Welcome to the Wayne County Community Foundation

The Wayne County Community Foundation (WCCF) is a tax-exempt public charity in Wayne County, Ohio, that consists of a collection of over 360 separate funds that were generously donated to benefit the community. Since 1978, the WCCF has managed and invested these endowments with awards of over $53 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, 2014.


The recipient of the award will be honored at the WCCF Annual Dinner on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

They will be 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 the recipient’s 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)

Wayne County Community Memorial Fund

Giving a gift in honor or memory of a loved one to the Wayne County Community Foundation is one of the most meaningful ways to celebrate a life.

WCCF established the Wayne County Community Memorial Fund to give anyone the opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one, a colleague, a client or a friend with a gift that will make a difference in our community.

See the Wayne County Community Memorial Fund Brochure for more information.

To make an online tax-deductible memorial donation to this fund, see the Wayne County Community Memorial Fund.

Latest News

Community Foundation receives $100,000 challenge grant for women
(February 24, 2014)
The WCCF has received a $100,000 challenge grant from The J.M. Smucker Company to establish the Women’s Fund.

Grant Dollars Available to Wooster Elementary Level Schools -- Deadline March 1, 2014
(January 30, 2014)
For Wooster area elementary school educators, the Albert “Koby” Kobilarcik Educational Fund has funds available to provide library materials and literacy teaching aids to elementary level, public and private schools within the city limits of Wooster, Ohio and/or the service area of the Wooster City School District.

Upcoming Events

Friend of Philanthropy Award Application Deadline
(July 1, 2014)
The Friend of Philanthropy Award application deadline is Friday, July 1, 2014. See our Home page for details and application.

WCCF Fall Competitive Grant Cycle Deadline
(September 2, 2014)
The 2014 Fall deadline for the WCCF Competitive Grant Cycle is September 2.

How can we help?
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A fund was established to honor Albert “Koby” Kobilarcik and his lifetime mission of sharing the Christmas spirit with thousands of people each year and to provide library materials and literacy teaching aids to local elementary level schools.

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