Burnell-Evans Family Fund - Richland County Foundation

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.

The couple recently established the Burnell-Evans Family Fund and like the flexibility it offers to involve their children in charitable giving as they mature. Abraham is nine years old and Priscilla is seven years old.

Brigette said it provides them a mechanism to give to their church, Freedom Ridge in Ontario, as well as to other local charities.  

Brigette serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees and the board at her church. Scott has volunteered at the Mansfield Area YMCA, Harmony House, and Habitat for Humanity.

“Scott and I explain to our children that giving back can be done in several ways such as volunteering your time, making a donation or attending a performance at a nonprofit organization,” said Brigette.

The family enjoys going to Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield Richland County Public Library, Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, Gorman Nature Center, Mansfield Art Center, the Playhouse, and the Renaissance Theatre. They like to expose their children to different experiences and opportunities.

“I appreciate the verification and documentation done by the staff at the Foundation to ensure that our gifts are used the way we intended,” said Brigette.

Both are graduates of Ontario High School. Brigette is the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for The Gorman-Rupp Company and Scott owns and manages residential real estate properties.


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