Huntington-based Pathfinder Services Inc. has dissolved the Pathfinder Foundation. The organization said Tuesday the foundation’s board felt its mission could be better carried on by the Community Foundation of Huntington County.
The Pathfinder Foundation was established to advise and direct all major tax-deductible contributions, gifts, and bequests given to Pathfinder Services, according to the organization’s website.
Before dissolving the foundation, the board voted to establish the Community Accessibility Fund at the Community Foundation of Huntington County with $500,000 in initial funding.
The fund will make money available to individuals, families and businesses to address physical barriers in buildings and infrastructure that “prevent people with disabilities from fully accessing the use and benefits afforded to all.”
“Accessibility needs must be considered from an individual and community perspective to make the changes necessary to be a welcoming community for all,” the organization said in a news release.
Pathfinder said the decision followed “a careful reevaluation of existing programs and a reshaping of our future path.” That also included how the organization raises funds, which led to the decision to end its membership program.
“For many years membership has been a quick and easy way for people to donate and, in theory, be involved with our organization more closely,” Pathfinder said. “Membership thrived for a time, and our members helped us build what we are today. However, the annual membership drive has declined over the last few years, and member engagement has been low.”
Pathfinder said its development team is looking at new ways to raise funds, with the goal of switching to an individual donor system and creating a more meaningful connection with donors.
“We are turning the page to really find the intersection of a donor’s passion and Pathfinder’s need,” Chief Development Officer Kasey Davis said.
Pathfinder Services was founded in 1965 and provides services to children and adults with disabilities throughout northeast Indiana.