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The Mansfield Rising Plan is evolving

By Maura Teynor   |  February 15, 2024

A group of ten people is heading to the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) in in Austin, TX in March to bolster the Mansfield Rising Plan. “We have an opportunity through an anonymous donor to send another cohort to SXSW. The goal is to strengthen and enhance the current Mansfield Rising team and plan,” said Richland County Foundation Senior Community Investment Officer Allie Watson. The donor told Watson the results they’ve seen from the Mansfield Rising Plan are the best thing that has happened to downtown Mansfield in a very long time.(Photo: Nan McCartney, Jessica Hiser, Sandy Messner, Orie Rush, Mario Davison and Braxton Daniels.)

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Paying it forward one wish at a time

February 6, 2024

Steven and Christine Myers created the Visual Bucket List Foundation to provide experiences for children who have a visual impairment diagnosis. These opportunities are intended to be a special visual memory to be remembered for the rest of their liv

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Richland County Foundation Has New Leadership

By Maura Teynor   |  January 25, 2024

Brady Groves has announced his retirement as president of the Richland County Foundation after serving 13 years in that position. The RCF Board of Trustees has named Senior Community Investment Officer Allie Watson as the incoming president of the organization.(Photo: Richland County Foundation President Brady Groves, Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Chris Hiner, and Senior Community Investment Officer Allie Watson.)

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Mansfield Richland County Public Library Winnie Greer Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  January 10, 2024

An estate gift motivated the Mansfield Richland County Public Library to establish an agency-endowed fund at the Richland County Foundation. “We were very excited to receive an unexpected windfall from the estate of Gerald Davis to set up a fund to honor Winnie Greer,” said MRCPL Deputy Fiscal Officer Mary Dwyer.

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You Have Time to Submit Summertime Kids Grant Application

By Maura Teynor   |  January 9, 2024

The Richland County Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations for its Summertime Kids (STK) grant program. The grants allow nonprofit agencies to provide safe, fun-filled activities for Richland County children during the summer months. Grant amounts range from $300 - $2,500.

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Scholarship Application Available Earlier this Year

December 15, 2023

The Richland County Foundation will open its college scholarship application on December 18, which is two weeks earlier than in previous years.

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Foundation Funds Housing Projects & Other Emerging Needs

December 12, 2023

(Photo: The Turtle Creek Apartment complex on James Avenue in Mansfield received a grant during the Board of Trustees meeting.) The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $1,527,817 in grants to nonprofit organizations during its December meeting.

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The Foundation Collaborates on a Community Conversation Initiative

By Maura Teynor   |  December 5, 2023

The Richland County Foundation in partnership with the Mansfield Richland County Public Library, Renaissance Theatre, and Richland Source will present Kaleidoscope, a four-part speaker series to spark community conversations. Four nationally known authors will share their expertise during presentations in 2024 at the Renaissance Theatre around topics like urban revitalization, poverty and income inequality, conflict, and the news.  

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Generous Donors Make Richland Gives Success

By Maura Teynor   |  November 30, 2023

Richland Gives, an online giving event hosted by the Richland County Foundation, raised $514,386 via 2,000 donors to benefit 106 Richland County nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2015, Richland Gives has raised almost $3M.

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Women’s Fund Awards Grants

By Maura Teynor   |  November 6, 2023

The Women’s Fund of the Richland County Foundation recently held its annual luncheon and awarded over $17,000 in grants and announced the JoAnn Dutton Award honoree.

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Richland Gives helps local nonprofits fundraise operating revenue

By Maura Teynor   |  November 6, 2023

Richland Gives, an online giving event, will start at 7 a.m. on November 13 and culminate on November 28 at 7 p.m.

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Higher Standards

By Maura Teynor   |  October 17, 2023

The Richland County Foundation has recently been accredited with Community Foundations National Standards, the highest standards in philanthropic excellence.

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Connections Fund of Richland County Foundation Awards Grant 

October 12, 2023

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio received the 2023 Connections Fund grant for its program “Destination Career: Richland County.” The collaborative partnership between JANCO and LeaderRichland will provide in-class career exploration or financial literacy to 7th and 8th-grade students who stay at their home campus as their fellow classmates visit the Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College campus. 

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Foundation Funds Emerging Needs

October 10, 2023

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $699,325 in grants to nonprofit organizations during its October meeting.  

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Connections Fund Hosts Grant Event

By Maura Teynor   |  September 27, 2023

During the event, Connections Fund Advisory Committee Chairwoman Cassie Brumfield will discuss the fund’s redefined mission and the volunteer focus for 2024.

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JoAnn Dutton Award Applications

By Maura Teynor   |  September 14, 2023

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 way to local charitable organizations.

