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The Boards of Trustees of Greater Toledo Community Foundation and Waterville Community Foundation recently approved eight grants totaling $47,600 from the Katherine R. Smith Funds for Youth to support programs in northwest Ohio that enhance the lives of young people under the age of 18.  

  • Advocating Opportunity –$8,000 was awarded to support trauma-responsive legal assistance and social service programming for youth who have been victimized by human trafficking.
  • Anthony Wayne Community Food Ministry – $8,000 was awarded to support the weekend food bag program for families in the Anthony Wayne School district.
  • Courageous Community Services – $7,900 was awarded to support the Courageous Acres Peer Buddy Summer Camp program.
  • Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center – $4,000 was awarded to support the Children’s Advocacy Center.
  • Nature’s Nursery – $3,700 was awarded to support wildlife and conservation education programming for elementary school students in Monclova, Waterville or Whitehouse, Ohio.
  • Riverbend Equine Therapy Services, Inc. d.b.a. H.O.O.V.E.S – $4,000 was awarded to support an equine-assisted healing program that helps young people build self-esteem and communication skills.
  • The Ridge Project – $7,000 was awarded to support a skills-based film and character training program for juvenile offenders at the Lucas County Youth Treatment Center.
  • Toledo Zoo –$5,000 was awarded to provide memberships to qualifying families from the Anthony Wayne School district.

The Katherine R. Smith Funds for Youth provide support for programming that enhances the lives of young people up to age 18, with an emphasis on serving children with developmental disabilities or those who have been abused.  Any organization with services benefitting youth residing in Lucas or Wood Counties are encouraged to apply, with preference given to those that serve residents of Waterville and the Anthony Wayne Local School District. The annual deadline for proposals is January 31. 

Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area.  In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 970 funds with assets of approximately $400 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

The Board of Trustees of Greater Toledo Community Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $6,000 from The Fund for Islamic Understanding, Education and Dialog to support programs of four nonprofit organizations. The Fund for Islamic Understanding, Education and Dialog supports projects, programs or services that provide educational opportunities that promote greater understanding of Muslims and the Islamic faith.

  • Habitat for Humanity – Maumee Valley – a $3,000 grant was awarded to support the 2024 Faith Build project.
  • The Foundation of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Inc. – a $3,000 grant was awarded to the Islamic Food Bank of Toledo Weekender food bag program.

The Fund for Islamic Understanding, Education and Dialog of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation supports education or direct service programming that provide Muslims and non-Muslims opportunities to work together and engage in interpersonal dialogue and may be used to support multi-faith events if there is a significant emphasis on the Islamic faith.

Fund for Islamic Understanding Grants – April 2024 / 2 Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area.  In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 970 funds with assets of approximately $400 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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After 20 years as President and CEO of Greater Toledo Community Foundation, Keith Burwell has informed the Board of Directors of his intention to retire. An exact timeline for his retirement has not yet been determined, and Mr. Burwell has assured the Board that he will allow ample time to facilitate a smooth and seamless leadership transition.

During his leadership, Keith oversaw growth of Foundation assets from $80 million to more than $400 million, added more than 1,000 new funds, and produced investment of more than $270 million in community grants to support various causes.

An eight-member committee chaired by Hussein Shousher has begun a process to identify a successor with the skills and experience to uphold and advance the Foundation’s mission, values and goals. This has included securing input from our internal stakeholders as well as over 20 community leaders. Their input was greatly appreciated.

The committee completed a success profile and position description and has posted the opening. Details can be found here.

Greater Toledo Community Foundation Board of Trustees recently elected new officers of the Board of Trustees and welcomed three new members.

The elected officers for 2024 are Mr. Mike Gibbons, Chair (President & CEO, Mainstreet Ventures, Inc.); Mr. Jay Morgan, Vice Chair (COO, ReNew); Ms. Brandi R. Carson, Treasurer (La-Z-Boy, Inc.); and Ms. Tiffany Cavanaugh, Secretary (Magistrate and Court Mediator).

Three individuals were elected as new Trustees to serve four-year terms beginning in March 2024: Mr. Nathan Anderson, president, InSitu Foods, Inc.; Ms. Elizabeth LaValley, attorney, LaValley, LaValley, Todak & Schaefer, Co., LPA; and Mr. Eugenio Mollo, Jr., clinical assistant professor of law, The University of Toledo.

