Elyria, OH, March 3, 2017
Brian Frederick has announced his retirement from his position as president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County by the end of 2017.
“I’ve thought through this decision for some time. Our staff and board are competent, engaged, and committed and the Community Foundation is strong. This is an opportune time for a new leader to take this phenomenal organization to the next level. While I will miss the people and work, I am excited and confident about the bright future of the Community Foundation,” said Brian Frederick.
The Community Foundation was founded in 1980 and is powered through public donations that are forever preserved and fuel community impact by awarding $5.8 million in grants and scholarships annually. When Frederick was hired in 1998 the organization’s assets totaled $56 million and it held 200 endowment Funds. Currently, the assets of the Community Foundation are $122 million, an increase of 120% with 619 endowment Funds.
During Frederick’s tenure, the Community Foundation awarded $70 million in grants and another $8 million in scholarships. That $70 million translates to over 7,500 grants that touch hundreds of nonprofit organizations, providing sustainable funding that ensure uninterrupted critical services to the community. Additionally, 5,000 scholarships help thousands of Lorain County students pursue a degree.
“Brian’s contributions to the Community Foundation and Lorain County mean so much more than reciting the number of grants and millions of dollars awarded. His leadership has always been visionary, holding our work to higher levels of standards, efficacy, and accountability. I am blessed to have known him for many years; he will be dearly missed,” said Community Foundation board chair Farnaz Ansari Berna.
A search committee of current and former Community Foundation Board of Directors will review potential candidates nationally and locally from the region.
Frederick has contributed countless hours to building capacity for Lorain County’s nonprofit organizations. He created a mechanism and provided trainings for individuals on how to be good board members, creating a network of savvy volunteers that took those leadership skills to any nonprofit board on which they served. The Ohio Small Business Development Center has assumed the role of providing these trainings.
With Frederick’s leadership, the Community Foundation became first community foundation in the nation to receive accreditation with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® in 2005, the first year the Standards were established. In January 2017, the Community Foundation was re-confirmed for accreditation.
Recognizing a need to have a closer relationship with its Affiliate Funds (African American Community Fund, Fund for Huron County, Hispanic Fund, Women’s Fund, and Youth Fund) and to connect with all of the communities in Lorain County, the Community Foundation conducted an 18-month initiative examining its practices through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) lens. The DEI work transformed how the Community Foundation functions, both internally and externally, and would not have been accomplished without Frederick’s leadership.
The Community Foundation received the Michael G. Shinn for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy award from Philanthropy Ohio award in 2016 in recognition of this work. Community recognitions also include The Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Community Leadership, for which Frederick was recognized in 2014. He also received a lifetime achievement award for philanthropy in 2013 from Philanthropy Ohio.
In addition to his work at the Community Foundation, Frederick is also chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future board of directors and has been involved with the collaboration since its creation in 2004, providing a Lorain County presence in the regional economic sector. He teaches Community Foundation Fundamentals for the Center for Community Foundation Excellence, and a founding member of the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures, a four-state collaboration for innovation in community philanthropy.