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The We Above Me Alex Switzer Memorial Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  September 8, 2021

According to his family, Alex Switzer was a kind, generous person who loved kids, senior citizens, dogs, and fishing. He died in a car accident in May, he was just 23 years old. His mother set up a donor-advised fund to donate to charities he would have wanted to support.

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Richland Gives Registration is Open

By Maura Teynor   |  September 2, 2021

Richland Gives registration for Richland County-based nonprofit organizations is open through October 31. It is free; however, nonprofit organizations must register each year.

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Women's Fund Postpones Event

By Maura Teynor   |  September 1, 2021

Due to an increase in COVID cases in our community, the Women's Fund has decided to postpone its event, Sparking a Joy for Giving with Philanthropy Ohio President and CEO, Deborah Aubert Thomas.

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Local Teachers Receive Grants from Richland County Foundation

By Maura Teynor   |  August 27, 2021

The Teacher Assistance Program grants are given to K-12 teachers in public or private Richland County schools to encourage them to develop new programs, projects, or events for their classrooms.  The following grants were awarded. The Richland County Foundation awarded more than $$73,792.96 in educational program grants for the upcoming school year to local teachers for their creative or supplemental programs not covered by school funding.

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Jim Tressel to Speak at Fundraiser for the Doug Castle Legacy Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  August 27, 2021

Doug Castle was a local educator whose 50-year career spanned all aspects of education in Richland County. He had a special place in his heart for the underdog. When he died of brain cancer in 2018, his family established the Doug Castle Legacy Fund at the Richland County Foundation to carry on his work and honor his life. His wife, Liz; son, Michael, and daughter, Beth, want the fund to help in many areas including education, racial equity and inclusion, mentorship, and community building. 

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Honor Someone Special for Mother's Day

By Maura Teynor   |  May 4, 2021

The Women’s Fund of the Richland County Foundation is offering people a way to honor special women in their lives with a Mother’s Day gift to benefit women and girls in this community.         Donors can make a gift to honor a special woman or in memory of a loved one. Donations will support the Women’s Fund’s grant-making.

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Richland County Foundation Supports Children’s Summer Activities

March 30, 2021

The Richland County Foundation is supporting summertime programs focused on children.  The Summertime Kids Committee Chaired by Foundation Board of Trustee member Jotika Shetty along with members from the community awarded $44,648 in Summertime Kid grants. The grants of up to $2,500 were given to support creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for hundreds of Richland County children. 

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Congratulations to President Brady Groves

March 29, 2021

Foundation President Brady Groves was awarded the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development Chairman's Award during the annual meeting. Here is the video produced by DRM Productions for the event.

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#MansfieldRising Update

By Maura Teynor   |  January 25, 2021

Progress on the Mansfield Rising Project

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Generous Donors Make Richland Gives a Success

By Maura Teynor   |  December 3, 2020

Richland Gives, an online giving event hosted by the Richland County Foundation, raised $356,820 for 83 Richland County nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2015, Richland Gives has raised $1,435,869.

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Richland Gives Helps Charities

By Maura Teynor   |  November 11, 2020

Richland Gives, an online giving event, will start at 7 a.m. on November 16 and culminate on December 1 at 7 p.m.

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Nurturing the Parks of Richland County

By Maura Teynor   |  October 29, 2020

Did you know that the nonprofit organization, Friends of the Gorman Nature Center, provides financial support to more than just the Gorman Nature Center? It also includes partial funding for the Richland B&O Bike Trail and the newly acquired Flem

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Focus on North Central Ohio Features the Foundation

By Maura Teynor   |  October 28, 2020

WMFD-TV's Focus on North Central Ohio recently featured the Foundation. Chelley Kemper interviewed President Brady Groves and Chief Advancement Officer Maura Teynor about COVID-19 Response, Richland Gives, and the Women's Fund.

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Foundation Email System Infected with a Virus

By Maura Teynor   |  October 16, 2020

The Richland County Foundation email system recently was infected with a virus/malware.

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First Generation to College Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  September 4, 2020

Family and Friends of the Emily Campbell Brown and Dr. Charles Gailey Brown First Generation to College Fund held a fundraiser on September 3. Scholarship recipients, local educators, and others talked about the impact of the scholarship fund.

