WILMINGTON — “Not many people know about the Clinton County Foundation.”
Those are the words of CCF President Chaley Peelle Griffith, who aims to spread the word about the foundation and its missions.
“I want you to know who we are and what we do — transparency, honesty and integrity are important and critical to trusting a charity,” she said. “I want to shed some light on this great organization that is here for Clinton County.”
She explained, “We are a publicly supported philanthropic organization that pulls together the resources of individuals, families and businesses for the benefit of our community.”
“We have been in existence locally over 30 years, and we are a friend and partner to over 100 local charitable organizations and non-profits in our community, like Little Hearts Big Smiles, the Clinton Massie Boosters and Rails to Trails.”
“Our purpose is to build a stronger Clinton County,” she explained. “We grow charitable resources through investments and guidance. We lead by nurturing charitable activity. We have an online giving site, where donors can make gifts to local causes and local organizations can highlight their needs.”
“When a Clinton County organization or citizen talks about leaving a charitable bequest or setting aside funds for a legacy or some rainy day account, the Clinton County Foundation has the tools to accomplish that plan,” she said.
“When DHL left and gave $1 million dollars to assist our community as a result of their departure, they deposited that money into the Clinton County Foundation and our board ensured that funds were equitably and fairly distributed to nonprofits in the region who would help our people,” she emphasized.
“For many donors, the Foundation can maximize their charitable dollars — those employees connected to matching gift companies should call us or connect with us on our website www.clintoncountyohiofoundation.org to see how that might work for them.”
Griffith continued, “When a local organization has a fundraising event and they sell tickets or want to register participants through a website (a 5K for example), the Clinton County Foundation has that technology and capability.”
“For those who want to help our community and are unsure of what is the best use of their charity, giving to the IC Clinton fund is a great choice,” Griffith said. “Gifts to the IC Clinton Fund are unrestricted donations that allow the Foundation’s Board of Directors to distribute those dollars as the needs arise in our community.”
Additionally, the organization supports charitable education and growth through seminars on philanthropic governance/liability and grant writing. They provide networking/education luncheons for financial advisors, attorneys and nonprofit leaders.
Recently more than 50 citizens attended the Ohio Attorney General’s office nonprofit training seminar sponsored by the Foundation and Leadership Clinton.
“We are appreciative of the value of our community and our board is made up of citizens from all parts of the county — Blanchester, New Vienna, Sabina, Wilmington with a variety of occupations and charitable interests,” said Griffith. “We are strengthened by the varied opinions that are committed to doing good.”
In addition to Griffith, current board members include: Scott Holmer, Vice President; Phil Zeigler, Treasurer; and Shirley Haines, Secretary; along with Neal Bond, Dana Dunn, Eleanor Harris, Jeff Hoak, Justin Holbrook, Joyce Kelly, Pat King, Sam Stratman, Jim Wolary and Erin Whitaker.
Jan Blohm is the executive director and Janet Dixon guides the group as the Peoples Bank liaison.
A community foundation serves its community and its nonprofits.
Since January, the Clinton County Foundation has awarded more than $340,000 in scholarships and grants — through its partner nonprofits and its own funding sources.