June  2021

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
- Maya Angelou 


As I sit down to write this, I am still savoring the joy I felt while celebrating our annual meeting with so many of you. It was a chance to recognize and honor our Affiliate Funds and the Community Impact Award recipients, our 2021 Jim Doughman Community Service Award recipient Catherine Woskobnick, and all our community partners that work diligently to foster a healthy community every day.  

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2021-2022 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to all of our 2021 scholarship recipients. On June 23rd, we honored students and their families during our Drive-Thru Celebration. We awarded 148 scholarships to 72 new students and 76 students receiving renewals, totaling $415K in the competitive scholarship process. 

Since its inception over 40 years ago, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $9M in scholarships. We are proud of this number; the need for affordable, attainable education is immense. You can donate (any amount!) to a scholarship fund, create a scholarship fund of your own, sign-up to be a mentor, or share an idea with us on how we can creatively address the need in our community.
View more photos on our Facebook page. 
Lorain County Scholars Connect

The launch of a county-wide mentoring program

Much more than a directory,  Lorain County Scholars Connect is a space for students and professionals to connect. This platform is designed to create connections, promote engagement, and stimulate growth within our community.

Business professionals, community volunteers, and other educators give back to the community by offering mentorship and advice to those just starting their career journey.  Likewise, those established in their career can network with other professionals and learn about opportunities to better themselves, strengthen their skills, and generate partnerships with other companies or organizations.

Join Lorain County Scholars Connect

Lorain County Scholars Connect is open to those interested in being a mentor, a person who wants to help college students and career-minded individuals, and mentees who seek guidance, connections, or insight into professional opportunities. 

Lorain County Scholars Connect is an extension of you. Together, we can continue to strengthen and grow our community.


Miyah Byers, Community Engagement Fellow

Join us in welcoming Miyah, our Community Engagement Fellow, to the Community Foundation. Miyah is a graduate of Oberlin College and is dedicated to uniting our community. 

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Cole Thompson, Leadership Lorain County Intern

Join us in welcoming Cole, our Leadership Lorain County Summer Intern, to the Community Foundation. Cole is a rising third-year student at Baldwin Wallace University and is excited to help connect the community. 

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July Community Grants

Our July Community Grants offers general operating and special project support for non-profit organizations serving Lorain County residents in four main program areas: Arts & Culture, Health & Human Services, Education & Youth Development, and Strengthening Lorain County.


Application Deadline: July 1
Board Decision: Late December

Annual Meeting Recape
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Annual Meeting on June 16th.  
Congratulations to all the award recipients. 
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Check out the Annual Meeting Video!
Residential Engagement 
Lorain Match Fund

In Our Backyard (ioby)

The Community Foundation of Lorain County has partnered with ioby (In Our Backyard) to bring residential engagement opportunities to Lorain County. The Lorain Match Fund supports residents (like you!) to bring their ideas for positive change in their community to life. Volunteer-led projects and small grassroots groups can receive one-on-one fundraising coaching, fiscal sponsorship, and dollar-for-dollar matching funds up to $500 on their ioby crowdfunding campaign supporting projects within these three Lorain zip codes: 44052, 44053, and 44055.


We welcome all Lorain County projects, but we have a special match for projects taking place in the City of Lorain.

Visit to get started and double your dollars!

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If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Linda Styer at or 440.984.7390. 

The Power of Giving

Giving is Good for Business!

Last September, we hosted the inaugural Connect to a Cause, a 12-hour crowdfunding campaign that raised $148,610 for Lorain County non-profits. A true bright spot of 2020, the event included over 1,000 individuals and companies donating money to 56 non-profit organizations. We are excited to build on this momentum with our upcoming Connect to a Cause event on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

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Upcoming Events
Join the Women's Fund

A Night to Shine for SHEroes
Thursday, July 15, at 5:00 pm

On the patio at Parker’s Grille & Tavern  
32858 Walker Road, Avon Lake
Tickets $20 * Casual Attire

Celebrate the strength and perseverance of Lorain County women by attending the Women’s Fund third annual SHEroes event. In honor of the Women’s Fund’s 30th Anniversary, proceeds from the event will support the new Lorain County Women’s Scholarship Fund.
Purchase a ticket

Your $20 event ticket includes:

  • Selection of delicious hors d’oeuvres
  • One drink ticket
  • Swag bag featuring Lorain County women-owned businesses
  • One raffle ticket for our Gift Auction
  • Presentation by Katie Krueger, Shelter Advocate for Lorain County Safe Harbor Genesis House, regarding Period Poverty — what is it and how can we help?
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Missy Timko at or 440.984.7390. 
Help Our Community


There are 9,017 Lorain County children depending on you!

$45K is the amount the Lorain County Imagination Library needs to raise by June 30th to meet their 2020-2021 fundraising goal! Please be 1 of the 1,800 who donate $25 (or more)! 9,017 is the number of registered children in Lorain County receiving books monthly from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

1 child = $25

10 children = $250

100 children = $2500

(A $25 gift provides books for 1 child per year.)

Donate Today!

Lorain County Imagination Library (LCIL) was established to increase children’s access to print materials, promote kindergarten readiness, and encourage parents to read to their children every day. LCIL is open to any child (birth to age five) living in Lorain County. Once enrolled, children receive one book mailed directly to their homes monthly. Each book is selected for the developmental benefits it brings and for fun.

LCIL and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) are equal partners in bringing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Lorain County children.

Non-profit Resources

Non-profit Webinars

With the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Candid knows it’s a challenging time for everyone. To prioritize the safety and health of the community during this time, Candid has shifted many in-person programs to an online format. Learn more about new training and resources that can support your work during COVID-19.

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Business Volunteer Unlimted

Non-profit Resources

Our partners at Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU)are working hard to identify and curate useful resources for our local non-profit. There are updates daily at the  BVU Resource Center with useful articles, webinars, and other information. Topics addressed include fundraising, disaster relief, management, human resources, professional development, and more.

We are now accepting grant applications for:                                        Due by:
Lakeland Mini-grants
Community Grant 
Monthly Deadline
July 1

Visit Lorain County Public Health for a Vaccine locations.

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 the assets of its endowment, and a percentage of those earnings provides sustainable support through grants and scholarships for our community.

Connecting People Who Care
With Causes That Matter

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