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.

The Piqua Community Foundation introduces new application process with release of spring 2021 grant cycle

The Piqua Community Foundation opened its spring 2021 grant cycle this week with a revised application process. Pictured here is a Springcreek Primary School student using STEAM materials purchased through a 2020 grant from The Foundation’s unrestricted funds.

The Piqua Community Foundation has introduced a new application process as it releases its 2021 spring grant cycle this week.

The Foundation accepts project-based grant applications twice a year from nonprofit organizations serving Piqua residents with a mission that is religious, educational, scientific, literary or charitable in nature. Applicants must provide documentation demonstrating the organization’s 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status.

While those key tenets of the grant program remain unchanged, the new digitally accessible process allows applicants additional flexibility in their preferred submission method, Foundation Executive Director Michelle Perry said.

The primary amendments for nonprofit applicants to note include:

  • The Foundation now uses one common application and shared deadlines for all grant requests, regardless of the organization’s structure or the amount of the project funding sought.
  • Grant guidelines and the application form are available at The Foundation’s website at
  • Applications are accepted via email, as well as in paper form via mail or hand delivery.

“The principles that lie at the heart of our grant distribution model remain the same,” Perry said. “This revised process condenses the information shared and requested and allows for digital access to the application forms at any time. We are proud to be able to continue to support our local nonprofit community in this expanded way.”

The spring 2021 distribution is part of The Foundation’s semiannual grant cycles from unrestricted funds. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021. The Foundation’s Distribution Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval based on the grant application and review process.

In 2020, The Piqua Community Foundation distributed a total of $196,500 in grants from its unrestricted funds through its semiannual distributions and through its Piqua Emergency Response Fund for pandemic relief.

The Piqua Community Foundation’s grant program guidelines and application form can be found by visiting Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines and then confirm their organization’s eligibility by emailing or calling 937.615.9080.

Piqua Community Foundation accepts nominations for Hinsch Community Service Awards

The Piqua Community Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Margaret W. Hinsch and Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Awards.

The Hinsch awards are offered annually to one male and one female volunteer serving a Piqua nonprofit organization. The awards are unique because the honorees are selected based on activities done on behalf of one organization during one specific calendar year, in this case 2020. Last year’s recipients were Jim Robinson, a volunteer for the Piqua Area Chamber Foundation, and Catherine “Cathy” Large, a volunteer for the Bethany Center.

Catherine “Cathy” Large, a volunteer for the Bethany Center, left, and Jim Robinson, a volunteer for the Piqua Area Chamber Foundation, were awarded the Hinsch Community Service Awards in May 2020. Nominations are now accepted for this year’s awards through The Piqua Community Foundation.

Scott & Margaret Hinsch

Scott & Margaret Hinsch

The fund that provides the monetary awards was established at The Piqua Community Foundation by Scott and Margaret Hinsch’s children and their spouses, John and Marsha Hinsch and Linda and the late Bob Campbell. The awards honor Scott and Margaret’s legacy of service to the Piqua community.

The annual award recipients receive a glass plaque to commemorate the occasion, and the nominating nonprofit agency will receive a $2,000 unrestricted grant from the Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation, in recognition of that outstanding volunteer. The organizational grant amount marks an increase from previous years, as the family wishes to recognize the nonprofit with an impactful award that can be used however the agency needs.

The deadline for nomination submission is March 15, 2021. Download the Margaret W. Hinsch and Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Awards guidelines and nomination form HERE.

The Piqua Community Foundation opens 2021 scholarship programs

The Piqua Community Foundation has opened its 2021 scholarship season and welcomes applications from local students.

Scholarships through The Foundation are made possible by fund donors who value continuing education and wish to give back to the community. Each of the scholarships offered is distinct in its guidelines directed by the donor when the fund was established. Application deadlines are in spring 2021 and are listed for each individual program.

Scholarship information is available through local schools’ guidance counselors or by visiting Questions about The Foundation’s scholarship programs may be directed to or 937.615.9080.

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:

Our Board

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.

Our Board

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.


Foundation grants $196,500 from unrestricted fund, launches online giving

The Piqua Community Foundation distributed more than $196,500 in grants from its unrestricted fund in 2020, all supporting nonprofits that serve Piqua residents. As The Foundation conducts its annual giving campaign that builds its unrestricted fund to offer these grants, it has launched its online giving platform to accept donations via credit card or bank account draft.

Through The Foundation’s twice-annual application cycle, the Distribution Committee and Board of Directors approved $45,864 in spring grants and $55,843 in fall grants. Additionally, The Foundation distributed more than $94,800 in grants through the Piqua Emergency Response Fund, a special project started in spring 2020 to support nonprofits in their COVID-19 relief efforts.

These distributions are on top of the sizable donations made through donor-directed funds at The Foundation.

“We are proud of the impact of our unrestricted funds this year and the rapid response we’ve been able to provide as we support local nonprofit organizations through our emergency grants,” said Executive Director Michelle Perry. “We are now able to accept gifts through our website to bolster our unrestricted fund so that we can continue to provide these timely and needed grants in the Piqua community. We hope that this added option for making a gift will allow our donors to choose the method that works best for them.”

Read about The Foundation’s grant programs and 2020 recipient organizations by visiting To make a gift to The Foundation’s unrestricted fund as part of the annual giving campaign or in memory of a loved one, click HERE. Contributions may also be made by mailing a check to P.O. Box 226, Piqua, OH 45356.

The Piqua Community Foundation distributed more than $196,500 in grants from its unrestricted fund in 2020. As The Foundation solicits annual gifts to build its unrestricted fund, it has launched its online giving platform to allow donors to contribute in the way that works best for them. Pictured, Jim Sever, left, and Randi Pearson, right, co-chairs of The Foundation’s Distribution Committee and Foundation board members, present Jordan Knepper, executive director of the Piqua Arts Council, with a grant award in November.

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