A Gift that Keeps on Giving

In December 2018, the Community Foundation of Lorain County granted more than $1 million to 51 organizations serving Lorain County residents. This is the first time that a single grant cycle has awarded more than $1 million, thanks to the compassion of donors like you. Grant awards focused on major areas of health and wellness, nutrition, educational enrichment, substance abuse, public safety, workforce development, and the arts. On behalf of thousands of children and families, we thank you for your generosity.  

Lorain County residents have always found ways to infuse their passion and care for others in their philanthropic gifts. This tradition continues with contemporary artist and master printmaker, David Jansheski, who bequeathed his entire estate to the Community Foundation in 2014 to create the David C. Jansheski Fund for the Arts.  The estate included his extensive art collection, and the contents of his studio and home.  Some 800 pieces were found in his collection.  His gift ensured his legacy of supporting the arts in Lorain County forever.

Initially, the bequest inspired a collection of Mother’s Day cards in March of 2017, the sale of which supported the Women’s Fund, an Affiliate Fund of Community Foundation.  The first gallery showing and sale of his work took place in September of 2018 at Lorain County Community College.   The catalogue of sales from that show can be viewed here.

And now, David’s legacy provides yet another way for some of the citizens of Lorain County to enjoy his work.  During the spring of 2018, the Foundation exhibited several of his prints in the Friends Corner Dining Room at the Stephens Care Center at Kendal of Oberlin.  They were so well received, several residents worked with Community Foundation staff to have nine of the prints donated to Kendal for the Friends Corner.  They further worked with the Workshop Gallery to frame them at a reduced cost.  The members of the Kendal Art Committee secured more than $1000 in donations to help defray framing costs.  They are now installed in Friends Corner Dining Room, along with some other favorite pieces that were already there. 

This most recent effort highlights how the extended community that the Foundation serves in partnership with so many others works together.  David’s work continues to inspire and bring enjoyment to people who might not otherwise have a chance to see it.  And it continues to help support the arts and the arts community.  If you have an interest in any of these wonderful David Jansheski prints, please let us know as we continue to share this wonderful gift with the larger community served by Community Foundation of Lorain County.