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Fairfield County Foundation Celebrates 35 Years of Making a Difference in the Community


Lancaster, Ohio – [Date] The Fairfield County Foundation is proud to announce a year-long celebration of its 35th anniversary in 2024. Since its inception in 1989, the Foundation has established a remarkable legacy of empowering local residents, businesses, and organizations to create positive change within the community.

Throughout its 35-year journey, the Foundation has fostered impactful giving by establishing 476 charitable funds, awarding nearly $44 million in grants and scholarships, and securing more than $66 million in contributions. As of February 2024, the Foundation boasts over $70 million in assets, a testament to its commitment to serving the community.

To commemorate this significant milestone, the Foundation has planned a special celebratory dinner in April. Furthermore, they will be collaborating with local non-profit fundholders throughout the year to provide a series of unique monthly gifts, totaling 35 each month, from April to December. These gifts are designed to benefit the individuals served by these organizations and enrich the community as a whole.

The lineup of these thoughtful monthly gifts includes:

  • April: Donation of 35 trees to beautify parks in Lancaster City and Fairfield County.
  • May: Distribution of 35 $10 gift cards to Keller Market House by Meals on Wheels of Fairfield County, bringing joy to local senior citizens.
  • June: Provision of 35 toys or gifts to The Lighthouse, spreading cheer to those they serve.
  • July: Distribution of 35 tickets to the Lancaster Festival by 2-1-1, ensuring local seniors have the opportunity to experience this cultural event.
  • August: Donation of 35 pairs of shoes to support the Charity Newsies clothes drive.
  • September: Funding for 35 spays/neuters at the Fairfield Area Humane Society, promoting responsible pet ownership.
  • October: Provision of 35 sponsorships for Dolly’s Imagination Library through the United Way of Fairfield County, fostering a love of reading in young children.
  • November: Distribution of 35 welcome baskets for homeless veterans by Lutheran Social Services, along with a $35,000 donation by the Foundation to local food pantries, addressing critical needs within the community.
  • December: Donation of 35 toys to Maywood Mission, coupled with a minimum $35,000 matching donation to support funds that received contributions during the upcoming 35-Hour Give event.

“Reaching this significant milestone fills us with immense pride,” expressed Amy Eyman, CEO of the Fairfield County Foundation. “We are thrilled to celebrate by giving back to the community we serve. The unwavering generosity of our donors and supporters throughout Fairfield County has made all of this possible.”

“This anniversary presents a valuable opportunity to reflect on the Foundation’s remarkable achievements over the past 35 years,” said Eileen Competti, Chair of the Fairfield County Foundation Board. “By celebrating our successes, we strengthen our resolve to continue this vital work and explore innovative strategies to maximize our impact on the Fairfield County community.”

Individuals interested in supporting the 35th-anniversary celebrations are encouraged to visit https://fairfieldcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list and contribute to the Fairfield County Foundation Community Impact Fund.