Our Mission

The Defiance Area Foundation provides a vehicle to serve the philanthropic goals and heritage of the donors of Defiance County through community collaboration, impactful grant making, and financial stewardship.

Our History


The Defiance Area Foundation is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, publicly supported philanthropic institution. It is a collection of individual funds made up of gifts, endowed funds, and bequests from individuals, and corporations to enhance the quality of life where they live and work. These funds are pooled and invested and the income is distributed as grants. Since it is a public supported, tax-exempt corporation under IRS Code Sections 501(c) (3), all gifts are tax deductible.