Ohio Philanthropy News - May 14, 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021

Barberton Mayor William Judge assembled an American Rescue Plan panel with the Barberton Community Foundation, the Barberton Community Development Corp., Barberton schools and administrators of various city departments.
The Richland Source’s Report for America position is fully funded for two years thanks to grants from the Ashland County Community Foundation, The Innovation Fund, Bill and Polly Chandler and an anonymous benefactor in Knox County.
The Mr. and Mrs. William Block, Jr. Scholarship, administered by the Greater Toledo Community Foundation, selected twenty area high school graduates for funding toward their tuition to local colleges and universities.
The Greater Oxford Community Foundation joined the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.
Helen Williams, who heads education efforts for The Cleveland Foundation, commented on the college enrollment rates during the pandemic.
The Children's Theater of Cincinnati announced the KeyBank Internship for Diverse Arts Administrators thanks to funding from the KeyBank Foundation.
Ann Mullin was promoted to associate director at The George Gund Foundation.  
Defiance Area Foundation donated to the fast pitch softball program.
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s Cause Connector raised more than $245K for 88 projects in Appalachian Ohio.
The Community Foundation of Lorain County partnered with In Our Backyards to engage residents in neighborhood fundraisers.
A resident donated approximately $875 to the Marietta Community Foundation to fund the participation of 35 local children in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program for one year.
The Erie County Community Foundation and the Huron Playhouse Fund for the Arts provided grants for the outdoor chamber music shows.
A new collaborative arts alliance, formed between Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Arts Cleveland, and the Arts and Culture Action Committee, with support from The Cleveland Foundation and The George Gund Foundation, will focus on an ambitious advocacy, cultural policy agenda and racial equity initiatives.
The J.W. & M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation awarded nearly $1.6M in grants.

Marion Technical College’s new campus opened thanks to a grant from the Marion Community Foundation.
Portage Foundation awarded 51 scholarships to high school students.
The Community Foundation of Shelby County awarded more than $49.5K to local organizations during its spring community grants cycle.
The owners of the Cleveland Browns, the Haslam family, was honored by the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio.

Richland County Foundation representing the Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation and Fund, as well as the John P. Gross Fund in memory of Melodie Gross gave grants for the new lights at Mansfield Playhouse.
Lima neighborhoods could get a facelift thanks to a new privately funded revitalization initiative that will be distributed through the Lima Community Foundation.
The Bath Community Fund of the Akron Community Foundation awarded $600 to the Victim Assistance Program for the purchase of 350 notebooks and pens.
Stark Community Foundation elected a new board chair and vice chair.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awarded grants to fund efforts in agriculture-related programming.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati is launching a second round of Black Empowerment Works grants.
Using a $25K emergency grant from United Way of Central Ohio, the district placed eight temporary sinks and 12 portable restrooms downtown.

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