Early Learning Endowment Funds

Our investment in young children would not be possible without the generosity of those in our community. Monroe Smart Start’s early childhood initiatives are made possible each year thanks to generous donors who have established funds to benefit children and learning:

  • Annie Allen Fund for Thriving Parents, Babies and Toddlers – Founded by Georg’ann Cattelona
  • Carolee A. Mehlinger Fund for Children and Youth – Founded by Howard Mehlinger
  • Geraldine Newton Jones Fund – Founded by Frank N. Young, III, and Sarah Jones
  • Kimberly Schmalz Ochsenschlager Fund for Monroe County Children – Founded by Kimberly Schmalz Ochsenschalger
  • Lewis Fund for Early Childhood Education – Founded by Elliot Lewis and Family
  • Linda Simon and David Sabbagh Fund for Early Childhood Education – Founded by Linda Simon and David Sabbagh
  • McCourt Fund for Early Childhood Education – Founded by MaryFrances McCourt
  • Monroe County Children Matter Fund – Founded by the Lilly Endowment
  • Our Children, Our Future Fund
  • Ray & Marcie Tichenor Fund for Education and Health – Founded by Ray and Marcie Tichenor
  • Simpson-McCarty Family Fund – Founded by Vi Simpson and Bill McCarty
  • P. Stuart & Anna L. Holmquest Innovative Programs for Children Fund – Founded by P. Stuart and Anna L. Holmquest
  • William Joseph Sturgis, Patricia Sturgis, Frank and Ruby Smith Memorial Fund – Founded by Melva Sturgis
Help Monroe County Children Thrive by Five

You can help make high-quality early childhood education a reality for more children in Monroe County. Funding will be used to sustain and support Monroe Smart Start‘s early learning initiatives. To make a gift to one of these funds, go to the Community Foundation’s Donate Now website page. If you would like to establish a fund for early learning, contact Meagan Niese at or (812) 333-9016.