Dean and Barbara White

Family Foundation
Merrillville Community Center

Through Legacy

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


We contribute to the social well-being of its community through accessible, quality education.


We are committed to improving the quality of life in Indiana through long-term, transformative projects.


We find fulfillment in promoting education, health, wellness, and economic sustainability to create vibrant communities for all to enjoy.

What We Support

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.


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.

Merrillville Community Center
Southlake YMCA
Union Club Hotel


Bill Hanna, Executive Director