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.

Create a Fund

Our goal at the Community Foundation of Lorain County is to help donors find options that make sense financially for them and have the greatest impact on the community. We provide a wide variety of giving options, types of funds and complete support services to allow donors to turn their charitable dreams intro permanent legacies.

Creating a fund at the Foundation is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

  1. Give it a name.
  2. Give it a purpose.
  3. Give it funds.

How an Endowment Works

  • With a gift of $10,000, a donor can establish a named fund ($25,000 for scholarship funds) for almost any charitable purpose (elder care, environmental issues, the arts) and at any of various levels of involvement. The $10,000 can be reached over a five year period. The fund will not start making grants until it reaches $10,000.
  • The principal of your fund is never spent, and it can grow over time to generate an increasing stream of funding devoted to your interest areas and this community.
  • Earnings are used to make grants that meet community needs. Your gift – and all future income from your gift – is a permanent source of community funding that makes good works possible, forever.

Why Give through an Endowment

Personalized Service

We make giving easy and effective. We offer a number of great giving options, and we accept a wide variety of gifts. You can contribute cash, stocks, bonds, property, bequests, and more. You may establish a fund in your name or in the name of a loved one. In most cases, your gift qualifies for maximum tax advantage under federal law.

Local Expertise

Our in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities, and resources that shape our community is at your service. We monitor all areas of community need – including human services, education, the environment, healthcare, the arts, and economic development. We can help you learn more about local organizations and programs that make a difference in areas you care about most.

Community Leadership

We bring diverse people and organizations together to address local issues and opportunities. We invest in the long term. Our business is building a strong community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

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

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