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A pivotal year for ACCF

For Immediate Release
October 15, 2020

Back in January, we envisioned
this would be a year of celebration.

We planned to mark our 25th year by using unrestricted funds to make an extra-special impact in 2020 through Silver Anniversary grants. Then, we’d cap off the anniversary season by welcoming donors, grant recipients and community members to a festive event.

At that event, we planned to unveil our refreshed brand, our new website and a video designed to thank our community for a quarter-century of trust and support. (If you haven’t seen that video, give it a watch.)

Instead, 2020 has become the year of the pivot.

We did grant some of those Silver Anniversary dollars– $105,000 to be exact– to local non-profit organizations as well as to each of the eight village in Ashland County. But when COVID-19 hit, we changed course.

We pulled the plug on our event, and we shifted funds from our Silver Anniversary grant-making pool to a new COVID-19 Nonprofit Relief pool. We joined forced with United Way of Ashland County and with generous businesses and individuals to have an even greater impact.

Through that collaboration, we ended up awarding 22 grants totaling $173,700. These grants were a lifeline to help nonprofit agencies provide vital services to Ashland County residents. For a full list of grants, click here.

We’re Here for Good.

Though these past several months have not gone as planned, they have brought clarity. We’ve been able to demonstrate how vital it is to have a community foundation, particularly in times of need.

We’re so grateful to our donors who have demonstrated confidence in our stewardship of their gifts, allowing us this opportunity to provide hope for a brighter future, post-pandemic.

As always, we take our leadership role in the community very seriously, and we want you to be proud of your association with the foundation. This “pivotal year” has validated that we are, as our new tagline emphasizes, Here for Good.

About Ashland County Community Foundation: Ashland County Community Foundation advances philanthropy and improves the quality of life in Ashland County by connecting people who care with causes that matter. ACCF has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships, grants and distributions.