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Students Can Apply for College and Career Tech Scholarships

By Maura Teynor   |  January 11, 2022

The Richland County Foundation announces its college and career technical education scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now available online at

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We Are Accepting Summertime Kids Grant Applications

By Maura Teynor   |  January 4, 2022

(Photo: Children participated in the Summer Zone at the Salvation Army thanks to support from a Summertime Kids grant.)

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Richland Gives Raises $504,504

December 2, 2021

Richland Gives, an online giving event hosted by the Richland County Foundation, raised $504,504, via 1,220 donors for 86 Richland County nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2015, Richland Gives has raised $1,940,373.

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Take Advantage of Your IRA

November 24, 2021

Make a Gift of a Lifetime IRA Transfers to the Richland County Foundation Individuals aged 70 ½ and older can transfer up to $100,000 annually from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to the Richland County Foundation without being federally taxed.

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3 Reasons to Give Away Appreciated Stock

By Tim Hilterman   |  November 24, 2021

As the stock market continues to recover, perhaps you have seen significant gains in your portfolio, or maybe you invested in a stock that skyrocketed and now your portfolio is out of balance. If you have a heart for nonprofits, we have some good

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Women's Fund Celebrates 25th Annivesary

By Maura Teynor   |  November 17, 2021

Women’s Fund Celebrates is 25th Anniversary(Photo: Women’s Fund Advisory Committee members left to right front row: Amy Hiner, Margaret Lin, Linda Smith, Elizabeth Daniels, Heidi Jones, vice-chair, and Kristine Lindeman, chairwoman. Back row l to r: Nikki Lewis, Sarah Horrigan-Ramos, Amy Brunell, Carol Payton, Deanna West-Torrence, Brigitte Coles, Debra Weaver, and Veronica Williams Payne. Second photo: Cathy Goldman, JoAnn Dutton’s daughter, awards the JoAnn Dutton Volunteer Service Award to Women’s Fund Founder Linda Smith)MANSFIELD - The Women’s Fund of the Richland County Foundation recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and awarded its annual grants.The Women’s Fund, established in 1996 as a permanent endowment, has grown to over $2 million. The WF has awarded close to $484,000 in grants impacting hundreds of lives. The original founders were Linda Smith, Suzanne Davis, Dr. Erin Fain, Catherine Goldman, Carol Goldman, Edith Humphrey, Joanne Humphrey, Carol Payton, Bets Risser, and Suzanne Wilson. The founders were recognized and given a 25th anniversary necklace to mark the occasion.For the third year in a row, the WF awarded $25,000 to Richland County Youth and Family Council for the childcare initiative. RCYFC has matched the $25,000 each year of this project. In its strategic plan, the Women’s Fund is committed to making quality childcare affordable and accessible to all women.

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Gift of Grain Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  October 13, 2021

What is Gift of Grain? Farmers looking to minimize their tax liability and contribute to their community can donate crops to the Richland County Foundation via a local elevator. The producer can select a fund, such as the Gift of Grain Fund, to receive the donation. Grants are made to agriculture-related nonprofits such as FFA or 4H.

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Remembering James R. Brook

By Maura Teynor   |  October 5, 2021

James Brook's code of conduct was a simple one: believe in God and trust in God's mercy and blessings. Take care of your family and those who depend on you. Do good where and when you can and have some fun along the way. A fund was set up to memorialize James Brook.

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The Domestic Violence Shelter Diversifies its Funding

By Maura Teynor   |  September 22, 2021

The leadership at The Domestic Violence Shelter wants to ensure its financial future. So, the board recently approved setting up an agency endowed fund at the Richland County Foundation.

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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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