Community Grantmaking Fund & Paul Clarke Endowment

We steward the endowed assets in our Community Grantmaking Fund and Endowment Fund to meet the changing needs of the community now and for generations to come. The Community Foundation accepts grant requests year-round from nonprofit organizations serving residents of Allen County, Indiana. Grant recommendations are approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors four times a year and applicants are notified immediately after the Board determinations. 

About Paul Clarke: Paul Clarke began his career as an attorney in private practice for 28 years in Cleveland. At the height of his success in Cleveland, a good friend offered him an opportunity to become corporate counsel and Executive Vice President of a small but promising van line company in Fort Wayne. He accepted and moved to Fort Wayne to receive a salary that was one-third of the pay he had made at his law practice in the previous year. His wife and other friends thought he was crazy but even so, Paul and Helen Clarke moved to Fort Wayne in 1954 where he was key in the growth of North American Van Lines. 

The Grant Guidelines offer a complete description of proposal/funding guidelines to begin the application process.

Mr. Clarke was a wealthy man by the time he retired in 1970 from North American. Upon his retirement, Mr. Clarke took on the task of becoming the Executive Director for the Community Foundation. Having served on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for a year, he was interested in growing the Community Foundation’s assets. He thought it had the potential to do quite a bit of good in the charitable affairs of the community. During his tenure as Executive Director, he and Mrs. Clarke contributed millions of dollars through stock donations. After Mr. Clarke passed away, The Paul Clarke Foundation was created to receive a substantial portion of Paul’s Legacy gift.  In addition, in accordance with Paul’s wishes, the Paul Clarke Foundation dissolved in 2006, and those assets became unrestricted which is now known as the Community Grantmaking Fund and Paul Clarke Endowment Fund. These contributions accounted for the rapid growth of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne since 1985. The Community Foundation is grateful for the leadership and generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clarke.

Upcoming Grant Schedule:

Concept Letters Due:
October 3, 2022 by 3:00 PM

Invited Applications Due:
December 1, 2022 by 3:00 PM

Concept Letters Due:
January 9, 2023 by 3:00 PM

Invited Applications Due:
March 7, 2023 by 3:00 PM

Concept Letters Due:
April 3, 2023 by 3:00 PM

Invited Applications Due:
May 30, 2023 by 3:00 PM

Concept Letters Due:
July 3, 2023 by 3:00 PM

Invited Applications Due:
August 29, 2023 by 3:00 PM

To learn more, please contact:

Lisa Pickerman
Director of Grants and Scholarships

You can also contact another member of our Grants and Scholarships team.