Morning Rotary Support 10 Kids Through MCF’s Imagination Library

From Left to Right:  Mason Beuhring, Maureen Kertes, Heather Allender

From Left to Right: Mason Beuhring, Maureen Kertes, Heather Allender

Marietta, OH – As a local affiliate to the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Marietta Community Foundation has a vision of improving early childhood developmental milestones across Washington County.

For the past several months, the Foundation’s staff has been traveling to various social groups in the area to share their mission and garner support.

On Friday, October 4th, the Foundation presented this program to the Rotary Club of Marietta - Morning. The presentation included how the Foundation came to be the Washington County affiliate of the Imagination Library, research that shows exposure to books at a young age is instrumental in early childhood development, and current updates that will help the Foundation in their mission.

According to a study cited in the presentation, the greatest way to improve reading achievement in children is to give them access to print. Another study showed that children who are read to more than three times a week are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25 percentile in reading than children who are read to less than three times a week.

After the presentation concluded, Morning Rotary members pledged $1,250 in support of this program. This gift will support ten children for their full-term of eligibility.

“Literacy is of great importance to Morning Rotary,” said Maureen Kertes, President of Rotary Club of Marietta - Morning. “We are proud to support this program and we look forward to helping our local children achieve developmental milestones.”

The Imagination Library Program is a book gifting program to children from ages birth to five years old. For $25 per year, registered children receive one book in the mail each month. If a child is registered in the program for the full-term of eligibility, the cost is $125, spread over five years, and equates to a total of 60 books.

“Children registered with us receive a high-quality book in the mail each month,” said Heather Allender, President & CEO of the Foundation. “And, what is really neat about this program, is that these books come addressed to the child. Which is a big deal, especially if they aren’t able to receive new things very often.”

If you know a child, ages birth to five years old, in Washington County that isn’t registered through the Foundation, please contact Britani Merritt at 740-373-3286 or britani@mcfohio.org.

MCF Welcomes Ryan Robinson to Board

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Washington County, OH – Marietta Community Foundation welcomes Ryan Robinson to their Board of Directors.

“I look forward to giving back to the community that shaped my childhood, development, and character,” said Robinson. “This community gave me the foundation and opportunity to be successful and I would like to help give others, especially those less fortunate, similar opportunities for their future.” 

Robinson is the Chief Financial Officer at HG Energy, LLC in Parkersburg, W. Va. He has a strong background in energy and finance, specializing in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions. He originally graduated in 1999 from the Untied States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY with a B.S. in Marine Transportation. After the Academy, he went on to attend the Red McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin from 2005 to 2007, completing an MBA in Energy Finance.  

The Robinson family has a long history of service to this community. Harry Robinson, Ryan’s grandfather, was instrumental in the creation of Marietta’s biggest attraction, The Sternwheel Festival. Ryan’s father, Doug Robinson, served two consecutive five-year terms, with his last term ending in December of 2018. Now, just one year later, Ryan gets to pick up where his father left off.

“I have served the Foundation for over twelve years now,” said Heather Allender. “For ten of those years, I was able to learn from and work with Doug, so I am excited to see the Robinson legacy continue through another generation.”

Previously, the Foundation announced that Inez Bowie, CPA, CSEP, Senior Manager at the Marietta branch of Rea & Associates, would be joining the Foundation’s Board of Directors. However, in an effort to maintain community trust and avoid a conflict of interest, for both the Foundation and Rea & Associates, Bowie decided to step down from her newly appointed position.

“I am disappointed that I will not be able to stay on the board,” said Bowie, “but we [Rea & Associates and the Foundation] saw a potential conflict that needed to be addressed. I look forward to assisting the Foundation through our services, but I will not be able to serve as a board member at this time.”

Rea & Associates offers several services to the Foundation, including audits. Though initially no potential conflict was recognized, after further review the two organizations realized the perception of potential conflict could have left them open to scrutiny.

“We realized there would be a potential conflict after Inez had already joined the board,” said Heather Allender, President & CEO of the Foundation. “Though we would have benefitted from her expertise, we have to make sure we operate with best practices in mind… we want to uphold the trust of our donors and the rest of the community.”

Once the Board of Directors was notified that the position needed to be filled once again, several members immediately responded that they felt Ryan Robinson would be a great fit.

On Thursday, October 3rd, the Foundation’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to have Robinson join in their mission of serving Washington County.

“We are going to continue to grow MCF’s reach and size, as well as, identify and address new and growing areas of concern within the community,” said Robinson. 

Marietta Community Foundation works to improve Washington County through grants and initiatives, if you are interested in learning more about their efforts, please contact Heather Allender at 740-373-3286 or heather@mcfohio.org.

 

Meet the Staff - Heather Allender

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Twelve years ago, Heather Allender, President & CEO of Marietta Community Foundation, began her career at the Foundation. In celebration of this milestone, we are taking a break from our “Meet the Board” series and putting Heather in the hot-seat to learn about her 12-year, professional development.

 

Mason Beuhring: So, Heather, before embarking on a 12-year (and counting) career in the nonprofit field, who were you and what did you do?

Heather Allender: I grew up in Meigs County, Ohio. Through high school, I worked on a farm pulling corn and picking tomatoes. I like to think I’m a hard worker. I didn’t grow up with a lot of money at my disposal and, because of that, I understand all sides of philanthropy. I can sympathize with the needs people face, because of my experiences. Which makes me better at my job here at the Foundation.

My mom valued community service and encouraged me to volunteer with her, always bringing me along. It seemed like we were helping out with something every weekend; projects with the local Lions Club, food pantries, fundraising events, etc. The majority of my volunteer time was with the food pantry operated by our church.

MB: Did that experience serve as a precursor to your involvement with nonprofits?

HA: Yes, out of high school I served a year as an AmeriCorp VISTA for a nonprofit called Appalachian Nutrition Network. There I worked on the other side of grant-making.

In my current role at the Foundation, I get to give out money, but back then I was asking for money.

MB: In that position did you ever interact with Marietta Community Foundation?

HA: Our office was actually right across the hall from the Foundation, we were located in the Putnam Commons. Jim Couts, who started Appalachian Nutrition Network, had also served on the Board of Directors for the Foundation at one time.

Some of my very first grant applications were actually submitted to the Foundation for consideration.

