Dog Days of Summer

 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, tasting a cool ice cream cone, taking in our national pastime at the ballpark, or lounging near a community pool.  We too are enjoying the Dog Days of Summer with our Board and staff, finalizing our strategic plan, and meeting with our community partners and stakeholders.


Our canine companions practiced a little dog yoga with Bernie enjoying his Savasana while Bogie assumed his downward dog pose.  We say, “Namaste”.

 As you read this, we are preparing for our Women’s Networking event this Thursday evening, July 25th, at the MetroParks Henry’s Barn in Oberlin.  It aligns with our plan’s first strategic goal:  Cultivating a Culture of Philanthropy in Lorain County.  Events such as this continue to support the great work of the Foundation and our mission:  Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter.

I am excited to check in and meet with our new Youth Fund members this week and discuss their priorities for the coming school year.  Our first meeting is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, August 25th.  Our youth are so active that it actually turns out that Sunday afternoon best fits with the high school students’ schedules.  We are seeking to grow this group; think about the youth in your orbit.  You may know a high school student with an interest in philanthropy and our community needs, and more broadly cultivating a culture of philanthropy in Lorain County.   Please share our Youth Fund application with youth that you may know.  It serves as an invitation to join us before the first meeting.  Last year the Youth Fund distributed over twenty thousand dollars in grants to Lorain County nonprofit organizations that help young people.

Finally, while we are enjoying the summer, we also are looking ahead to events in September.  On the heels of Labor Day – specifically, Thursday, September 5th  – we are hosting all community nonprofits (I prefer to call them “for purpose” organizations) with BVU at Lorain County Community College.  The purpose of the meeting is to share optimal strategies and practices for Boards of Trustees at nonprofits.  If you are associated with any such organization, or if you are merely interested in the role of a board in nonprofit organizations, please join us as we continue to develop ways to support all of our community partners in this place we call home!