Boosting support to Westminster residents
Established in 1982, The Westminster Village Foundation of West Lafayette, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation that exists to support educational, health, recreational, and other programs for Westminster’s residents, as well as provide financial assistance for residents whose resources become insufficient to meet Westminster Village expenses.
Thanks to the generosity of Westminster Village residents, families and friends, The Westminster Village Foundation has contributed more than $1 million to assist residents who outlived their assets. In addition, the Foundation provided the initial funds to establish the Chaplain and Volunteer Coordinator positions.
Foundation Board of Directors
Energetic leaders who make a difference
Creating new opportunities for Westminster residents Westminster Village Foundation is managed by a voluntary board of directors made up of Westminster Village residents and business, University and community leaders.
Keith L. Bundy
After graduating from Butler University in 1953 with a B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing, he served for three years in the Air Force as an Air Rescue Pilot. He moved to Lafayette in 1956 and has been associated with the Bundy-McNear Insurance Agency, Inc. during which time he served as President from 1978 until 1996. He is currently the corporate Secretary-Treasurer. Keith has been a member of the Westminster Village Foundation Investment Committee since 2009. He served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board for 9 years and received the Marquis de Lafayette Award in 1991. He has been a resident of Westminster Village since 2008.
Gordon D. Chavers
Retired in 2010 as Senior Director of Planned Giving and General Counsel for the Purdue University Development Office after serving the university in that capacity for 35 years. He has served on several national, state and community boards including the Westminster Village Foundation Board from 2001 to 2010.
Frederick R. Ford
Frederick R. Ford: Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering, Masters’ Degree in Industrial Administration and a Ph.D. in Management - all from Purdue University. Received an Honorary Doctorate from Purdue in 1998. Began work in the Purdue Business Office in 1959, held several different positions and retired in 1998 as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of the University. Also served as a Trustee of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and as Director of First Federal Bank of Lafayette and Circle Income Shares.
Ann H. Hunt
Ann H. Hunt, an Emerita Professor of Nursing, joined the Foundation Board of Directors in September of 2017. She received the Charles Murphy Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997. She is an active member of the Lafayette community. She was a West Lafayette City Councilor from 2003 to 2015. She was President of the Council for seven years. She dedicated her time to the West Lafayette Community Development Black Grant Committee, the West Lafayette Tree Friends, the Area IV Council on Aging, and Read to Succeed.
Donald L. Nead
Donald received a BA from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, an MD and MA from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and a Doctor of Ministry from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He served 20 years as a campus pastor with University Church at Purdue and has been involved with fundraisers for 14 years with the Bach Chorale Singers of Lafayette. He is currently the coordinator of the Community Garden Project of the Master Gardeners of Tippecanoe County. He is also currently the chair of the Landscape and Grounds Committee of the Resident Council of Westminster Village. Don has been a resident of Westminster Village since 2005.
Lincoln B. Perkins
Lincoln B. Perkins: Linc joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 2003. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 1986. He became managing partner of the firm in 2008. Linc spends most of his time working with Small Business clients and family owned businesses assisting them with Estate/Succession Planning, Business Consulting, Corporate, Individual and Partnership/LLC taxation compliance and planning. He also oversees the firm’s practice helping clients with qualified retirement plans such as 401(k) plans and ESOPs. Outside the firm he is active in the Lafayette Daybreak Rotary Club, a member of the Greater Lafayette Commerce Chamber Council and a volunteer with the Tippecanoe County Opioid Task Force. He enjoys camping, hunting and most outdoor activities. Now that he and his wife Kimberly are empty nesters they have become avid mountain bikers.
Scott W. Seidle
Scott received an MBA and BS from the Purdue University Krannert School of Management. Mr. Seidle is Purdue University’s first Chief Investment Officer. He has served as Purdue University’s senior investment professional since 2005. Mr. Seidle has been instrumental in diversifying the Endowment’s assets to include hedge funds, natural resources, private equity and venture capital investments which now represent 40 percent of the total assets. He has played a key role in coordinating and implementing the investment policy changes approved by the University Board of Trustees by formulating the necessary strategies with the Purdue Investment Committee.
