Our Impact

Weaver Philanthropic Initiative

Supporting Emerging Philanthropists

What will our community need from the philanthropic community tomorrow? Who will help guide the course? The next generation of donors is active, and The Community Foundation welcomes them. Since 1999, The Community Foundation has encouraged those to whom much has been given, so that they can most effectively give in return.

In 2013, in recognition of the philanthropic leadership provided to the community by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, the initiative was renamed the Weaver Philanthropic Initiative.

Weaver Philanthropic Initiative Class of 2022. Back row, left to right: Lior Spring, Graham Riley, Haley Trager, Mike Hodge, Laura Hodge, Marcus Rowe, Megan Bush Del Pizzo, Josh Longmire. Front Row, left to right: Nicole Brown, Blakely Stein, Lloyd Regas, Maureen Regas, Matt Del Pizzo

Nurturing emerging philanthropists is the goal of The Weaver Philanthropic Initiative, which periodically identifies and launches a class of potential donors, guiding them through a months-long education process, complete with an opportunity to experience hands-on grantmaking. Along the way, they learn about the critical issues and abundant opportunities that exist in our community.

These potential donors emerge with a strong understanding of their own leadership style, as well as an enlightened look at the grantmaking opportunities in our area. Graduates of these classes are already adding their unique philanthropic imprint to our community. How?

  • 41 Philanthropic Initiative graduates are actively grantmaking through funds at The Community Foundation
  • 5 Philanthropic Initiative graduates serve/have served as trustees of The Community Foundation
  • Others are providing stewardship in the community in a multitude of ways

“Participating in WPI helped us identify our philanthropic priorities both individually and as a family. We now better understand the role we can play to help support the good work underway in our community.”

– Lauren & Ted Rueger

Here to Help

For more information, contact:

Tom Caron

Tom Caron

Vice President, Donor Services