We Are Very Grateful To You ALL
“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
It is hard to believe it is already the middle of summer. Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the achievements and promises of our community’s young people with the National Teacher of the Year, Mr. Kurt Russell, at our Annual Meeting. Be sure to check out the photos of this fabulous event here. My heart is full of the inspiration and generosity that was on full display from our Lorain County community. From the members of our Youth Fund that greeted guests to the non-profits and educational organizations that shared their resources and information to all of you who joined us, we are very grateful to you all.
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
Join the Conversations!
Explore our 2021 Annual Report. Read grant stories, see our affiliate funds’ impact on our community, and much more!
Celebrating Youth and Education
A special Thank You to our community!
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Power of Giving
Giving by the Numbers
This time of year is one of my favorites, but not for the reasons you may think. Sure, the weather is excellent, and my girls enjoy more time outside in their wading pool. However, what I love most about this time of year is that this is when the new giving data hits. The Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy is the nation’s longest-running, most comprehensive report on charitable giving trends.
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.
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.
Join Us on July 21st in-person for
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.
If you have questions about ioby or Network Night, contact our Community Engagement Fellow, Miyah Byers, at email@example.com 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!
APPLY: Submit your project or idea to ioby.org/Lorain.
CONNECT: If your application is eligible for the match fund, a staff member at ioby will connect with you in 3-5 business days to discuss the next steps.
CROWDFUND: Share your project widely and work with your community and ioby to meet your fundraising goal!
MATCH: Community Foundation matches what you raise up to $1,000.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440.984.7390.
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.
If you have questions about this event, contact us at email@example.com or 440.984.7390.
Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows
Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is a free, public contemporary art exhibition comprising artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs that takes place across Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin every three years. Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows will run from July 16 through October 2, 2022.
Visit www.frontart.org/GO for a list of venues, including Oberlin at The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA), and The Feve.
Women's Leadership Network
Join us at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 11, at the beautiful Sunset Terrace in Lakeview Park to enjoy an evening of connecting with women leaders and to view and discuss a thought-provoking presentation by Austin Channing Brown.
Racial Equity Institute Phase I Training
Are you interested in learning more about racism? Join us for Racial Equity Institute virtual training on September 6th & 7th.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more details.
Out in the Community
Jamie and Cindy had the opportunity to attend The City Club of Cleveland: Cleveland’s Next Era of Philanthropy featuring Tony Richardson. President of The George Gund Foundation, and moderated by Evelyn Burnett, Co-Founder and Partner, ThirdSpace Action Lab and Third Space Cafe.
Fore! Equity Golf Outing
Cindy teed up at the YWCA Fore! Equity Golf Outing.
Take a Break and WALK!
A new study finds that five-minute walks throughout the workday can lift moods, reduce lethargy and improve overall health, reports the New York Times. Lynn, Miyah, Angie, and the entire Community Foundation staff have been walking all summer. Care to join us?
Open Grant Applications
Community Foundation has various funding opportunities for non-profit organizations that serve Lorain County residents in Arts and Culture, Education and Youth Development, Health and Human Services, and Strengthening Lorain County.
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