million to The Rescue Mission

Foellinger Foundation has announced a $1 million grant to provide three-year capital support to Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Ministries. Half of these funds–$500,000–are a matching grant opportunity, to help the organization reach its $17.5 million capital campaign goal.

The organization has created a plan to complete this capital project, operate the new facility and better assist the nearly 2,500 homeless or near-homeless members of our community that The Rescue Mission serves.

“To have Foellinger Foundation provide this gift to The Rescue Mission affirms the excellence and effectiveness of the program and services we offer,” said Rev. Donovan Coley, Sr., CEO and Senior Pastor of The Rescue Mission. “This is very encouraging, as we continue to serve the poor and homeless in Northeast Indiana with more space and dignity as we have outgrown our current location.”

“We have appreciated the diligent work of the Rescue Mission and the effectiveness of its board and staff leadership,” said Cheryl Taylor, Foellinger Foundation President.

Foellinger Foundation supports organizations that help Allen County residents increase their self-reliance by moving from dependence to independence and looks forward to seeing the positive impact The Rescue Mission will have on our whole community.

Learn more about The Rescue Mission at

Associated Churches’ Let’s Grow! Program

Foellinger Foundation has announced a nearly half-million dollar grant to provide three-years support to the Let’s Grow! early childhood program. Associated Churches’ Let’s Grow! program focuses on churches and childcare centers in urban Fort Wayne neighborhoods, providing support for developmental learning projects, staff training and mentoring workshops.

Foellinger Foundation strategically supports effective organizations. And this program has demonstrated great success by providing:

•    Development and funding of age-appropriate projects serving over 1,300 children
•    Professional development of over 50 directors and staff
•    Project administrations, including coaching and mentoring of providers
•    Workshops involving parents and families

“Communities need to invest in training and education in the childcare field in order to provide high-quality and developmentally focused early learning environments to all children,” said Cheryl Taylor, Foellinger Foundation President. Many of the Let’s Grow! childcare centers have attained the Indiana Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System ­– Paths to QUALITY – Level 1 status.

With the most recent grant, Foellinger Foundation has invested nearly $1.25 million in Let’s Grow! since 2011. This program allows children to develop in safe, healthy and nurturing environments.

Learn more about Associated Churches and Let’s Grow! at

Special Grant Opportunity Announcement

Foellinger Foundation has announced a special grant opportunity in 2018 for any Allen County-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides direct charitable services to apply for limited asset improvement project funds. This special grant opportunity is for the improvement or replacement of current assets or for the purchase of new assets. Foellinger Foundation has dedicated $1 million for this grant opportunity.   

Foellinger Foundation was founded on driving principles of integrity, accountability, responsibility and results. Our grantmaking strategy is built around selecting and strengthening effective organizations led by adaptive leaders. Our work is rooted in the belief that being an effective foundation requires us to award grants in a manner that makes a tangible difference to the grant recipient, while remaining faithful to the intent of our donors.  More specifically, we are interested in supporting those organizations that are mission-driven, well-governed and results-oriented.

The key to this special grant opportunity is effectiveness. Organizations applying for these funds must demonstrate how the project for which funds are sought will make the organization more effective.

To be eligible to apply for a limited asset improvement and replacement grant, in addition to being an Allen County 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, an organization must be five years old and provide direct charitable services. Any nonprofit organization that meets these eligibility requirements may apply for up to $50,000.

Congratulations to the first class of Executive Leaders!

We were pleased to graduate the first Executive Leader Program class on November 14 as part of the Helene Foellinger Leadership Development Initiative. The Executive Leaders earned their CEU's through this 18-month program that focuses on adaptive leadership skills and was designed for executive directors of nonprofits. Congratulations to all of these wonderful leaders! "If you're not scared, you picked too small of a mountain."