Our mission is to provide responsible stewardship of gifts donated for broad charitable purposes; promote leadership to address community issues; serve as a catalyst for positive change in partnership with others; and promote philanthropy broadly within the community.



Columbus and Bartholomew County have a proud heritage of philanthropy. Recognizing that this spirit of generosity should be nurtured and sustained, the idea of a community foundation was born as early as 1968. The concept was seen as a means to encourage all people to support this community that means so much to us. Thanks to the vision and efforts of a wide array of people, the dream of a community foundation for Bartholomew County became a reality in 1976. This new organization to support philanthropy and to welcome all gifts – both large and small – would assure continuation of our proud heritage of generous community giving.


Heritage Fund Community Foundation of Bartholomew County was founded in 1976. The Foundation manages nearly $90 million in charitable assets and administers over 400 endowed and scholarship funds, supporting the unique charitable intent of the donor who established the fund.

See a complete list of Funds below.



Meet the 2021 Heritage Fund Board Members

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October 2020-Heritage Fund staff wear masks from the Columbus Area Arts Council Mask Project, to help promote public health in Bartholomew County.


This project is supported by a collective grant from Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, Columbus Regional Health and Healthy Communities Proyecto Salud Action Team.


The Mask Project is engaging local artists and designers to create custom fabric patterns for face masks that are not only useful, but also fun and fashionable.