Established in 1998 by Leo G. Wetherill (b.1921 d.2005), the Foundation is a small private foundation that owns the property at 7600 Wornall and is developing this concept, adaptation and reformation from Fast Food to Community Good by investing almost $500,000 in Change of Occupancy renovations and improvements.
The Foundation is non-operating and makes grants annually to area nonprofits including; Operation Breakthrough, Boys Grow, Take the Stage, Reconciliation Services, Justice Project KC, Chain of Hope, Operation Wildlife (OWL), Rose Brooks, Veterans Community Project, KC Farm School, G.I.F.T. and Midwest Music Foundation, to name a few.
The Foundation has dedicated the Waldo Hub property back to the community by creating and establishing the Waldo Hub (along with others) as a stand-alone nonprofit entity with 501(C)(3) tax-exempt status to operate and manage the property for the benefit of the Waldo community.
Additionally, the Foundation funds an endowment at the University of Missouri – School of Medicine for scholarships (financial need) and Med-Zou public health outreach program run by Mizzou Med students.
It is volunteer managed by Leo Wetherill Jr, Executive Director, who joined in 2006 and became Executive Director in 2013. He serves the Waldo Hub as its conceptualist, founder and volunteer general manager.