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Our Vision

At the Judd Leighton Foundation, we’re dedicated to perpetuating the vision of our founder- to improve the quality of life in our community through intelligent investment in the areas of healthcare, education, and economic development.

As an independent, private, grantmaking foundation, we provide grant assistance to tax-exempt organizations seeking to address a community problem or need, primarily in St. Joseph County, IN.  Preference is given to proposals for capital projects and program support that promise to generate the greatest impact on the community at large, while demonstrating sustainability over the long term.

Please visit the Our Vision and Guidelines/Application pages to review Foundation policies and for complete eligibility and application information.


South Bend Code School: Code Works Digital Startup Studio

Creation of the Code Works Digital Startup Studio is a logical next step towards filling the gap for startup growth in the St. Joseph County area.  While funding solutions exist in our area for idea discovery, initial funding, and raising future rounds of capital,...

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United Way of St. Joseph County: Southeast Neighborhood Center

The United Way of St. Joseph County, along with community partners, is planning a new neighborhood center – the first of its kind in our county – that will serve as a replicable model in the fields of education, youth success, health, and community development while...

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Our Founder

Judd Leighton was born on November 26, 1910 in South Bend, Indiana, and spent his formative years in the community with his parents, two brothers and a sister.
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