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The Bryan Area Foundation and its affiliate Foundations, Edon, Montpelier and Millcreek-West Unity, are dedicated to improving and enriching life in Williams County by connecting people, good ideas, real needs and charitable resources. Amazing things can happen when all of us join together for the common good… Towns and neighborhoods thrive… Community pride swells… Schools are enriched… Kids discover new possibilities… The arts are celebrated and lives are changed for the better!

Since 1969, the Foundation has contributed over 10 million to worthy community projects and scholarships that enhance the communities and residents we serve.

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Next PIP Meeting:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

7:00 pm – Bryan Moose Lodge

Click here to learn more about the Women’s Gving Circle!

2020 Logo Final

Project 2020 challenges the community to envision the possibilities and actively engage in submitting ideas that will make a measurable difference and bring value to our community. 

What project do YOU think would benefit our community now and for generations to come?


For more information click here.

Project 2020 Idea Application

"MEET the DONORS of the Montpelier Area Foundation" - Warren Gardner was born in 1910 and raised in Bridgewater Township, graduating from Pioneer High School. Warren furthered his education with a teaching certification from Bowling Green University and then taught in one-room schools. Later Warren returned back to school at Western Michigan University, graduating in 1939. Dorothy Merritt Gardner was born in 1918 and raised in the state of New York. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1939 and began her teaching career in Michigan. Dorothy and Warren were introduced by college friends that led to their marriage in 1943. They were blessed with two children, John and Peggy.

During World War II, Warren served in the Army with the Weather Service and was stationed in Egypt. After the war, Dorothy and Warren settled in Milan, Michigan where Warren was employed by the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. In 1947 they relocated to Montpelier and Warren accepted the position as Williams County Veterans Service Officer and held the position until 1958. From 1959 to his retirement in 1975 Warren served as the US Postmaster in Montpelier. Dorothy resumed her teaching career in the Montpelier schools in 1954, teaching Social Studies and French. After her retirement, Dorothy helped newly arrived Laotian immigrants to master the English language.

Dorothy and Warren were active members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, serving on many committees and teaching Sunday school classes. Warren was active in various Williams County Veterans organizations. Warren was known for his prolific gardens and enjoyed golf and bicycling. Warren bicycled over 3,000 miles per year well into his nineties.

This scholarship fund was established in their honor for a Montpelier student pursuing a degree in education.
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Check out the 2017 fiscal year annual report for the Montpelier Area Foundation. Because of generous donors who have partnered with the Foundation, scholarships and grants will continue to make an impact in the Montpelier area! ... See MoreSee Less

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"MEET the DONORS of the Montpelier Area Foundation" - In January of 1881 a destructive fire occurred in the business section of the Village of Montpelier destroying many businesses. This resulted in an ordinance to establish a fire department and the “Alert Hook and Ladder Company” was formed. Years later the “Fleet Hose Company” was formed.

Fire service today has undergone many changes from organizing the first fire department in the late 19th century. Firefighting apparatus, personal protective equipment and training have all raised the standards from the way fires were fought years ago. The Montpelier Fire Department Endowment Fund through the Montpelier Area Foundation was established to provide continued support for the Montpelier Fire Department and the community, for many generations to come.
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