Jan Preston leads OCCF; assets top $10 million this year

Feb 10, 2021 | Around Ottawa County, Featured | 0 comments

The Ottawa County Community Foundation, Inc. (OCCF) recently held its annual organizational meeting, electing President Jan Preston, Vice President Deb Harmeyer, Secretary Marcia Jess and Treasurer John Madison. Mary Coffee, Tina Hablitzel, Brian Koenig, and Madison were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Trustees.

“This will be an exciting year for the Foundation,” said Preston. “Following the unexpected loss of long-time President and founding member, Joy Roth, the Board will be seeking an Executive Director. Nancy Heller has served as Interim Executive Director since last October and she will continue in this role until the Board names a permanent Executive Director this Spring. More information on how to apply for the position is available on our website.”

Preston was proud to highlight how the Foundation has grown since its founding in 1999.

“Our assets are currently over $10.2. million in more than 90 different funds and these funds are invested for the future. In 2020, we were able to award grants to 26 local organizations to support specific projects.

“Our scholarship funds provided over $143,000 to support 114 deserving students seeking higher education or continuing education. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we initiated a Rapid Response effort that has provided over $18,500 to address the emergency needs of nonprofit groups in the county.”

This is the time of the year that the Grants Committee accepts requests for Community Grants. A new online application process is being rolled out this year.

Interested organizations can find a link to the portal on the Foundation’s website www.ottawaccf.org. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 15. OCCF also encourages Ottawa County high school seniors to work with their guidance office for details to apply for Foundation scholarships.

Questions regarding grants or scholarships may be directed to ottawaccf@gmail.com or stop at the Foundation office, 306 Madison St. in Port Clinton on Wednesdays between noon and 3 p.m.

Preston expressed thanks to individuals and businesses for their generous response to the year-end Sustainability Fund campaign.

“We are thrilled to share that The Burton D. Morgan Foundation is matching up to $20,000 on donations to the Sustainability Fund through March,” she said. “This support enables the Ottawa County Community Foundation to continue its quest of “Doing Good. Forever.”’

Ottawa County Community Foundation has distributed over $6 million since its inception in 1999. Current assets are $10.2 million. For more information about grants, scholarships, making a donation, or updates about OCCF, visit ottawaccf.org.

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