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New Advancement Officer to Lead Fund for Huron County Development Efforts

Michele Skinn hired as Advancement Officer, brings extensive background to work.

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Michele SkinnMichele Skinn will be providing her expertise and talent to lead the Fund for Huron County's (the Fund) advancement activities as its Advancement Officer, taking over the position from Steve Fries. 

Michele has an extensive development background including 15 years as Director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation in Norwalk, Ohio. 

She also served in senior development positions with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kent State University.

In the past volunteer Board members have worked to grow the Fund to its current asset level of $3.5 million and have awarded over $380,000 in competitive grants in support of charitable programs serving Huron County residents.

Michele’s extensive expertise in nonprofit development will take growing awareness of the Fund throughout Huron County to the next level and assist those individuals, businesses, and organizations who desire to make a lasting gift to charitable causes in the county.  

The Fund for Huron County is an Affiliate Fund of the Community Foundation of Lorain County.  The Community Foundation will continue to provide back office support to Michele and the Fund’s Board. 

Skinn stated, “I am looking forward to working with area residents to help them realize their charitable goals.  The opportunity to ensure that resources are available for current and future programs to improve our community is something about which I’m very excited.”

Denny Camp, who chairs the Fund for Huron County Board, stated that

I, along with the rest of the Board, am delighted to have Michele join the Fund as the Advancement Officer. When the Board was tasked with having to replace Steve Fries, we all put our wish lists together of who we felt could take the Fund to the next level. Michele was at the top of the list so we started the interview process and, as they say, the rest was history. She has jumped in with both feet and is very eager to help the Fund and Community grow.   

Skinn works out of the Fund for Huron County office located within The Opportunity Center of the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation at 12 Benedict Avenue in Norwalk. The Fund for Huron County website is www.fundforhuroncounty.peoplewhocare.org.

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