Winter 2021
Last year was incredibly challenging for many of our residents and service providers in Medina County. Health protocols, government directives, job loss and now the prolific Zoom call have all impacted everything operational for everyone. Through it, the work of the Medina County Community Fund advisory board has persevered under the “new normal”. 
In December, the Medina County Community Fund achieved a significant milestone, becoming a fund of more than $1 million in assets. In the early 1990s, the endowment was established by two friends, Nobby Lewandowski and Jack Holland. They envisioned a way to improve the lives of Medina County residents for years to come. Since then, the fund has granted nearly $615,000 to deserving nonprofits and has become an institute within the Medina County community.
 
The Medina County Community Fund recently welcomed three new members to the advisory board. MCCF is pleased to introduce Erika Branch, Mark Dorman and Michelle Masica to our fund.
In 2020, the Medina County Community Fund awarded $45,700 to 15 nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for Medina County residents now and forever. These grants support the fund’s four pillars of grantmaking – education, health, community service and arts and culture. Throughout the past year, the needs of local nonprofits and our role in the community has never been more important.
The Medina County Community Fund is excited to announce the development of our new Pillars of Giving Circle. Our giving circle will be comprised of a special group of donors who support our fund with an annual leadership gift of $1,000 or more. This giving circle will maintain continued sustainability of the fund and increase our annual grantmaking efforts to improve the lives of Medina County residents, particularly in the areas of education, health, community service, and arts and culture. For more information about our Pillars of Giving Circle, contact Renee Scherick at rscherick@akroncf.org.
Through the month of February, MCCF is accepting grant applications for programs that improve residents' quality of life. This year, we will again concentrate a large portion of our funding on a single grant that will make a significant impact in the community. If you have a nonprofit program that addresses a critical need in Medina County, we invite you to apply by March 1.
In June, the Medina County Community Fund awarded a $13,000 impact grant to Akron Community Foundation's Community Response Fund for Nonprofits to provide flexible resources to area nonprofit organizations working on the front lines of educating, engaging and supporting individuals impacted by COVID-19, as well as those working to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within our community. With our assistance, the response fund has awarded nearly $550,000 in total grants, including $40,000 to programs in Medina County.
Thank you to the generous donors who contributed to the Medina County Community Fund from Aug. 1, 2020 - Feb. 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.
Make Your Gift Last Forever
Giving to the Medina County Community Fund through your will or trust is a simple and tax-friendly way to improve the quality of life in Medina County now and for future generations. Learn more about all of your planned giving options and get sample bequest language by downloading our free guide.
Ways to Give
From cash to mutual funds, and retirement assets to real estate, there are many ways to give to the Medina County Community Fund.
MCCF by the Numbers
  • Establishing gift: $10,000
  • Total gifts and pledges: $1,197,198
  • Total grants awarded: $614,841
  • Balance as of 12/31/20: $1,071,255