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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


Our Guiding Light

August 22, 2019
Welcome – an inviting expression that makes me feel as though I am home whenever and wherever I hear it – or see it.  The Lorain Lighthouse (pictured below) has welcomed boaters and sailors safely home for decades, as well as serving as a guidepost for navigation, much as our new Strategic Plan will serve as a guiding light for your Community Foundation.  

Dog Days of Summer

July 23, 2019
Yes, summer has definitely arrived. Here’s hoping that you are enjoying our Great Lake Erie on or near the water, strolling along a lovely path in the Lorain County MetroParks,

Happy Summer!

June 27, 2019
Happy summer!  Here at your Community Foundation of Lorain County, we launched summer with our Annual Meeting.  

A Time for Celebrations

May 20, 2019
Happy May!  What a special time of year for so many families.  Families and communities come together to celebrate all manner of graduations, from kindergarten to middle school, high school, college and graduate school, all marked with ceremonies attended by loved ones.


April 22, 2019
Welcome.  What a kind word.  The act of greeting someone or an action to greet someone in a glad, polite or friendly way.  We have enjoyed the opportunity to welcome so many folks to the Community Foundation of Lorain County during the month of April.

Happy Spring!

March 19, 2019
Happy Spring!  March Madness is upon us; congratulations to all of our local winter athletes for completing their seasons, and we are excited that Spring Training has begun.  The days are longer, the sun is brighter, the temperatures are (slightly) warmer, and we all live near a Great Lake.

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

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

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

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

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

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

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

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

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

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

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