Hello friends,

You're receiving this email in lieu of the Medina County Community Fund's in-person annual meeting, which is traditionally held in June, to share a recap of our fund's work during the past fiscal year, which ended on March 31, 2021.

Fiscal year 2021 has been a benchmark of reflection for our fund, community, and the world. We remain grateful for the continued support of our donors who have allowed us to sustain our positive and critical work in Medina County, especially throughout the past year.

Thanks to our donors, in December we achieved $1 million in assets, propelling us to delve deeper into our mission and provide a larger impact to residents in our community now and forever. One of the ways we measure this impact is through our community investment. This year, we're proud to have awarded $33,000 to nine local nonprofit organizations who provide services within our four areas of funding: arts and culture, community service, education and health.

These four areas or "pillars" of funding solidify why we exist. To further serve our community in these areas, this year we created our Pillars of Giving Circle. Through major gift development, the Pillars of Giving Circle maintains the sustainability of our fund and increases our grantmaking impact to improve the lives of Medina County residents. More information about our circle and its upcoming donor gathering is available in an article below.

As we reflect on this past year, we thank you for giving back to this community when it was needed most.

Until we can see each other again, stay safe and healthy.

Barbara Dzur,
Medina County Community Fund
This year, the Medina County Community Fund awarded $33,000 to nine local nonprofits, bringing its overall grantmaking total to nearly $650,000.

This year’s funding includes a $6,438 grant to Operation HOMES, to provide shelter, food, and essential services to homeless individuals in Medina County. By rotational partnering with local churches for shelter, food and the administration of life skill programs, Operation HOMES provides opportunities for individuals to become independent, both personally and financially.

Other grants support local causes that enrich the quality of life for all Medina County residents.
As the Medina County Community Fund celebrates its growth in welcoming six new advisory board members, we also bid farewell to two of our longstanding volunteers.

We would like to thank Bill Heck and Tim Smith for their unwavering dedication to our fund. Bill most recently served as the fund's co-chair and has worked in other important roles, such as president. Tim has lent his talents in photography, communications, marketing and overall board support. Both volunteers completed three, three-year terms with our fund. Please join us in recognizing these board members for their extraordinary commitment to the Medina County Community Fund.

Our six new fund members have already begun to prove their worth through community engagement and board participation. We're thrilled to have the following advisory board members join us: Erika Branch, client executive, OneDigital; N. James Brocklehurst, retired executive-level banking professional; Mark Dorman, president, Dorman Legacy Advisors and Legacy Business Advisors; Janet George, owner and president, Wolf Creek Catering and Deli; Michelle Masica, principal/broker, Sperry CGA - The Masica Company; and Kimberly Bolas Miller, VP private banker, Westfield Bank.
Earlier this year, the Medina County Community Fund developed its Pillars of Giving Circle, comprised of a special group of donors who support our fund with an annual leadership gift of $1,000 or more. This giving circle maintains our continued sustainability and increases our annual grantmaking efforts to improve the lives of Medina County residents, particularly in the our four focus areas or "pillars" of funding: arts and culture, community service, education, and health.

This fall, we will begin hosting small gatherings to promote our Pillars of Giving Circle and provide additional information to interested donors. Plans for these gatherings are still underway. If you're interested in attending these gatherings or joining our circle, please contact Renee Scherick.
Thank you to the generous donors who contributed to the Medina County Community Fund from Feb. 1 - Aug. 1, 2021. Your gifts will impact the lives of Medina County residents for years to come. For a complete list of donors, visit www.akroncf.org/MCCFgifts.
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