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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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Do You Know Our Board of Trustee Member Lee Tasseff?

August 28, 2019

CEO You Should Know Lee Tasseff

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Do You Know Our Board of Trustee Member Dr. Norman Jones?

August 21, 2019

CEO You Should Know Dr. Norman Jones

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Women's Fund Accepting Applications

August 19, 2019

The Women Fund of the Richland County Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations for programs that support women and girls.

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Foundation Board of Trustees Awards Over $300,000 in Grants

August 14, 2019

The board awarded over $300,000 in grants during its August board meeting.

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What’s Going on with Mansfield Rising?

By Allie Watson   |  August 8, 2019

You’re not the only one wondering What’s Going on with Mansfield Rising? The short answer is, “We’re working on it.” The long answer is there are meetings upon meetings discussing the nitty-gritty details not found in the 68-page plan. The Mansfield Rising Plan includes overviews of 39 projects and programs to help continue downtown Mansfield’s positive trajectory. The nitty-gritty wasn’t included but is now surfacing.

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An Outdoorsman, Businessman, and Family Patriarch is Memorialized with a Fund  

August 6, 2019

Patricia Adair, wife of Brian Arthur Adair, along with their children, Katherine Adair Truitt, and Matthew Adair, established a donor-advised fund as a way to memorialize him. Brian passed away unexpectedly in February following a brief illness.

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Do You Know Brady Groves?

July 16, 2019

Brady Groves is the President of the Richland County Foundation. He recently sat down with iHeart Radio's Aaron Hines for an interview for the program: The CEO You Should Know. Take a listen

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Compassion In Action Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  July 9, 2019

They invested the financial resources from the nonprofit to focus on making grants to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities.

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Honoring An Industry Leader

By Maura Teynor   |  June 11, 2019

Sandy Mazur/Spherion Excellence in Leadership Scholarship, Beth DeLaney said the franchise owners wanted to do something special to honor Sandy when she retired. “She was a blessing to all of us. We presented the new fund to her during an annual meeting in California,” said DeLaney.

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Local Couple Supports Law Enforcement

May 7, 2019

Merris and Jean Welge have always had an interest in helping law enforcement in any way they can. Over the years, they have donated to police and veteran funds, including the Buckeye Sheriff’s Association and the Washington Memorial. The Richland County Sheriff's Office Fund they set up this year is the most recent donation of their time, money, and effort.

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A Beloved Swim Coach is Remembered

By Maura Teynor   |  March 27, 2019

Jim and Nancy Shoenfelt along with a group of family and friends recently established the Steve Shoenfelt Memorial Scholarship Fund. Steve was Jim and Nancy's son who passed away unexpectedly last November.

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Patricia Maxwell Scholarship Fund

March 12, 2019

The Patricia Maxwell Scholarship Fund was established to award scholarships to Ontario High School graduates with learning disabilities to further their education at a trade school or college.

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Doug Castle Legacy Fund

March 5, 2019

Doug Castle Legacy Fund

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Mansfield Rising Plan Rolls Out

By Maura Teynor   |  February 28, 2019

Downtown Mansfield has been on a revitalization path since 1991 when the Richland Carrousel Park opened. During the planning, many people in the community scoffed at the idea that a wooden carrousel could improve downtown. Twenty-eight years later, many would agree it was a fantastic idea. 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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The Remy-McCollough Family Trust

By Maura Teynor   |  February 26, 2019

Life's circumstances, experiences, and fortunes inspired David and Therese Remy to give back to their community. They established The Remy-McCollough Family Trust at the Richland County Foundation in memory of his parents.

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