Fund Category: Unrestricted Funds

James and Marian Abromson Memorial Trust

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1989 BY Suzanne A. Joiner as a living memorial to her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Abromson were local business and civic leaders and both served as Foundation trustees. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Kelly and Margaret Baggs Endowment

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2010 by Margaret Baggs. Mr. and Mrs. Baggs were responsible for the creation of the nature trails at Weiler-Wilson Park in Portland. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Charles A. Baird Trust

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1955 by Mr. Baird. He was the owner of the Baird Funeral Home and was one of the Foundation’s first trustees. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Carl Bimel Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1980 by the will of Carl Bimel. Mr. Bimel’s family owned the Bimel Spoke and Wheel Factory in Portland. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Board of Trustees Endowment

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2006 by The Portland Foundation’s Board of Trustees as a vehicle for past and present trustees to show their financial commitment to the Foundation. Category: Unrestricted

John and Dr. Carole Brigham Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2002 by John and Carole Brigham. John is a retired banker and former Foundation trustee. Carole is a retired nursing professor at Ball State University. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Brumfield Fund for Philanthropy

Brumfield Fund for Philanthropy, a fund of The Dunkirk Foundation, was established in 2014 by the Foundation Board of Directors in honor of Board President Brenda Brumfield.  This unrestricted fund shall provide support as directed by the Board of Directors.

William Bynum Memorial Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2000 by Maxwell Naas through the Naas Family Charitable Endowment. Mr. Bynum was a longtime executive at Naas Foods, Inc. in Portland. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Lawrence H. and Mary Jane Calhoun Memorial Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2007 by the Mary Jane Calhoun Estate. Mr. Calhoun was a local pharmacist for many years. He first became associated with Syphers Brothers Drug Store in 1929 and became a partner in 1950. The store later became known as Calhoun Drugs […]

Community Enhancement Endowment

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The Community Enhancement Endowment was established in 2001 by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees with gifts received towards a challenge match under Lilly Endowment’s GIFT V Initiative. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Lee G. and Corinne Hall Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1980 by Mr. Hall as a living memorial to his wife, Corinne, a longtime civic leader. Mr. Hall, a former Portland Forge President, was also a civic leader. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Robert & Kathleen Cue Endowment

Fund Purpose: To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2015 by the will of Kathleen J Cue, a Portland High School graduate who worked at Haynes Milling Company, Mutual Security, and the Jay County Genealogy office. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Ted C. Fleming and Alma M. Fleming Endowment

To provide scholarships to Jay County residents pursuing higher education degrees. The fund was established in 2013 by the Ted Fleming Estate as a memorial to himself and his sister. Alma owned the Jay County Abstract Company and Ted was an employee of the company. Category: Scholarships

Abromson Fleming Memorial Trust

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1975 by Mrs. Marian F. Abromson in memory of her father, James Fleming, a local attorney and civic leader. Category: Unrestricted

Ron and Lonette Freeman Family Endowment

A community’s needs are difficult to anticipate. The Ron and Lonette Freeman Family Endowment Fund was established to help The Portland Foundation support long-term solutions- today and tomorrow- and make a lasting investment in our community’s future. “We believe that the Foundation’s leadership knows best what the community’s needs are, not only today, but tomorrow […]

Charles W. Geeting Memorial Trust

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1976 through the will of Mr. Geeting, a Madison Township farmer who asked that his gift would especially benefit children. Category: Unrestricted Funds

General Memorial Fund- First Merchants Bank

To provide scholarships to Jay County residents pursuing higher education degrees. Established in 1955 at First National Bank by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees as a depository of memorial gifts made by individuals, corporations and other contributors and is used for general purposes of the Foundation. Category: Unrestricted Funds

General Memorial Fund- First Financial Bank

To provide scholarships to Jay County residents pursuing higher education degrees. Established in 1955 at MainSource Bank by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees as a depository of memorial gifts made by individuals, corporations and other contributors and is used for general purposes of the Foundation. Category: Unrestricted Funds

General Unrestricted Fund First Financial Bank

To provide scholarships to Jay County residents pursuing higher education degrees. Established in 1996 at MainSource Bank by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees as a depository of gifts that are not directed to a specific fund and is used for general purposes of the Foundation. Category: Unrestricted Funds

General Unrestricted Fund First Merchants Bank

To provide scholarships to Jay County residents pursuing higher education degrees. Established in 1996 at First Merchants Bank by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees as a depository of gifts that are not directed to a specific fund and is used for general purposes of the Foundation. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Eugene M. & Jane Anne Gillum Endowment

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2008 by Gene & Jane Gillum. The fund shall provide support to further the charitable purposes of a selected group of organizations. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Donald and Vadia Hall Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1981 as an advised fund by Vadia Hall, daughter of Portland Foundry co-owner L. G. Holmes and widow of Donald A. Hall, former Portland Forge President and civic leader. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Donald A. Hall Memorial Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1981 by Mr. Hall’s family. Mr. Hall was a former President of the Portland Forge. Category: Unrestricted Funds

John J. and Grace R. Jaqua Endowment Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1999 upon the death of Mr. Jaqua, co-founder of the Foundation. Mr. Jaqua was the former president of the Citizens Bank and a civic leader in Portland. Mrs. Jaqua was a longtime civic leader. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Bob W. & Frances M. Leggett Endowment

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2008 by the will of Bob W. Leggett. The fund shall be used for unrestricted charitable purposes. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Lilly Endowment Fund First Merchants Bank

