Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $3,245,810 during its February meeting.

Competitive, field of interest and donor-advised fund grants approved by the board included the following grants.

Catholic Charities received a grant to provide community emergency and adult advocacy services. Nearly one in four households in Mansfield and over 13% in Richland County live at or below the poverty level in Richland County with 21% of Richland County renters are severely cost-burdened paying over 50% of their income for rent and utilities.

Mid-Ohio Guardianship received a grant to advocate for indigent people in our community who might be suffering from dementia, mental health, and/or developmental disabilities. They provide legal and financial assistance along with help on day-to-day matters.  

North Central State College Foundation received a grant to fund a new Integrated Digital Automation Systems program. It will address the training needs of the current and future workforce with training in work-based robotic equipment.  

OhioHealth Foundation was awarded a grant to purchase new cameras to assist with their Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. The equipment will allow nurses to document evidence of sexual assault or domestic violence, as well as aid in the identification of possible labor/human trafficking victims.   

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio received a grant for its Helping Hands program. The grant will offset the cost to house Richland County families at the Ronald McDonald House while they care for their hospitalized children. 

The Board of Trustees approved grants from donor-advised funds which allows individuals, families, and corporations the opportunity to make grant suggestions to their favorite charities. Donor-advised funds are a flexible and convenient alternative to a private foundation. It is also a way to keep charitable contributions anonymous, at the preference of the donor. 

The following organizations received grants from donor-advised funds:

Altrusa Club of Mansfield, Ohio, Foundation, Inc.
Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America
Crawford County United Way
Galion Community Center – YMCA
Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Idea Works
Killbuck Water Shed Land Trust
Knox County Community Foundation
Lucas Local Schools
Make A Wish Foundation
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Rotary Club Foundation
Mid-Ohio Guardianship
Nature Conservancy
North End Community Improvement Collaborative
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Environmental Council
Ohio Heartland Community Action Center
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Richland Community Development Group
Renaissance Performing Arts
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland Veterans Mentor Program
Rubies Women’s Group
Salvation Army
Sierra Club Foundation
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
SoundWaters, Inc.
Taking Root Farms
The Ocean Conservancy
Visual Bucket List Foundation
Wayfinders Ohio
YMCA of North Central Ohio

The board allocated grants from donor-designated and agency funds. Agency funds are established by charitable organizations and can be endowed or non-endowed. The agency benefits from the Foundation’s professional asset management, which allows the agency’s staff and board to focus on providing services to their constituents.

Designated funds provide annual support to the charities selected by the donor. They offer the added benefit that if the organization ceases to exist the Foundation has the responsibility to ensure that the donor’s original intent is met in seeking a new suitable organization.

The board approved grants from donor-designated and agency funds to the following organizations:
American Guernsey Foundation
American Red Cross
Ashland University
Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America
Catalyst Life Services
Catholic Charities – Mansfield
Children’s Dyslexia Center
Children’s Theatre Foundation
Clear Fork Valley Foundation
Community Action for Capable Youth
Discovery School
Domestic Violence Shelter
Downtown Mansfield Inc.
First Christian Church, Mansfield
First Congregational Church of Mansfield Ohio
Friendly House Association
Friends of Richland County Park District
Habitat for Humanity Richland County
Hospice of North Central Ohio
Kingwood Center Gardens
Lexington Local Schools
Lucas Local Schools
Malabar Farm Foundation
Mansfield Richland Public Library
Mansfield 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Mansfield Area Y
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Aviation Club
Mansfield Cancer Foundation
Mansfield Christian School
Mansfield City Schools
Mansfield Memorial Homes
Mansfield Playhouse
Mansfield Police Department
Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society
Mansfield Rotary Club Foundation, Inc.
Mansfield/Richland Public Library
Methodist Theological Seminary
North Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
North Central State College
North Central State College Foundation
North End Community Improvement Collaborative
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Genealogical Society
OhioHealth Foundation
OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
Ohio State College of Medicine
Ohio State University – Mansfield
Ontario Local Schools
Ontario Police Department
Pioneer Career and Technology Center
Plymouth Area Historical Museum
Renaissance Performing Arts Association
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland Carrousel Park
Richland Community Development Group
Richland County Children Services
Richland County Childrens Services – The New Store
Richland Community Development Group
Richland County Historical Society
Richland County Museum
Richland County Sheriff’s Office
Richland Newhope Center
Richland Newhope Industries
Richland Pregnancy Services
Salvation Army
Shelby Helpline Ministries
St. John’s Church
Third Street Family Health Services
Trapshooting Hall of Fame Inc.
United Way of Richland County
University Club Foundation
Volunteers of America
Wayfinders Ohio
Y Aware
YMCA of North Central Ohio

Other Grants:
Grace Episcopal Church
Knox Technical Center
Madison Adult Career Center
Mansfield Richland County Third Grade Spelling Bee
North Central State College
Pioneer Career and Technology Center
Tiffin Academy of Hair Design

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