The Wayne County Foundation announced today the organizations selected to participate in its 2018 Challenge Match Initiative. This year’s field will be the largest group of participants in the program’s seven year history.

Last year the Challenge Match generated over $1.5 million for 49 local non-profits, including $240,000 of match dollars made available by the Foundation and its Match Partners.

“Thanks to some very generous Match Partners we are able to support more organizations than ever before, “said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s Executive Director. This year, our Match Partners include: Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund, Mr. Richard Jeffers, Reinke Donor Advised Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Rosar, and Wayne Bank and Trust Co. Community Fund. Other contributions to the Match Pool were received from the Fund For Tomorrow, Mr. and Mrs. David Stidham, the Guthrie Family Donor Advised Fund, and an anonymous donor.

Even with the added support, not everyone who applied was accepted.

“We wanted to keep the Challenge Match challenging,” said Borchers, “and we wanted to inspire thoughtful, high-quality investments in the community.”

Every one of the 61 applications was judged against a set of criteria that we announced earlier this year. The 54 participating organizations will have the opportunity to receive funding from the Foundation up to their Match Goal, based on the gifts they receive from the community in a designated period of time.

“We believe this is a good opportunity for many different organizations to raise significant operating dollars or money in support of selected programs that will benefit from broad-based community involvement,” he said.

The organizations participating in the Foundation’s 2018 Challenge Match and their match goals are:

  • 2nd Chance Animal Rescue $2,500
  • Achieva Resources Corporation $5,000
  • Amigos, The Richmond Latino Center $5,000
  • Birth-to-Five $5,000
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County $10,000
  • Brighter Path $2,500
  • Center City Development Corporation $5,000
  • Christian Charities of Richmond/Wayne County $2,500
  • Circle U Help Center $5,000
  • Communities In Schools of Wayne County $10,000
  • Community Christian School $2,500
  • Community Food Pantry $5,000
  • Cope Environmental Center $10,000
  • Diplomas Inc. $2,500
  • Every Child Can Read/K-Ready program $5,000
  • Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library $5,000
  • Gateway Hunger Relief Center $2,500
  • Genesis of Richmond $5,000
  • Girls Inc. Wayne County $10,000
  • Golay Community Center $5,000
  • Good News Habitat for Humanity $2,500
  • Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care $5,000
  • Hayes Arboretum $2,500
  • HELP The Animals $2,500
  • Hope House $2,500
  • JACY House $5,000
  • Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana $2,500
  • Model T Ford Club of America $2,500
  • Music Boosters of Richmond $2,500
  • Natco Community Empowerment Center $2,500
  • Northeastern Music Boosters $2,500
  • Open Arms Ministries $2,500
  • Richmond Art Museum $10,000
  • Richmond Civic Theatre $2,500
  • Richmond Community Orchestra $2,500
  • Richmond Day Nursery $2,500
  • Richmond Family YMCA $5,000
  • Richmond Friends School $5,000
  • Richmond Parks and Recreation $10,000
  • Richmond Rose Garden $5,000
  • Richmond Shakespeare Festival $5,000
  • Richmond Symphony Orchestra $10,000
  • Senior Opportunities Services $2,500
  • Starr-Gennett Foundation $2,500
  • Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center $2,500
  • Townsend Community Center $2,500
  • Wayne County Cardinal Greenway $5,000
  • Wayne County Historical Museum $5,000
  • Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District $2,500
  • Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center $2,500
  • Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars $10,000
  • Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission $2,500
  • Williamsburg Area Community Center $2,500
  • Youth As Resources $2,500

The Challenge Match Program will kick off on Monday, November 5, and run for 9 days, through Tuesday, November 13. Qualifying contributions to the participating organizations in that period will trigger matching dollars from the Foundation, with respect to certain criteria. Contributions may also be made online through the Foundation’s Website.

More information about specific details of qualifying gifts is available on the Foundation’s Website or

Additional information may also be obtained by contacting Lisa Bates at [email protected] or by calling 765-962-1638