About Greater Toledo Community Foundation

Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 950 funds with assets of approximately $417 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Greater Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Greater Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade, in partnership with The Center for Nonprofit Resources, announce the 2024 Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

Local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to nominate themselves for the awards by completing an application between now and May 31, 2024. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 30, 2024 at a special breakfast ceremony. Winners receive a one-of-a-kind glass award, a $7,500 unrestricted grant from Greater Toledo Community Foundation and a $1,000 unrestricted grant from The Andersons, plus a half-page ad in The Blade. 

About the Awards

The Blade and Greater Toledo Community Foundation, in partnership with The Center for Nonprofit Resources, are pleased to present the 14th annual Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Awards are designed to honor and recognize outstanding nonprofit organizations and their achievements in our community.

Awards will be given to three nonprofit organizations, one in each of the following categories:

  • Excellence in Collaborative Programming
  • Excellence in Strategic Action
  • Excellence in Organizational Operations

Awards Eligibility and Criteria

In each category, applicant organizations should meet the following general eligibility criteria: 

  • Applicant must be a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and based in northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan.
  • Organizations may apply for, and are eligible to win in, more than one award category, but must submit a separate application for each category and must address the criteria specific to each award.
  • Once an organization has received an award, that organization will become ineligible for that same award for the following three years.

All organizations are required to submit due diligence documentation with their online application to Greater Toledo Community Foundation. Documentation includes: 

  • A copy of the organizational budget for the current fiscal year;
  • A copy of the audited financial statements for the most recent year available – if unavailable, the unaudited income and expense statement and balance sheet must be provided;
  • A list of board members with affiliations; and
  • A copy of the applicant’s tax exemption letter from the Internal Revenue Service.

The submission must include:

  • A high quality electronic version of the organization’s logo, and 
  • Three original electronic high resolution photos (300 DPI or higher) that depict the organization’s mission and services.

These items will be used as part of the award ceremony for organizations selected as finalists. Winners will not be announced in advance of the ceremony. As part of the review process, any applicant may be requested to submit additional supplemental information.

AWARDS CRITERIA

Excellence in Collaborative Programming

This award showcases a joint initiative that leverages the skills and resources of multiple nonprofit partners to deliver excellent service to residents of northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan. Creative partnerships lead to greater impact in the community by reaching underserved audiences and avoiding duplication of service. Applications that clearly address the following will receive priority consideration: 

  • Description – Provide a description of the specific project for which the application is being made. Include details about how the project represents a creative solution to a community challenge.
  • Collaboration – Fully describe all partners contributing to project success including, but not limited to, nonprofit organizations, businesses, governmental agencies or funders. 
  • Results – Provide a description of how the project is evaluated and what measurable, positive results have ensued.

Applications for the Excellence in Collaborative Programming Award will be accepted here until midnight on May 31. Apply here

Please note, there is only one application. Within the application, organizations choose which category they wish to apply for; if an organization wishes to apply for two awards, they will need to complete and submit two separate applications.

Excellence in Strategic Action

This award highlights organizations that have strategically expanded programming or pivoted to a new service delivery model to better meet a community need. Priority consideration will be given to projects that utilized data and metrics to identify a gap in service, aligned with community-wide planning efforts to ensure activities did not duplicate existing services and successfully implemented and sustained the expansion. It is anticipated that projects will still be active and have completed the strategic action within the past five years, but the committee will consider older initiatives as well.  Applications that address the following will receive priority consideration:

  • Description – Describe how the opportunity for expansion or a new approach to service delivery was identified.  Detail the planning and implementation process. Clearly identify the need that was addressed through the strategic action including, but not limited to, reaching participants in an underserved geography, reaching a specific demographic or pursuing a policy change, etc. Note how the action has been sustained.
  • Results – Describe how success is measured.  Include any metrics that illustrate impact.

Applications for the Excellence in Strategic Action Award will be accepted here until midnight on May 31. Apply here

Please note, there is only one application. Within the application, organizations choose which category they wish to apply for; if an organization wishes to apply for two awards, they will need to complete and submit two separate applications.

Excellence in Organizational Operations

This award recognizes organizations for overall excellence. The strongest applications will demonstrate active involvement by staff, board members, volunteers and constituents in advancing the mission of the organization. Eligible applicants must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status for at least five years and have a local governance and management structure in place. Applications that cite examples of best practices within the following areas will receive priority consideration:

  • Governance – Provide examples that demonstrate organizational excellence in board management and engagement.
  • Financial Management & Fundraising – Provide examples that show the organization’s financial management is strong, transparent and accountable.  Describe the organization's development strategies including adherence to best practices and donor-centered approaches.
  • Evaluation/Community Impact – Cite examples of how outcome data is used to achieve the organization’s mission and how this impacts the community.

