October CEO Blog

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Something I really enjoy about the work of the Community Foundation is always having something to look forward to: an initiative taking flight, an opportunity to learn more from our partners, one of our affiliate funds engaging with our community, or simply seeing the impressive impact of the non-profits we support. While we are still celebrating the tremendous Connect to a Cause, which raised over $277K in September, we also are always looking forward. And there is so much for us all to look forward to.

First, it is not too late to apply for the Service-Learning grants available through our Youth Fund. Led by an impressive group of young people, the Youth Fund awards grants to teachers who provide youth development and educational opportunities to our students in Lorain County. These grants benefit the dedicated educators making a difference in their communities and classrooms, while the Youth Fund participants learn more about grant making and philanthropy. This is truly a win-win. Our African American Community Fund grant cycle is now open and taking applications from non-profit organizations working to improve the quality of life for the African American community of Lorain County. Please encourage teachers and non-profits to apply for these two opportunities.

Our Community Foundation is committed to exploring new ways of achieving our mission and to exchanging ideas with others who may challenge our ways of thinking and our approach the work. We also are excited to attend the Philanthropy Ohio Conference the last week of October. This annual gathering brings together our peers from across the state to learn from one another, hear from thought leaders, and engage in conversations about the important topics and trends in philanthropy locally and nationally. This year’s event is even more exciting for the Community Foundation as our very own Brittany Lovett serves on the membership committee for the conference and was recently nominated to the Board of Trustees. Congratulations, Britt! We know you will bring your creativity, knowledge, and experience to this role.

Finally, we are looking forward to our Board Emeritus Luncheon on November 2nd at Lorain County JVS. This event is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with former board members who remain connected to the Community Foundation and the work of our partners in Lorain County. We are grateful for their commitment, wisdom, and generosity.

Here’s to looking forward with excitement and gratitude.

Be well,