Welcome!

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 $11.4 million to worthy community projects and scholarships that enhance the communities and residents we serve.

News & Events

SEEKING NOMINATIONS 

Outstanding Educator Award!

This prestigious award, endowed through the Foundation by the Benedict Family, in memory of Greg Benedict, is presented annually to one of Bryan’s outstanding educator.

Check out the criteria and previous recipients on the nomination form.

Outstanding Educator Nomination Form

The deadline for nominations is

March 15, 2019

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NEW GRANT OPPORTUNITY!

To celebrate the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary in 2019, the Foundation has allocated $50,000 for the Dream Launcher Grant Program.  Nonprofits operating programs that benefit Williams County residents are eligible.  Dream Launcher Grants will range between $1,000 and $2,500.  Click on the instructions for more information.

Dream Launcher Instructions

Dream Launcher Application

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Next PIP Meeting Dates:

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Bryan Moose Lodge

7:00–7:30 pm – Social Time

7:30-8:30 pm – Meeting

                                                                                                                                 Membership Form

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

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“Meet YOUR Foundation” – Bruce Benedict and his family moved to Bryan in 1957 after serving 3 years in the U.S. Air Force as a jet and multi-engine pilot and co-pilot on a Major General’s private aircraft. Bruce is a charter member of the foundation and was BAF president from 1981 through 1986 during which time foundation assets grew to well over one million dollars. His favorite pass-time is cheering on the Michigan State Spartans! ... See MoreSee Less

“Meet YOUR Foundation” – Bruce Benedict and his family moved to Bryan in 1957 after serving 3 years in the U.S. Air Force as a jet and multi-engine pilot and co-pilot on a Major General’s private aircraft.  Bruce is a charter member of the foundation and was BAF president from 1981 through 1986 during which time foundation assets grew to well over one million dollars.  His favorite pass-time is cheering on the Michigan State Spartans!

STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP for NONPROFITS!

Where are you going? What actions are needed to make progress?
Find out the answers to effective strategic planning at the nonprofit workshop on Wednesday, April 17th from 8:30 to noon. Joel Kessel from Kessel Strategies will address these topics.

Registration is only $20! Please register by April 9th by calling the Foundation at 419-633-1156 or email Jody at jfreeman@bryanareafoundation.org

This workshop is sponsored by Shalom Counseling & Mediation Center, United Way of Williams County and the Bryan Area Foundation.
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STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP for NONPROFITS!

Where are you going? What actions are needed to make progress?
Find out the answers to effective strategic planning at the nonprofit workshop on Wednesday, April 17th from 8:30 to noon.  Joel Kessel from Kessel Strategies will address these topics.

Registration is only $20!  Please register by April 9th by calling the Foundation at 419-633-1156 or email Jody at jfreeman@bryanareafoundation.org 

This workshop is sponsored by Shalom Counseling & Mediation Center, United Way of Williams County and the Bryan Area Foundation.