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Foellinger Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-08-09

At A Glance

Foellinger Foundation, Inc.

520 E. Berry St.

Fort Wayne, IN United States 46802-2002

Telephone: (260) 422-2900


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-08-31)

Assets: $182,420,593

Total giving: $8,022,353





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for Cheryl K. Taylor: E-mail for Terry Stevens:


Incorporated in 1958 in IN - The foundation was created in 1958 by Helene R. Foellinger and her mother, Esther A. Foellinger

Purpose and Activities

Giving in Allen County, IN, for early childhood development, youth development and family development, especially the most in need with the least opportunity, and organizational effectiveness.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Early Childhood Development

The focus of this program is to provide young children in Allen County, IN with high quality early childhood education experiences.

Family Development

The focus of this program is to provide families in Allen County, IN with high quality opportunities that foster healthy intra-family relationships.


The grants are competitive grants with two phases: 1) during the Inspire Phase (up to $15,000), leaders will have an opportunity to look beyond their daily duties, to renew their energies and to explore new perspectives. The grant will pay for personal or group retreats, personal research projects, sabbaticals—it’s up to the organization. The grant will not pay for operating support and capital expenditures over $750; 2) during the Action Phase (up to $10,000), the results of this newfound inspiration will be put to work to make the nonprofit stronger. See foundation web site for complete application and program information .


Capacity-building grant designed to build a dynamic and adaptive organizational culture. Grants for up to $15,000 are awarded for innovative projects that align with critical traits of culture with organizational performance. Types of Renew grant may be millennial on-boarding, creation of a social enterprise, alignment of mission with organizational processes and culture, and collaborative projects.


The Foellinger Foundation identifies and funds mission-driven, well-managed, results-oriented organizations. The foundation is interested in assisting organizations to seize timely opportunities to improve their effectiveness or to engage in strategic restructuring. Since opportunities may arise at any time, the foundation encourages organizations to apply when it is appropriate for their circumstances. The Transform Grant opportunity is open to any eligible organization in Allen County, Indiana and is not limited to those serving children and families. Applicants must submit a copy of their organization’s current letter from the Internal Revenue Service advising that their organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that it is not a private foundation. This letter or another organizational governing document must include information about the organization’s status under Internal Revenue Code sections 170(b)(1)(A), 501(c) and 509(a). In the event that the name of the organization, as expressed in its IRS determination letter has changed, please submit the Secretary of State filings evidencing the name change and state approval. See foundation web site for additional information. .

Youth Development

Youth in Allen County, IN, will have high-quality opportunities to develop healthy social academic, and emotional attributes.

Fields of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Family services
  • Human services
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-08-31

Assets: $182,420,593 (market value)

Expenditures: $10,582,404

Total giving: $8,022,353

Qualifying distributions: $9,045,048

Giving activities include:

$8,022,353 for 127 grants (high: $736,490; low: $1,000)

$99,570 for foundation-administered programs