The funds of The Foundation include:


The Foundation’s unrestricted funds help worthy organizations serving the residents of the Piqua area. The Foundation’s distribution committee studies grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Board of Directors, which makes the official decision on grant distributions.


The Piqua Community Fund

Established 1993
The fund was established by a group of citizens, Charter Life Trustees, with the intention of supporting community organizations. Additional funds raised by The Foundation through its Annual Giving Campaign and memorial contributions also go to this fund. The Foundation awards grants from this fund twice annually and through special initiatives.

The Charles Edwin & Florence M. Sperry Fund

Established 2004
This fund was made possible from the Sperry’s bequest and allows The Foundation’s Distribution Committee to make grants to community organizations.

The Donnelly Unrestricted Fund

Established 2008
The fund was established as part of the Donnelly Funds by Richard Donnelly, to allow The Foundation’s Distribution Committee to make additional grants to community organizations.


The Foundation assists donors and organizations by managing their funds for charitable purposes, ensuring the preservation of their philanthropic causes, during their lifetimes and beyond. These include:


The A Better Community (ABC) Fund

Established 2019
The ABC Fund, established by Dr. Julian Trevino, supports initiatives that enhance the quality of life in the Piqua community. The donor advised fund will make grants for community development projects and arts and education programming.

The Alexander Funds

Cliff R. and Joyce M. Alexander established two funds that benefit the community, each with its own focus;

The Alexander Family Charitable Gifts Fund
Established 1996
This fund awards renewable scholarships annually to area high school graduates who are continuing their education and offers grants for charitable causes in the Piqua community.

The Forest Hill Carillon Fund
Established 2000
This fund provides for the maintenance of the Carillon at Forest Hill Cemetery, completed in 2001.

The Alfred W. French Fund

Established 1997
Honoring the memory of Alfred W. French, Jr. and continuing his tradition of community support has been the goal of the Alfred W. French Foundation since 1992. The assets from that foundation were merged with The Piqua Community Foundation to carry on that legacy.

The Anderson Hess Family Fund

Established 2020
The children of Richard and Juanita (Hess) Anderson created this fund to honor their parents’ memory and commitment to the Piqua community by offering grants to community organizations for projects and events.

The Clifton Alexander Memorial Fund Fund

Established 2010
Established by Kathy A. Alexander in memory of her son Clifton and in honor of her children, Jonathon and Jacqueline, the fund supports the Salvation Army’s Clifton Alexander Youth Service Award, maintains the library’s piano dedicated in Clifton’s memory and makes other charitable donations or scholarships as directed by the advisory committee.

The Don J. Massa and Lois V. Massa Scholarship Fund

Established 2020
This fund awards an annual scholarship award to a graduating senior from Piqua High School senior planning to major in a STEM — science, technology, engineering or mathematics — field.

The Donnelly Funds

Richard Donnelly established these funds to support nonprofit organizations serving residents of Piqua;

Established 2008
The Donnelly Designated Fund
This fund allows organizations designated by the donor to receive a guaranteed annual distribution.

The Donnelly Advised Fund
Established 2008
A donor advisory committee meets annually to determine the distributions from this fund.

The French Oil Mill Machinery Company Fund

Established 2005
The French Oil Mill Machinery Company Charitable Trust, established in 1951, became a fund of The Piqua Community Foundation in 2005. The fund contributes to educational, charitable and other worthwhile organizations.

The Fort Piqua Plaza Maintenance Fund

Established 2006
This fund allows The Foundation to accept contributions specifically designated for the maintenance and upkeep of the Fort Piqua Plaza building and its contents.

The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund

Established 2016
This donor advised fund was made possible through a bequest from G. William “Bill” Hartzell and is used to award scholarships and community organizational grants.

The Hemm Family Fund

Established 2008
The Hemm Family Fund is a donor advised fund established by Jeff Hemm. An advisory committee considers and recommends distributions to nonprofit organizations in areas of interest to them.

The Hinsch Family Fund

Established 2015
John and Marsha Hinsch and Linda and Bob Campbell created this donor advised fund to support the annual Scott J. and Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Awards in memory of their parents and may also generate additional charitable gifts.

The iPiqua Fund

Established 2015
Imagining & Investing in Piqua (IPiqua) aims to accelerate Piqua’s renaissance through targeted capital investments in real estate development or redevelopment in the downtown area. The Piqua Community Foundation holds The IPiqua Fund on behalf of the partnership.

The Johnston Family LLC

Established 2005
This fund consists of shares of a limited liability corporation, owned by The Piqua Community Foundation, with voting shares controlled by a donor advisory committee.

The Kathryn L. Johnston Family Fund

Established 2004
This donor advised fund was started by Kathryn L. Johnston and her family. The committee recommends distributions to nonprofit organizations serving in areas of interest to them.

The Little Kinger Fund

Established 2006
Kristin King Wright, Olympic medalist and Piqua native, founded the fund to provide scholarships for local female athletes who will participate in intercollegiate athletics and grants to assist athletic programs for women and girls.

The Our Kids Charitable Fund

Established 2013
The Our Kids Charitable Fund was created by Jim Gover, Sr., chairman, Marcia Clark and Sherry Rockwell. This fund was instituted to help children and families who are experiencing hardships and are in need a helping hand.

The Patricia L. Recker Memorial Fund

Established 1998
This fund was established by G. William “Bill” Hartzell in memory of his wife, an active community supporter and volunteer. The fund continues the philanthropic spirit cut short by her death.

The Patterson Family Endowment Fund

Established 2012
This organization endowment fund started with an original gift from the estate of Jefferson Patterson (the great, great grandson of Col. John Johnston) to the Ohio Historical Society. In 2012, the fund came under the administration of The Piqua Community Foundation, with an annual distribution returned to the Ohio History Connection for the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency site in Piqua.

The Piqua Stadium Fund

Established 2005
Established with donations made to support Piqua High School’s Alexander Stadium/Purk Field, this fund supports the maintenance of the stadium complex and other related expenses including the synthetic turf and new scoreboard.

The Robert & Miriam Hartzell Scholarship Fund

Established 2015
The Hartzell Norris Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, trustee, established this fund to provide renewable academic scholarships to students graduating from Lehman Catholic, Miami East, Piqua, and Troy High Schools. An advisory committee selects recipients.

The Rose & Ray Loffer Fund

Established 2003
The Loffers’ generosity is extended to six designated local organizations through this fund which makes guaranteed annual distributions.

The Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established 2014
This donor advised fund was founded to establish and endow scholarship funds to benefit graduating high school seniors. An advisory committee directs the funds to endow scholarships which allow families to honor the memories of their departed loved ones.

The Wendeln – First Director Fund

Established 2020
This donor advised fund was founded to honor retired executive director Karen S. Wendeln. She served as The Foundation’s first-ever executive director from January 2001 until she retired in July 2020.

The Yannucci Family Fund

Established 2020
This fund was created to support positive community programs. The fund’s donor advisory committee selects programs or projects to support, with consideration given to Christian, patriotic and recreational efforts.

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