The Community Foundation of Lorain County is committed to the principle that everyone can be a philanthropist. To that end, we partner with many affiliate groups and organizations to maximize the efficiencies and effectiveness of shared resources. In these relationships the Community Foundation shares our expertise in building endowment and our knowledge of the community and Advisory Boards to encourage contributions and make grants with the greatest impact.
Since the 1980’s, the African American Community Fund and the Hispanic Fund have encouraged philanthropy within our African American and Hispanic/Latino communities. More recent efforts to engage women and youth in philanthropy resulted in the creation of the Women’s Fund and Youth Fund.
The Community Foundation of Lorain County is also helping our neighbors to the West develop their own Community Foundation by means of the Fund for Huron County.
Lorain County was the first ever partnership between a Community Foundation and Public School System. Our School Endowment Funds provide significant and permanent resources for all of our public school districts as well as several private schools.
Organizational Endowment Funds are not affiliates in the same sense, but many local nonprofit organizations and churches have entrusted their endowments to the Community Foundation, both as an incentive for donors and to gain from our superior investment returns.
The Community Foundation is proud to add the MAJIC Foundation to our family. The Mary and Joseph Ignat Catalyst Foundation is our first supporting organization, created to meet the specific philanthropic needs of the donors while providing a permanent legacy to their family.
The Community Foundation of Lorain County provides flexible options to allow donors to meet both their financial and charitable needs, with the ultimate goal of making our community a better place to work, live, learn and play.