The Paul Ogle Foundation was established in late December 1979, becoming operational in 1980. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul W. Ogle of Jeffersonville had no heirs, and transferred the majority of his business’s assets to the Foundation prior to his death and the remainder through his estate. He was intimately involved in the Foundation’s operations from 1980 until his death in 1989.
Three of the original founding board members, Bob Lanum, Willis Charles and Roy Nett, knew Mr. Ogle personally and still serve on the board to this day, guiding decisions that are in line with Mr. Ogle’s core beliefs and causes he supported.
The Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2010, with a total of nearly $70 million given during the past three decades to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, primarily in Southern Indiana. The Foundation also supports groups and institutions outside of the counties that it serves so long as they in turn accommodate those Southern Indiana county residents; organizations such as the Louisville Zoo Foundation, Actors Theatre, IU Southeast, Kosair Children’s Hospital, Hanover College to name a few and many projects in Switzerland County like the Hoosier Theater.