Applications for the Excellence in Organizational Operations Award will be accepted here until midnight on May 31. Apply here

Please note, there is only one application. Within the application, organizations choose which category they wish to apply for; if an organization wishes to apply for two awards, they will need to complete and submit two separate applications.

Print a copy of these Grant Guidelines here.

Awards Selection Process & Timeline

The award application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2024. Award applications must be submitted through Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s online application process. Award applications must be received by midnight of the application deadline.

Selection Committee

A GTCF selection committee comprised of past winners and community members with knowledge of area nonprofits will review the applications and select award winners in each category.

Recipient Prizes

All Award Recipients will receive:

  • The honor and distinction of being recognized as a leader among northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan’s nonprofits;
  • A one-of-a-kind glass art award engraved with the organization’s name;
  • An unrestricted grant from Greater Toledo Community Foundation in the amount of $7,500;
  • An unrestricted grant in the amount of $1,000 from The Andersons;
  • A half-page ad in The Blade;
  • A feature article highlighting the winning organizations in Greater Toledo Community Foundation‘s newsletter, and sharing of award winners via The Center for Nonprofit Resources’ e-newsletter and website; and
  • One table for ten (at no charge) to the recognition event to be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2024.

Awards Ceremony Information

Awards will be presented to winning organizations at the Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Awards ceremony and breakfast at The Pinnacle on Wednesday, October 30, 2024. Questions about the ceremony should be directed to Laura Sams at [email protected].
                                   

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TOLEDO, OHIO, February 22 – Keith Burwell, president of Greater Toledo Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Ronau as the Foundation’s new Director of Marketing & Communications. She will report to Abby Aldrich, executive vice president of operations and special projects. Sarah joined the Foundation on February 12.

“I am delighted to welcome Sarah to our team. She will be a great asset to GTCF, and we look forward to working with her on our upcoming marketing projects. Sarah’s skills and expertise will help us reach new heights of success”, says Abby.

Sarah was most recently the Director of Marketing at This Dot Labs, a remote global tech consultancy that prioritizes diverse community building and advancing the web. She worked closely with tech companies to develop and execute marketing strategies for developer tools and services. Additionally, she played a key role as a member of the company's strategy team, contributing to business strategic planning. Sarah oversaw editorial calendars for eight social media accounts spanning three brands and created content guides to educate content creators on utilizing inclusive language and maintaining brand voice.

Sarah holds a Master of Education from the University of Toledo and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in Creative Writing from the University of Toledo. With over 15 years of experience, she brings a wealth of writing and marketing experience to the Foundation.

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About Greater Toledo Community Foundation

Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 970 funds with assets of approximately $382 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Greater Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Keith Burwell, president of Greater Toledo Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Kurstyn Loeffler as the Foundation’s new Vice President of Philanthropic Services.

Kurstyn Loeffler joined the Foundation on January 2nd. She was most recently the Director of Bowling Green State University’s Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Her responsibilities included strategic direction, fundraising, stakeholder engagement and creating entrepreneurial programming and opportunities for students. She has more than 11 years of experience in management and leadership, with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.  

Kurstyn reports to Abigail Aldrich, Executive Vice President of Operations and Special Projects.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kurstyn Loeffler as our new Vice President of Philanthropic Services. Kurstyn is a Toledo area native with extensive experience working with family businesses. She is a visionary leader who will help us reach new heights of growth and innovation. We are confident that Kurstyn will be a valuable asset to our team and our fundholders. We look forward to seeing her impact within our organization and throughout the community.”

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About Greater Toledo Community Foundation

Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 970 funds with assets of approximately $382 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Greater Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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The Board of Trustees of Greater Toledo Community Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $443,696 from the Community Funds Impact and Builder Grants programs to nine organizations.

  • Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity – $85,833 was awarded to support a new neighborhood-oriented strategy to address housing needs that features deeper collaborations with grassroots organizations.
  • Monarch Grief Center – $15,000 was awarded to support specialized grief counseling services for those experiencing early life spousal loss, LGBTQ+ partner loss, sibling or child death or loss due to addiction or other circumstances.
  • Partners for Clean Streams – $45,761 was awarded to support the Community Water Action in Toledo project, a multi-agency collaboration that engages residents to collect information and monitor water quality in the Lake Erie basin.
  • The Cocoon – $52,102 was awarded to expand court-based domestic violence advocacy services in Wood County.
  • The Fair Housing Center – $50,000 was awarded to support the Housing Conditions and Reinvestment program, which provides legal advice and representation to Toledo-area tenants living in unsafe or unhealthy homes.
  • The Program, Inc. – $25,000 was awarded to support the Family Enrichment program.
  • Toledo Design Collective – $25,000 was awarded to support the Vacant Lot Reclamation project.
  • Toledo School for the Arts – $120,000 was awarded to support the Community Portal program designed to engage the public in arts-related projects.
  • Toledo Tomorrow – $25,000 was awarded to expand the college access program.

