While the Foundation’s primary interest is children and their families, it recognizes that a broad range of programs and projects may benefit the people of Fort Wayne and Allen County. The board may, therefore, award grants that help the community in other ways. Approximately 10% of its grant dollars are awarded to Allen County-based nonprofit organizations in the Community Interests category that address needs that do not directly serve children and families with the greatest need and least economic opportunity. Requests from qualified organizations will be considered and will compete against other nonprofits for a relatively small share of the Foundation’s grantmaking.

Helping the broader nonprofit community operate more effectively

Although the Foundation may choose not to award grant support to organizations, those organizations may be invited to participate in training programs in order to enhance the effectiveness of their organizations.