Welcome to the Wayne County Community Foundation

WCCF Holiday Giving GuideThe Wayne County Community Foundation (WCCF) is a tax-exempt public charity in Wayne County, Ohio, that consists of a collection of over 370 separate funds that were generously donated to benefit the community. Since 1978, the WCCF has managed and invested these endowments with awards of over $55 million in grants and scholarships to non-profit arts, civic, cultural, educational, environmental, faith-based, health, and human service organizations.

Each fund has a separate agreement, its own donors, its own philanthropic goals, and awards grants or scholarships only to other charitable groups… 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, governments, churches.

Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations can realize their charitable dreams by creating endowment funds to help meet the challenges of our ever-changing times or by making a tax-deductible donation, of any amount, to support any of the current funds at the WCCF. If you would like to discuss the many ways of giving, please contact us at 330-262-3877 or email us.

Our office is located in Wooster, Ohio on North Market Street across from City Hall. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thank you for your interest and support of the Wayne County Community Foundation.


George T. Dunlap Foundation Grant Application

The George T. Dunlap Foundation is currently accepting grant proposal applications. Grants must support health education and wellness programs within the Aultman Orrville Hospital service area as defined in this map. The application deadline is April 1 (by noon) for a decision by June 1. See the George T. Dunlap Foundation Grant Application for more information. For additional questions, contact the George T. Dunlap Foundation at 330-682-5811.

Submit completed applications to:
George T. Dunlap Foundation
815 North Ella Street, Orrville, OH 44667

Tree in Hands

Friend of Philanthropy Award

Do you know someone who has made a difference in Wayne County?


  • An individual or couple who demonstrates a continuing history of advancing the quality of life or grow community philanthropy in Wayne County, Ohio.
  • Makes a difference in our communities with their philanthropic activities, which may include: financial contributions, volunteering, and giving of their time, resources or skills.


Any person(s) residing or working within Wayne County may recommend deserving nominees.

See the Friend of Philanthropy Award Guidelines and Nomination Form for more information. For additional questions, contact Lacie Neal at 330-262-3877.

Submit completed nomination forms to:
Lacie Neal, Program Manager
Wayne County Community Foundation
517 North Market Street, Wooster, OH  44691

Nominations must be received by WCCF by Noon on July 1, 2015.


The recipient of the 2014 Friend of Philanthropy Award is The Smucker Family, and they were honored at the WCCF Annual Dinner on October 8, 2014. Tim Smucker accepted the award on behalf of the Smucker Family. They were presented with an engraved plaque and will also be recognized on a permanent display at the WCCF offices. A $1,000 grant will be made on their behalf to the charity of their choice.

The inaugural recipients of the Wayne County Community Foundation’s Friend of Philanthropy Award were Stanley C. and Flo K. Gault. The award was presented at the WCCF Annual Dinner on October 9, 2013. Stan Gault encouraged the youth of today to become the philanthropists of tomorrow. To view a complete video of the presentation, provided by Bobby Warren and The Daily Record, see 2013 Friend of Philanthropy Award Presentation. (video)


Latest News

The Women's Fund Awards $15,000 Grant
(November 26, 2014)
The Women’s Fund has made its first grant to Wayne County Common Good, while continuing on the path to a fully-funded endowment.

WCCF Announces 2014 Fall Grants
(November 21, 2014)
WCCF Board of Trustees approved grant awards for the Fall competitive grant cycle to 12 organizations totaling $118,540.

Upcoming Events

Office Closed - Christmas Holiday
(December 24, 2014)
Our office will be closed during Christmas

Office Closed - New Year's Day
(January 1, 2015)
Our office will be closed on New Year's Day.

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Donor Stories Pencil

The children of Norma Jean Rhode and Kenneth George Charles Rhode established a permanent endowment fund to honor their parents’ enthusiasm for life and emphasis on education.

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