Foundation has new location, same dedication

For the Daily Call

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, was a monumental day for The Piqua Community Foundation. After more than 16 years in the Peoples/MainSource Bank building at Wayne and High streets, The Foundation’s office relocated to 209 W. Ash St., directly across Ash Street from the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Now at street level, the new office will be better accessible to all visitors. The four-room suite includes The Foundation’s conference room, a lobby/gathering area, a storage room, and the office of The Foundation’s executive director, Karen Wendeln. New signage will be installed in the near future, giving The Foundation visibility to those traveling on Ash Street through Piqua.

The Foundation extends thanks to Piqua Transfer and Storage and their able crew members, as well as board and committee members Mike Yannucci, Tony Wendeln, Marsha Hinsch and Marsha Koon for their help with the move.

The Piqua Community Foundation works to encourage charitable giving that benefits the people of Piqua and provides a variety of methods to help residents meet their philanthropic goals.

Since their first grants were made in 1995, The Foundation has made total grants to our community schools and charitable organizations that exceed $975,000. This year, they will surpass the $1 million dollar mark.

The Foundation offers several scholarships each year, some with one student selected and some with several students receiving scholarships. In 2015, we gave away over $90,000 in scholarships through five different scholarship funds that are held in the Foundation (those went to approximately 57 different students.)

This year, the Foundation established the G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund through which scholarships will be awarded beginning in May to worthy local students attending institutions of higher learning. Later in the year, the fund will begin to make grants to charitable not-for-profit organizations serving Piqua area residents.

Scholarship eligibility will be extended to both graduating high school seniors and students already enrolled in a college or university. Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

1) During high school, applicant must have lived within the Piqua school district, or

2) Applicant must have graduated from or be graduating from Piqua High School, or

3) Applicant must be directly related to an employee of Hartzell Industries (either as child or grandchild.)

Those interested in applying for a G. William Hartzell Scholarship should visit the scholarship page on the Foundation’s website,, or contact the Foundation office at 615-9080 for an application or more information.

More information about The Piqua Community Foundation is available at their website, or by calling (937) 615-9080.

For the Daily Call