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

From the CEOs Desk

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50 Ways to Leave Your Legacy

June 12, 2017
I clearly remember mowing the lawn in 1975, Sony Walkman in my pocket, humming along with Paul Simon as he crooned “50 Ways to Leave your Lover”. Yard work is NOT my idea of relaxation but this catchy toon made the job reasonably tolerable. As I was going through old files, I recently rediscovered an adaptation of the song from the early 2000s that has a much more positive message than abandoning someone you care about. I recall a reference to the Foundation for the Carolina’s but I don’t know the specific author.  Feel free to hum along.

Jim Doughman is Still Connecting People with Causes and Making the County a Better Place.

May 10, 2017
I’ve been doing a lot of reading and writing to prepare for a new CEO at the Community Foundation of Lorain County when I retire at the end of the year.  The research is very nostalgic, a little cathartic and just plain fun. A name that has come up often in the early history of the Foundation is Jim Doughman.  Jim was the Director of Public Relations at Nordson Corporation and was, in many cases, the community face of Nordson.  Jim touched virtually every nonprofit in the County and had his finger on the pulse of most every capital campaign, initiative, and project.  Jim could make things happen because he was trusted, trusted by Evan Nord, Eric Nord, and Jeptha Carrell and trusted by those with whom he worked.

A Game of Consequences

April 12, 2017
I have a love/hate relationship with the game MONOPOLY.  On those rare occasions when PARK PLACE and BOARDWALK are filled with my HOTELS I just know the game is mine for the winning.  But all too often I end up with a handful of properties with different colors and the game is nothing short of agonizing.  I’m sure you know the feeling and I’d ask you to just pause on those emotions – it’s important to the analogy I’m going to make.

To Every Season

March 15, 2017
I’m showing my age but “Turn, Turn, Turn” has been a favorite of mine since the Byrds released Pete Seeger’s classic in 1965.  Actually, my age and this song are the central points of this blog because, as you probably already have heard, I’m retiring as CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County at the end of the year.  

High Tech or High Touch… or Both?

February 15, 2017
Community Foundations struggle with similar realities as do any other good businesses. We need to employ smart and effective technology to keep our costs reasonable, our quality high, and our operations as efficient as possible. But we also aspire to personal interaction between our staff and those we serve. And we are wise enough to know that these two approaches are often at odds with each other, asking the question: should we be high tech OR high touch?

Looking Ahead in 2017

January 12, 2017
2017 promises to be a year of change, and that includes the year ahead for Lorain County and the Community Foundation. We at the Foundation are excited about several opportunities for innovation in how we can have an impact in Lorain County. Changes that will make us more accessible, viable, and in touch with the community.

Living Within Means

December 12, 2016
The Board of the Community Foundation will shortly determine our spending rate (grantmaking amount) for 2017 and I thought it might be interesting to give you a glimpse behind the curtain to see some of the factors that go into those decisions. 

If You Build It...

November 2, 2016
Can you believe this year?  The Cavs win the championship, Cleveland gained national kudos for how it hosted the RNC, and the Indians make it to the World Series (as I’m writing this Game 7 is set to commence in Cleveland).  I don’t think it could be more surprising than if we literally wandered into a mystical cornfield and discovered the most fantastic baseball team history could produce.   

Don’t Test the Fish, Question the Groundwater

October 6, 2016
By Brian Frederick We’ve been focusing much of our attention at the Community Foundation on diversity, inclusion, and equity, as evidenced by the theme of this newsletter.  The Community Foundation serves a community that is vastly different than when we were created in 1980. We know the community will continue to change in the coming years and decades, if the Community Foundation is to remain vital and viable we need to evolve with it.  But beyond this noble rationale, the need for greater diversity, inclusion, and equity is visible each and every day.  There are no fast and easy answers, but inaction is definitely not an option.    

A Hand Up Not a Hand Out

August 23, 2016
Last year I had to say no to a donor who wanted to establish a scholarship fund for the children of a family whose parents were tragically killed.  This is an example of one of the hardest types of conversations I’ve had in my 19 years at the Community Foundation. 
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