Neal Carlson was the Foundation’s first Executive Director. He was instrumental in helping the Foundation successfully meet Lilly Endowment Community Foundation’s GIFT initiative in 1990, which helped the Community Foundation expand and diversify its assets and impact. Neal spent his career in the banking industry, retiring as a bank president.
Joy enjoyed a career in nursing and was one of the founders, in 1975, of Home Health Care in Warsaw.
The couple share a love for community service as demonstrated by Neal’s involvement in Boy Scouts, United Way, Kiwanis, and the Kosciusko County Historical Society – to name a few. Joy’s volunteerism benefited the YMCA, Girl Scouts and her church. Neal was named Warsaw’s Man of the Year in 1976 and Joy was named Woman of the Year in 1978. Neal received the Hoosier State’s highest honor when he was awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1997 for his many civic contributions.
The Carlson’s generosity has not been limited to gifts of time and talent. They have also given of their financial resources including gifts to the Community Foundation to establish several funds.
The Neal and Joy Carlson Legacy Society will recognize those donors who have made a commitment to leave the Community Foundation a gift through their estate. It will be a permanent display at the Foundation office of those who are leaving, or who have left, their charitable legacy through the Foundation.
“Neal and Joy have perfectly embodied community service and philanthropy through their gifts of time, talent and treasure. We are thrilled to be able to name the Legacy Society in their honor,” said Suzie Light, Kosciusko County Community Foundation Executive Director.
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