Message from the President

We like to think of the Miami County Foundation as a "savings account for the community" where the funds raised are invested within the county and the income is used to meet the current and future needs of the community.

Now in its second decade the Foundation remains a strong influence in the county. Fund growth is made possible by donor bequests and founder Richard Hunt's contributions. It is my hope this will continue, as more citizens become aware of this county wide charitable vehicle. Since the Foundation's inception, in 1986, grant requests have increased annually. To provide a continuous source of funding we now accept requests in February and August.

As President I am extremely proud to be part of the Miami County Foundation and wish to extend an invitation for you to join us in providing the "savings account for the community," to become part of "People Helping People."

Our Goal

To help people like you help other people in Miami County.

The Foundation serves as a catalyst for innovative programs in the arts, community development, education, health and human services. Qualifying organi­zations may submit grant requests by the last day of February or August. If denied the request may be re-submitted at a later date.

The Miami County Foundation annually provides Humanitarian Grants to the following organizations:

  • Bethany Center's Soup Kitchen
  • Covington Outreach Association
  • Family Abuse Shelter of Miami Co.
  • FISH Union Township
  • G.I.V.E. of The New Path
  • Health Partners of Miami Co.
  • Miami County Continuum of Care for Rides to Work program
  • Miami County Dental Clinic
  • Partners In Hope
  • Salvation Army, Piqua Unit
  • St. Patrick's Soup Kitchen
  • The New Path
  • Troy Lions Charities

The Miami County Foundation, through generous Miami County donors, also provides annual scholar­ships to Darke and Miami County residents wishing to further their post-high school education in any accredited college, trade/vocational, nursing or health related facility.

Our History

The Miami County Foundation was chartered in 1985 by Richard E. Hunt to honor his wife, DeMaries, his mother, Blanch and his children Philip and Ginger. A Troy native, Mr. Hunt organized Miami County Broadcasting in 1946. A year later the county’s first radio station, WPTW-AM, went on the air. With his deep ties to Miami County it had long been his dream to establish such a local Foundation and upon his wife’s death moved to make his dream a reality.


Contact Us

Karen Eliason
 Executive Director

Miami County Foundation
317 N. Wayne Street
P.O. Box 1526
Piqua, OH 45356-1526

Office: 937-773-9012
Fax: 937-773-9012

Board of Directors

Richard N. Adams, Ph.D. ~ Troy
Leesa A. Baker ~ Piqua
Joe Duncan ~ Tipp City
Stacey Earhart ~ Troy 
Joanna Hill Heitzman ~ Piqua
Christine J. Hulme ~ Piqua
David A. Larson ~ Covington
Angela Lewis ~ Casstown
Jennifer Loffer-Smith ~ Troy
Michael Moore ~ Bradford
Lowell R. Nees ~ Piqua
Carol Netzley Coate ~ Laura
James C. Oda ~ Piqua
Andy Pratt ~ Troy
Neil Thiesing-Pleasant Hill
Bradley C. Vath ~ Tipp City
Paul Watkins ~ Tipp City
Director Emeritus
Richard E. Hunt
Douglas Murray
Richard E. Hunt, Founder