Richland County Foundation funds summer youth programs, more

MANSFIELD – The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $262,503 in grants during its April board meeting. More than $100,000 in grants went to fund 24 paid summer interns at Richland County nonprofit organizations from the Fran and Warren Rupp Donor Advised Fund.

The Summertime Kids Committee chaired by Foundation Board of Trustee member Julie McCready and members from the community awarded 35 Summertime Kid grants totaling $63,225.05. The grants of up to $2,500 were given to support creative, educational and fun-filled activities for hundreds of Richland County children.

The Board of Trustees approved grants from donor advised funds which allows individuals and families the opportunity to make grant suggestions to favorite charities. Donor Advised Funds are a flexible and convenient alternative to a private foundation. It is also a way to keep charitable contributions anonymous, at the preference of the donor.

The following organizations received grants from donor advised funds: Akron Children’s Hospital; Ashland University; Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo; Children’s Cupboard; City of Mansfield; Discovery School; First Congregational Church; Fun Center Chordsmen; Harmony House Homeless Services, Inc.; Kingwood Center Gardens; Little Buckeye Children’s Museum; Mansfield Art Center; Mansfield UMADAOP; Mosaic Church; NCSC Foundation; North End Community Improvement; Collaborative, Inc; Ohio Bird Sanctuary; OSU; Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center; RCDG; Reinhardt University; Renaissance Performing Arts Association; Richland Academy of the Arts; Richland County Foundation; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building; The Friends of Gorman Nature Center; The Salvation Army; United Way of Richland County; Waleska United Methodist Church; About the Richland County Foundation.

The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3, was established in 1945 as a way for individuals to pool and invest their gifts for the long-term good of Richland County and its residents.

The Foundation helps people in Richland County give back to their community by investing their gifts for charity wisely so that grants can be made to improve the quality of life for all of the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.

For information contact Maura Teynor at 419-525-3020 or


Staff report