Wayne County Foundation Challenge Match Initiative 2019

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We live in a special community that always has something exciting to do. There are weekend festivals and musical performances! Don’t forget all the activities for our kids, including (multiple) museums and libraries! We truly have it all in Richmond and Wayne County, Indiana.

Many of these events, resources, and destinations are made possible by our local non-profit organizations. Organizations that rely on public support and generosity.

For the last 8 years, the Wayne County Foundation has spearheaded the Challenge Match Initiative. Local participating non-profits have the opportunity to receive funding from the Foundation up to their Match Goal based on the gifts received from the community until Tuesday, November 12.

In 2018 the Challenge Match generated over $1.6 million for 54 local non-profits. Wow! That’s $1.6 million dedicated to make Richmond and Wayne County a better place to live. Please consider donating to the organizations in our community that make it a special place. Let’s give back to those non profits that make our community a place to live and thrive in.

Below you can find links to all of the participating organizations’ websites to find how to make your gift. Or, you can use the Wayne County Foundation’s website to donate to multiple organizations at once.

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Wayne County Challenge 2019

Participating Organizations

2nd Chance Animal Rescue
Achieva Resources Corporation, Inc.

The Wayne County Foundation’s Challenge Match program not only allows our organization to grow our impact into the community through financial support, but also gives us a platform from which to advocate for more inclusive opportunities for community engagement for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Amigos Richmond Latino Center
Animal Care Alliance
Birth to Five
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County
Brighter Path Inc.
Cambridge City Main Street

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Center City Development Corporation
Christian Charities of Richmond/Wayne County Inc.
Circle U Help Center 
Communities In Schools of Wayne County
Cope Environmental Center
Every Child Can Read
Friends of Morrisson Reeves Library

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Gateway Hunger Relief Center
Genesis of Richmond

Genesis of Richmond is the only program in the community providing shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We provide shelter, services and/or valuable resources to more than 1000 victims every year.

Girls Inc. of Wayne County

Our community needs a safe space where girls feel comfortable being themselves: A space where girls can take risks, develop a sense of self-worth, demonstrate their strengths, and learn to navigate challenges, while celebrating their uniqueness and individuality. Girls Inc. has been the “Girl Expert” in Wayne County for 50 years! We provide research -based programming and opportunities our girls need to grow up feeling supported and successful.

Golay Community Center Inc.
Good News Habitat for Humanity
Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care of Richmond
Hayes Arboretum
HELP the Animals

HELP the Animals, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter dedicated to providing a safe haven for homeless animals until they can be placed in responsible, loving homes. We rely solely on the support of our community to continue the care we provide everyday.

Hope House
Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana
JACY House
Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana
Model T Ford Club of America
Open Arms Ministries

Richmond Art Museum Richmond Indiana
Richmond Art Museum
Richmond Civic Theatre

By supporting Richmond Civic Theatre, you are supporting over 500 volunteers who work to produce 11 shows a year. Help us to continue to provide an exciting performing arts program in our community.

Richmond Community Orchestra

Richmond Community Orchestra encourages lifelong musicianship and appreciation of orchestral music through regular practice and performance by providing weekly opportunities for local instrumental musicians to practice together and regular opportunities for performances. Through our Strings Initiative Program, we offer free violin lessons (we loan a violin and provide the teacher and the curriculum) to area children in the 4th and 5th grades. This gives them a head start in music education and ready to either continue with violin or select a different instrument when the time comes in the 6th grade. Our SIP kids usually perform with the RCO at our May concert!

Richmond Day Nursery
Richmond Family YMCA
Richmond Friends School

Richmond Friends School is a unique educational choice for our community serving students Preschool – 8th grade. We offer project based learning, Spanish language instruction and Music enrichment beginning in Pre-Kindergarten. We have a holistic approach to education getting students outside and active every day. We love field trips and experiential learning. We do not administer standardized tests. We are guided by Quaker SPICES (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Equality and Stewardship), but we do not teach direct religious instruction and welcome all families and backgrounds.

Richmond Neighborhood Restoration

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Richmond Parks and Recreation

The Richmond Parks and Recreation Department provides for the positive development and well-being of the Richmond community through the provision of parks, greenways, trails and recreational programming and facilities while working in cooperation with other service providers and partners in the community to maximize all available resources. A dwindling budget and manpower has aided in the deterioration of our park system for the past several years. We believe now is the time to enlist the help of our community to make our park system SHINE. “Parks take a community effort to truly exemplify their full potential.” Paragraph break Together we can make a considerable impact to reach our true potential for both parks and recreation. Enlisting in efforts to repair while making necessary improvements will be essential to maintain the momentum we seek to continue. The ultimate goal will be to provide parks and spaces that become destinations and our community can take pride in for generations to come. PARKS MAKE LIFE BETTER! Paragraph Break If you really think about it, PARKS are one of the only places anyone can go for FREE every day of the year! Anyone can come to a park and play, picnic, visit, make memories, or enjoy nature for FREE. Where else can you do that within Richmond, Indiana. While we do not have a membership like other organizations to send out solicitation letters or contact for an annual appeal, we believe the entire community are our members and we will strive to exceed their expectations and do more for them, because the people are who matter most.

Richmond Rose Garden

The Richmond Rose Garden, which is entirely maintained by volunteers, celebrates the joy of our environment with the beauty of roses. “The Rose Garden is a place to kind of get away from it all right in Richmond.

Richmond Shakespeare Festival
Richmond Symphony Orchestra

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra shapes the cultural life of the region by providing exceptional, inclusive music experiences —for ALL ages — that enrich, entertain and educate. This year, dollars raised during the Challenge Match support the free youth programs and opportunities we provide that serve 4,000 youth annually.


Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center

Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Center promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs  and the veterans of Wayne County.

Wayne County Cardinal Greenway

The Cardinal Greenway is the longest trail in the state of Indiana at 62 miles running from Richmond to Marion and we have 22.5 of those here in Wayne County, the most of the five counties it covers. We provide a free health and wellness resource that is available to use every day of the year for the towns, cities and communities it spans. It is a safe and inviting place to walk, run, bicycle and spend time outside in nature being physically active.

Wayne County Historical Museum
Wayne County SWCD
Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars
Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission
Williamsburg Area Community Center

Wayne County Historical Museum

Are you jazzed up to donate some money to these hard working organizations? I know I am. Share this article to show our local non profits some love.

Happy donating!


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