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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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Generous Donors Make Richland Gives a Success

By Maura Teynor   |  December 2, 2022

Richland Gives, an online giving event hosted by the Richland County Foundation, raised $507,069 via 1,802 donors for 96 Richland County nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2015, Richland Gives has raised $2,476,007.

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Camp Nuhop Update

September 26, 2022

The Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning home of Camp Nuhop acquired The Mohican School of the Outdoors Property in August. 2021. There is so much more to the story than a transaction between two nonprofit organizations. The Mohican School was the first outdoor education center in the state of Ohio, founded by Ron and Deb Reed. It was the Mohican School that gave Nuhop co-founder, Jerry Dunlap, an opportunity to student teach at the school when he was a senior at Ashland College in the late 1960s. The teaching experience was the impetus for Jerry and his wife Terrie to open Camp Nuhop in 1974 as a residential summer camp for children with special needs. 

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Seeking JoAnn Dutton Award Nominations

By Maura Teynor   |  September 7, 2022

(Photo: Last year's winner Linda Smith with her daughter Lauren Smith.) The Women’s Fund 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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New Area Agency on Aging Fund Will Be a Catalyst for Giving

By Maura Teynor   |  August 23, 2022

(Photo: Duana Patton, Pat and Jana Mulherin at the Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5.) Jana and Pat Mulherin are providing a pathway for people to donate to the Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5. They awarded a grant from their Richland County Foundation donor-advised fund to the Area Agency on Aging to establish an agency-endowed fund. “Our philanthropic philosophy is simple; it is about giving back. The endowment fund will be a way for people to donate to the Area Agency on Aging and it will make a difference in our community,” said Jana Mulherin.

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Foundation Awards Scholarships to Local Students

By Maura Teynor   |  June 21, 2022

The Richland County Foundation recently awarded $708,300 in scholarships to Richland County students. Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s financial need and grade point average.

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Foundation Grants Close to $7.3M in 2021

By Maura Teynor   |  May 19, 2022

During the Richland County Foundation annual meeting recently held President Brady Groves reported the Foundation granted $7,299,660 in 2021.

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Friends for Life

May 10, 2022

Jeff Ellington was a generous man who befriended everyone he met. So when Jeff died in 2020 after a lengthy battle with kidney cancer, a group of his friends decided to memorialize him by establishing the Jeff Ellington Legacy Fund through the Richland County Foundation

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Enjoy Free Outdoor Movies This Summer

By Maura Teynor   |  May 10, 2022

Local residents can enjoy free family-friendly activities and outdoor movies this summer in downtown Mansfield. This is a Richland County Foundation Mansfield Rising project. Partners in the project are the Renaissance Theatre, Little Buckeye Children's Museum

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First Generation to College Success Story

May 3, 2022

Local Graduate Now a Successful Walmart Executive

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Springtime is Construction Time

By Maura Teynor   |  March 31, 2022

The Foundation is supporting several construction projects.

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Gift of Grain Fund to Benefit Agricultural Nonprofits

By Maura Teynor   |  March 8, 2022

A Gift of Grain Fund was established by the Board of Trustees to accept donations from area farmers and donors, and it provided an initial $15,000 to seed the fund. The Committee will vet and award grants to agricultural nonprofit organizations.

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Professional Advisor Webinar with Credits Offered

February 21, 2022

The Richland County Foundation will host a webinar Wednesday, March 9 from 12 to 1 p.m. on Zoom. “Stretching to Realize Philanthropic Goals - IRAs, CRTs, and SECURE Act” will be presented by Attorney Brandon Borgmann of Carlile Patchen & Murphy Attorneys at Law.

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Mansfield Rising Update

By Maura Teynor   |  January 31, 2022

Progress is being made in Mansfield Rising projects. The vision is for Mansfield to become an optimal place to conduct business, gather and live. This vision can be achieved through five key areas: effective land use, wayfinding, technical assistance for business, branding, and marketing, and safety. 

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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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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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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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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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