MB: How did you get involved with the Foundation?

HA: After my AmeriCorp VISTA position ended, I returned to school, attending Marietta College. I caught wind that the Foundation was adding a part-time assistant position, so I applied. Just a month prior, Jack Moberg had retired and Bill Thompson stepped into his role. Hiring me was one of his first actions as President & CEO.

About a year in, there was an opening for the full-time Office Manager position and Bill approached me with an offer. Bill saw something in me and believed I could take the Foundation to the next level.

It was one of those big moments in life where you’re kind of at a crossroads. I was going to Marietta College for Psychology and my ultimate goal was to do research. So do I continue with my education? Or, do I take a risk and accept the position?

After giving it a lot of thought, I decided to take the risk and accept the offer.

MB: What was it like working with Bill Thompson?

HA: I was really fortunate to have Bill as a mentor. He was honest and blunt, with a very unique sense of humor, which I really appreciated. His son Andy has the same sense of humor and always makes me think of Bill.

He could also write so well! He helped me develop my own writing and communication skills.

As a young person just beginning my career, I was lucky to have someone like Bill guide me along the way, teaching me how to be a ‘professional’. I truly treasure the relationship I formed with Bill and even his family over the years.

MB: Did you face any challenges when you took on your full-time position?

HA: Absolutely, I didn’t know what I was doing! So, I would work 12 hours a day learning everything that I could… I gave it 110 percent.

There were so many people who helped me along the way, too. I developed close relationships with Trina Cummings and Tina Weckbacher, from Peoples Bank. I’d reach out to them, begging for their help. They would actually come over to our office, sit down with me, and teach me how these different processes worked.

The people at Rea & Associates, helped me out a lot too. They actually had me come to their office, they sat me at a computer and showed me how to fill out the 990 tax forms for that year.

I learned so much, and through that, I was able able to pinpoint things we were doing inefficiently. Information wasn’t easily accessible and we used outdated processes. So I took on the task of bringing us into a more modern and efficient workflow.

If you look at how the Foundation operated from when I first started to how it is today, it’s completely different.

MB: When did you move into the President & CEO position?

HA: After Bill retired, for the second time, the board asked Carol Wharff to come back and fill the role. Carol had been in the position years before and she had continued to do some contract work for us. For a while, it was just Carol and me until she retired.

That’s when I ended up taking the position. I hired Britani and several years later we brought you in as our third, full-time staffer.

MB: I’m glad you did! Speaking of which, what are your thoughts on the growth we’ve been experiencing these past few years?

HA: It’s exciting! We’ve hit a lot of milestones these past couple of years, but there is still more to do. I’m happy with where we are at, but I’m not satisfied because I know there’s a lot more to accomplish.

MB: What is one thing you would like people to know about the Foundation?

HA: How easy it is to create a legacy. I think people get intimidated, but that shouldn’t be the case. Once people come through our door to set-up a fund they are finished in around half-an-hour. That half-an-hour ends up changing peoples lives for a long time after.

MB: What is your favorite aspect of your role as President & CEO of Marietta Community Foundation?

HA: I like sitting with donors and guiding them through our process. A lot of people don’t know what they want to do, but they know they want to do something. I like helping them find a solution by connecting them to different causes, organizations, and/or projects in the community.

MB: So, for 40 hours a week I get to see the “hard-working Heather,” but what do you like to do in your downtime when you’re not in the office?

HA: I’m a major movie and TV buff, even though I hate to admit how much time I spend just watching TV. I haven’t been able to watch as much lately though, with my 18 month-old son running around. He has certainly gotten my husband and me outside more.

MB: Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap-up?

HA: I would just say that one of the best parts of the job are the relationships I’ve built throughout the years. I have gotten to work with so many professional, successful, and outstanding business people who have served on our Board.

MB: Well, Heather, thank you, but I should probably get back to work before I get into hot water with my boss!

HA: In this case, I think you’re safe!

Washington County Highlights - Barlow-Vincent

Marietta Community Foundation has had the privilege of serving Barlow-Vincent for 45 years! Currently, the Foundation supports the Western Washington County Food Pantry through MCF Dominion Resources Food Pantry Fund and manages the David C. Barrett Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, Anna Laura Masters Memorial Scholarship Fund, WELA Scholarship Fund, Warren Local Schools Activities Fund, and Warren Local Schools Technology Fund.

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MARIETTA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HAS HELPED SUPPORT:

  • Light installation and power enhancements at Barlow Fairgrounds

  • Funding for a new playground for Warren Elementary School

  • Funding of building materials for a home in Barlow, built by Habitat For Humanity of the MOV

  • Renovations to Barlow Fairgrounds Community Center

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Washington County, OH – Adaptability is one of the strongest traits for any organization or individual. Phrases such as “this is how it has always been done” or “we’ve always done it this way,” can hinder our growth. Though there is comfort in consistency, when a problem is identified organizations must find creative solutions to remain effective and efficient.

Marietta Community Foundation is excited to announce that we will be changing this year’s “Grant Your Grant Challenge” sponsored by Superior Toyota and other local businesses. For the past four years, the contest has taken the form of a social media contest, where local nonprofits compete for funding through gaining “likes” and “shares.” However, it has become evident that this approach is not accomplishing the goals of the Foundation.

“We want there to be more nonprofit involvement,” said Heather Allender, President & CEO of Marietta Community Foundation. “We realized the old model for this contest isolated some of the smaller nonprofits in the area and actually discouraged them from participating. So we came up with a new idea that is sure to be more fun and interactive.”

To even the playing field, the Foundation Staff and the Grant Your Grant Subcommittee, are implementing a new idea that is sure to rejuvenate involvement and pique the community’s interest.

On November 16th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., local nonprofit organizations, affiliated with the Foundation, will compete in photo/video challenges throughout Marietta. Each nonprofit will be represented by a single team of 3-4 members There will be approximately 50 challenges, with point values being determined by level of difficulty. Teams will have to work together to form a strategy: either accomplish as many of the smaller tasks as they can, go after the higher point values, or a mixture of both.

“This new take on the Grant Your Grant Contest has my curiosity piqued,” said Dr. Tasha Werry, Executive Director at Building Bridges to Careers. “The capacity to keep up a social media campaign for an extended period of time is daunting. Being able to participate all in one day will be so much easier.”

