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

From the CEOs Desk


February -- a Good Time to be Mindful

February 25, 2019
Each month throughout the year brings with it pros and cons.  For some reason, February seems to make its disadvantages more evident, cluttering our roads and sustaining temperatures many of us are ready to jettison.  Yet with some introspection, February can call to mind our collective need to learn to be – and to practice being – mindful.  Overcoming those seasonal annoyances and tasks and just being – mindful.

Thoughts on a Snowy Morning

January 16, 2019
We hope you had a fantastic holiday season!  Here we are into the New Year, preparing our resolutions and trying to remember how to dress for the coldest month.  January is the beginning of the calendar year, and it’s always a good time to reflect on the extraordinary work being done in our Lorain County communities every day.  It is also a great time to visit with our community partners and review strategic planning ideas.  In doing both, we are reminded just how blessed we are – in what we have been able to do so far, and in what we still have the opportunity to accomplish. 

Holiday Greetings

December 20, 2018
Warmest holiday greetings from all of us at the Community Foundation of Lorain County.

Give Thanks, Serve Others, Celebrate Together

November 6, 2018
As we prepare to join cherished friends and family members this November, I feel a great sense of excitement and anticipation.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It is a time of family and harvest; a celebration of people, memories, and places for which we are thankful; and a time to express our gratitude to those around us.

Happy Autumn

October 3, 2018
Happy Autumn.  It’s such a beautiful time of year – the morning air will be crisp, the apples are ripe, and pumpkins are everywhere – even in your coffee!  What a great time to be living in Lorain County.  At your Community Foundation we are excited about both the season and the launch of a process to plan our future.  

School Endowment Funds have far reaching benefits for our schools and communities.

September 16, 2018
“Back to school” is not only an effective ad campaign, but it is also a mindset we adopt every year as summer ends and fall begins.  Our kids are “back to school,” beginning a new academic year with all the extracurricular activities and programs that enrich their lives as students.

Changing the conversation about addiction can be the most powerful cure of all.

August 20, 2018
In 2015, nearly 21 million Americans suffered from a substance use disorder.  That is more than the number of people who have all cancers, combined.  Right here in Lorain County we face a significant health, economic, and social threat because of this disease.  Last year, over 130 people died from opioid abuse or misuse.  And there was a $200M dollar economic burden.

Life’s Most Persistent and Urgent Question is…

July 2, 2018
How wonderful and inspiring it was to gather together in celebration of this wonderful community we call home.  For those who could join to celebrate with us, thank you for coming.  And for those not present with us, I want to share a piece of the conversation we started with everyone.

Will You Join Us?

June 7, 2018
The work I am privileged to do on behalf of the Community Foundation has allowed me to more deeply connect with this great community we call home.  It reminds me daily that strong personal connections between members of a community play a critical role in keeping our communities healthy and thriving.

Corporate Giving through the Community Foundation

May 9, 2018
Recently, I had the pleasure to speak with members of our business community at an event hosted by the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce. The response to my talk generated productive conversations and hopefully the beginnings of a few exciting collaborations.  I want to share some highlights from that presentation with you, our friends and business community partners.
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We provide a permanent instrument for receiving and managing charitable gifts and bequests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

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

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