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Vandalia-Butler Foundation
P.O. Box 722
Vandalia, OH  45377


A community organization serving
the Vandalia-Butler area



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A Message from Our President

Dear Valued Friend of The Vandalia-Butler Foundation,

On behalf of The Vandalia-Butler Foundation Board of Trustees, I want to thank you for your generous support and compassion for others. You make it possible for the Foundation to help businesses, families, individuals, organizations, and schools in Vandalia and Butler Township.

During FY2022, the Vandalia-Butler Foundation family of funds grew to more than $4.3 million. It is an honor to be entrusted with providing guidance and support for these funds as we commit to positive change in our community.

Under the leadership of Vandalia-Butler Foundation Secretary Denise Eder, we hosted "Celebrating the Magic," honoring the 20th anniversary of the Butler High School Performing Arts Theater renovations. The family friendly, community event raised more than $26,000 for the Arts Revitalizing Team (ART) Fund, the Vandalia-Butler Foundation Fund, and the VISIONS Fund.

In 2022, the Vandalia-Butler Foundation, primarily through its VISIONS Fund, awarded a record $36,623 in educational grants and will fund $22,500 in future commitments for innovative classroom initiatives in the Vandalia-Butler City Schools. In addition, we proudly awarded scholarships totaling $38,850 to graduating seniors.

It is a pleasure to present the 2021-2022 Vandalia-Butler Foundation Annual Report Please take a moment to look through this report and review our accomplishments. Again, thank you for your support of the Foundation and the Vandalia-Butler community.


Jean Maychack



   Jean Maychack,




Another Record Year for VISIONS

In 2022, The Vandalia-Butler Foundation, primarily through its VISIONS Endowment Fund, awarded a record $35,873 in educational grants and will fund $22,500 in future commitments for innovative classroom initiatives in the Vandalia-Butler City Schools. This year's grants support nearly a dozen projects, including $10,000 worth of equipment for an inclusive and accessible playground at Demmitt Elementary School — our largest single grant ever awarded — technology upgrades for the Planetarium at Smith Middle School, and books as student rewards in a vending machine that dispenses literacy instead of snacks.

Congratulations to our community's teachers and students! Special thanks to the Vandalia Butler Alumni Nation for joining us in supporting our youth.

Since 2002, nearly $214,000 has been granted or committed to support learning opportunities for students in the district.

The Vandalia-Butler Foundation proudly awarded its annual Small Business Opportunity Grant to Optimus Prosthetics in Butler Township. Optimus Prosthetics is using the $1,500 grant to purchase and install a special dust collection system to reduce the amount of airborne particles resulting from the on-site fabrication of prosthetics and protect the health of the employees.

"The Vandalia-Butler Foundation recognizes the vital role our small businesses play in creating jobs and growing our economy," said Jean Maychack, President — Vandalia-Butler Foundation. "The global COVID-19 pandemic has presented enormous challenges for small businesses and this funding can help mitigate expenses."

The Vandalia-Butler Foundation Small Business Opportunity Grant was established in memory of Butler Township resident Ron Gearhart.

Recipients are selected via a competitive application process.

2021 Small Business Opportunity Grant Award - Optimus Prosthetics

Photo (L to R) - Jean Maychack, President — Vandalia-Butler Foundation, Maribeth McClure, Compliance Specialist, John Brandt, CPO, LPO, Owner — Optimus Prosthetics, Sheila Fiedler, Front Office Specialist, Derick Schmidt, CPO/LPO, Rachel Schmidt, CP, LP.

The Vandalia-Butler Foundation was honored to be named the 2018 Non-Profit of the Year by the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce

Arts & Culture Special Interest Fund Pledge Card

Photo (L to R) - Vandalia-Butler Foundation Trustees Justin Spivey, Stacie Whetstone, Cathy Stelzer-Petersen, and Don Neff

Special Interest Funds

In 2015, The Vandalia-Butler Foundation introduced seven special interest funds that allow you to focus your contributions on initiatives that mean the most to you and your family, while helping our community.

The Vandalia-Butler Foundation will work with organizations that are recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,  nondiscriminatory, and address needs that are not met fully by existing organizational or community resources.

If you are affiliated with or know of a not-for-profit organization serving the residents of the Vandalia-Butler community and whose services fit into one of these categories, please encourage them to apply.

Vandalia-Butler Foundation Special Interest Funds (Application)
  - Arts & Culture 
  - Community Health   
  - Education                                       
  - Environment
  - Recreation
  - Small Business Opportunity    (Application)
  - Social Services

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All donors who support the Vandalia-Butler Foundation are listed in the annual report.  In addition, your name(s) will be permanently registered in the archives of The Vandalia-Butler Foundation.

Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Mail to:            Vandalia-Butler Foundation
                        P.O. Box 722 - Vandalia, OH 45377

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Mission Statement

The Vandalia-Butler Foundation makes our community a better place to live for our citizens and future generations by providing:

  • an effective means for taxpayers with charitable intentions to contribute "here and in the hereafter,"
  • a source to identify the changing needs of Vandalia-Butler, and
  • funding that supports programs to benefit our community.

View our current *Constitution of the Vandalia-Butler Foundation.