Splash Pad rendering

This image is an example of a splash pad for Johns Park and North Lake Park.

MANSFIELD – Refreshing summertime fun is coming to a pair of Mansfield parks after the Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $474,670 in grants during its April board meeting.

Working in collaboration with the City of Mansfield, the Foundation approved grants for splash pads in Johns Park and North Lake Park. The project is supported by three funds at the Foundation: the unrestricted/community fund, Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation Fund and the Fran and Warren Rupp Advised Fund.

The Foundation continues to support summertime programs focused on children. The Summertime Kids Committee Chaired by Foundation Board of Trustee member Jotika Shetty along with members from the community awarded 20 Summertime Kid grants. The grants of up to $2,500 were given to support creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for hundreds of local children.

A grant was made to Richland Community Development Group Art Sector to fund a new community project called the Tributary Reader. It is a journal of art, literature, and environment which will be printed twice a year.

Five 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 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:

Buckeye Council of Boy Scouts of America

Camp Nuhop

Catalyst Life Services

City of Mansfield

City of Ontario Police Department

Domestic Violence Shelter

Downtown Mansfield Inc.

Emma Willard School

First Congregational Church

Friendly House

Friends of the Richland County Park District

Glimmerglass Festival

Grace Episcopal Church

Historic Saranac lake

Lucas Community Center

Madison Summer Baseball

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield City Schools

Mansfield Community Playhouse

North Central Ohio Land Conservancy

North Central State College

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Richland Community Development Group

Richland Public Health

Reinhardt University

Renaissance Performing Arts

Shelby YMCA

St. Peter’s Church Music Series

The Trust for Public Land

Waleska United Methodist Church

Warren Rupp Observatory

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

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 the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.

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