Connections Fund

Connections Fund co-chairs Valerie Ashcraft and Cassie Brumfield are shown here with Justin McCraney from Zoe’s Learning Center.

MANSFIELD - The Connections Fund of the Richland County Foundation announced grant awards during its winter reception on Jan. 24 at the Foundation.

The Connections Fund Advisory Committee approved six grants totaling $6,700.

Incoming Connections Fund Co-Chairwomen Valerie Ashcraft and Cassie Brumfield distributed the grants and thanked outgoing Co-Chairwomen Cristen Gilbert and Amy Staker-Breitinger for their dedication and service.

“The Connections Fund is a great way for younger donors to get involved in philanthropy and community leadership,” said Foundation President Brady Groves.

The following organizations and programs were awarded grants:

Altrusa International - Buddy Bags

Flying Horse Farms – Richland County Camperships

Interlocal - Program Support

North Central State College – Mansfield City Third Grade Spelling Bee

RichHistory Alliance – Passport to History booklets

Zoe’s Learning Center – After School Program

Since 2005 the Connections Fund has awarded close to $120,000 to nonprofit organizations in Richland County. The mission of the Connections Fund of the Richland County Foundation is to foster and retain leaders and professionals in Richland County and to promote a philanthropic identity and involvement in the community.

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.

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