The idea for a large scale holding company that operates as a foundation was first conceived by Bruce Wayne after his faithful butler, Alfred saved the lives of Bruce and Dick Grayson and sacrificed himself in the process. To honor the memory of the late butler, Wayne decided to start the "Alfred Foundation", of which he became the chairman. The first institution backed by the Alfred Foundation was the Gotham Wax Museum and shortly after, Bruce created the experimental laboratories of research.
When Batman defeated the monster that was once human, Blockbuster, he sent him to the Alfred Foundation's laboratories, hoping that the scientist could find a cure for his current state and he would eventually become part of the staff of the company.
After Alfred's miraculous return to life, Bruce realized that the company's name needed to be changed and so he decided to rename it as The Wayne Foundation. Under the new name, Bruce started several campaings for charity to help those in need.
The Wayne Foundation is the holding company for the Thomas Wayne Foundation and the Martha Wayne Foundation. The Wayne Foundation funds scientific research and helps people with research by providing facilities and training.
The foundation has its own building, called the Wayne Foundation Building, which includes a penthouse apartment where Batman lived for a period of time. It also has a secret elevator that leads to a matching Batcave in a secret sub-basement under the building.
Through the Wayne Foundation and the organizations underneath, Wayne not only addresses social problems encouraging crime and assists victims in a way that his Batman persona cannot, but the arrangement also provides a large network of connections in the world of charities. He finds out about the newest trends and newest arts, and at the same time maintains connections to the streets through the soup kitchens and social services groups, which augments his crime fighting efforts.
Thomas Wayne Foundation
The Thomas Wayne Foundation is a foundation for medicine and medical help. This foundation gives annual awards for medical breakthroughs and lifelong commitment, similar to the Nobel Foundation. The Thomas Wayne Foundation is also responsible for funding the Thomas Wayne Memorial Clinic in Park Row, Gotham's infamous Crime Alley. The foundation funds and runs dozens of clinics in Gotham. Bruce Wayne's surrogate mother, Dr. Leslie Thompkins, runs the Memorial Clinic in Crime Alley and governed the other clinics until she left Gotham.
Martha Wayne Foundation
The Martha Wayne Foundation is a patron and supporter of arts, families, education, and tolerance. The foundation supports and helps to run a number of orphanages and free schools, and provides teachers for those who have learning difficulties. Artists can apply for grants from the foundation to help support them in furthering the arts. The foundation sponsors companies like Family Finders. Family Finders is an organization directed at finding lost people and uniting families. The Martha Wayne Foundation also sponsors and runs dozens of soup kitchens within the city.
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