Ohio Philanthropy News - September 4, 2020

Friday, September 4, 2020

The Browns delivered a social justice message prior to practice at FirstEnergy Stadium, including a focus on expanding the work of the Cleveland Browns Foundation by improving resource equity and closing the digital divide.
The Waterville Community Foundation and the Greater Toledo Community Foundation approved a $6K grant from the Katherine R. Smith Fund for Abused Children.
The Scioto Foundation awarded Main Street Portsmouth $60K to construct an outdoor physical fitness park on the Portsmouth riverfront as part of the Rethinking Downtown Portsmouth Grant Initiative.
Stambaugh Auditorium received a $10K grant from the Warren P. Williamson Jr. Fund of The Youngstown Foundation to support its monumental staircase and facade restoration project.
All pet adoptions at the Clark County Dog Shelter will be $22 due to a donation from the Springfield Foundation.

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and the AEP Ohio Foundation awarded more than $40K to support nonprofit and public organizations working to expand community WIFI access points in communities across Appalachian Ohio.
Clark State Community College Foundation Scholars program received a $10K donation from Huntington National Bank.
A $1K grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation will pay for two local concerts.
Cincinnati Bell, Cincinnati Public Schools, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and ComputerXpress partnered with several organizations to help thousands of K-12 public school students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky access low-cost internet connectivity at home.
CFRE International announced that Lisa Workman, President of The Community Foundation for Crawford County, recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

The Bryan Area Foundation achieved a major milestone, awarding over $1M in grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations in the community in a single year.
KeyBank Foundation provided a $75K grant for "Remote Learning Concierge Program" to help college students succeed.
Ohio Association of Foodbanks received a pork donation from Hartford Fair youth.
The president and CEO of the Columbus Foundation has seen record gift-giving since the pandemic set in.
The Cleveland Foundation created a $2.5M Black Futures Fund to strengthen Black-led social change organizations.
Clinton County Foundation — ‘trusted friend to donors and nonprofits’ — debuts new office.

Lit Youngstown, a literary arts nonprofit with programs for writers, readers and storytellers, received a $3K Ohio Arts Council grant.
Talawanda School District and St. Mary Church guarantee students school meals despite online learning with funding from the Kiwanis Club, United Way, the Oxford Community Foundation, donations from St. Mary’s parish and others.
Hamilton community center prepares to serve hybrid, online students with support from the Butler County United Way, the Hamilton Community Foundation, Hamilton Rotary Club and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation through the COVID-19 Regional Recovery Fund.
Knox County Foundation awards more than $120K in grant funding in August.
Coshocton Foundation’s Leadership Coshocton County 2021 class named.
Barberton Community Foundation announced their annual award winners.

The Lorain Palace Theater has been able to stay afloat thanks to The Nord Family Foundation and the Community Foundation for Lorain County.
Richland County Foundation awards $61K in grants to local teachers.
Marion Community Foundation announces teaching grants.
Marietta Community Foundation is halfway through their fundraising campaign.
Licking County Foundation donor profile: Licking County Aging Program Foundation Fund.
Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund launches $3M phase 2.
GreenLight Fund Cincinnati named Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer executive director.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati raised $11M and exceeded the summer fundraising goal.

Social Venture Partners Cleveland named Abigail Westbrook as executive director.
Dora Anim, chief operating officer for the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, noted paid-leave policies are a win-win for employers in a conversation with Ohio policy experts, business leaders and parents who are calling on Congress to create permanent paid-leave policies that will support working families through the pandemic and beyond.
Krile Communications and The Fairfield County Foundation, two impassioned local changemakers, developed the Fairfield County Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment Fund.
The Akron Zoo and Akron Public School teamed up to distribute backpacks thanks to donations from Dominion Foundation, Giant Eagle, Proctor and Gamble, JoAnn Fabrics, Metro RTA, Akron Community Foundation Community Response Fund, Metro by T-Mobile, PNC and Summit County Children Services.
The Community West Foundation formed a partnership with Common Threads Thrift Store in Fairview Park to be the drop-off point to accept all donations of items for SocksPLUS.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland announced that Keith Libman is the 2020 recipient of the Gries Family Award in recognition of his lasting impact on Cleveland's Jewish and general communities.
Akron Community Foundation’s Women’s Endowment Fund will honor local Black female artists.
Columbia Gas announced Hunger Action Month partnerships.
Norwalk Area United Fund aims to improve quality of life in northern Huron County.
Tuscarawas County Community Foundation awarded grants.

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