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Toledo Community Foundation

Donor Stories

For the Love of Children
At the end of Katherine Gruber Smith's life, she returned a great blessing to the children of the region she originally called home - a gift of $1 million to the benefit young people in need.  Read about how her legacy lives on through funds created at the Waterville Community Foundation, an affiliate of Toledo Community Foundation. 

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Hussien and Randa Shousher: Engaging Others to Change Lives
When Hussien and Randa Mansour Shousher first contacted the Toledo Community Foundation, it was to establish a donor advised fund. But before long, the relationship turned into one of collaboration and community engagement that extended well beyond what they had originally envisioned.

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Growing A Community Legacy
Mary Mennel was involved with YMCA Storer Camps from the third grade on. Eventually, she was made the Summer Director for 6th and 7th graders and Director of Outdoor Education. After 17 years, Mary decided it was time for a new direction.  Now, after 26 years, as Executive Director of The 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, OH, Mary has decided to continue support of these two organizations in a lasting way.  Find out more here!

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A life that's still Making Waves
In an era when a woman’s place was very different from what it is today, she was a pioneer.”

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Planning ahead for Lifelong Giving
Darcy is one of the youngest people in the 40-year history of the Foundation to establish a Donor Advised Fund. "I knew giving was something I wanted to do with my whole life - not just the end of my life."

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Giving That Just Makes Sense

Recognizing that estate planning objectives and priorities can change, Ken and Jean Lovejoy found the flexibility offered by the Foundation was the answer to obtaining their charitable goals.  

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Two Hearts, Two Homes, Two Funds

Kiriyanthan and Thresiamma Jacob left their homeland of India to make their home in Northwest Ohio.  Two careers, two children, and twelve grandchildren later, the Jacobs decided to work with the Foundation to provide for community needs here as well as support causes important to them in India. 

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Generations of Generosity
In the Carson family, giving has been a foundation of happiness for generations. Through their own funds at Toledo Community Foundation, the Brady’s and Fedderke’s continue a lifestyle of giving learned from their parents, Sam and Alice Carson.

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Berlin Donor Story
For Dave and Jean Ann Berlin of Hudson, Michigan, making their community a better place was a little more difficult than they imagined.

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West Donor Story
His years of serving as a volunteer with the Toledo Community Foundation influenced By West and his wife, Laura, to establish a Legacy Society fund at the Foundation. Although now living in Harbor Springs, Michigan, they care about the Toledo community and its future.

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