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.

Fund and Gift Types

There are many gift and fund type options available to you as you consider your personal philanthropy and your legacy. Any of these funds can be established in your name or in the name of your family, your organization or anyone you wish to honor. All grants made—today and in the future—are awarded to charities in the name of the fund. It's a beautiful way to link your community investment with a special person or purpose, forever.

Fund Types

Unrestricted Funds

Your gift is highly flexible and available to meet the breadth of community needs—including future needs that may not yet be imagined. Your Community Foundation's program experts evaluate all aspects of community wellbeing—arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health and human services, neighborhood revitalization and more. Unrestricted gifts empower us to make strategic grants, where need and opportunity are greatest.

Field of Interest Funds

Focus your gift on an important area of community life, such as enriching education, safeguarding health, strengthening families, improving neighborhoods, cultivating arts or protecting the environment. You identify your personal interest when making your gift; our board awards grants to community organizations and programs that are making a difference in the area you select.

Donor Advised Funds

Enjoy ongoing involvement. When you establish a Donor Advised Fund, you work with our professional program staff to identify possible grants that may benefit a variety of causes and organizations important to you. Your recommendations are submitted to our local board for approval, and grants are distributed in the name of your fund.

Designated Funds

Direct your charitable gift to benefit a specific nonprofit organization or purpose. Your gift can provide an ongoing funding stream for a senior center, museum or virtually any nonprofit charitable organization. Nonprofit organizations may also begin their own Agency Endowments through the community foundation, using our capabilities to accept complex gifts and to build a lasting endowment.

Scholarships

Invest in your community's future and show students you care, all with the guidance and personal services of your Community Foundation. You determine the criteria students must meet to receive the scholarship you establish. With your assistance, students achieve their academic and career-oriented goals—from preschool to postgraduate work.

Supporting Organizations

Use your gift to establish an excellent alternative to a private foundation—with only a fraction of the administrative responsibilities. You select some of the board members, maintain personal involvement, and support the causes and organizations you care about while enjoying the favorable tax treatment of a public charity. Leave investment management, startup costs, grant administration and reporting to the Community Foundation.

Achieve the greatest good with a creative giving solution designed around you.

Each individual, family or organization we work with has distinct charitable interests—and unique financial circumstances. We help you make the most of both, so you receive the greatest return on your community investment.

We help people do good, and do well financially.

Ways to Give to download a flyer on giving options.

 

 

Connect with Us

Danielle-Locke
Danielle M. Locke, CAP, MPA
Gift Planning Officer
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

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

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

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

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

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