3,600 Stories… and Counting
Ohio’s philanthropies are making incredible impacts in their communities—impacts I’ve learned about in recent conversations and media. Here are just a few of the stories of the state’s foundations, federated funds and United Ways who support their grantee partners.
The Wilson-Sheehan Foundation’s funding is bringing SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) to Springfield city schools, as described in this recent news article. SPARK is an incredibly successful program, begun in 2003 in Canton that is now in nine Ohio counties. The program is a family-focused, in-home program that improves children’s transitions into elementary education.
The Cleveland Foundation is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a monthly gift to the community. On May 24 – following record-breaking attendance at the zoo that was part of its April gift – the foundation will celebrate its longtime support to cultural institutions in University Circle by sponsoring free admission to Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Western Reserve Historical Society.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s annual report, which includes videos (watch a few here), tells the story of the organization’s impact. With its investment of over $50 million last year, its efforts resulted in a 180 percent increase in quality early care and education and $20 million in tax returns to local families.
The Community Foundation for Perry County (administered by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio) sent 8th grade students from Sheridan Middle School to Washington, DC. It was the first the school had sent students to DC, where they had a full agenda of activities they’ll remember for years to come.
FirstEnergy employees – with support from the company – conducted fundraisers that resulted in their contributing the equivalent of 2.2 million meals during the Harvest for Hunger campaign. Employees raised more than $310,000 from bake sales, office salad bars and pizza lunches and more than 16 tons of food in six states where the company operates.
These are just a few of Ohio’s philanthropic impact stories. What’s yours?
Claudia Y. W. Herrold
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