Teams will post their pictures and videos to the Foundation’s Facebook page, where points will be tracked and totaled. The top teams will take home grand prizes totaling at least $10,000, which has been donated by the Grant Your Grant Challenge’s lead sponsor, Superior Toyota. The total amount awarded will increase as other corporate sponsors pledge support.

“We are excited to continue as lead sponsors of this event,” said Tommy Hathaway, General Manager at Superior Toyota. “We love giving back to the community, and we are excited by the new direction for the event.”

If you are not involved in a local nonprofit, the Foundation still invites you to walk around Downtown Marietta during the time of the event… some of the challenges may have you participating!

Marietta Community Foundation supports many causes focused on assisting local nonprofits, if you are interested in partnering with one of these projects, please contact Heather Allender at 740-373-3286 or heather@mcfohio.org.

Meet the Board - Ryan Elliott

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Mason Beuhring, Communications & Program Services Director at Marietta Community Foundation, sits down with Ryan Elliott, member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, to get to know this prominent community member.

Mason Beuhring: How did you get started in your current profession as a Wealth Management Advisor for Northwestern Mutual?

Ryan Elliott: I attended The Ohio State University, majoring in Chemical Engineering. After completing an internship at a plant, I determined that wasn’t the best fit for me and switched to Industrial Systems Engineering. I ended up taking an Accounting course and really liked it. Again, I realized Engineering wasn’t for me and made a final switch to a degree in Accounting.

I worked a busy season with a public accounting firm and was offered a job, but I was hesitant. That’s when someone suggested that I become a Financial Advisor. I came back to Marietta and interviewed with a [Northwestern Mutual] guy in Charleston that a few of my friends had connections with. Now I‘ve been doing this for 19 years.

MB: You mentioned that you came back to Marietta, are you originally from here?

RE: Yes, I’m originally from Marietta, graduating from Marietta High School in 1995. After I graduated college, I decided that Columbus was nice, but I like the smaller town feel.

I thought about the connections I had back home and figured it might be easier to establish my career here… and it has been.

MB: What are some hobbies that you enjoy when you aren’t in the office?

RE: I have four daughters, three of whom have played soccer at some point, and one that plays basketball. When I’m not coaching my daughters’ teams, I like to go out on our boat or enjoy a round of golf. That’s about the extent of any hobbies that I have time for right now.

MB: You mentioned you coach soccer and basketball for your daughters, did you grow up playing sports?

RE: I played soccer through 6th grade, but focused more on football. In high school I suffered several concussions and made the switch to golf. But, I feel like I can coach any sport, because I enjoy coaching.

MB: I’m going to change directions because I want to know how you got involved with the Foundation?

RE: John and Carol Wharff are friends with my parents and once, while they were visting, Carol suggested I get involved with some type of fund.

At the time I was single, with no kids, not a lot of money, but I had a few life insurance policies. She told me about the 1788 Legacy Society, and I happily joined. “If I died, I still want to help someone,” so I thought joining the Legacy Society was a good way to fulfill that goal.

*The 1788 Legacy Society is for charitable individuals who have named the Foundation in their estate plans.

About four years ago I was asked to join the Foundation’s Finance Committee, and this past year I joined the full Board of Directors.  

I believe in what we do here at the Foundation and I love our town, so I’m thrilled to be in this position.

MB: You started your term on the board at the same time I was hired on, which was back in December. What has been your overall impression since starting in your new role?

RE: I didn’t realize how many nonprofit organizations the Foundation has helped fund and how much the Foundation currently accomplishes in Washington County. This has given me even more assurance that our organization is meeting its mission.

We exercise thorough due diligence when we give out grants, ensuring that the resources will be applied appropriately by sustainable organizations. I feel confident telling my clients who want to give charitably, that the Foundation is a place where it will be used wisely. Here at the Foundation, you can leverage what you’re giving and multiply it.

I was a bit naive at first, thinking that everyone establishes funds and that’s all there is, but there really is so much more.

MB: What is one aspect of the Foundation that you specifically enjoy?

RE: Learning about how the grant process works has been the most exciting. I’m a big believer of trying to find more resources for the unrestricted funds. I think it is great to have restricted funds, but because of how well we manage money for the grant process, it gave me more confidence in how we operate.

MB: Ryan, thank you for taking a moment to speak with me.

RE: No problem at all.

Washington County Highlights - Waterford

Marietta Community Foundation has had the privilege of serving Waterford for 45 years! Currently, the Foundation supports the Beverly-Waterford Food Pantry through MCF Dominion Resources Food Pantry Fund and manages the Beverly-Waterford Community Pool Fund. We look forward to continuing this service for a long time to come.

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MARIETTA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HAS RECENTLY HELPED SUPPORT:

  • Palmer Township Community Playground

    • Funded through Washington County Fund for Parks & Recreation

    • Replaced outdated equipment

    • Located next to Palmer Township Community Building in Waterford

Legacies Live Forever: The Pfaff Family

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Marietta, OH –While we live in a world made of materials, it is the immaterial qualities that we often hold most dear. Memories comprise some of the most precious resources in our lives because memories hold the key to our stories, they bind us together with loved ones, and they preserve our legacies for generations.

Before David Pfaff passed away in early May of this year, he had the opportunity to create one last memory with one of the people who meant the most to him, his son, Alex.

In 1959, David was wedded to his bride, Gisela Pfaff, a German native. The ceremony took place in Petersburg-Fulda, a central German settlement, but soon after, the two newlyweds relocated over 4,000 miles away to David’s home town, Marietta, OH.

Family played an important role to David and Gisela. Almost a year after their international union, the couple celebrated the birth of their first son Christopher. Just two years after, the Pfaff family welcomed another member into the world, their son Alex.

Both David and Gisela valued community engagement. They each served with multiple organizations in Washington County, building strong relationships and leaving great impressions on anyone who met them.

The couple actively served at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Gisela was also a part of the German Women’s Club and had a strong passion for gardening. David was involved with the American Union Lodge #1 F&AM, Aladdin Shrine, Marietta Shrine Club, and American Legion Post #64.

Fellow Shriner, Tag Wetz, described David as a “jolly-fella, well-liked by everyone who met him.”

