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.

2019 Donors

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.

Grant Funders:

AEP Foundation


AWS Foundation


BAE Systems


City of Fort Wayne


Community Foundation of
Greater Fort Wayne


Dekko Foundation

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

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


Magee O'Connor




Norfolk Southern


Old National Bank


Olin B. and Desta Schwab

Otto Haas 
Charitable Trust


Parkview Community Health
Improvement Program


Paul E. Shaffer Family


PNC Charitable Sponsorship


PNC Foundation


Richard L. Phillips
Charitable Fund


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



Zollner Foundation

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