We Are Very Grateful To You ALL

July 2022

“Summertime is ‘now’ time. Spring and winter look ahead, autumn looks back, but summer is most at home in the here and now.”

-Marv and Nancy Hiles, An Almanac for the Soul

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Connect to a Cause 2022

Save the Date

Get ready for Connect to a Cause 2022! This year we have 74 participating non-profit organizations, and we need YOUR help to support these fantastic organizations.

Help increase awareness and impact by becoming a Business Champion or promoting Connect to a Cause out in our Lorain County community. Please contact Laura Malone or Brittany Lovett for more information.

Check out the participating organizations below!

2021 Annual Report

Celebrating Youth and Education

A special Thank You to our community!

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Power of Giving

Giving by the Numbers

Its research, conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, estimates all giving to all charitable organizations across the United States. This report is full of fascinating data, and I always learn something new each year.

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Grants Story

Oberlin Community Land Trust

The Community Land Trusts grew out of the southern civil rights movement as a tool for establishing a new form of land tenure for black farmers and their families. Black farmers pioneered the model, spreading across the country as communities realized its potential for preserving access to land over many generations. Today, there are more than 225 community land trusts in America. In 2002, the California Community Foundation established a land trust when homeownership became out-of-reach for low to moderate-income residents.

The Oberlin Community Land Trust is an all-volunteer-based non-profit working to provide affordable housing for families and seniors. In 2018, the Community Foundation of Lorain County provided seed funding to the Oberlin Community Land Trust (OCLT). Through the support of many donors, foundations, and the Finance Fund, OCLT is completing the rehab of a single-family home.

The cost of home ownership is increasingly unaffordable for first-time homebuyers, and the OCLT has secured a program-related investment loan to provide the down payment to make the home more affordable through shared equity. The organization is working with El Centro to promote the home to individuals attending HUD housing training and hopes to have a qualified buyer soon. The Oberlin Community Land Trust home is in the southeast quadrant of Oberlin, facing Concord Manor, a subsidized apartment building for seniors. Neighbors are relieved to see this long-vacant house rehabbed, which will stabilize the neighborhood's safety and increase Oberlin's economic tax base.

The Oberlin Community Land Trust is an excellent example of how philanthropic investment impacts the community's health, safety, and viability.

To receive more information, visit Oberlin Community Land Trust.

Residential Engagement

Join Us on July 21st in-person for

Network Night!

Network Night will take place on

July 21st from 6 pm - 8 pm at

Harrison Cultural Centre

Network Night is designed to nurture connections, build trust and inspire action. Whether you have an idea that you want to move forward or you simply want to stay connected, Network Night is a great place to start. All are welcome to join.

Register Today

If you have questions about ioby or Network Night, contact our Community Engagement Fellow, Miyah Byers, at or 440.984.7390.

County-wide ioby opportunity

Do you need cash for a community project?

The Lorain County Match Fund is for you!

The Fund is now extended to ALL of Lorain County!

SHEroes: Night of a Million Pieces

Thank You for YOUR support!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Women’s Fund SHEroes: Night of a Million Pieces event. The Women’s Fund collected over 25K pieces of period supplies that will be donated to our community. If you would like to support the Change the Cycle infinitive, email the Women’s Fund at or call 440.984.7390.

Non-profit Opportunities

Non-profit Finances and The Role of the Board

Join us on Friday, August 5th from 9- 11 am at the North Ridgeville Library as we partner with BVU for a non-profit financial seminar. This in-person seminar will feature Pam Lebold of Maloney & Novotny, LLC and a panel of Lorain-based non-profit organizations executives. Topics covered during this include a deep dive into the Role of the Board when it comes to financial reporting, 990s, and risk assessments.

Register Today

If you have questions about this event, contact us at or 440.984.7390.

Upcoming Events

Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows

Women's Leadership Network

Racial Equity Institute Phase I Training

Email to RSVP or for more details.

Out in the Community

Philanthropic Connection

Fore! Equity Golf Outing

Take a Break and WALK!

Grant Opportunities

Open Grant Applications

We are now accepting grant applications for:

We work tirelessly with our donors, our partners, and friends to make Lorain County the best and strongest it can be. Endowments built by you, our community, make all of this possible. The Community Foundation wisely invests its endowment assets, and a percentage of those earnings provides sustainable support through grants and scholarships for our community.

Connecting People Who Care
With Causes That Matter