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Toledo, Ohio, January 11, 2023Greater Toledo Community Foundation (GTCF) announced at a press conference today that it will be distributing an additional $600,000 in funding in 2023 to local nonprofit organizations in celebration of its 50th anniversary. This is in addition to an annual average grant distribution of approximately $18M. A 12-month campaign called, “Fifty Years of Funding Futures,” along with a 2023 calendar of community events and programs centered on honoring the past, celebrating the present and equipping future generations for continued community impact was also announced.

The announcement took place at the 577 Foundation and included a proclamation from the City of Toledo and Lucas County Commissioners, as well as remarks from Keith Burwell, president of Greater Toledo Community Foundation, Abigail (Abby) Aldrich, GTCF executive vice president, operations & special projects and Heather Gallant, executive director of The 577 Foundation.

Through its five decades of service, Greater Toledo Community Foundation has been trusted to distribute more than $310 million in grants to Toledo area nonprofits and beyond. It now holds more than 900 funds and approximately $435 million in assets with the goal of creating a better community for generations to come.

“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 be celebrating this momentous occasion with a yearlong calendar of events and programs across our community,” said Keith Burwell, president of GTCF.

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.

“This year is the perfect opportunity to celebrate past accomplishments, achievements and partnerships while looking ahead toward the future, as we always have. We ask you to assist us in amplifying our 50-year legacy of vision and mission by sharing our stories and accomplishments and promoting our yearlong celebration,” said Abigail (Abby) Alrich, executive vice president, operations & special projects at Greater Toledo Community Foundation.

The 2023 Calendar of Celebratory Events Includes:

January

Media Conference at The 577 Foundation

February

Kickoff of TARTA partnership for summer youth pass program

March

Community Gift Announcement in collaboration with Metroparks Toledo

April

Events at Black Swamp Conservancy

May

Event for Toledo’s Next Generation: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and unveiling of the GTCF History Book sponsored by Block Communications

June

Toledo Mud Hens Event

July

GTCF Summer Concert Series in conjunction with ProMedica, Ottawa-Jermain Park, and Metroparks Toledo (Jazz in the Gardens and Glass City Pavilion)

August

Roofing Project and Rock the Block Event

September

Day of STEAM with Imagination Station, National Museum of the Great Lakes and Toledo Museum of Art

October

Donor Events on the Glass City Pearl

November

Toledo Walleye Events

December

Toledo’s Giving Tree, sponsored by GTCF

For more information, please visit 50YearsForToledo.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

A media room is available at 50YearsForToledo.com/media-room/.

To watch and download our overview video, please click on the link: 50th Anniversary Video.

About “Fifty Years of Funding Futures”

“Fifty Years of Funding Futures” is the 50th-anniversary campaign for Greater Toledo Community Foundation (GTCF). Through its five decades of service, GTCF has been trusted to distribute more than $310 million in grants to Toledo area nonprofits and beyond. GTCF now holds more than 900 funds and approximately $435 million in assets with the goal of creating a better community for generations to come.

Through a yearlong campaign, GTCF’s “Fifty Years of Funding Futures” will deliver meaningful communications, events and programs centering on honoring the past, celebrating the present and equipping future generations for continued community impact. For more information, visit 50YearsForToledo.com.

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