With most of the corporations that provided financial support and volunteer board leadership to the non-profit sector now having been gone for decades; what is the new reality of philanthropy in Ohio in smaller legacy cities?
The Connections Fund at the Richland County Foundation was established in 2004. Its mission is to foster and retain young leaders while promoting a philanthropic identity and involvement in Richland County. The Fund was born out of a desire to engage young people in philanthropy.
In The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies, University of Michigan economist Scott Page presents research proving that groups of people representing different backgrounds, genders, cultures and thinking styles are better than homogeneous groups at solving problems. This finding has huge implications for community foundations, where creative problem-solving is essential if we are to continue to meet the changing needs of our community.