Mission Partners

We are grateful to YMCA Mission Partners who provide financial resources that strengthen our community and move us all forward. The generosity of these companies allows the YMCA to carry out our mission - making a meaningful, enduring impact in our local community.

Mission Partners for Adult Programs and Corporate Wellness:

  Indiana Lasik Center's logoPhysician's Health Plan Logo  

Mission Partner for Older Adults:
Mission Partner for Youth Development:

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Mission Partner for Youth Basketball:


If you or your company is interested in joining with the Y to become a mission partner, contact Nicole Hansen at 260.422.6488.

2020 Donors

Thank you to our 2020 YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne donors who helped to strengthen people in spirit, mind and body. View our donor list in our Benefits to the Community here.

Grant Funding Support

As a not for profit organization, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne relies on the generosity of
donors and grant funders to continue carrying out our mission through programs and facilities. 

Thank you to our most recent grant funders (updated 11/2/2021):

Verizon – Helping at-risk teens to prepare for a successful future is the purpose of a $12,000 grant for the College and Career Readiness Program at the Renaissance Pointe Y. In this program YMCA mentors help youth explore college and career choices and guide them in developing skills for the workplace.

LiGHT Fund at the Wells County Foundation – Enabling the Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA to host an inclusive camp for youth with diverse abilities and their siblings and peers is the purpose of a $2,500 grant. Inclusion camp is designed for those with and without disabilities to learn, play and grow together.

Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation – Enabling hundreds of local children and youth to engage in a variety of arts and humanities activities is the purpose of a grant for the YMCA Integrative Arts Program. Activities are incorporated into YMCA Before and After School programs and summer day camps.

Lakes Area Autism Network - Funding sensory supplies for YMCA adaptive and inclusive programs and events is the purpose of a $250 grant. Sensory objects can provide calming effects and help individuals with diverse abilities to cope when the environment overwhelms them.

RMSM Foundation – Positively impacting local individuals with diverse abilities is the purpose of a $5,000 grant. Funds will be used to support adaptive and inclusive programs such as Adaptive Aquatics, Adaptive Skills & Drills, and Inclusive Pom.

Pathfinder Foundation – Supporting the YMCA’s Adaptive and Inclusive programming is the purpose of a $1,000 grant. Funds will be used for Trail Buddies, Social Events, Sensory Friendly Events, and adaptive camp supplies.

AWS Foundation – Providing people with disabilities a visual tool to preview YMCA branches and accommodations is the purpose of a $2,500 Might Money grant. Funds will be used to develop a video that people can view prior to visiting the Y so they know what to expect.

The Donald F. Wood and Darlene M. Richardson Foundation – Enabling YMCA Youth Advocates to connect with more vulnerable youth is the purpose of a $150,000 multi-year grant. Youth Advocates provide young people with the tools, skills and support they need to succeed and grow into thriving adults.

Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne - Nurturing the potential of vulnerable youth and helping them grow into successful adults is the purpose of a $45,000 grant. The funding will support teen programs at the Renaissance Pointe Y and the Status Offender Court Alternative Program at the YMCA Youth Service Bureau.

Zollner Foundation – Nurturing the potential of vulnerable youth is the purpose of a $30,000 grant. Funding will support teen programming at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA, featuring activities focused on academics, leadership, job and career readiness, arts and culture, teamwork and character building.

The Lutheran Foundation – Providing vulnerable youth with the stability of the same Youth Advocate year after year is the purpose of a $50,000 grant. For the third consecutive year, The Lutheran Foundation is enabling YMCA Youth Advocates to provide intensive long-term mentoring, education and support to help youth create a path to success.

The Waterfield Foundation – Supporting the 2021 YMCA Annual Campaign is the purpose of a $4,000 grant. This will provide scholarships to low-income families who participate utilize the Renaissance Pointe Y, as well as youth in need who attend YMCA Camp Potawotami summer resident camp and/or outdoor education program.

Walmart – Supporting the 2021 YMCA Annual Campaign, which delivers financial assistance to youth and families in need in the form of reduced membership rates or program fees is the purpose of a $750 grant from the Apple Glen Walmart and a $250 grant from the Walmart Distribution Center.

Grant news is updated quarterly.

Grant Funders:

AEP Foundation


AWS Foundation


BAE Systems


City of Fort Wayne


Community Foundation of
Greater Fort Wayne


Dekko Foundation

Do It Best Foundation

Dorset Charitable Trust

Dr. Louis and Anne B. Schneider Foundation

Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation

Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation

Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund, administered by The Wells County Foundation, Inc.

English Bonter Mitchell Foundation

Foellinger Foundation

Franklin Electric Charitable
Education Foundation

Howard P. Arnold


Ian & Mimi Rolland Foundation


Indiana Department of
Child Services


Indiana Youth Services

Kilbourne Residuary Charitable Trust

Lincoln Financial Foundation


Lakes Area Autism Network


LiGHT Fund at the Wells County Foundation


Magee O'Connor


McMillen Foundation, Inc.


NiSource Foundation and NIPSCO


Norfolk Southern


Old National Bank


Olin B. and Desta Schwab

Otto Haas 
Charitable Trust


Parkview Community Health
Improvement Program


Pathfinder Foundation


Paul E. Shaffer Family


PNC Charitable Sponsorship


PNC Bank


The Donald F. Wood and Darlene M. Richardson Foundation


Richard D. Waterfield Charitable Fund


Richard L. Phillips
Charitable Fund


RMSM Foundations


SDI Foundation


Staples Foundation


St. Joseph Community Health Foundation

G. Robert & Emma Studabaker Endowment Fund
for the physically and/or Mentally Challenged.
Administered by the Wells County Foundation, Inc.


The Lutheran Foundation


Tivity Health

The Waterfield Foundation


United Way of
Allen County


SEED Fort Wayne
(Urban Enterprise Association)


Valero Energy Foundation

Walmart Local Community Grants

Wells County


Wells Fargo


Whitley County
Community Foundation


William D. Hagerman



Youth Program Resilience Fund of Lily Endowment Inc.

Zollner Foundation

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.