TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES THROUGH LEGACY INVESTMENTS

The Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to carry on the philanthropic legacy and values of Dean, Barbara, and the White family. The Foundation works with partners and communities to support catalytic projects and initiatives that cultivate a strong quality of life in northwest Indiana and across the state.

OUR CORE PRINCIPLES

HEALTH &
WELLNESS

We work with high-performing partners to promote education, health, wellness, and economic sustainability to create vibrant communities for all to enjoy.

QUALITY
EDUCATION

Education is the foundation of any thriving community, by providing knowledge and skills, we help individuals attain their aspirations and promote a more equitable society.

PUBLIC
SAFETY

We promote safety through strategic partnerships, proactive initiatives, and impactful programs that foster a secure and resilient environment for all residents.

COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT

We are dedicated to improving Indiana’s quality of life. Our efforts aim to create positive and lasting impact through long-term, transformative projects.

OUR STRATEGIC PILLARS

The Dean and Barbara White Family foundation considers each project an investment in the community. We invest in projects aligned with the following strategic pillars.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

We stimulate and support new economic centers of excellence to attract additional private development that builds on the community fabric.

SELF-SUSTAINING

We advance our purpose and long-term goals by investing in projects that demonstrate a sustained positive impact on the community without ongoing support.

MATCHING GIFTS

We maximize long-term investments to create a multiplying force for good among community foundations, educational institutions, civic entities, local government and non-profit organizations.

The foundation does not provide support in the form of sponsorships, sports teams, political organizations/causes or individuals. Investments of less than $25,000 are also not considered.

DBW COMMUNITY CENTER

SOUTHLAKE YMCA

HAMMOND YMCA

HOW WE SUPPORT

We work in partnership with the following foundations to create positive change and impact in Northwest Indiana and across the state.