Oxford Community Foundation Receives Its Largest Gift Ever

The Oxford Community Foundation has received the largest gift in its 24 year history. The
Open Space Preservation Fund has been established at the Foundation with a gift of $3.5
million dollars.
Kenneth M. Buerk, MD, Photo submitted.
The gift was received though a trust established by Kenneth M. Buerk, MD, who died in January. According to his sister-in-law Ellen P. Buerk, MD, successor trustee, he was an understated man with a passion to preserve local agricultural land, water resources and sensitive ecosystems. He had planned the gift with his attorney and Oxford Community Foundation officials in 2011 and wished it to remain anonymous until his passing.

Three Valley Conservation Trust

This fund will support the Three Valley Conservation Trust (T.V.C.T.) and/or other nonprofit
organizations which have similar goals. These include promoting responsible development
while preventing the loss of prime farmland, water resources, and sensitive ecosystems; leading by building partnerships with landowners and local communities that respect property rights and agricultural conservation values; providing tools to help landowners retain control of their land and preserve the rich farm and rural heritage and economy the Oxford, Ohio region, and negotiating land conservation agreements. The fund is not to be used for the purchase of land.
“It is a privilege and an honor to accept this fund on behalf of Dr. Buerk. To keep the beauty of our area intact and safe from excess development is truly a gift to us all,” said Betsy Hope,
executive director of the Oxford Community Foundation.
Since its inception, the Oxford Community Foundation has granted more than $4 million in
student scholarships and community grants to positively impact those living and working in
Greater Oxford. The grants provide financial support in the areas of Education, Health,
Recreation, Civic Projects, Social Welfare, Arts/Culture, Environment and Beautification.
For more information on the Oxford Community Foundation, go to oxfordfdn.org or call
513.523.0623.