Merlin J. Loew Endowment Fund

Fund Purpose:
The purpose of this fund is to support charitable organizations in Grant County.

Fund Story: 
When he was alive, Marion businessman Merlin J. Loew had a reputation as a very private man who did things for the public good. That reputation continued through a charitable trust Loew set up before he died on September 24, 1981, at the age of 85. He owned property in downtown Marion and farmland east of Marion along Ind. 18. Loew came to Marion in 1944 from Chicago on a temporary assignment as an efficiency expert with the Osborn Paper Co.

His giving began even before his death. He gave land for parking lots to Marion General Hospital and the First United Methodist Church. He donated the World Gospel Mission’s original building at Fifth and Boots street and made the initial down payment to allow then Marion College to buy its new athletic field. Loew’s trust fund initially gave $91,000 to 15 different organizations.

The legacy of philanthropic impact made by Merlin J. Loew’s generosity continues today through grantmaking made by this endowed fund.

This fund is a part of the Give To Grant Collaborative. These funds serve the Community Foundation mission which is to connect people, resources, and causes to promote a sustainable impact for the betterment of Grant County. The Collaborative, allows our Board to combine generous donations with others’ and pool our resources to do something strong and impactful for our community. This is philanthropy in its broadest sense!

Click here to learn more about these funds and how they are impacting Grant County through the Give To Grant Collaboration.

Because of the support of generous donors, this fund is making a difference for worthwhile causes and people, at the local, Grant County level. Thank you!

Fund Impact:
Affordable Housing Corp

Boys & Girls Club of Grant County

Cancer Services of Grant County

Carey Services

CSA – Community School of the Arts

Family Service Society

Gilead Ministries

Give to Grant Collaborative

Grace House for Transition and Recovery

Grant County Rescue Mission

Grant County Special Olympics

Lift Eastbrook After-school

Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House

Marion Grant County Senior Center

Marion High School Alumni Association

Marion Public Library

Mississinewa Valley Band

PAL Club

Salvation Army

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana

Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired

St. Martin de Porres Community Center

The Genesis Place, Inc.

Hoosier Shakes

Fund Page Details:
Donating to this fund will increase the charitable impact of its fund purpose and grantmaking abilities. Clicking “Give Online” above will allow you to make a charitable gift to this fund held at the Community Foundation of Grant County. Want to give using cash or check? Download this Printable Giving Form and mail it with your gift (please hand deliver cash donations to the office during normal business hours). Don’t forget…gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, insurance, estate plans, etc. are also encouraged. You’re gift, combined with many other generous donations, significantly increases local grantmaking!

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Shelly Jones

Development Director