The Henry A. True Trust Fund was created at Marion Community Foundation in 2013 as a donor advised fund from the True Trust to continue the philanthropic traditions of Henry A. True and his long-standing support of the Marion community.
Henry (1879-1964) was a gentleman, scholar, world traveler, book lover, and devoted philanthropist, as well as a member of one of Marion’s pioneer families. He was a banker, having served as vice president and the largest shareholder of the Marion County Bank (co-founded by his father) and director of the Home Federal Savings & Loan Association. He was known for his bashful but pleasant personality and quietly and generously supported dozens of causes, charities, churches, and civic enterprises to meet the needs of Marion County residents.
Henry was valedictorian of his graduating class at Princeton University. With his degree in literature and avid love of reading, he amassed one of Ohio’s largest private libraries — more than 13,000 books. He was considered a great conversationalist who enjoyed the social life. He also loved travel, and did so all over the world. No matter where he visited, he sought out libraries and would spend a great deal of time in them. Henry was especially active with the Marion Public Library and served on its Board for many years. And, he was active with the YMCA, Masons, and Elks.
Henry’s Trust, created in 1965, continues to benefit Marion’s churches, charities, and civic organizations.