David was a devoted salesman for Asphalt Materials, a company who distributes products for asphalt projects. As his skills in sales grew, so did his earnings. Instead of focusing on material gains, David began to look to the long-term. He took his earnings and started creating trusts for his grandchildren and giving back to his community.

While their father worked as a salesman, Christopher and Alex began their own business in the same industry, United Sealing Inc. As the business grew, David was no longer just their father but he also became one of their suppliers. Unfortunately, in 2007, the family suffered the tragic loss of their eldest son, Christopher. The business continues to operate locally under Alex’s direction.

David and Gisela enjoyed 52 years of marriage until Gisela passed away in the Spring of 2011. The couple had been through over half a century together, creating beautiful memories and imparting wisdom on their children and grandchildren.

This wisdom was the source of how David and Alex came to possess one last treasured memory before David passed away. After reviewing David’s estate plans, Alex worked with his father to ensure that a life’s worth of memories would never be forgotten. Although estate planning is never an easy conversation, the two knew it was worthwhile.

After speaking with professional advisors, the Pfaff family was partnered with Marietta Community Foundation. The Foundation began to guide David and Alex through the process and eventually secure a plan that would reflect David’s intentions.

“My dad has always worked to better the community, advocating for animals and helping those in need,” said Alex.

Alongside Alex, David created the David & Gisela Pfaff Family Charitable Fund. They chose six local organizations to support through the fund: The Humane Society of the Ohio Valley Medical Fund, The O’Neill Senior Center, Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, Marietta Shrine Club, East Muskingum Civic Association, and Marietta Community Foundation. This fund functions as David’s last great service to his community while memorializing his and Gisela’s legacies.

If you are thinking of starting this conversation with a loved one, but don’t know where to begin, Marietta Community Foundation can help walk you through the process. The Foundation is able to protect your family’s legacy and connect your loved ones with organizations that are most important to them. Please contact Heather Allender at 740-373-3286 or heather@mcfohio.org.

Educators, If You See A Student Struggling…

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Washington County, OH – Washington County teachers, guidance counselors, and coaches are about to begin their new school term. For the next nine months, they will focus their attention on shaping the young minds in their care. This close interaction gives educators the ability to identify needs of their students; even if those needs are outside of the classroom.

When these needs are identified, Marietta Community Foundation wants our local educators to know we are a resource. Listed below are several funds dedicated to serving local youth who may not have the means they require for success 

  • Leola Booth Fund for Kids

Assists with medical care, dental care, shoes, and clothing for Washington County children

  • Euna Brown Fund to Aid School Children

Provides financial assistance to school children in the Marietta City School District.

  • Sarah Rebecca Warren Fund

Could assist with children’s medical expenses.

  • Joseph & Luada Wesel Foundation for Children in Washington County

Provides short-term health, welfare, and  educational resources not available through other sources to children in Washington County.

  • Jim Christy Fund for Kids

Helps meet needs, that are not being met by other charitable organizations, for children in Washington County.

If you are a local educator and know of a student who may benefit from these funds, please fill out an application available at your guidance office, or contact us directly at 740-373-3286.

Grants In Action: Hands On Experiences

Washington County, OH – This past Spring, Marietta Community Foundation gave away over $100k in grants - the most given in a single cycle in its 45-year history. As a local funder for organizations and charitable causes in Washington County, the Foundation works to diversify the gifts they give out each year. By diversifying its gifts, the Foundation ensures the needs in our area are being met in a variety of ways.

One of those ways includes giving children opportunities to learn through hands-on experiences. Educational development for children and youth is vital to the success of our community, and it is an important topic to the Foundation and its donors. Fortunately, the Foundation’s 2019 Spring Grant Cycle yielded several opportunities to enrich the lives of children and youth in Washington County through different programs of local nonprofits.

The Foundation would like to highlight a few of the 2019 Spring Grant Cycle recipients who are striving to enrich the lives of children in our region:

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Photo Provided by Tasha Werry

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Photo Provided By: Tasha Werry

Building Youth Through Making is an ongoing program through the Building Bridges to Careers Makerspace. This program allows local youth to become immersed in innovative technology to create objects and enhance creative capabilities.

“Part of our mission includes connecting students to community networks and providing them experiences that can help shape their future,” said Dr. Tasha Werry, BB2C Executive Director. “We work on youth, career, and community development.”

Another program that received funds in the 2019 Spring Grant Cycle, was Marietta College’s Summer Reading Camp Program. This program gives elementary-aged children a hands on opportunity to develop their reading capabilities and communication skills. Through reading, children are able to cultivate their imagination by flipping through a few pages.

“Funds from the Marietta Community Foundation helped to provide tuition for over half of the children who attended the three-week reading camp,” said Dr. Dottie Erb, Marietta College Education Department. “These were children whose families would not have otherwise been able to send them, and each reading camper left camp with a collection of books that had been hand-selected for them based on reading level and interest areas.”

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Picture Provided by Dottie Erb

The Ohio State University Extension of Washington County partnered with River City Farmer’s Market to provide a unique experience for children - the Junior Farmer’s Market. This program is being implemented to help children and their families establish healthy lifestyles and encourage contributions to our local economy. This fall, fourth grade students from six local elementary schools will be given $5 each to purchase fresh produce from local vendors to take home to their families.

“The farmers market is a fun and exciting social event,” said Marcus McCartney, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator at OSU Extension. “The goal of the Junior Farmers Market is to give students an opportunity to experience this excitement and associate it with fruits and vegetables to establish long-term healthy, local future consumers.”

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Pictures Provided By Marcus McCartney

The Foundation is privileged to partner with these and many other organizations. For the full list of projects that were funded, please click here.

“MCF is approachable,” said Werry. “Heather [President & CEO of the Foundation] invites community organizations to come to them with funding ideas. MCF is very much a part of this county and the communities within it, and wants to support the work of all non-profits and other organizations in the area.”

If you are a part of a nonprofit organization or charity and would like to apply for funding for an upcoming project, the 2019 Fall Grant cycle’s deadline is October 1st. Applications can be found here.

Marietta Community Foundation supports many causes focused on children and youth educational development, if you are interested in partnering with one of these projects, please contact Heather Allender at 740-373-3286 or heather@mcfohio.org.

Meet the Board - Roland "Chips" Riggs

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Mason Beuhring, Communications & Program Services Director at Marietta Community Foundation, sits down with Roland “Chips” Riggs, member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, to get to know this prominent community member.

