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:
Mission Partner for Youth Development:
Mission Partner for Youth Basketball:
Thank you to our 2019 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 1/19/2021):
Y-USA Strategic Initiatives Fund – Helping YMCA Camp Potawotami to strengthen its policies, practices and programs to effectively include and support underserved youth is the purpose of an $8,000 grant.
The McMillen Foundation, Inc. – Covering a portion of the YMCA’s 2020 budget shortfall due to the effects of Covid-19 is the purpose of a $150,000 grant. This generous funding enables the Y to continue to strengthen the community during these difficult times.
Howard P. Arnold Foundation - Enabling children and families in need to participate in Y programs and services is the purpose of a $1,500 grant for the 2021 Annual Campaign.
St. Joseph Community Health Foundation – Enabling YMCA mentors to help vulnerable youth is the purpose of a $35,000 for the Youth Service Bureau YMCA’s Youth Advocacy initiative. Y mentors assist youth with accessing healthcare and other supports so they can create a healthier life and a path to future success.
Youth Program Resilience Fund of Lilly Endowment Inc. – Enabling the Y to adapt our youth development programs to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is the purpose of a $119,680.61 grant. With this grant, the YMCA will be able to continue its commitment to nurturing the potential of youth in the northeast Indiana area.
English Bonter Mitchell Foundation - Nurturing the potential of youth is the purpose of a $107,929 grant to support YMCA youth development programs, including before and after school programs and teen programs in which youth engage in educational, social, physical, and character development activities.
Richard D. Waterfield Charitable Fund - Providing funding for the Y’s Youth Advocacy Initiative is the purpose of a $20,000 grant. Youth Advocates provide intensive long-term mentoring, education and support to vulnerable youth to help them create a path to success.
Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund, administered by The Wells County Foundation, Inc. – Enabling the Wells County Early Learning Center at the Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA to continue to provide safe care for young children is the purpose of a $4,440 grant. Funds will be used to cover increased staffing related to Covid-19 guidelines.
Norfolk Southern Foundation – Enabling families in need to get safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate care for their young children is the purpose of a $3,000 grant. The funding will provide financial assistance to families utilizing the Wells County Early Learning Center at the Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA.
Walmart – Providing enrichment activities for youth participating in the YMCA’s Before and After School Program is the purpose of $1,000 Walmart Community Grants from the Walmart stores at 10420 Maysville Road and 7502 Southtown Crossing in Fort Wayne.
Lakes Area Autism Network – Funding supplies, equipment and refreshments for YMCA sensory friendly events is the purpose of a $200 grant. These events are examples of how the Y strives to provide opportunities for all.
Grant news is updated quarterly.
City of Fort Wayne
Community Foundation of
Greater Fort Wayne
Dorset Charitable Trust
Dr. Louis and Anne B. Schneider Foundation
Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation
Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation
English Bonter Mitchell Foundation
Franklin Electric Charitable
Howard P. Arnold
Ian & Mimi Rolland Foundation
Indiana Department of
Indiana Youth Services
Kilbourne Residuary Charitable Trust
Lincoln Financial Foundation
Lakes Area Autism Network
Old National Bank
Olin B. and Desta Schwab
Parkview Community Health
Paul E. Shaffer Family
PNC Charitable Sponsorship
Richard L. Phillips
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
The Waterfield Foundation
United Way of
SEED Fort Wayne
(Urban Enterprise Association)
Valero Energy Foundation
Walmart Local Community Grants
William D. Hagerman
YMCA of USA
The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.