We connect people who care with causes that matter

The Community Foundation of Lorain County is dedicated to enriching the lives of those living and working in Lorain County, Ohio.

Mission and Values

We connect people who care with causes that matter.

We Do This by:

  • Helping donors transform their charitable dreams into permanent legacies.
  • Investing in our community through strategic grantmaking.
  • Engaging with our community to create a better future.

We Value:

  • Excellence – providing the best service to all.
  • Community – putting self aside for the betterment of the whole.
  • Integrity – always doing the right thing.

We Believe:

  • Integrity is our greatest asset and value trust earned with fiscal responsibility, ethical stewardship, and transparency.
  • We believe access to the CFLC should be fair, inclusive, and equitable.
  • We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.
  • We believe the perpetuity of our efforts are linked to sustainable practices.
  • We believe strategy, creativity, and adaptability are keys to thriving in a constantly changing world.

Regarding Leadership:

As an institution permanently anchored in Lorain County, the Community Foundation strives to be an open and inclusive vehicle focused on issues important to our donors and community.  We craft endowed funds and invest subsequent grants spanning a full spectrum of issues, driven largely by the collective, varied, and charitable interests of our donors.  However, we recognize that the Foundation is uniquely positioned, and has a responsibilty, to provide leadership on issues of importance to our community. Because we cannot anticipate what these issues might be or how we might respond, we created a Leadership Treatise to guide or actions and to serve as a community promise for our behavior.  (click to view)

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

We believe strategy, creativity, and adaptability are keys to thriving in a constantly changing world.

We support innovative programs and act as a catalyst in identifying problems and sharing information with individuals, other foundations, and corporations.

We believe integrity is our greatest asset and value trust earned with fiscal responsibility, ethical stewardship, and transparency

We provide a permanent instrument for receiving and managing charitable gifts and bequests.

We value community, which we define as putting self aside for the betterment of the whole.

We value integrity, which we define as always doing the right thing.

Through our efforts, the Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and to instill a greater sense of unity in Lorain County.

We believe the perpetuity of our efforts are linked to sustainable practices.

We work to mobilize individuals to become active partners in building a better community.

We value excellence, which we define as providing the best service to all.

We exercise and promote leadership in meeting the changing needs and opportunities in the community.

We believe access to the CFLC should be fair, inclusive, and equitable.