Mason Beuhring: How did you end up in Marietta?

Roland “Chips” Riggs: My parents are from Marietta and I grew up here, so I consider this home. I was away when I went off to college and law school, but then I came back here because I thought it was a good community in which to live and raise children. It was also a place where I could get a good professional start in practicing law.

MB: What kind of law did you practice?

RCR: I was the law director for the City of Marietta for 38 years and I had a private law practice in addition to that. I also did a little part-time teaching in the Economics & Business Department at Marietta College.

MB: Where did you attend school after graduating from Marietta?

RCR: For my undergrad, I attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I was in the School of Foreign Affairs, studying economics, government, and history. For law school, I went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

MB: As a professional who has practiced law for a great span of time, what advice would you give to someone who is entering law school?

RCR: In most law schools, the first year curriculum is already established and there aren’t any electives for you to choose. If possible, I recommend you do an internship or work as a clerk at a law firm in your first year so that you can make a determination about what areas of law interest you. Then you can choose good electives to learn from in the second and third years of study.

MB: So how did you get involved with the Foundation?

RCR: My first involvement was back when Bill Thompson was the Chairman of the Board, and it’s been so long I don’t even know if I could put a decade on it! I think it was back in the 1980s, but he had contacted me to do one or two minor things. That brought the Foundation into my thinking and then I had a couple of clients in the course of estate planning make gifts to the Foundation, which I think is a wonderful thing to do.

Later I was contacted by Eric Erb and Doug Robinson about serving on the Board and here I am!

MB: You entered retirement after spending close to 40 years serving this community as the city’s Law Director. The general assumption with retirement is that it is time to sit back and relax, but you have chosen to use this time to continue serving this community. What inspired you to utilize your time in this way?

RCR: I don’t think it’s good, when you retire, to just sit at home. I think if you have talents, and I’m not sure that I have any, then you have an obligation to do what you can. If there is some benefit to be gained from my perspective or what I bring to the Board room, then that’s great.

MB: In my short time with the Foundation, one thing that has stuck out to me, about you, is that you are very calm and collected. You’re very wise, you are slow to speak, but when you do speak it is always worthwhile.

I have also observed a lighter-hearted side to your personality. So what are some hobbies you enjoy when the situation is less serious?

RCR: I like to read, I play a below-average game of golf, and I enjoy hiking. My friend, Ed Lane, and I travel around to go hiking, but we mainly stay in West Virginia and parts of Ohio. We like to stay close to home, so we typically don’t go more than a two-hour drive.

My wife and I also like to travel and visit our son and daughter.

MB: You mentioned reading is a favorite hobby, do you have any favorite authors?

RCR: I’ve had a number over the years, but my reading choices are fairly eclectic. For novels, most recently I have been reading novels by Haruki Murakami, a Japanese author who wrote 1Q84 and Killing Commendatore. For something that is more on the intellectual side, there is an Israeli historian named Yuval Noah Harari. He wrote a book called 21 Lessons From the 21st Century that I thought was excellent. It really made me think about the world we live in and how we should approach it in our daily lives.

One of the lessons in his book, I think, makes what we do at the Foundation meaningful and important. I’m paraphrasing, but he believes that we have an obligation to help one another through life… that life is not always easy and that we do what we can to help others.

MB: How do you see that philosophy influence the work you do with the Foundation?

RCR: That philosophy represents what the Foundation is all about... helping others. I don’t ever think it’s a bad thing to help others.

MB: With that in mind, has there been a particular project, funded by the Foundation, that you have enjoyed?

RCR: I don’t think I could name a favorite project. To me, there are many worthwhile applicants and the Foundation has limited resources. So the challenge is in striking a balance between immediate needs, like food, clothing, and shelter, and long-range needs, like education or economic development.

MB: Chips, I appreciate you coming in to speak with me!

RCR: Absolutely.

Washington County Highlights - Lower Salem

Marietta Community Foundation has had the privilege of serving Lower Salem for 45 years! Currently, the Foundation supports the Tri-County Food Pantry with our MCF Dominion Resources Food Pantry Fund. We look forward to continuing this service for a long time to come.

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MARIETTA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HAS HELPED SUPPORT THESE PROGRAMS

  • Salem Township purchase of a pole saw

  • Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department in the purchase of:

  • Breathing Bottles

    • Thermal Imager

    • Ambulance Cot

    • Lifeline ARM Automated Chest Compression Device

Grants in Action: Empowering Through Capital Expenses

Washington County, OH – Nonprofits are vital to the health and well-being of Washington County. Each organization brings unique skills and solutions to meet the many needs in our community, but the constant eb-and-flow that accompanies the life of a nonprofit organization can become daunting. The daily tasks, the paperwork, and securing resources can seem to be a distraction from the organization’s main mission.

In our Spring 2019 Grant Cycle, Marietta Community Foundation sought to alleviate these types of burdens for several organizations in Washington County. By granting funds for capital expenses, the Foundation has empowered these groups to channel their focus toward their individual goals.

“Although at first glance, capital expense projects may not seem ‘exciting’ or ‘eye-catching,’ but when you take a closer look, you realize just how important they are,” said Heather Allender, CEO & President of Marietta Community Foundation. “By granting to these organizations we give them the chance to take a breath… We are empowering them and I think that is pretty ‘exciting.’”

The Foundation would like to highlight a few of the 2019 Spring Grant Cycle recipients, who work tirelessly to change lives in our community:

The first responders at Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department received funding to purchase Automated Chest Compression Devices. These devices allow first responders to focus their attention on potentially life saving techniques while CPR is still being administered in an emergency medical situation. ACCD’s are becoming popular in rural areas where populations are significant distances from local hospitals.

“Our department approached MCF not only because of their great reputation, but because of the wonderful people that are behind this organization,” said Marcella Fleming. “[Their] members seem to understand the times and trials that EMS/Fire personnel face in today’s society.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County has made tremendous strides in their programs, and now they focus their attention toward improving their facilities. Due to structural deficiencies, their gym is a large space they are unable to use, but with the help of the Foundation, and other donors, they are now one step closer to renovating this space to build healthier lives.

