We connect people who care with causes that matter

The Community Foundation of Lorain County is dedicated to enriching the lives of those living and working in Lorain County, Ohio.

Mission and Values



We connect people who care with causes that matter. 



Lorain County is a thriving community through giving. 


Core Values:


Providing the best service to all.


Always doing the right thing.


Diversity, inclusion, and equity are integral to the success of the community and Community Foundation of Lorain County.


Putting self aside for the betterment of the whole.


Provide education about, and philanthropic opportunities to address important community issues.


Regarding Leadership:

As an institution permanently anchored in Lorain County, the Community Foundation strives to be an open and inclusive vehicle focused on issues important to our donors and community.  We craft endowed funds and invest subsequent grants spanning a full spectrum of issues, driven largely by the collective, varied, and charitable interests of our donors.  However, we recognize that the Foundation is uniquely positioned, and has a responsibility, to provide leadership on issues of importance to our community. Because we cannot anticipate what these issues might be or how we might respond, we created a Leadership Treatise to guide or actions and to serve as a community promise for our behavior.  (click to view)

We believe the perpetuity of our efforts are linked to sustainable practices.

We value excellence, which we define as providing the best service to all.

We believe integrity is our greatest asset and value trust earned with fiscal responsibility, ethical stewardship, and transparency

We provide a permanent instrument for receiving and managing charitable gifts and bequests.

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

We believe access to the CFLC should be fair, inclusive, and equitable.

We support innovative programs and act as a catalyst in identifying problems and sharing information with individuals, other foundations, and corporations.

We work to mobilize individuals to become active partners in building a better community.

We exercise and promote leadership in meeting the changing needs and opportunities in the community.

We value community, which we define as putting self aside for the betterment of the whole.

Through our efforts, the Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and to instill a greater sense of unity in Lorain County.

We value integrity, which we define as always doing the right thing.

We believe strategy, creativity, and adaptability are keys to thriving in a constantly changing world.