The focus of The Foundation is to seek out, review and support capital projects and quality programs in the community. In order to achieve this goal, we seek to fulfill donor passions, form collaborations and partnerships, and grow assets to better meet and exceed the needs of the community. Fifteen years ago assets totaled $2.4 million compared to assets as over 13 million today. We have been blessed with community support over the past 41 years.


  • Founded in 1979 by H. Eugene Smart
  • Started with $22,000 in assets
  • Grown to over $13 Million in assets
  • Grants back to Defiance County since inception $5,617,038
  • $487,223 given through 76 grants in the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year
  • Local Money Managers: First Federal Bank, The State Bank, Collins & Guilford
  • 17 Board of Trustees elected from the Membership
  • Active Committees: Executive, Finance, Grant Making, Marketing,  Development, Scholarship
  • Maintain 92 funds
  • Legacy Society founded by Marion Smart – 32 Members
  • 89 Foundation Members / 22 Ambassadors
  • Serving Defiance County –Defiance- Hicksville–Ney- Sherwood