“We serve youth in the MOV and we currently have no indoor activity space,” said Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. “Building a gym in the Harmar area of town brings a gym accessible year round to a low income area. MCF is very supportive of the community, growth initiatives and local non-profits.”

Picture provided by Boys & Girls club of Washington County, Future indoor activity space

Picture provided by Boys & Girls club of Washington County, Future indoor activity space

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Peoples Bank Theatre provides our region with unique entertainment throughout the year. Though the renovations in years past have restored the theatre to its former glory, there are still maintenance struggles when dealing with a building over 100 years old. The Foundation was able to eliminate some of these struggles in our recent grant cycle.

“The upkeep of working with an old building is always something my staff and I focus on and it can take a lot of our attention,” said Hunt Brawley, Executive Director of Peoples Bank Theatre. “This grant lifts a burden off of our shoulders and allows us to focus on providing our patrons with quality entertainment.”

The Foundation is privileged to partner with these and many other organizations. For the full list of projects that were funded, please click here.

If you are a part of a nonprofit organization or charity and would like to apply for funding for an upcoming project, the 2019 Fall Grant cycle’s deadline is October 1st. Applications can be found here.

Marietta Community Foundation assists with many causes focused on supporting local nonprofits and charities , if you are interested in partnering with one of these projects, please contact Heather Allender at 740-373-3286, email us at heather@mcfohio.org, or click the button below to give online.

Washington County Highlights - Lowell

Marietta Community Foundation has had the privilege of serving Lowell, OH for 45 years! Currently, the Foundation supports the L.A.M.B. Lowell Food Pantry. We also serve as manager and distributor for the Buell Park Perpetual Care Fund and the Lowell Moose Lodge 2382 Fund. We look forward to continuing this service for a long time to come.

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MARIETTA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HAS HELPED SUPPORT THESE PROGRAMS

  • Lowell Elementary School playground equipment

  • Renovations on the Strait Run School to support local art initiatives

  • Radios for first responders located in Lowell

  • Repairs to the Lowell Village Pool

  • Funding for lamp posts in Buell Park

Meet the Board - Kin Brewer

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Mason Beuhring, Communications & Program Services Director at Marietta Community Foundation, sits down with Kin Brewer, member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, to get to know this prominent community member. 

Mason Beuhring: So, Kin, before we sat down here, you showed me a few pictures of the businesses you have either owned or still own. What inspired you to become a small business owner?

Kin Brewer: Well, I grew up in Memphis, TN and my dad was a small business owner. He was in the drive-in restaurant business, what would be considered “fast-food” today. It was a hamburger restaurant called “Filler Burger,” and when I was eight years old I started cooking fries for him.

MB: At eight years old, working a fry station, you decided you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

KB: Maybe not at 8, but I think when I was 12 -14 years old I decided I wanted to be in some kind of business, just not the hamburger business. Of course, by that time I had graduated from the fry station to flipping the burgers!

I worked for my dad and got into the business routine. I learned how business worked, so by the time I was going to go to college I chose to major in Accounting and Finance. I wanted to get a solid background of understanding how the numbers worked; thinking I would want to be in business after I got out of college.

I worked a few years, after college, as a controller in the oil and gas industry in Dallas, Texas. I also worked in the professional photographic business as a controller for an advertising agency. In the 1980’s, my father-in-law, who was in the grocery business here in Marietta, hired me to come up here and take over his accounting. He had four stores, so I consolidated all of his accounting into one corporate office and took care of the administration.

My father-in-law ended up passing away in 1998, and my wife and I had the opportunity to buy those grocery stores out of his estate. We took that opportunity and continued to expand and that’s what has brought us to where we are today.

MB: You mentioned you decided to study accounting and finance in college. Where did you get your degree from?

KB: I went to Harding College, of course now it is Harding University. It is in a little town called Searcy, AK.

During the semesters I lived there and then during the summers I would move back home to Memphis. My mom and dad were nice enough to pay for my college, but I always had to have my own spending money. So during the summer I would work two or three part-time jobs to have spending money throughout the year.

I would work at the restaurant in the evenings from 4 pm to midnight, then get up the next morning at 6 am to work construction through the day-time. My dad also had a side business running bulldozers, graders, and back hoes for different projects; so, in between my shifts, I would take freelance jobs doing that kind of work.

MB: Outside of the busy life associated with owning a business, do you have any hobbies?

KB: My wife and I have a camper, so we like to travel around to various locations. We go camping all over, but we really enjoy camping in Ohio; places like Salt Fork and Amish Country. Aside from traveling and camping, I do a little shooting. I’m a member of the Harmar Hill Rifle Club.

MB: Having over 40 years working and owning small business, what advice would you give to someone wanting to establish a small business today?

KB: If you want to start a small business you need to stay on top of the information required by the government; whether it’s Federal, State, or local governments. That has so many ramifications on small business today. You have to not only provide the product or service to your customers, but you also have to be able to handle all of the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures placed upon you by the different government agencies.

It’s unbelievable what has been piled on to small business owners since I started 40 years ago. I spend a large portion of my time in the realm of handling the ongoing requirements the laws have placed on my businesses.

That would be my key advice to anyone looking to start their own business.

MB: How did you get involved with the Foundation?

KB: When I was asked to serve on the board, I had known about the Foundation for years. I was thrilled to death when I was asked if I was interested. I had served on many boards over the years and I value what the Foundation does in this community.

What better things can you do than to not just give away money, but also have a truly great purpose and reason to give away money? It just really makes me feel good.

MB: In your opinion, what is the best part about serving on MCF’s Board of Directors?

KB: One thing that has always impressed me about the Foundation is that anyone can set-up their own fund and decide the parameters of how it is used. It is so interesting to me to see what our donors care about. It’s neat that not everyone focuses on the same thing.

The best part about being on the board is participating in the oversight of how those funds are used and making sure the grants go to causes important to our donors. I really take a great deal of pride in making decisions based on the perception of the donor.

MB: Kin, thank you. It was a pleasure getting to sit down and find out more about you.

KB: The pleasure is all mine.

Reading Between the Lines: The Generosity of Local Donors

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Photo Credit: Picsea

Washington County, OH – Time and again the Board of Directors and Staff of Marietta Community Foundation are humbled by the generosity of our community. Whether it is through the sharing of time and/or resources, members of Washington County strive to exceed the needs of others when they arise.