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Honoring Women for Volunteer Service

By Maura Teynor   |  August 18, 2020

The JoAnn Dutton Volunteer Community Service Award celebrates and honors women who devote a significant amount of time and energy in a meaningful way to local charitable organizations which makes our community a better place to live.

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Foundation Supports Children’s Summer Activities

June 2, 2020

The Richland County Foundation is supporting summertime programs focused on children. The Summertime Kids Committee Chaired by Foundation Board of Trustee member Jotika Shetty along with members from the community awarded $44,556 in Summertime Kid grants.

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Regional Manufacturing Coalition Fund

May 12, 2020

The Regional Manufacturing Coalition Ohio recently established a donor-advised fund to further its mission which is to support North Central Ohio manufacturers through education, training, and networking. RMC serves Richland, Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox and Morrow counties.

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RCF COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative

By Brady Groves   |  March 30, 2020

We are built for this. That was my response to a reporter who asked how the Richland County Foundation was going to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Richland County.

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The Community Foundation’s Role in Building Social Capital

By Brady Groves   |  March 3, 2020

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?

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Katy Ault Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund

February 25, 2020

Katy Ault Phillips was a very giving person and now a memorial scholarship fund has been set up to remember her. Katy passed away in 2012 at the age of 30 from melanoma.

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Burnell-Evans Family Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  February 19, 2020

Brigette Burnell and her husband, Scott Evans, like to include their children in the conversation about why giving is important.

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The Michael and Tina Bennett Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  February 11, 2020

Longtime Shelby residents Michael and Tina Bennett wanted to do something to give back and help their community. That was their motivation in establishing a donor-designated fund to benefit Shelby Help Line Ministries at the Richland County Foundation

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Mansfield Rising Update from Allie Watson

By Allie Watson   |  January 19, 2020

Allie Watson, Senior Community Investment Officer, accepted the Richland County Regional Planning Commission’s Planning Excellence Award for the Mansfield Rising Plan on behalf of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the SXSW419 team.

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Richland Gives Raises over $316,000

By Maura Teynor   |  December 5, 2019

(Photo: A Richland Gives Leader Board Watch Party was held at Idea Works in Mansfield December 3 to celebrate the donations raised online by 92 Richland County nonprofit organizations.) Richland Gives, an online giving event hosted by the Richland County Foundation, raised $316,049 for 92 Richland County nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2015, Richland Gives has raised $1,041,049.

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Women’s Fund Announces the Largest Grant in its History

By Maura Teynor   |  November 13, 2019

(Photo: Women's Fund Advisory Committee; L to R front row: Susan Gentille, Jodie Dees, Lori Sjostedt, Heidi Jones, Edie Humphrey, Deanna West-Torrence, Kristine Lindeman; second row; Brigitte Coles, Carol Payton, Jill Haring, Linda Smith, Krist

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Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society Inc. Fund

October 1, 2019

The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society wants to make sure the historical prison is around forever. That is why the Executive Director and the Board of Directors recently established an endowed fund to benefit the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society. The Mansfield Reformatory, also known as the Ohio State Reformatory, was saved from the wrecking ball by a small group of local historic preservationists in 1994.

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Third Street Family Health Services Invests in its Future

By Maura Teynor   |  September 17, 2019

The Third Street Family Health Services established two funds with the Richland County Foundation to help it meet its long-term strategic goals. (Photo left to right: Chief Financial Officer Barbara Sullinger, Chief Operations Officer Nicole Williams and CEO Jared Pollick)

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Women's Fund Seeks Nominations for the JoAnn Dutton Award

By Maura Teynor   |  September 9, 2019

The Women’s Fund of the Richland County Foundation is accepting nominations for the JoAnn Dutton Volunteer Community Service Award. The award celebrates and honors women leaders who devote a significant amount of time and energy in a meaningful

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Registration is Open for Richland Gives

By Maura Teynor   |  September 4, 2019

Richland County nonprofit organizations can register for Richland Gives, the local day of giving hosted by the Richland County Foundation. Registration is free but nonprofits must register each year by October 31. To register click here.

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