To provide scholarships to Jay County residents pursuing higher education degrees. Established in 1993 by the Foundation board. The trust was funded with additional money from Lilly Endowment’s GIFT Initiative. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Lilly Endowment Fund MainSource Bank

To provide scholarships to Jay County residents pursuing higher education degrees. Established in 1992 by the Foundation board. The trust was funded with additional money from Lilly Endowment’s GIFT Initiative. Category: Unrestricted Funds

James E. Luginbill Memorial Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2005 by The Graphic Printing Co., Inc. in memory of three-term Portland Mayor, Jim Luginbill. A World War II veteran, Mayor Luginbill spearheaded economic development efforts to bring hundreds of jobs to Jay County Category: Unrestricted Funds

MainSource Bank Endowment

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2002 by MainSource Bank. The Foundation traces its relationship with the bank back to 1951 when the first trust was established with Peoples Bank. Category: Unrestricted Funds

J. Murl and Opal (Smith) May Memorial Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2001 by their children, Mary May Geeting, Paul M. May, Ruby May Geeting, and Ralph F. May. Mr. and Mrs. May were lifetime residents of Jay County and were Madison Township farmers. Mr. May was a community leader and serves on […]

May-Denney Endowment Fund

This fund is in memory of Hendrick, Harrison, and Hadlee Neargarder. The purpose of this fund is to provide support as directed by the Board of Directors. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Ray and Roger McKinley Memorial Fund

The purpose of this fund shall be to provide support as directed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation for programs or activities that fulfill charitable or other exempt purposes.  Category:  Unrestricted Funds

Meshberger Brothers Stone Corporation Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1997 by Meshberger Brothers Stone Corporation in honor of its employees and as a thank you to its Jay County customers. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Gladys Thomas Pearson Memorial Trust

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1983 by Mrs. Pearson’s family as a memorial to her concern for the improvement of quality of life. Mrs. Pearson was a longtime retail clerk. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Earl G., Genevra J., and Glen E. Pyle Endowment

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2013 by the Glen Pyle Estate as a memorial to himself and his parents. Glen was a magician and performed as “Gomer the Clown,” visiting Fort Wayne area nursing homes and hospitals. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Lydia Naas Raunecker Charitable Trust

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1978 by Mrs. Raunecker’s father, Maxwell N. Naas, in memory of his daughter who died in 1977. Mrs. Raunecker was an active community leader who worked especially with children. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Retter Family Fund

Retter Family Fund, a fund of The Dunkirk Foundation, was established in 2018 by Greg Retter and Connie Retter in memory of their grandparents Roy and Marjorie Retter and their parents Johnny and Lois Retter.  This unrestricted fund shall provide support as directed by the Board of Directors.

Sara Haynes Ronald Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1994 from the proceeds received from the Sara E. Ronald Charitable Remainder Unitrust. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Elizabeth A. Starbuck Endowment

Established in 2012 by the will of Elizabeth Starbuck. Miss Starbuck was a retired banker, whose family established the Peoples Bank (now First Financial Bank) in Portland. Her estate gift of $4.9 Million is the largest gift ever received by the Foundation

Bud & June (Moser) Study Endowment Fund

Established in 2015 after the passing of June Shawver Study. June was a Portland resident who worked at Jay Garment for 27 years and retired from Tyson in 2000. Category: Unrestricted Funds This endowment will provide support to Jay County organizations under the direction of the Foundation Board of Trustees.

Fred M. Stultz Endowment Fund

Established in 2002 by a trust created upon Mr. Stultz’s death in 1985. A Jay County native, Fred was a longtime Jay County farmer who was also active in local politics. He sold a portion of his land holdings for the creation of the Jay County Conservation Club.

Joseph T. and Marlene A. (Frahm) Suhr Memorial Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2001 by Joseph Suhr, and his four daughters, Dawn D. Suhr Greenwood, Valerie L. Suhr Aspy, Julie B. Suhr, and Jodi M. Suhr Trippany in celebration of Marlene’s life as a wife and mother. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Walter A. Suman Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1958 by Mr. Suman’s will. Walter was an employee of the Creamery Package Co., a manufacturer of wooden butter tubs in Portland. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Glen and Martina Theurer Endowment Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2003 by Glen and Martina Theurer. Glen was a retired telephone company employee and Martina was a retired nurse. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Katherine Louise Timmonds Memorial Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1969 by Miss Timmonds’ sister, Carrie Estelle Timmonds. Katherine was a longtime librarian in the community. Category: Unrestricted Funds

Wasmuth Trust Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1983 by Mr. Lou Wasmuth as a living memorial to his interest in the welfare of Portland. He was a longtime community leader and former owner of Portland Motor Parts. Lou asked that when funds were used that his wife Eula […]

Barb Wilkinson Memorial Fund

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 2005 by Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Theta Tau Sorority in memory of Barb, who was an active member of the sorority and the Jay County Civic Theatre, and served as the managing editor of The Commercial Review. The fund is […]

Phyllis M. Badders Williams Endowment

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1999 by Maxwell Naas through the Naas Family Charitable Endowment. Mrs. Williams was a longtime friend of the Naas family. Category: Unrestricted Funds

J. Arthur Williams-Orville Easterday Trust

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1952 by the Jay Garment Company. This is one of the first two original trusts of The Portland Foundation and the first to be funded. The trust was established as a memorial to Mr. Williams and Mr. Easterday, founders of the […]

Young Family Trust

To provide support to charitable causes in Jay County. The fund was established in 1996 by John G. and Gretchen Young in honor of John’s father, R. Dwighht Young, a businessman and civic leader. Category: Unrestricted Funds

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