In March, the Foundation released a story to encourage new and/or existing donors to support 19 local children who were waiting their turn to become a member of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Through an influx of donations from community members, the Foundation was able to register the 19 children on the waiting list and an additional 10 children who signed up after the original story was published.

“These 29 newly-registered children will now enjoy the excitement of receiving a new book each month from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library,” said Heather Allender, President & CEO of Marietta Community Foundation. “Our donors made that possible.”

With these 29 new registrations, the Foundation now supports 81 local children through our partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Children who register through the Foundation receive a free book sent to them from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the mail each month. The book service program began in 1995 but soon expanded to a global entity in the following years.

In 2017, with support from The Owen Family Memorial Fund, the Foundation entered into an affiliation with the book service to increase early educational development for local children.

“Reading is so important for children of any age,” said a local parent whose children are new recipients, “it allows their imagination to continue to grow and thrive, which is why I think this program is phenomenal.”

Registrations continue to come in, so if you are interested in sponsoring children for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program or other programs that engage local children and youth, please contact Heather Allender at heather@mcfohio.org

Legacies Live Forever: The Short Family

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Allen and Nancy Short - Photo provided by Short Family

Washington County, OH – May 28, 2019, marked an incredible lifetime achievement for two individuals who have had a profound impact in Washington County. Last month, Allen and Nancy Short celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary, and in those 64 years they have influenced thousands of lives together.

After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Allen became an educator. He would go on to spend the majority of his career as Principal of Warren Local High School after his family relocated in the 1970’s. Nancy was also a school teacher who predominantly spent her career teaching 6th graders at Little Hocking Elementary. Collectively, Allen and Nancy spent 63 years inspiring students, which included their four sons: Rodney, Darrell, Andrew, and Ken.

All four brothers were able to experience their formative years with their dad right by their side both at home and at school. For some, having a father as their principal would seem like a living nightmare, but for the Short men this was not the case.

“There might have been some tension once or twice,” laughed Ken Short, “but it was all a growth opportunity. My brothers and I are extremely proud of the decades and the thousands of students they impacted as an elementary school teacher and high school Principal at Warren Local.” The partnership that Allen and Nancy shared would be an “overarching guide” for their sons’ lives.

Tragically, while in his twenties, Darrell past away due to illness. Despite the loss of their brother, the remaining siblings rallied together to ensure that Darrell’s legacy was never forgotten. In 2004 Rodney, Andrew, and Ken Short created the Warren Local Schools Technology Fund through Marietta Community Foundation. This fund was established to memorialize their late brother and honor their parents’ efforts in the Warren area.

“When we created the fund, we thought ‘in the future, where will students need the capacity to grow,’” said Ken. “We believed that would be through technology.”

All of the proceeds from this fund go to Warren Local Schools because of the dedication Allen and Nancy demonstrated in their careers, but the technological component of the fund celebrates Darrell’s life.

After graduating from Ohio State University, Darrell began a career at IBM during the technological boom in the 1980’s. Prior to falling ill, Darrell worked for IBM for roughly 6 years and in that time motivated his family to embrace technological advancements.

Much like other aspects of the Short family, they took this motivation and found a way to share it with others. Since 2010 the Warren Local Schools Technology Fund has contributed almost $76,500 to various projects in the district, with their most recent funding project being allocated to Warren Middle School. This project will equip the middle school with a state of the art Wi-Fi system, costing over of $17,600.

If you would like to leave a legacy or honor someone else’s legacy, please contact Heather Allender, President & CEO of Marietta Community Foundation at heather@mcfohio.org.

Washington County Highlights - Devola

Marietta Community Foundation has had the privilege of serving Devola, OH for 45 years! Currently, the Foundation supports the Jane Case Memorial Fund for Devola VFD, the Devola Multi-Use Trail Maintenance Fund, the East Muskingum Civic Association Fund for Devola, and the Broughton Nature & Wildlife Education Area Fund. We look forward to continuing this service for a long time to come.


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MARIETTA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HAS HELPED SUPPORT THESE PROGRAMS

  • Broughton Nature & Wildlife Education Area

    Provided support for the Elizabeth Sugden Building

  • Devola Multi-Use Trail

    Funded asphalt sealing project for the trail

  • East Muskingum Civic Association

    Granted funds to renovate the tennis court and improve playground

  • Marietta Soccer League

    Provided resources for soccer field repair, soccer field completion, and new goals

MCF Gives Up To $322,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

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Photo Credit: Vasily Koloda

Washington County, OH – In the past several weeks, Washington County high school seniors dawned their caps and gowns, received their diplomas while their families cheer, and moved their tassels from right to left, signifying a great achievement. During these ceremonies, almost 50 of these students walked across their school’s stage with an added confidence.

Marietta Community Foundation has awarded 44 scholarships to 49 local students in the past several weeks. The Foundation has already awarded over $145,000 in scholarships, including past recipients who have renewed their previously won scholarships.

This past January, the Foundation announced they had received the largest bequest in their 45 year history from the estate of Adriann “Arie” Janssens. According to Arie’s wishes, the majority of this bequest was to be used to set up a scholarship fund in memory of his late wife Carol Christy. The Carol Christy Scholarship is able to cover up to 50% of a recipients total tuition cost.

This year, several students were inducted into the Foundation’s history by being the first recipients of The Carol Christy Scholarship. While the exact amount has yet to be determined, this scholarship could add an additional $177,000 in scholarships; bringing the Foundation’s potential award total to over $322,000.

