The Defiance Area Foundation is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, autonomous, publicly supported philanthropic institution. Each of us can make a difference in creating a vibrant and healthy community.

The Foundation offers a variety of ways for you to make donations to reach your philanthropic goals. Watch your philanthropic dollars make a difference, and be involved with your philanthropy by establishing a fund today. Each of us can make a difference in creating a vibrant and healthy community. Giving back is one way to express our gratitude to our community. There are important issues in Defiance County that you can help address.

Defiance Area Foundation provides a variety of giving options to help you create your personal strategic philanthropic plan. Whether you need help clarifying how or when in structuring your giving, Defiance Area Foundation Foundation can help you achieve the charitable goals that are most meaningful to you.


What is an endowment?

An endowment is a pool of money that provides income for the continuing maintenance or on-going support of an organization or program. An endowment is designed so that the original gift of the donor is preserved, only the income the original gift generates is spent. An endowment should be thought of as permanent.

People give THROUGH The Defiance Area Foundation, not TO The Foundation.
The Defiance Area Foundation is here to serve you. The Foundation exists to administer charitable gifts in accordance with the wishes of the donors. The Defiance Area Foundation will continue to meet your charitable goals long into the future. What is important to the donors is what is important to The Foundation. The Defiance Area Foundation will work with you to provide for your favorite church, school, or other charitable organization no matter where those organizations may be located.

Find YOUR Fund
There are many ways to start a fund which allows donors the freedom and flexibility to identify how they want their charitable dollars to be used now and in the future.  The choice is yours.  Do you want to a support a special field of interest, or a specific organization?   Do you want to launch a scholarship in memory or honor of a loved one?  By identifying your philanthropic goals and supporting your passion, a fund can be created to meet your needs.  The Foundation has a number of options for you, your family business, or your non-profit organization to help you carry out your wishes.