You cannot create a strong foundation without the support from sturdy pillars. That’s why we’ve created The Pillar Society, a group of philanthropists dedicated to supporting the Community Foundation in our efforts to help nonprofits address the needs of community. We know the needs in Marion County may look overwhelming, but by having strong philanthropic leaders alongside the Foundation, we can work together to build a stronger community enhancing the quality of life for everyone.

Members of The Pillar Society lead by example and are part of the solutions needed, while the Foundation serves as the guide connecting passions to purpose.

Our vision continues to CREATE a philanthropic community where giving back comes naturally, CONNECT leadership and resources to protect and propel our community, and CAPITALIZE on funding causes that are important to our community.

And we need you to take this vision to levels we have never seen before. Please join with us as we are Building a Stronger Community… One Passion at a Time!

Members of The Pillar Society commit to a three-year annual contribution. These donations go a long way in helping the Community Foundation proactively work to ensure our community’s needs are met. Those annual donors are recognized as members of this prestigious group. Listed are their total committed contributions for 2021-2023.


$30,000 and above

Stan & Martha Hanson
Frank & Carol Hennessey
Robert Reilly


$10,000 – $29,999

Rusty Branson
Thad & Julie Boyd
William & Cynthia Chambers
Jane Fontaine
Jim Hillebrandt
David & Lisa Midgett
Jim & Melodee Schneider
Chester Weber


$7,000 – $9,999

Diane Palmer
Harvey Vandevan


$3,000 – $6,999

Joseph & Susan Gilliland
Dr. Rahul Razdan


“When we learned about the Community Foundation’s Pillar Society, Martha and I were excited to be a part of what they are doing. We have been strong supporters of their Youth Philanthropy in Action program and their Give4Marion initiative and have always strived to be a part of solutions impacting community issues. All the Foundation’s eff­orts align closely to our and our Adam Hanson Better Communities Fund goals. We are honored to be in the inaugural class of the Pillar Society.”

– Stan Hanson