Foundation helps donors meet their charitable giving goals

Donors give through The Piqua Community Foundation because they want to see their community succeed and grow and its residents prosper.

The Piqua Community Foundation’s mission is to encourage charitable giving to benefit the citizens of Piqua and provide a variety of methods for donors to help fulfill their charitable giving wishes.

The Foundation offers a variety of opportunities to contribute to the community, both restricted and unrestricted gifts of any size. Larger donations may be used to establish a variety of fund types that allow donors to name the fund for themselves or a loved one and make specifications about the way funds are allocated to qualifying nonprofit organizations.

Funds can be established with gifts of cash, stock or property. The Foundation can be named as a beneficiary of a trust or an insurance policy. Or, loved ones may donate memorial contributions in the name of someone who has passed. Donors realize the tax benefits in the year the gift was given, allowing for advantages on both sides.

We are here to help you to understand the many avenues for charitable giving that will extend your generosity beyond your own lifetime.

When you share with us, we share with many.

To learn more about how The Piqua Community Foundation can help you to meet your charitable giving needs, visit our website at or call us 937.615.9080.


Foundation welcomes Yannucci Family Fund

The Piqua Community Foundation is proud to welcome The Yannucci Family Fund, created in December 2020 to support positive community programs. This fund was established by the Michael and Susan Yannucci family, who have enjoyed the benefits of kindness, encouragement and friendship that is indicative of the people of Piqua.

The family has always enjoyed assisting with beneficial civic activities. Michael is a founding member of The Foundation and served as the Board of Directors’ first president. He continues as one of its board’s directors emeritus.

As longtime strong supporters of Piqua, the Yannuccis wish to assist with positive endeavors and continue their affinity for the community well into the future.

The fund’s donor advisory committee will select programs or projects to be funded each year, with particular consideration given to Christian, patriotic and recreational efforts. For more information, contact The Foundation office.

Michael and Susan Yannucci with their four children, their spouses and six grandchildren

Anderson Hess Family Fund honors couple’s legacy

Richard and Juanita (Hess) Anderson

The children of Richard and Juanita (Hess) Anderson recently created a fund at The Piqua Community Foundation to honor their parents’ memory and commitment to the local community.

Sallie Anderson, David Anderson and Bruce Anderson created The Anderson Hess Family Fund in December 2020. Through this fund, the family aims to provide grants to community organizations for projects and events, and generally not for general operating support. Special consideration will be given to organizations close to the family’s hearts.

Richard Anderson was born in Piqua and was a 1937 graduate of Piqua High School. He served as a sergeant in the United States Army during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. He worked as a cabinetmaker at Penrod & Anderson Cabinet Shop, of which he was the co-founder and owner. He passed away in 2009.

Juanita (Hess) Anderson was born in Christiansburg and was a 1939 graduate of Piqua High School. She worked at the former J.A. Shade Lumber Company and retired from the Piqua Sears store. She passed away in 2018.

The Andersons were active members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Piqua and the Piqua Antique Car Club, and both volunteered at the Piqua Heritage Festival. They were members of the former Eastern Star Chapter #320, and Richard was a member of the Warren Masonic Lodge #24. Richard also served as a 4-H advisor. The couple enjoyed giving of their time and talents to others in the community.

The donor advisory committee will select programs or projects to be funded each year, within the above guidelines. For more information, contact The Foundation office.

Spencer K. Peltier joins The Foundation Board of Directors

The Piqua Community Foundation Life Trustees elected Spencer K. Peltier to the Board of Directors at the annual meeting on November 10.

Spencer’s service on the board began on January 1, 2021, and continues through December 31, 2023.

Spencer fills the seat of former Board of Directors member Cheryl L. Burkhardt who retired at the end of December after 22 years of service, including two years as the board’s president.

Spencer was born at Piqua Memorial Hospital. He attended Piqua Catholic School and continued at Lehman Catholic High School, where he graduated in 2008. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts at Otterbein University. He became a financial planner at Thrivent in Dublin, Ohio, in 2014.

Having always wanted to move back to Piqua and be involved in the community, Spencer moved back to the area with his wife, Megan, to continue his career with Thrivent in 2016. The Peltiers have since welcomed their one -year-old daughter.

In addition to joining The Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors, Spencer serves as a board member for Awesome Piqua, The Salvation Army, Tecumseh Woods, Piqua DARE and FISH of Greenville. He is also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoys going to Tecumseh Woods, golfing, playing softball and basketball, and visiting local restaurants.

In addition to Spencer, the Life Trustees re-elected five incumbent directors, who will also serve three-year terms from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023:

  • Mimi A. Crawford
  • Gail B. Peterson
  • Jim Sever
  • Emily E. Shawler
  • Steven K. Staley

See the full Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors list here:

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Karen Wendeln honored at Piqua Community Foundation annual meeting

The Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors and Life Trustees honored the organization’s retired executive director Karen S. Wendeln on November 10. The recognition was a part of The Foundation’s annual meeting, held in a limited capacity at The Piqua Country Club.

