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MANSFIELD – The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $2,315,102 during its February meeting.

The Foundation will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year with free community events throughout Richland County. Grants were awarded to various nonprofit organizations to host the free events. Details on how to attend the free events will be released in April.

The Board approved a five-year, $1.5 million investment plan for Mansfield Rising projects. This year money has been allocated to improve facades on existing businesses, increase the number of public restrooms, public art and free public Wi-Fi. The Foundation is seeking partners to help fund and work on Mansfield Rising projects. To review the plan, go to richlandcountyfoundation.org and click the Community Impact tab.

Four career technical education scholarships were approved for students to earn certifications and credentials at technical institutions. The Scholarship Committee implemented a rolling deadline for CTE scholarships to meet various enrollment deadlines. In aligning with Ohio’s Attainment Goal, the Foundation wants to help fill the gap between job openings and certified employees as well as lead the way to support workforce development through CTE scholarships.

The deadline for college scholarship applications is April 1.

Three competitive grants were awarded:

Flying Horse Farms for Summer Camp for children with serious illnesses.

Raemelton Equestrian Center for equine-based therapy scholarships.

Women’s Fund for an endowment campaign.

The Board of Trustees approved grants from donor-advised funds which allows individuals and families the opportunity to make grant suggestions to 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

American Red Cross

Ashland University

Avita Health System Foundation

Capital Research Center

Catalyst Life Services

Catholic Charities

Domestic Violence Shelter

First Congregational Church

Friendly House

Harmony House

Humane Society of Richland County

Judicial Watch

Leadership Institute

Lifeline of Ohio

Lucas Community Center

Lucas Local Schools

Madison Summer Baseball League Inc.

Mansfield Area Y

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield Christian School

Mansfield Rotary Club

Mansfield Richland County Public Library

Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring

MIT Cambridge

Nature Conservancy

Neos

OhioHealth

Ontario Police Department

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Richland Community Development Group

Richland County Habitat for Humanity

Salvation Army

Shelby Helpline Ministries

United Way of Richland County

Western Reserve Academy

Willard Church of the Nazarene

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 new suitable organizations.

The following organizations received grants from donor designated and agency funds:

AA/Mansfield Intergroup

American Guernsey Foundation

American Red Cross

Ashland University

Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America

Catalyst Life Services

Center for Individual and Family Services

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

Friendly House Association

Friends of Gorman Nature Center

Habitat for Humanity Richland County

Hospice of North Central Ohio

Kingwood Center Gardens

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 Cancer Foundation – Pat Kracker

Mansfield Christian School

Mansfield City Schools

Mansfield Memorial Homes

Mansfield Playhouse

Mansfield Police Department

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

OSU/NCSC Photo Arts Programs

Pioneer Career and Technology Center

Renaissance Performing Arts Association

Renaissance Theatre

Richard David Gardner Fund

Richland Academy of the Arts

Richland Carrousel Park

Richland County Children’s Services

Richland County Historical Society

Richland County Museum

Richland Newhope Center

Richland Newhope Industries

Richland Pregnancy Services

Salvation Army

St. John’s Church

The New Store

Third Street Family Health Services

Trapshooting Hall of Fame Inc.

United Way of Richland County

University Club

Volunteers of America

Women’s Fund

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