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Hocking County Community Fund

Matching funds available! The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is providing a 50-cent match for every $1 given to any endowment within the Hocking County Community Fund’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 Hocking County, click here.


Designed for the benefit of Hocking County, its people, and communities, the Hocking County Community Fund is a new way for anyone with a heart for Hocking County to give back and make a difference.

The Logan-Hocking School District spearheaded the creation of the Hocking County Community Fund with a vision for increasing the ability of everyone to invest in Hocking County through grants and scholarships. An endowment, the Hocking County Community Fund will gather resources through gifts and invest those dollars for the benefit of Hocking County residents over generations.


2022 Annual Report

To view the Hocking County Community Fund’s 2022 annual report, click here.


Grant Opportunities

The Hocking County Community Fund 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 Hocking County residents.

2023 grant applications closed on September 12, 2023.

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2023 Grant Recipients

  • Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio to enroll an additional 105 Hocking County children in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio
  • FosterHub to purchase items for Hocking County youth aging out of the foster care system
  • Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland to help fund the 2024 Beckoning Trails Day Camp for Hocking County youth
  • Hocking County Diaper and Formula Bank to purchase diapers and formula
  • Logan-Hocking Local School District Athletic Department to support the Student Sponsorship Program, which allows all of the district’s students free admission to all sporting events, band concerts, and music and theatre performances
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to help cover overnight stays for Hocking County families
  • Southern Ohio Fishers of Men Association/Out of the Boat Ministries to purchase playhouses that will be built by members of the Logan community for families in need
  • The Bowen House to fund promotional materials for its 2024 Arts Festival
  • inspiHER Girls Leadership Foundation to support the inspirHER Girls Leadership Retreat for Hocking County fifth- through eighth-grade girls at Logan-Hocking Middle School
  • Logan High School to support four community bloodmobile drives the students organize in partnership with the American Red Cross
  • Logan High School Student Leadership Team to support its “Staffisity” days, through which different categories of staff will be recognized each month for their hard work and dedication within the district and the community
  • Logan High School Technology Student Association to purchase materials for welding students to design and fabricate donation receptacles for local nonprofits

Recent Projects

As part of its campaign to raise funds to support Hocking County, the Hocking County Community Fund launched 100 Women for Hocking County. The 100 Women for Hocking County campaign seeks to raise $50,000 through gifts from 100 women of $500 or more. To join the 100 Women for Hocking County campaign with a gift today, click here.


Hocking Family of Funds

The Family of Funds will grow to serve the arts, community development, education, environmental stewardship, and health and human services, including efforts like the restoration of the historic Chakeres Theater, continued development of Hocking Adena Bikeway, and development of the Chieftain Center, an 81,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility that will be available for use by both students and the community.

51 funds partnering with the Hocking County Community Fund in service to our community:

  • Hocking County Community Fund
  • Arthur and Dorothy Kalklosch Family Fund
  • Artista Rock School Fund*
  • Barton and Regina Holl Legacy Fund
  • Bishop Educational Gardens Endowment Fund
  • Bison Hollow Conservation Fund
  • The Bowen House Endowment Fund
  • Chieftain Center Fund
  • Dayton Schultheis Mathematics Award Endowment
  • Debby Angle Memorial Fund
  • Dollars for Holiday Lights Fund*
  • Faith & Mary Ruth Krinn Memorial Fund
  • Fireworks Fund*
  • The Frank Judy Family-Logan High School
  • Frederick M. Ervin III Legacy Fund for Hocking County
  • Friends of the Hocking Hills State Park
  • Helen Grettler “Got Music” Endowment Fund
  • Hocking Area End of Life Care Fund
  • Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce Family of Funds
  • Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Hocking Hills Conservation Endowment Fund
  • Hocking Valley Scenic Trails*
  • Jim Raeder Helping Hand Scholarship Fund
  • Ken & Joan Danes Farmers Market Fund
  • Keynes Drive Recreation Complex*
  • LifeWise Logan-Hocking County Endowment
  • LilyFest Fund
  • Logan Gates*
  • Logan High School Work/ Study Endowment
  • Logan-Holl Foundation Fund
  • Logan in Bloom Fund*
  • Logan Mural Project*
  • Logan Rotary Community Fund
  • Logan Theater Fund
  • Logan Town Center*
  • Long Term Recovery Team*
  • Loryn Cassady Memorial Fund
  • Merchants National Bank Fund for Hocking County
  • Mingo Park Project Fund*
  • Operation Santa*
  • Pamela Jones Brooks Legacy Fund for Hocking County
  • Park National Bank Community Fund for Hocking County
  • Phillip Davis Memorial Endowment
  • Ruth and Edgar “Jake” Huffman Endowment
  • Scenic Hills Senior Center & Educational & Wellness Center Endowment
  • Schmidt Family Endowment
  • Sherman and Regina Prater Fund
  • Supporting Families Fund
  • Tedd McCormick Memorial Fund
  • Union Furnace Elementary Endowment
  • VCNB Family Fund for Hocking County

*This fund is part of the Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce Foundation.


Hocking Committee Members

  • Kristi Brooks
  • Laurel Danes-Webb
  • Keith Hood
  • Libby Hosler
  • Michael Hunter
  • Alison Kanaan
  • Katy Kudlapur
  • Abby Saving
  • Bailey Venzin

Support the Hocking Community

Gifts to the Hocking County Community Fund and its Family of Funds are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, appreciated stock, IRA distributions, and life insurance. Donations can be made online by clicking here. To mail your donation, please designate the fund and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764.