About Greater Toledo Community Foundation
Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 970 funds with assets of approximately $382 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Greater Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

The Board of Trustees of Greater Toledo Community Foundation recently approved grants totaling $498,779 from The Sisters of St. Francis (Sylvania) Foundation Donor Advised Fund. Grants were awarded to 16 area nonprofit organizations.  

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. – $50,000 was awarded to support the Immigration Advocacy Project.

Bittersweet Farms – $25,000 was awarded to support the Creative Arts program.

Cherry Street Mission Ministries – $15,000 was awarded to assist individuals transitioning from emergency shelter to permanent housing.

Girls on the Run – $9,250 was awarded to provide a physical activity-based youth development program and running shoes to 50 girls attending Toledo Public Schools.

Historic South Initiative – $50,000 was awarded to support an afterschool enrichment program for students attending the Queen of Apostles school.

La Conexion – $40,000 was awarded to support the Immigrant Rights project.

Logistic Assistance for Migrant People – $50,000 was awarded to assist immigrants in obtaining documents and to provide educational programming about the rights and responsibilities of persons living in the United States.

Lourdes University – $50,000 was awarded to support the Like Me program, which is dedicated to diversifying the local educator workforce by recruiting, preparing and supporting students of color for careers in teaching.

Nature’s Nursery – $40,000 was awarded to construct an aviary quarantine and rehabilitation facility.

Open Door Ministry – $9,000 was awarded to support sober recovery housing services for homeless men.

Partners for Clean Streams – $31,159 was awarded to support the Clean Your Streams program.

Sisters in Shelter – $50,000 was awarded to support the Tiffin-based safe haven that offers trauma-informed supportive services for women victimized by human trafficking.

Same Café – $30,000 was awarded to support the Same Café Toledo program, a pay it forward restaurant that provides diners access to healthy meals regardless of their ability to pay.

Social Services for the Arab Community – $10,000 was awarded to support the job skills development and employment program for limited English-speaking Arab immigrants.

Toledo Muslim Doctors Initiative/Halim Clinic – $15,000 was awarded to support healthcare services for immigrants, refugees and others who are uninsured.

Wood Lane Residential Services – $24,370 was awarded to support the Positive Connections program that provides individuals with intellectual disabilities with job skills training and career opportunities.

About Greater Toledo Community Foundation
Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 970 funds with assets of approximately $382 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Greater Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Toledo, Ohio, November 16, 2023 Greater Toledo Community Foundation (GTCF) is excited to announce, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, it will be lighting the Anthony Wayne Trail Gateway to the City in honor of the holidays.

At this time also, it will be kicking off the Toledo Giving Tree Project. Community members can visit ToledoGivingTree.com and find a list of nonprofit organizations to whom they can donate this holiday season. The listed nonprofits cover many areas of concern for our community: animal welfare, arts & culture, education, environmental/conservation, health & human services and others.

The commercial grade LED holiday lights will be donated to the City of Toledo so that they can be used again next year. (L Photo credit: Artisha Lawson)

Over the past year, GTCF has been celebrating its 50th anniversary by distributing an additional $600,000 in funding to local nonprofit organizations. This is in addition to an annual average grant distribution of approximately $18M. The Giving Tree event will end a 12-month campaign called, “Fifty Years of Funding Futures,” along with a yearlong calendar of community events and programs centered on honoring the past, celebrating the present and equipping future generations for continued community impact.

“Fifty years ago, we never could have imagined how many futures we would fund. Today, we are humbled by the immense difference we’ve made. And we’re honored to have celebrated this momentous occasion with the yearlong calendar of events and programs across our community,” said Keith Burwell, president of GTCF. “It’s been a great year, and we are hoping that everyone will remember the work of the Foundation in building community and assisting with the critical issues we face.”

In addition to the many grants given by the Foundation, GTCF serves as a key community leader working with a wide range of partners to address current and emerging challenges and issues. As a provider of philanthropic services to individuals, families, businesses, private foundations and other nonprofit organizations, GTCF strives to help donors make gifts to meet vital community needs.

For more information, please visit https://50yearsfortoledo.com/.

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