The 80/20 Foundation Trust was born from the legacy of Don Wood, 80/20 Inc. co-founder, along with his sons: John Wood and Doug Wood. The foundation aims to fill the pipeline for skilled workers in the manufacturing industry, as well as to foster leadership, sales, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirits. The foundation trust started in fall 2017 and received its nonprofit status in summer 2018, awarding the very first grant within that same summer. In December 2018, the foundation planted its roots in downtown Columbia City on the Northwest corner of the courthouse square. The 80/20 Foundation Trust is led by John Wood, who sits as chairman of the board.
John was one of the original founders of 80/20 Inc. in 1989. As a result, John's passion for supporting students and adults towards a career in machining, trades skills, leadership and entrepreneurialism fuels his work for 80/20 Foundation Trust.
Laura Macknick was named Executive Director in January 2019. She brings almost 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, grant writing, communications, public relations, and nonprofit management to the foundation.