Brigitte Coles

Brigitte Coles was presented the Jo Ann Dutton Award for her work on projects including We ACT, Mend Mansfield, coordinated donations for many organizations, and collaboration to provide COVID-19 pop-up testing.

MANSFIELD -- The Women’s Fund of the Richland County Foundation recently held its grant awards program virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the second year in a row, the Women's Fund awarded $25,000 to Richland County Youth and Family Council for the childcare initiative. This year’s grant will help fund a mentor and resources to provide support to in-home childcare providers in Richland County. RCYFC matched the $25,000 both years for this project.

Other grants were awarded to Avita Health Foundation to buy clothes and personal hygiene items for women who are victims of violent crimes; Catalyst Life Services for materials to educate women about the disease of addiction; and North Central State College Foundation to provide women with up to $200 a year to pay for childcare.

Since 1998, the Women’s Fund has granted over $446,000 to programs and nonprofit agencies to empower women and girls.

Women’s Fund Chairwoman Kristine Lindeman said without the generosity of donors, we would not be able to make these grants.

The Women's Fund is conducting a fundraising campaign called “Lifting Women Up.” They want to grow the endowment to $2 million to make a larger impact in their grant making.

The Women’s Fund was established in 1996 as permanent endowment to support programs that benefit women and girls in our community. The fund has grown to over $1.5 million and has now awarded over $446,000 in grants impacting hundreds of lives.

The Women’s Fund also announced the JoAnn Dutton Volunteer Community Service Award. The award was named in honor of JoAnn Dutton, former executive director of the Mansfield YWCA. It celebrates and honors women who devote a significant amount of time and energy in a meaningful way to local charitable organizations.

Brigitte Coles was presented the award for her work on projects including We ACT, Mend Mansfield, coordinated donations for many organizations, and collaboration to provide COVID-19 pop-up testing.

About the Richland County Foundation

The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, was established in 1945 as a way for individuals to pool and invest their gifts for the long-term good of Richland County and its residents.

The Foundation helps people in Richland County give back to their community by investing their gifts for charity wisely so that grants can be made to improve the quality of life for all the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.

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