MANSFIELD – The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees has approved a plan to invest in downtown Mansfield called Mansfield Rising.
The Foundation is spearheading the plan, previously known as SXSW419, based on its willingness to think about a civic investment strategy in a new and different way. The plan now will be presented to other organizations for adoption including Mansfield City Council, Richland County Commissioners, Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, Richland Community Development Group, Downtown Mansfield Inc., Destination Mansfield and Richland County Regional Planning.
It will be available to the public in February.
In 2017, the Foundation leadership took an unusual track to develop this investment strategy for Downtown Mansfield. Instead of a hiring a professional consulting firm, it had a citizen-led group create the plan.
With the assistance of Richland Area Chamber of Commerce President Jodie Perry and Idea Works President Jay Allred, Foundation leadership hand-selected a diverse and qualified group of 15 individuals to attend the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.
SXSW is a world-renowned thought and ideas festival that brings the sharpest minds in government, technology, business, and entertainment together in one place.
Immersed in a world of innovation and excellence, the SXSW419 team publicly documented their experience with blogs in partnership with local media. The core team experienced hundreds of in-person and digital conversations, presentations, and meetings. This information was crucial to develop the plan along with input and oversight from 28 advisors.
The Foundation engaged the Greater Ohio Policy Center to provide guidance for the plan. GOPC develops and advances policies and practices that value urban cores and metropolitan regions as economic drivers and preserve Ohio’s open space and farmland. Through advocacy, research, outreach, and education, GOPC strives to create a policy and political climate to allow communities to stabilize and thrive for statewide economic growth.
The Board of Trustees also approved $396,759 in grants from donor advised funds to meet emerging needs to the following organizations:
Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter
Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center
Catalyst Life Services
Cleveland Museum of Art
Community Health Access Project
Culliver Reading Center
Downtown Mansfield Inc.
Family Planning of South Central NY
Fenimore Art Museum
First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown NY
Flying Horse Farm
Friends of Gorman Nature Center
Heaven’s Gait Therapeutic Riding Center
Kents Hill School
Kingwood Center Gardens
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum
Lucas Community Center
Mansfield Area Y
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Christian School
Mansfield City Schools
Mansfield Rotary Club Foundation
Mary McLeod Bethune Intervention and Enrichment Center
Mid Ohio Opera
Mt. Hope Lutheran Church
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Genealogical Society
Old Growth Forest Network
Otsego Land Trust
Pathfinder Village Foundation
Plymouth Shiloh Local Schools
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Renaissance Performing Arts Association
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland Newhope Industries
Salvation Army, Mansfield
Shelby YMCA Community Center
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Museum
St. Peter’s Parish
Taking Root Farm
The Brookwood School
The Family Service Association
The New Store
The Springbrook Foundation
United Way of Ashland County
United Way of NCO – Crawford County
About the Richland County Foundation
The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3, 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 of the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.