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Ana-Sophia Beardsley, Carol Christy Scholarship and Jolene Craig Journalism Scholarship

Photo Provided by Ana-Sophia Beardsley

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Madi Moore, Carol Christy Scholarship, Myra P. Berg Scholarship, and Kevin O’Brien Kelly Memorial Scholarship

Photo Provided by Madi Moore


2019 Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Abigail Werry

  • Elks #477 Scholarship

Ana-Sophia Beardsley

  • Carol Christy Scholarship

  • Jolene Craig Journalism Scholarship

Andrea Siders

  • Connect to Success Scholarship

Andrew Rauch

  • Conlan Opportunity Award

Austin Offenberger

  • Myra P. Berg Scholarship

Bailey Harlow

  • Elks #477 Scholarship

  • *Warren Local Education Association Future Educator Scholarship*

Brookelyn Heiss

  • Marietta Soccer League Scholarship

Caileigh Moore

  • Faustena “Frosty” Haas Health Care Scholarship

  • Trae DeVolld Memorial Scholarship

Colby Sleek

  • Terry Huck Memorial Scholarship

  • Nancy A. Miller Memorial Scholarship

Derek Duckworth

  • John McCracken Memorial Scholarship

  • Charlie Spindler Athletic Memorial Scholarship

  • Elks #477 Scholarship

Derek Joy

  • Magnum Manufacturing Scholarship

Diamond Decker

  • Carol Christy Scholarship

Grace Arnold

  • Noon Lion’s Club Scholarship

  • Edwin V. Pugh Memorial Scholarship

Haley Davis

  • Art Fordham Memorial Scholarship

Halle Richards

  • James S. & Brenda A. Measell Scholarship

Hope Miracle

  • Myra P. Berg Scholarship

Hunter Gilbert

  • Connect to Success Scholarship

Jace Ward

  • The Mt. Moriah 506 Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship

Jared Farnsworth

  • Conlan Opportunity Award

  • Charles D. Fogel, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Justin Fouty

  • Edwin “Jack” Haas Memorial Scholarship

Julianna Bottomley

  • Peoples Employee Scholarship

Kaitlyn Engle

  • Edward Parrish Scholarship

Kaleigh West

  • Mellissa Ann Weckbacher Memorial Scholarship

Kaylee Ullman

  • David C. Barrett Memorial Scholarship

Kennedy Schuck

  • Marietta Soccer League Scholarship

Kristen Winstanley

  • Frontier Ag Science Scholarship

Kristyn Villarta

  • Lisa Marie Wesel Memorial Scholarship

Leah Wietrzykowski

  • Stanton W. Brock Memorial Scholarship

  • Warren E. Offenberger Scholarship

Leilani Lieras-Kelly

  • Myra P. Berg Scholarship

Lexi Mullen

  • Carpe Diem Scholarship

Luke Nelson

  • Greg Schilling Memorial Scholarship

  • Elks #477 Scholarship

Madi Moore

  • Myra P. Berg Scholarship

  • Kevin O’Brien Kelly Memorial Scholarship

  • Carol Christy Scholarship

Maggie Gottfried

  • Noon Lion’s Club Scholarship

  • Carol Christy Scholarship

Makayla Feldner

  • Trae DeVolld Memorial Scholarship

Matt Semon

  • Connect to Success Scholarship

  • Greg Schilling Memorial Scholarship

Matthew Goodman

  • Marietta Soccer League Scholarship

Morgan Connolly

  • Connect to Success Scholarship

Nadine Oliver

  • Carol Christy Scholarship

Natalie Brooks

  • Mark C. Studenic Memorial Scholarship

Nathan Bennett

  • Pete & Laura Pannier Scouting Scholarship

  • Penelope “Penny” J. Passavant Academic Scholarship

Nicholas Oliver

  • Peoples Employee Scholarship

Rachel Adams

  • The Mt. Moriah 506 Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship

Rachel Baumgard

  • Anna Laura Masters Memorial Scholarship

  • Howard & Molly Varner Scholarship

Shayla Honaker

  • Conlan Opportunity Award

Sierra Bayless

  • Conlan Opportunity Award

  • Charles D. Fogel, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Tia Jarvis

  • Anderson-Stage Scholarship Award

Tim Grosel

  • Dr. Richard Hille Scholarship For Medical Students

Tyler Hartline

  • Marie Adamson Senior Scholarship

Wyatt Miracle

  • Charlie Spindler Athletic Memorial Scholarship

Applicants submitted their scholarship application packets by the April 5th deadline. Depending on the scholarship, students had to provide academic information, financial information, and write multiple essays. Once the Foundation compiled all of the application packets, committees and funders determined who would be awarded each scholarship.

MCF Grants Most Money For A Single Cycle In 45-Year History

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Washington County, OH – Marietta Community Foundation has reached another milestone this year by awarding over $130,000 to local nonprofit organizations. This amount is the largest sum given to organizations in a single grant cycle in the Foundation’s 45-year history.

“This is truly exciting to experience,” said Heather Allender, President & CEO of the Foundation. “This is another record we have broken in 2019 and it is all thanks to our donors, Board of Directors, and our staff. Their hard work and generosity are changing Washington County in major ways.”

Eighteen applicants will be awarded grants, in various amounts, from the Foundation’s 2019 Spring Grant Cycle. Recipients of these grants include local charities, local non-profits, and community projects all across Washington County and the surrounding area.

2019 Spring Grant Cycle Recipients:

-   Betsey Mills Club

-   Boys & Girls Club of Washington County

-   Broughton Foundation

-   Building Bridges to Careers

-   Children’s Toy and Doll Museum

-   Christian Youth in Action, Inc.

-   Friends of the Museums, Inc.

-   Hippodrome Colony Historical Theatre Association

-   Marietta Children’s Choir

-   Marietta College – Nonprofits Lead

-   Marietta College – Summer Reading Camp

-   Marietta Sluggers

-   Ohio State University Extension – Washington County

-   Palmer Township

-   Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

-   Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department

-   Washington County Career Center

-   Williamstown Elementary PTA

“This grant will help fund the automation of our outdoor industrial training facility,” said Dr. Tony Huffman, Director of the Adult Technical Training Program at Washington County Career Center, “WCCC is extremely grateful to MCF for their continued support of our project!”

“The award from MCF will help push our project forward and help us complete the building on time,” said Nancy Broughton, with The Broughton Foundation. The Broughton Foundation applied for grant funding to use in the construction of the Elizabeth Sugden Broughton Community Building located on the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area. This building will be open for individuals and organizations in the community to use for various activities including meetings, training, and other programs.

Applicants submitted their proposal packets for the Foundation’s 2019 Spring Grant Cycle by April 1st. The Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff conducted research and site visits for multiple weeks leading up to the final approvals, determined by the Allocations Committee.

Grant recipients will often receive a combination of grants from the foundation’s unrestricted funds and donations from active donors who utilize the Foundation’s management and distribution services.

If you are involved with a local nonprofit, a local charity, or have an upcoming community project, please consider applying for the Foundations 2019 Fall Grant Cycle. The application deadline is October 1st, please click the button below for more information.