The foundation supports a number of nonprofits and
important projects in the Greater Oxford area that contribute to a better quality of life for residents.
By Staff Report
The Oxford Community Foundation is a charitable organization that is committed
to giving back to the community. The foundation supports a number of nonprofits and
important projects in the Greater Oxford area that contribute to a better quality of life for
residents. Last year, the Oxford Community Foundation distributed almost $400,000 in
grants and $50,000 in scholarships.
“In 2019, we were a big part of the new aquatic center, the Oxford Aquatic
Center and that’s a project we will continue to support. We have a fund here at the
foundation to support the aquatic center,” said Betsy Hope, executive director, Oxford
Community Foundation. She said the foundation will support the Oxford Aquatic Center in several ways. Funds will be designated for repairs and equipment needs in the future. They will also provide families with two kinds of scholarships so they can join the Oxford Aquatic
Center, and obtain swim lessons for their children.
“The Oxford Aquatic Center is a wonderful new place, and quality of life
initiative to people in this area, so we are happy to be a part of that,” Hope said. She said $143,000 was given to the Oxford Aquatic Center, over the course of
the past two years.
Oxford Community Foundation also awards more than $50,000 in scholarships to
graduates of Talawanda High School each spring. Renewable and non-renewable
scholarships are awarded in varying amounts. The average amount is about $1,000 per
scholarship. Some students may receive more than one scholarship.
“Even though it’s only January, it’s scholarship time at the high school. The
applications are currently being distributed to the students. So, we have established a
lot of long term scholarships here at the foundation,” Hope said.
She said the newest scholarship is the Logan David Keebler Memorial
Scholarship, which is a one-time, $2,500 scholarship for a student wishing to pursue a
degree from a technical or trade school.
Additionally, Oxford Community Foundation provides grants three times a year to
nonprofit organizations in the foundation’s service area or those nonprofits that serve
people in their service area. Grant guidelines and a downloadable application are
available on the Oxford Community Foundation website at www.oxfordfdn.org. The
deadlines for the three grant cycles are August 15, December 15 and April 15, annually.
More than 19 organizations applied in the last grant cycle.
Funding decisions occur a month after the grant deadline. For example, if a grant
application is received by August 15, the grant will be awarded in September.
Grants have been awarded to a variety of organizations, including the Oxford
Senior Center, Coalition for a Healthy Community, arts organizations, and to
organizations that help people who are underprivileged. The foundation also works with
the schools on grants for field trips and other special projects.
“There are all kinds of causes that people care about, and everybody is different.
Some things that people feel strongly about might be different than what other people
feel strongly about,” Hope said.
The Oxford Community Foundation sponsors a Needs Awareness Committee,
which meets every other month to determine the needs and opportunities for nonprofits
in the area.
“This is a proactive way of approaching communications with the nonprofits, from
our standpoint as a funder and it also facilitates discussion between the nonprofits so
they can help each other and network together so they’re not in their own silos,” Hope
Recent foundation grants have been awarded to Oxford Family Resource Center, Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, Oxford Community Arts Center, Oxford Parks and
Recreation, and the City of Oxford, among others.
Serving the Greater Oxford area, the mission of the Oxford Community
Foundation is to improve, enhance, and sustain the quality of life in the Greater Oxford
area by awarding grants and scholarships for programs and projects that benefit the
citizens of the community. Grants are funded through the generosity of donors who
contribute charitable gifts of cash and marketable securities as well as planned gifts such as estate bequests, life insurance policies that name the foundation as beneficiary, and other types of deferred assets.
Encompassing the Talawanda School District area, Oxford Community
Foundation’s service area includes Oxford, Hanover Twp., Oxford Twp., and Reily Twp.
The broad, diverse area incorporates Miami University, the City of Oxford, rural living
areas as well as the outlying agricultural areas and townships.
Hope said the foundation is working on a rebranding initiative and they are
looking at an informal name change – The Greater Oxford Community Foundation. She
says the change would underscore that the foundation exists to serve the surrounding
communities and townships in addition to the City of Oxford and Oxford Twp.
“We want to let everyone know we are their community foundation. We are here
for the whole Talawanda School District area,” Hope said.
As a charitable organization, the Foundation serves the community by providing
leadership in enhancing the quality of life; by supporting natural, community, and human
resources; by acting as a catalyst in identifying and addressing evolving needs; and by
providing a flexible and cost-effective way for donors to improve the community now
and for all time
The foundation will host its first fundraiser and friend-raiser initiative in August.