Rita K. Smith
Vice President of the Foundation Board - Rita is the Vice President and Trust Relationship Manager at First Merchants Trust Company. She recently obtained her B.S. from Purdue University in Organizational Leadership and graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1996. She has held the Certified Financial Planner designation for over twenty years. Rita began her banking career in 1981 with Lafayette Bank and Trust Company, starting as a teller and working her way up through the Trust and Investment Divisions, managing trust portfolios and heading the Investment Department from 1991 through 2000. She also worked as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch for 4 years before taking an opportunity to join North Central Health Services as its Program Director in 2004. Over $30 million in grant dollars were awarded to nonprofit organizations for capital projects in Tippecanoe and the surrounding counties during her nine years with that organization. Rita recently rejoined Lafayette Bank & Trust Company, now a division of First Merchants Bank, and is enjoying the opportunity to work with families and businesses as a trusted advisor for a variety of investment, retirement and estate planning issues. She has served on numerous local nonprofit boards over the years, including the Westminster Village Board of Directors from 2003 to 2006.
Henry A. Wadsworth
President of Westminster Foundation Board - Henry received his bachelors, masters and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. Henry began his career as a faculty member in Agricultural Economics at Purdue in 1962. He was Associate Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension from 1973-1976, Associate Dean and Director of Oregon State University Extension Service from 1976-1983, Associate Dean and Director of Purdue University Extension Service from 1983-1999. He has served as Treasurer of Museums at Prophetstown, Board member and Board Chair at Food Finders Food Bank and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Federated Church. He has been a resident of Westminster Village since 2006.
Past Presidents - Westminster Village Foundation
(2012-current) Henry A. Wadsworth
(2006-2012) Bill R. Baumgardt
(2005-2006) James R. Ransom
(2004-2005) James L. Hanks
(1999-2004) Lowell S. Hardin
(1997-1999) James R. Ransom
(1995-1997) Robert W. Whitsel
(1993-1995) George DeVault
(1982-1993) Winfield Hentschel
Thank you to all of our donors!
Nearly one-half of all Westminster residents have made a gift to the Foundation. Donations to the Westminster Village Foundation are tax-deductible. It is our pleasure to recognize on this site those who have made a generous personal contribution to benefit past, present and future residents.
The Mary Jane Carr Award ($250,000)
Miss Mary Jane Carr (1913-2007) was born on a farm near Hobbs, Indiana. She attended Butler University from 1931 to 1933, was a 1935 graduate of DePauw University and received her B.A. degree in Library Sciences from the University of Illinois in 1942 and her M.A. degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1952. Miss Carr was employed in the Purdue University libraries from 1942 to 1957 as a cataloger and head of the Card Preparation Unit. She was head librarian at Rockford College and was the acquisition librarian at DePauw University from 1963 until her retirement in 1978. She moved into her independent apartment on the third floor of “A” Building in October 1978 and indicated she greatly enjoyed her life at Westminster Village. Near the end of her life she moved back to the Tipton, Indiana, area to be near the surviving members of her family. We acknowledge, with gratitude, the generous contribution (in excess of $500,000) Miss Carr has made to the Westminster Village Foundation from her estate.
The Legacy Circle
The Westminster Village Foundation established The Legacy Circle. A commitment to The Legacy Circle indicates your intent to leave a gift to benefit the Foundation in your estate. To become a member of The Legacy Circle you need only advise the Foundation that you have made provision in your will to make a gift or that the Foundation has been added as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. With great gratitude we recognize The Legacy Circle members.
- Jim Hanks
- Werner L. & Jeanette W. Nelson
- Melda M. Warner
- Marian Mooney
- LaNelle E. Geddes
- Esther A. Siler
- Miriam Epple-Heath
- Virginia M. & Donald L. Nead
- Caryl E. Matthews & Donald L. Nead
- Paul Gronendyke Family Trust
Types of Giving
Leave a legacy
Thanks to the generosity of Westminster Village residents, families and friends, the foundation has an endowment that has provided $2 million to assist residents who have outlived their resources. Consider a cash gift, bequeath a life insurance policy or honor a loved one with a permanent paver – there are many ways to give.
Ways to give
Click on a category to learn more. Consult your professional advisor when considering charitable gifts.
The foundation accepts cash, checks and credit card gifts. Cash is the simplest and most efficient way to make a gift to the foundation; and can be made in honor or in memory of a person, event or organization.
Friends of Foundation
The Friends of the Village Foundation is designed to increase the size of the foundation’s endowment. At the beginning of each fiscal year, which is July 1, Friends are invited to make an annual pledge. The pledge can be paid in a lump sum or quarterly via cash or credit card. If the participant is a current resident, the amount can also be added to his/her monthly statement.
There are special people in every person’s life. Some may still be here while others are just wonderful memories. Now there is a way to honor and memorialize these loved ones with a permanent marker.
There are three courtyards around Westminster Village’s campus that are designed with brick pavers. One is located outside the library and there are two outside the Health Center. Pavers may be personalized to recognize special people in your life. Pavers cost between $150 and $450 depending on the size, number of lines of inscription and location.