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Our Mission Statement

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, health and well-being, 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.

"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 

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Bradford High School 

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Arcanum High School 

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Franklin-Monroe High School 

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Mississinawa Valley High School

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Greenville High School 

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Tri-Village High School 

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Versailles High School 

91 Darke County Graduates Receive Scholarships

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 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

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

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