The family-friendly event will feature craft beers, food trucks, and live music. Tickets and
event sponsorship information is available on the Oxford Community Foundation
website at www.oxfordfdn.org.
“We have an event coming up this fall, which is a fundraiser for the foundation,
it’s called ‘Brews for Bricks.’ It will be held at Uptown Parks on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 4
p.m. to 9:30 p.m.,” Hope said. “It’s our first time doing this, so I’m looking forward to it,
and it supports the foundation, so we can turn around and support nonprofits in our area
and offer scholarships in arts and things like that.”
The Oxford Community Foundation is a nonprofit, 501c3. The foundation was
started in 1996 and is registered through the State of Ohio. The foundation has
nonprofit certification through the IRS. Fifteen board members, who are long-time
community members, help to oversee the mission of the foundation. The foundation
currently has $7.6 million in total assets.
The Oxford Community Foundation is located at 22 East High Street in Oxford.
For more information, or details on how to donate, call (513) 523-0623, or visit
www.oxfordfdn.org. Donors may make a gift to the community fund, or they may
designate that a gift goes to a specific fund. Donations are accepted from individuals,
corporations, and organizations.
“We can accept almost any type of gift, and we can support almost any kind of
charitable cause as long as it’s a nonprofit, it’s charitable and it helps our community,”
“For people who want to give charitably, a community foundation is a great
option,” she continued.
Ways to Give to Oxford Community Foundation
Donors can meet the ever-changing needs of the Greater Oxford Community through
an unrestricted fund. With the establishment of an unrestricted fund, a donor’s giving
addresses a wide range of needs – including future needs for an evolving community.
Field of Interest Funds
By giving to a Field of Interest Fund donors can provide immediate support to an area or
areas of personal interest. The foundation has eight Field of Interest Funds that support
a variety of community projects. The eight interest areas are Arts and Culture,
Beautification, Civic Projects, Education, Environmental, Health Services, Recreation, and Social Welfare.
By establishing a Restricted Fund, donors are able to target giving toward specific areas
of interest or nonprofit organizations. Areas of interest can be as broad or narrow as
desired, based on each donor’s charitable giving interests.
By establishing a Donor Advised Fund, donors are able to make a charitable gift to the
foundation and they remain actively involved in suggesting uses for their gifts. For
donors that have a range of community interests, this may be an ideal vehicle for
fulfilling one’s charitable goals.
In creating a Scholarship, donors can invest in Oxford’s future while helping students.
The foundation helps donors meet their charitable goals by awarding scholarships to
deserving students. Gifts will help students in the Talawanda School District achieve
their lifetime dreams.
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Other Area Community Foundations:
Foundation, located in the historic Lane-Hooven House in Hamilton, manages 700
individual, family and corporate funds, as well as nonprofit agency endowments. As a
public charity with $90 million in assets, the foundation focuses on helping make the
community a better place to live, work and play. For more information, go to
Way in 1976. It grew slowly until 1986, when it became a free-standing foundation. Elliot
and Mae Levey challenged the community to match their $1 million donation and create
a true community foundation. Middletonians committed $6.7 million and have continued
their generous support. Since then, assets have grown to more than $33 million. The
Middletown Community Foundation’s service area makes up “Greater Middletown,” and
includes Middletown, Franklin, Monroe and Trenton as well as Lemon and Madison
Townships. For more details, visit www.mcfoundation.org.
group of dedicated Fairfield and Fairfield Township residents. Since then, the foundation
has grown to hold nearly $3.6 million in assets. The foundation is here “For good.
Forever. For Fairfield.” The Fairfield Community Foundation provides a way for those
who care about the community to impact it positively through permanent and growing
assets to respond to the area’s needs. Through the foundation, people in the community
fund scholarships, programs, and projects to benefit education; the arts and culture;
character education; historic preservation; parks, beautification and recreation; and
seniors, youth and those with disabilities in Fairfield and Fairfield Township. For more
information, visit www.fairfieldcommunityfoundation.org.
philanthropy in West Chester and Liberty Townships since 1999, providing a variety of
charitable funds and gift options for donors. As the savings account for the community,
the Foundation continues to build a sustainable source of funding to meet current and
future community needs. The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty brings
together donors, professional advisors, and nonprofit agencies to transform generosity
into impact. For more on the history and latest initiatives, go to www.wclfoundation.org.