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Harrison County Community Foundation Fund

Matching funds available! The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is providing a 50-cent match for every $1 given to any endowment within the Harrison County Community Foundation’s family of funds. Matching funds can also be used to help start a new endowed fund and for new documented planned gifts. A total of $300,000 in match funding is available on a first-come, first served basis through Nov. 8, with up to $100,000 in match available per household.

For more information on the 2024 match opportunity, click here.
For information on ways to give to Harrison County, click here.


The Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) was founded in 2012 to create opportunities in our county and to give us all a place where we can give back to make the biggest difference in Harrison County. HCCF has been growing permanent funds to invest in our county’s nonprofits, schools, and communities.


2022 Annual Report

To view the Harrison County Community Foundation’s 2022 annual report, click here.


Grant Opportunities

The Harrison County Community Foundation is partnering with FAO’s I’m A Child of Appalachia® Fund to provide a grant opportunity to nonprofits, schools, and public organizations working to benefit Harrison County residents.

2023 grant applications closed on September 12, 2023.

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2023 Grant Recipients

  • Cadiz Cub Scout Pack 269 to support its annual day camp
  • Deersville Community Players to enhance areas in the theatre used for costume and prop storage
  • Eastern Ohio Extension Camps – 4-H Camp Piedmont to install utility poles at the camp
  • Harrison County Dog Pound Volunteers to fund canine spaying/neutering
  • Harrison County Genealogical Society to provide painting supplies for a new mural paying tribute to the people who won Cadiz the “Proudest Small Town in America” award in 1939
  • Harrison County Tourism Council to sponsor artists for The Mark at the Park Summer Concert Series 2024
  • Humane Society of Harrison County to supports its Trap, Spay/Neuter, and Shelter Project
  • The iBELIEVE Foundation to fund the participation of Harrison County youth in the 2024 iBELIEVE Youth Leadership Workshops
  • Lakeland Academy Community School to purchase educational supplies and snacks for before- and after-school care
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to help cover overnight stays for Harrison County families

Recent Projects

In addition to encouraging investments to provide grants and leadership for quality of life projects in Harrison County, the Community Fund also serves to encourage and support others in establishing funds to benefit the County’s organizations and citizens, including: scholarships, organizational endowments, school system endowments and other advised funds.

The Harrison County Community Foundation recently launched its Puzzle for Prosperity campaign to develop $1 million in permanent dollars to benefit Harrison County for years to come. To learn more about the Puzzle for Prosperity, please visit the campaign webpage.


Harrison Family of Funds

10 funds partnering with Harrison County Community Foundation in service to our community:

• Harrison County Community Foundation
• Cadiz High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund
• Chad Clay Memorial Fund
• Gulfport Energy Fund
• Harrison Central Soccer Fund
• Harrison County Arts & Culture Fund
• Harrison County Imagination Library Fund
Husky Education Fund
Jewett United Methodist Church Endowment
• The W. Donald and Marian Porter Huffman Family Scholarship Fund


Harrison Committee Members

The Fund is overseen by an Advisory Committee, who will make recommendations on grant awards and participate in special opportunities.

Allison Anderson
Todd Dunlap
Lori Milleson
Kris Puskarich
Matthew Puskarich

Karli Ray
Jim Rocchi
Sam Smith
John Tabacchi
Sandi Thompson


Support the Harrison Community

Contributions to the fund are tax deductible and can be made in a variety of ways, including: outright gifts of cash or long-term appreciated securities; memorial gifts of cash or assets in memory or in honor of someone special; and deferred gifts through bequests, life insurance, and charitable remainder trusts.

Donations for the Harrison County Community Foundation Fund can be sent to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, 35 Public Square – PO Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764. Credit card donations can also be made by clicking here and designating the Harrison County Community Foundation Fund. For additional information, please call FAO at 740.753.1111.