The Darke County Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Darke County by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts for the benefit of local residents. The Foundation supports areas such as education, the arts, social services, community projects, religious organizations, conservation and animal welfare.
Through donations by individuals, families, businesses and charitable organizations, the Darke County Foundation provides long-term support for causes in which our donors strongly believe. Our goal is to assist donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes, creating lasting legacies for years to come.

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Support scholarships to Darke County

students and community grants to local

non-profit organizations.

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." -- Winston Churchill


Foundation Awards $152,000 in Scholarships

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Ansonia High School Scholarship Recipients

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Arcanum High School Scholarship Recipients

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Bradford High School Scholarship Recipients

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Franklin-Monroe High School Recipients

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Mississinawa Valley High School Recipients

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Greenville High School Scholarship Recipients

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Tri-Village High School Scholarship Recipients

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Versailles High School Scholarship Recipients

91 Darke County Graduates Receive Scholarships

Susan North Art Fund

Norton Family 4-H Fund

Gregory Olwine Arcanum Alumni Fund

Pohl Transportation Fund

Road Less Traveled Fund

JC & Alice Schafer Fund

Schipfer Family Fund

Lois E. Snyder Fund

Neil E. Stemley Fund

John E. and Ella M. Stevenson Fund

Edwin, Mac & Marguerite Stoltz Fund

Steven Stucke Fund

Jan and Jim Thomas Fund

J. Howard Trump Art Fund

Versailles Masonic Lodge Fund

Paul C. and Helen D. Warner Fund

Sarah Whittaker Fund

Matthew Wuebker Fund

Ryan Wulber Fund

The Darke County Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary by awarding $152,000 in scholarships to 91 area graduates from the class of 2022. Another $82,000 will be awarded to current college students who attended a Darke County high school.

The scholarship money comes from funds the Foundation establishes through donations from individuals, businesses and charitable organizations. Invested long-term, these funds generate a continuing source of income and maintain lasting legacies for years to come. Donors often honor family members or a special purpose by setting up funds with personalized names.

The following funds provided scholarship awards:

Velma and Merlin Applegate Fund

Tim Best/Ronnie Kreitzer Fund

Robert and Iris Bolen Fund

Harold and Betty Brewer Fund

William and Rosalyn Brinley Family Fund

Darke Co. Engineering/Science Fund

Darke County Foundation Endowment

Brian and Regina Delk Fund

Wayne K. Detling Fund

John S. and Mary L. Fourman Fund

Alice and Wilbur Frantom Fund

Kenneth J. Gibboney Fund

Richard Graeff Family Fund

Greenville National Bank Fund

Jeanie and Jeff Hawley Fund

Eleanor J. Hughes Fund

John and Miriam Knick Fund

Bob & Jan Lantz Miami Univ. Teacher

Ami McClurkin Fund

Joseph R. Mills Fund

Foundation Awards $195,000 in Community Grants

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     The Darke County Foundation invited representatives from local non-profit organizations to its annual grant recognition program at Birchwood Training Center in Greenville. These organizations provide valuable services to Darke County residents, enriching and strengthening the well-being of our community.

     Money for the grants came from 29 donor-established funds, mostly permanent endowment funds that distribute investment income every year while maintaining the original gift amount. Grant money also came from the Friends of the Foundation Fund that is bolstered every year by hundreds of community supporters. Every dollar of Friends’ donations was used for these grants.

     The following groups received funding from the Darke County Foundation:


ACES School

Anna Bier Gallery

Ansonia Elementary School

Ansonia United Methodist Church

Arcanum High School Band

Arcanum Preservation Society

Bradford Village Schools

Bradford Railroad Museum

Brethren Retirement Community

Bridges 2 College

Cancer Association of Darke County

Darke County Center for Arts

Darke County Humane Society

Darke County Parks

Darke County Pregnancy Help Center

Darke County Special Olympics

Darke County United Way

Darke County Weekday Christian Education

Darke County YMCA

DeColores Montessori School

Empowering Darke County Youth

EUM Church - Next Steps

EverHeart Hospice

Financial Assistance for Medical Emergencies

Garst Museum

Gateway Youth

Good Stuff Foundation

Grace Resurrection Community Center

Greenville Community Unity

Greenville Public Library

Illumination Ministry

Kinder Korner Preschool

Miami Valley Boy Scouts

New Madison Public Library

Ohio Wave Fastpitch Academy

Ronald McDonald House Dayton

Shelter from Violence

St. Mary's Church and School

St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery - Willowdell

St. Peter's Neurological Center

The House that Lulu Built

Tri Village Concert Band

Tri Village Local Schools

Upper Valley Career Center Aspire

Versailles FFA

Versailles Heritage Park

Versailles Youth Sports

VTown Tigers

Wayne HealthCare Foundation

YOLO of Darke County

Youth for Christ Miami Valley