Breakthrough Fund

Foellinger Foundation seeks to positively influence the quality of life in Allen County by encouraging and supporting ideas that help residents lead fulfilling and connected lives. The Breakthrough Fund is all about people. Nonprofit organizations and other partners from throughout our community are invited to collaboratively propose concepts that identify opportunity and creatively address a social challenge our community faces.

Foellinger Foundation’s Breakthrough Fund catalyzes innovative ideas that are brought to life by new collaborations. These concepts, developed with creative thinking, achieve “breakthrough” status when they significantly and positively impact residents. Several ideas may receive support for Refine Phase development; one or more may be funded through the Realize Phase.

Applications were received in May 2018 and four organizations were awarded a Breakthrough grant for the Refine Phase:

ACRES Land Trust $39,050

ACRES Land Trust will create a nonprofit real estate development to benefit nonprofits requiring access to large natural areas.  By eliminating barriers of capital and expertise, nonprofits can own facilities adjacent to 300+ acres.  The land will include multi-use trails, outdoor classrooms, and other compatible amenities, fostering partnerships through shared resources.

For more information about this project, contact Jason Kissel at

League for the Blind and Disabled $18,000

This project will improve on methods for helping students with disabilities transition to adult life.  Current efforts focus only on employment, and major goals, skills and resources critical to people with disabilities are not considered.  League for the Blind and Disabled’s innovative approach brings together public and private funding sources to develop a cohesive, holistic solution.

For more information about this project, contact David Nelson at

 Lutheran Social Services $21,115

Partnering with Catholic Charities, SCAN and Brightpoint, Lutheran Social Services will create a model that reinforces stability and empowers families toward greater self-sufficiency.  By integrating multi-agency programs, financial resources and staff to build service bridges and overcome organizational boundaries, families’ needs remain the primary focus.

For more information about this project, contact Angie Moellering at

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center $42,000

The Connected Communities program enables underdeveloped, marginalized talent to participate in economic prosperity and social well-being through grassroots entrepreneurship. It will provide training, mentorship and tools, while clients orchestrate resources to achieve goals on their terms at places with people they trust.

For more information about this project, contact Karl LaPan at