Ingram-White Castle Foundation


The Edgar W. Ingram Foundation, created in 1949 by E.W. “Billy” Ingram, founder of White Castle System, Inc., became a supporting foundation of The Columbus Foundation in 1981. It was renamed the Ingram-White Castle Foundation in 1987.

The Ingram family has continued to operate the foundation based on the principles set forth by Billy Ingram, which include treating people fairly, investing in the future of others, and sharing success with the community. In 1999, in honor of the foundation’s 50th anniversary, Mary and E.W. Ingram, Jr. made an $11 million gift, providing additional resources for grantmaking.

Mission Statement

The Foundation’s mission is to provide nourishment to those throughout central Ohio who hunger for knowledge, independence and self-sufficiency. Our emphasis is on efforts that empower young people with the desire for self-improvement, and full participation in a free society.


Education has always been a mainstay of the Ingram-White Castle Foundation’s grantmaking. Through the years, the Foundation has awarded over $22 million in grants to support programs that serve disadvantaged students and help them achieve academic success and scholarship support for employees and their dependents. The Foundation uses a competitive grant application process with two deadlines per year.


Edgar W. “Bill” Ingram, III, president/treasurer; Maryann I. Kelley, assistant secretary; John S. Kobacker, vice president; Sandra W. Harbrecht; and Ann Pizzuti. Alice Ingram, Marci Ingram and Erin Shannon are honorary trustees. Jamie T. Richardson, also an honorary trustees, serves as secretary.

Staff Contact

Interested in more information about the Ingram-White Castle Foundation? Contact Tami Durrence by e-mail or at 614/251-4000.

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