Supporting Non-Profits - Richland County Foundation

Osborne Meese Academy

Who is Osborne Meese?                                                                                             

Osborne Meese is considered the founding father of the Richland County Foundation. Along with six other businessmen in 1945 he established the Richland County Foundation after handling the payments to indigent individuals in Richland County through the Scattergood Fund for years.  Osborne Meese had an admirable business ethic, strong community ties, excellent leadership ability, and foresight for Richland County.  The other founders include Robert B. Black, Scott F. Coffin, John H. Finefrock, George W. Stephens, Paul R. Tappan, and Norman L. Wolfe.

 What is the Osborne Meese Academy?

The Osborne Meese Academy is a training program aimed at increasing the capacity of your nonprofit organization.  The Osborne Meese Academy was established out of a need within the community to build capacity, serve as an informational resource and act as a catalyst to encourage stronger collaboration among nonprofit organizations.

How can my organization get involved?

Organizations may apply to become participants of The Osborne Meese Academy. In 2022-23, the Foundation will host the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's highly regarded Fund Raising School in Mansfield. Participants will receive their Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) through a four-course curriculum.

There is a 12-day commitment over a two-year period. All classes will be held at Mid Ohio Educational Service Center, 890 West Fourth Street, Mansfield. 

March 14-17, 2022 Principles and Techniques of Fundraising

September 21-22, 2022 Development Annual Sustainability

March 2023 TBD Developing Major Gifts

September 2023 TBD Managing the Capital Campaign


What is the cost to participate?

The cost to participate is $1,000 per person, per year. 


What are the expected outcomes of the program?

The goals of The Osborne Meese Academy are:
Develop sustainable organizations to be ready to meet community needs
Strengthen executive leaders and governing bodies
Increase knowledge about and implementation of nonprofit governance and organizational effectiveness  

For more information call 419-525-3020 or email Senior Community Investment Officer Allie Watson


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