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What do you do?

By Allie Watson   |  July 6, 2017

The moral of the story is the majority of what I do is in meetings and behind a computer screen but often I receive invitations from nonprofit organizations asking if I want to see what they’re doing and the answer is always, “ABSOLUTELY!” 

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The Power of Diversity

By Brady Groves   |  June 1, 2017

In The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies, University of Michigan economist Scott Page presents research proving that groups of people representing different backgrounds, genders, cultures and thinking styles are better than homogeneous groups at solving problems. This finding has huge implications for community foundations, where creative problem-solving is essential if we are to continue to meet the changing needs of our community.

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Foundation hosts professional advisor seminar

By Maura Teynor   |  May 15, 2017

Attorneys, CPAs and Certified Financial Planners can earn one continuing education credit hour. The lunch and seminar are free. Seating is limited and a RSVP is required by June 2. Please call the Richland County Foundation at 419-525-3020. 

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Community Building Highlighted During Annual Meeting

By Maura Teynor   |  May 2, 2017

Over 100 people attended to hear messages from Foundation President Brady Groves and Linden Road Presbyterian Lead Pastor Tom Roepke. Both men talked about the need to work together to improve the community.

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A Lexington Church Continues its Legacy

By Maura Teynor   |  April 19, 2017

The church no longer exists but its legacy will live on. The Lexington First Congregational Church established a fund at the Richland County Foundation.

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Summertime programs for children receive funding

By Maura Teynor   |  April 11, 2017

The Richland County Foundation is supporting summertime programs focused on children. A committee of Foundation Board of Trustees and community members awarded 20 grants totaling $39,416. The grants of up to $2,500 were given to support creative, educational

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You are invited to the annual meeting

April 4, 2017

The Richland County Foundation will conduct its annual meeting Monday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Mid Ohio Educational Conference Center, 890 West Fourth Street, Mansfield.

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From the front lines at the community foundation

By Stacie Shoemaker   |  March 9, 2017

When I say I work at the Richland County Foundation, most of my friends and family don't understand what I do. The most common response I get is, Oh you write a lot of grants. Well, not really.

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How can we make applying for a grant easier? 

By Allie Watson   |  February 21, 2017

Making it easier to apply for a grant. Access to support and online applications are two ways. One key point to keep in mind is that we’re all just people. You can contact a funder and ask questions. Listen to what they’re saying about your project or idea and take their advice. One of the greatest benefits of connecting with a community investment officer at a foundation is that person has contact with board and committee members who are making decisions about your grant application.

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What goes on at a community foundation?

By Maura Teynor   |  February 14, 2017

I am working on the annual report and thought I would share some FAQs. What is a community foundation? A community foundation is an independent, tax-exempt public charity whose mission is to accept and administer charitable gifts and bequests, regardless of size, for the benefit of the local community. Community foundations fulfill donors’ charitable goals by awarding grants that meet a broad range of community needs, from the arts to basic human needs, to the environment.Typically, a community foundation is comprised of many separate component funds. Unlike private foundations, community foundations funds come from many sources, including individuals and families, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations.The first community foundation started in 1904 in Cleveland, Ohio. Today there are over 700 independent community foundations located across the country.

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Economic metrics are the focus of community dashboard

By Maura Teynor   |  February 3, 2017

A new website has been launched to track the economic health of the local community. is a key piece of the Richland County Foundation's five-year transformative economic development strategic plan.

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Richland County Foundation Accredited with Rigorous Philanthropic Standards

February 1, 2017

Richland County Foundation again received accreditation with the nation's highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations.

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Richland County Foundation Connections Fund awards over $20,000 in grants

By Maura Teynor   |  January 30, 2017

The Connections Fund of the Richland County Foundation announced its 2017 grants during its Winter Reception January 27 held at the foundation. The Connections Fund donors approved $20,000 in grants this year.

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Betty Martin Establishes an Elementary Education Fund

By Maura Teynor   |  January 19, 2017

Betty Martin recently established a field-of-interest fund to support elementary education in the Mansfield City School District. She taught at Carpenter Elementary School for 28 years and is passionate about educating children.

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Foundation kicks off third year of its Osborne Meese Academy

By Maura Teynor   |  January 13, 2017

The Richland CountyFoundation held an orientation January 12 for staff members from 15 nonprofit organizations to kick off its third year of the Osborne Meese Academy. The program is designed to build and support nonprofit organizations and to act as a catalyst.

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The Foundation Welcomes a Community Investment Officer

By Maura Teynor   |  January 12, 2017

Alan Mitchell II has been named the community investment officer at the Richland County Foundation.

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Where is the next emerging opportunity for philanthropy to build social capital?

January 9, 2017

The role of the mid-sized and smaller community foundation is changing. More and more conversations with my community foundation peers turn to the topic of: how can we be proactive in driving economic and community development in our respective communities

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What Happened to Civility?

By Maura Teynor   |  January 3, 2017

The Women's Fund of the Richland County Foundation will host a roundtable discussion entitled What Happened to Civility January 25 at 7 p.m. Women's Fund Chair and OSU Mansfield Lecturer Paula Cohen will facilitate the discussion and help individuals develop a three-point plan to become a part of the solution.

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Wow, You Are Generous!

By Maura Teynor   |  November 30, 2016

Richland Gives, an online day of giving hosted by the Richland County Foundation, raises over $172,000 for local nonprofit organizations.

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Fund Celebrates 20 years of Empowering Women

November 17, 2016

The Women's Fund of the Richland County Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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Grants available for educators and others who think outside of the box

November 17, 2016

Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade (and her husband the late Rev. John McCullough Bade) honored her parents with a field of interest fund at the Richland County Foundation named the Harry and Lois McCullough Fund. The fund will award grants in the community

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Philanthropy is a way of life for this family

November 16, 2016

Since 1959, the year they graduated from Mansfield Senior High School, Richard (Dick) and Sally (Heckert) Uhde have felt a connection to and an appreciation of the Richland County Foundation.

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What if we all gave on the same day?

By Maura Teynor   |  November 15, 2016

The day is designed to encourage everyone to contribute to local nonprofits they care about through a single giving platform/website. The Richland County Foundation is hosting the day to build capacity, grow philanthropy and make the community stronger.

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What is philanthropy?

September 9, 2016

My son asked me today, what is philanthropy? I said, it is when people donate money or other resources to help people and charities in need.

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Run for unity. Race for prevention.

August 29, 2016

You have a chance to help address the drug abuse epidemic in our community by participating or donating to the Spherion Mid Ohio 13ER. The half marathon and 5-K race will be held Saturday, September 3 in downtown Mansfield.

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Women's Fund is taking grant applications

August 16, 2016

The Women's Fund of the Richland County Foundation is accepting grant applications until September 16 for programs that support women and girls.

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Join our team!

By Maura Teynor   |  August 11, 2016

The Richland County Foundation has an opening for a community investment officer. Please take a look at the job description for duties and requirements.

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Local teachers receive $55,000 in grants

By Maura Teynor   |  August 9, 2016

The Richland County Foundation awarded over $55,000 in Teacher Assistance Program grants for the upcoming school year to 55 local teachers for their creative and innovative supplemental programs not covered by school funding.

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Justin and Lynn Marotta Fund

August 3, 2016

The Justin and Lynn Marotta Fund was recently established as a means to promote horticulture in our region.

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Mind Body Align establishes charitable fund

July 25, 2016

Mind Body Align Charitable Fund fund will support projects that support women and empower them to lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Examples include, but are not limited to: alternative wellness, women's entrepreneurship, yoga for underserved populations, healthy foods initiatives, arts & culture, and professional development.

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