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Toledo Community Foundation

TCF Donor Stories


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.

A Lived-In Legacy
John and Lois Shelly are at ease, having made a retained life estate gift to Toledo Community Foundation. Gifting their home to the Foundation while still living in it was the answer for this couple, who wanted to leave a gift to our community and didn’t want to leave the disposition of their home someday with their son.

Someone Cares
For Marilyn Fox there is nothing more important than giving women and children the strength to rebuild their lives after abuse.  Through a fund at Toledo Community Foundation, she is helping women and children put their lives back together. 

Lasting Love
Upon the death of his wife, Mary, retired Toledo Municipal Court Judge Robert Penn decided that establishing a fund at Toledo Community Foundation was the perfect way to honor her and give support to organizations that meant so much to her during her life. 

How A Legend Created A Legacy
Bob Fondessy had every right to be proud of Oregon since he was one of the founding fathers of the city in 1957. Bob passed away in 2009, but he will be remembered for many years to come as annual grants will be made to many organizations he designated to support in the community he called home.

How Cousins Honor Their Grandparents
Clyde and Marian Sluhan’s six grandchildren grew up hearing stories of how their grandparents worked hard to survive the depression and start a business. The cousins feel their grandparents would be proud of their philanthropy and satisfied they learned the lesson of giving from them.

A Son’s Wish
Tom and Lynnette Titus’s small son had one wish. He wanted to have more flowers in their yard.  Read their story to learn how their estate will support their son’s wish, and remember Ryan. 

New Family Tradition
When Jeff and Inge Klopping gather their adult children for Thanksgiving, they do more than just enjoy a traditional feast. They share the bounties of their good fortune by selecting charities to receive much needed support.  Read their story to learn how they are giving back to our community and, at the same time, teaching their children to do the same.

Lessons of Giving
During their 50 years of marriage, Dick and Fran Anderson of Maumee have nurtured the spirit of giving. Read their story to learn how they will continue their very important service to the community.

Wishes for Tomorrow
Talking about death is never easy, but for Ken and Rita Martin of Sylvania it was a necessity. With the guidance of the Foundation, they have created a fund to support organizations that are important to them and their family.

Family Influences Commitments: Jim and Nancy Lapp
Taking advice from his father, Jim Lapp and his wife Nancy set up their own Donor Advised Fund to support higher education – a cause their family has supported for over 85 years.

Legal Experts Appreciate Counsel: Shumaker Loop & Kendrick’s story
Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP established a fund to make charitable gifts in the four communities where it has offices. The Foundation has much to offer businesses so they can focus on their mission.

Quiet Giver Creates Compassionate Legacy
Honoring this donor’s wishes, his name and gift remain anonymous, but this quiet giver has created a lasting legacy in our community for generations.

Schmidt Donor Story
To further his dad's philanthropic philosophy in the community, Tom Schmidt of Rossford makes charitable donations to organizations that help people help themselves.

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.

Mud Hens Donor Story
To make sure that children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the thrills at Fifth Third Field, the Toledo Mud Hens created the Helping Hens Fund through the Toledo Community Foundation's Center for Corporate & Business Philanthropy.

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.

Williamson's Donor Story
From his childhood, John Williamson vividly remembers taking an elementary school field trip to Severance Hall in Cleveland to hear the Cleveland Symphony.

Family Philanthropy: David and Georgia Welles

A spirit of "family philanthropy" was something David Welles, Sr., inherited from his father, and he wanted to ensure that the family tradition was kept alive. A TCF donor advised fund provided him the means to do so, and to engage his own children and grandchildren in the process. They now maintain three funds at the Foundation, focusing on children, culture and quality of life issues not only in the Toledo area, but across the nation.

The Rubini Family Story
After the sudden death of their 10-year-old daughter, Claire, in 2000, Brad and Julie Rubini wanted to honor their daughter and keep her spirit alive by focusing on her love of books, storytelling and music. An easy-to-establish TCF Donor Advised Fund gave them a simple way to maintain a legacy in her honor.

Leaving a Legacy: Harold and Charlotte Shaffer
The Shaffers ensured a permanent legacy of contribution to their community through a combination of Directed and Field of Interest Funds at the Foundation.

Embracing Nature and Tiffany: Steve and Penny Staelin
Tiffany Staelin had a unique passion for life and the world around her, and with her untimely death at the age of 31 her family and friends felt something should be done to support Tiffany's interests. Through a TCF donor advised fund, they are able to ensure that her spirit lives on.

Nurturing the Family Tree: Dr. Amjad and Dottie Hussain

Almost 100 years after his grandfather became a physician in Pakistan, S. Amjad Hussain, M.D. began his medical career in Toledo and felt an obligation to build bridges of understanding between the two countries. The Foundation was able to help him convert a donation of real estate into a donor advised fund that will support the Toledo community in perpetuity.

Perennial Giving: Sam Carson
Toledo resident Sam Carson wanted to preserve a family tradition of giving, while also allowing his entire family to participate in deciding how their charitable dollars should be distributed. With the assistance of the Foundation, the Carson Family Metroparks Fund and Carson Family Fund have helped them make perennial giving a true family affair.

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