Wendeln became The Foundation’s first-ever executive director in January 2001 and she grew The Foundation from its infancy to a robust community foundation, Board of Directors President Steven K. Staley said.

“Karen has been the face of The Foundation for a long time and has grown the size and scope of the organization significantly,” Staley said. “Her retirement is truly bittersweet, and we wish her the best as she enjoys this next chapter of her life.”

Staley presented Karen with a basket of mementos collected from various community nonprofit agencies; a memory book filled with well wishes from family, friends and colleagues; a certificate entitling Wendeln to choose a tree to be planted at a Piqua city park in her honor; and a proclamation from Mayor Kris Lee declaring November 10 as Karen Wendeln Day in the City of Piqua.

Earlier in the year, The Foundation’s Board of Directors also established a donor advised fund for Wendeln to direct. She named the fund The Wendeln – First Director Fund and, together with her husband Tony Wendeln, matched the amount contributed by The Foundation to double the fund’s impact.

“I am blown away and truly humbled by the generosity and thoughtfulness of my friends at The Foundation,” Wendeln said. “Working with the board members, donors and beneficiaries of The Foundation has been my greatest pleasure in my time as the executive director. I will miss my interactions with them all but know that the friendships will continue on.”

Wendeln extended her thanks to all those nonprofits that contributed mementos for the gift basket and to The Foundation for the gifts in her honor.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors hired Michelle Perry at the start of the year to serve as the incoming executive director. Wendeln and Perry worked side-by-side from March through July 31, when Wendeln retired. She has remained on staff as a consultant, a role she will continue in through the end of the year.

All told, Wendeln will have served The Foundation for a full two decades.

She looks forward to soaking up time with her six grandchildren and traveling, when pandemic restrictions allow her to safely do so. She will also continue in her volunteer roles with Meals on Wheels, St. Mary Church, the YWCA and Girl Scouts.

Those wishing to share a note with Wendeln may send them to P.O. Box 226, Piqua, OH 45356 or

Board members honored, elected at annual meeting

The Piqua Community Foundation Life Trustees recognized retiring Board of Directors member Cheryl L. Burkhardt at the organization’s annual meeting on November 10. She served the organization for 22 years, including two years as the board president, and received a plaque in honor of her commitment.

In addition, the Life Trustees elected Beth H. Kazer to fill a Board of Directors seat vacated mid-term. Her service on the board began immediately and continues through December 31, 2022.

The Life Trustees also re-elected five incumbent directors and elected one new director (identified with an asterisk) who will serve three-year terms from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023:

  • Mimi A. Crawford
  • Spencer K. Peltier*
  • Gail B. Peterson
  • Jim Sever
  • Emily E. Shawler
  • Steven K. Staley

To see the full Board of Directors list and learn more about The Foundation, visit the link below.

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Piqua Community Foundation awards $21,700 in Donnelly Advised grants

The Piqua Community Foundation recently awarded grants from the Donnelly Advised Fund totaling $21,700 to 17 organizations that serve Piqua residents.

Richard Donnelly established the Donnelly Advised Fund, along with others at The Foundation, in 2008. The grant award decisions are made by a donor-appointed committee annually based upon community needs; there is no application process.

“The committee and I enjoy meeting in the fall each year to determine how best to utilize the fund to serve the Piqua community,” Donnelly said. “The awards we make represent a broad range projects that benefit Piqua residents and improve our community. It’s a true pleasure to share from the advised fund each year.”

The organizations receiving 2020 Donnelly Donor Advised grants are:

  • American Legion Post 184 for the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad
  • American Legion Post 184 Ambulance Fund
  • The Bethany Center
  • The Edison Foundation for the nursing scholarship
  • Forest Hill Union Cemetery Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation
  • Greene Street United Methodist Church Food Pantry
  • The Little Kinger Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation
  • MainStreet Piqua
  • Miami County Dental Clinic
  • Miami County YMCA
  • Piqua Arts Council
  • Piqua Area Chamber Foundation for The Garden Tribe Schoolyard Garden
  • Piqua Civic Band
  • Protecting Our Water Ways
  • Salvation Army for the needs bank and summer feeding program
  • YWCA Piqua
  • Young Life of the Upper Miami Valley

“Thank you to Mr. Donnelly and the Donnelly Advised Committee for this grant award,” said Stephanie Silk, executive director of Miami County Dental Clinic. “This generous gift allows us to fulfill our mission of providing quality dental care and oral health education in a safe, compassionate and accessible environment to low-income, uninsured and under-insured patients.”

To learn more about the Donnelly Funds and other programs of The Piqua Community Foundation, visit the link below.