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Richland Gives Registration is Open

By Maura Teynor   |  August 4, 2023

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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Success Stories of Interns from Buckeye Imagination Museum

July 7, 2023

By Brenna Koch Over the years, we’ve had many interns come through the doors of Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, now Buckeye Imagination Museum. Each one was unique, but all of them have proven to be successful in their lives after interning here. Here are some examples of success we’ve seen at Buckeye Imagination Museum!

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Ohio Bird Sanctuary Hires Former Interns

June 21, 2023

By Gail Laux The Ohio Bird Sanctuary has greatly benefited from the Fran and Warren Rupp Fund’s Internship Program. We have had so many success stories that we couldn’t pick just one to share!

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Gift of Grain Fund Receives First Donation and Awards Grant

By Maura Teynor   |  June 21, 2023

The Richland County Foundation Gift of Grain Fund received its first donation of grain. Brian Alt of Alt Farms in Shelby gave bushels of corn to the Foundation's account at Sunrise Cooperative Inc. in Crestline recently. The Foundation sold the grain the same day.

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Sherrilyn R. Wilson Languages Scholarship Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  May 23, 2023

A teacher gave Sherrilyn Wilson the nudge she needed to find her career path. “My high school Spanish teacher, Renee Zody, nominated me for a scholarship at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. That lead me to major in Spanish and to my career with the U.S. government as a Spanish linguist.” “Before that, I never contemplated a career and thought I would be a secretary just like my mother,” said Sherrilyn. She wants to return the favor and help other students. To that end, Sherrilyn set up a scholarship fund for Richland County students. Primary preference will be given to those who major or minor in a foreign language and secondary preference will be given to those who major or minor in foreign affairs, international relations, or political science.

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Doug Castle Legacy Fund Benefit Features Former Buckeye Football Players

By Maura Teynor   |  May 18, 2023

Richland County Foundation President Brady Groves will be the guest speaker at the Doug Castle Legacy Fund benefit dinner Friday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Kingwood Center Gardens, 50 Trimble Road, Mansfield. Proceeds will go to the Doug Castle Legacy Fund.

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Foundation Grants Over $8.8 M  in 2022

By Maura Teynor   |  May 16, 2023

(Photo: Chairwoman Jessica Gribben hands over the gavel to incoming Chairman Chris Hiner during the Richland County Foundation annual meeting.) During the Richland County Foundation annual meeting, President Brady Groves reported the Foundation granted $8,805,272 in 2022. Donors continued to be very generous and gifts for the year totaled $3,544,561. Foundation donors were most passionate about supporting education with grants totaling 2,995,520. Other sectors receiving grants were children/families/youth $1,646,478, community development $1,185,896, health services $841,996, arts & culture $762,800, environment $664,344, human services $363,967, economic development $216,296 and churches $128,975. To review the 2022 annual report, go to

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Foundation Supports Summer Fun for Local Children

By Maura Teynor   |  May 10, 2023

(Photo: The First English Lutheran Church Early Learning Center was awarded a grant last summer to instruct children about gardening.) The Richland County Foundation is supporting summertime programs focused on children. The Summertime Kids Committee Chaired by Foundation Board of Trustee member Karen Bierly along with members from the community approved $65,501 in Summertime Kid grants. The grants of up to $2,500 support creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for hundreds of Richland County children.

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Working Together to Improve Local Childcare

By Maura Teynor   |  April 24, 2023

Anticipating its 25th Anniversary, the Wome's Fund of the Richland County Foundation put into motion an extensive research plan to find a way to make a larger impact. They started the childcare initiative.

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RCF Invites Public to its Annual Meeting

By Maura Teynor   |  April 6, 2023

The Richland County Foundation will conduct its annual meeting Friday, May 12 at  11:30 a.m. at Kingwood Center Gardens, 50 Trimble Road, Mansfield

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What you need to know about Secure 2.0

February 14, 2023

A new year has brought more than just resolutions. It also has brought new laws and other changes that may affect your giving decisions. And with any economic change, you may be looking at your finances and wondering how you will be impacted.

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Foundation Opens Scholarship Application Early

By Maura Teynor   |  December 16, 2022

(Photo: Ohio State University Mansfield students in the classroom.) College scholarship application opens two weeks early.

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Foundation Funds Richland County Fair Show Arena

By Maura Teynor   |  December 13, 2022

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $1,002,661 in grants during its December meeting. The Richland County Senior Fair Board received a $100,000 grant to build a larger and more accessible livestock show arena. More than 700 students are involved in 4-H and FFA in Richland County. The new arena will expand education, entertainment, and other activities to enrich youth and the entire community.(Photo: Cadence Fairchild, a member of the Bibs N’ Boots 4H Club, shows her hog at the Richland County Fair.)

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Wayfinders Ohio Sets Up Agency Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  December 13, 2022

Harmony House Homeless Services, now known as Wayfinders Ohio, set up an agency-endowed fund to support the organization in the future.

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