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.

From the CEOs Desk

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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.

Is it a Dragon or is it Love?

April 5, 2018
Recently, a few of our staff were circled around at a new piece of art on display in our lobby and discussing what it “said” to them. One clearly saw a dragon, another saw the word “love,” and yet another saw the churning ocean surf. They were all correct.

Doing What You Can

March 14, 2018
In the face of things you can’t control, focusing on what you CAN do makes a difference, for yourself, for the well-being of those close to you, and for helping comfort someone in distress. Read more about what the Youth Fund Advisory Board is doing through the 2018 Lorain County Youth Summit to help fellow students cope with major crises, or even just day-to-day academic pressures.

The Power of Opportunity: Turning Dreams into Degrees

February 12, 2018
We connect people who care with causes that matter. Caring about the education of our youth in Lorain County is certainly a cause that matters. The Community Foundation has a long history of ensuring access to education in Lorain County.  

Mindful Giving, Blessed Community

December 12, 2017
As we approach year end we are mindful of all of our supporters. It is our mission to connect you to the causes that matter most to you and to our communities, and that becomes so apparent this time of year.  

Appreciating our Blessings

November 7, 2017
With Thanksgiving approaching rapidly, it is a wonderful time to appreciate all of our blessings.  I want to share a few things for which I am grateful… Among the more obvious of these blessings for which I am grateful is my new organization and role supporting our community.  I am delighted and yet humbled.  How rewarding it is to be working here with our Board, our staff, and our community volunteers.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work with and for an organization so committed to supporting our community.  And I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know so many more people and stakeholders who share our passion and make all of this work in our community possible. 

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 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.

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

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

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

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

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

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

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