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Nelsonville Community Foundation

Matching funds available! The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is providing a 50-cent match for every $1 given to any endowment within the Nelsonville 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.

For more information on the 2024 match opportunity, click here.
For information on ways to give to Nelsonville and the surrounding communities of Buchtel, Carbon Hill, and Murray City, click here.


When the former Nelsonville Junior High and High School buildings were replaced by a new campus, a group of Nelsonville residents didn’t want to see the history of those buildings erased like past community school buildings. So, they took action.

This group of citizens worked over 16 years to maintain and save those buildings to preserve a piece of Nelsonville history while also adding value to the community. And they succeeded.

The group knew that they wanted to keep the dollars from their investment in the community, so they used the dollars to create the Nelsonville Community Foundation at FAO to ensure that those dollars would continue to serve Nelsonville citizens and the surrounding areas forever through a permanent endowment.


2023 Annual Report

To view the Nelsonville Community Foundation’s 2023 annual report, click here.


Grant Opportunities

The Nelsonville 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 residents in Nelsonville, Buchtel, Carbon Hill, and Murray City.

2023 grant applications closed on September 12, 2023.

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2023 Grant Recipients

  • Athens County Public Libraries to purchase electric-assisted bicycles for Nelsonville Public Library’s Book-a-Bike program
  • City of Nelsonville to help fund fencing and labor costs for a new Nelsonville Dog Park
  • Community Food Initiatives to offer workshops at community partner sites and support community members with container gardening
  • Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce to support the Follow the Star Brick Road: Nelsonville Brick Park Revitalization Project
  • Nelsonville-York Elementary School received three grants: (1) to purchase sensory tools for social-emotional learning, (2) to purchase iPads for second-grade classrooms and (3) to purchase iPads for the multiple disabilities classrooms
  • Nelsonville-York Middle and High School to support the set-up of a new restaurant at the school, operated by special education students
  • Nelsonville-York School District received three grants: (1) to purchase a desktop computer for K-12 classroom use and afterschool programming, (2) to purchase rock band instruments for use by the middle and high school choirs and by the community, and (3) to fund local dining out experiences for students in the high school business class
  • Stuart’s Opera House to help fund artist fees and production costs of the Summer Arts Camp for children ages 10-18
  • The iBELIEVE Foundation to fund the participation of Nelsonville-area youth in the 2024 iBELIEVE Youth Leadership Workshops
  • Circle Round the Square to fund three student interns who are stepping into leadership roles at the summer program and workshops
  • Nelsonville-York School District’s National Honor Society to purchase feminine hygiene products and support the needs of fellow students

Nelsonville Family of Funds

9 funds partnering with the Nelsonville Community Foundation in service to our community:



Nelsonville Committee Members

  • Steven Cox
  • Kevin Dotson
  • Bill L’Heureux
  • Jennifer L’Heureux
  • Kevin Lowry
  • Anita McDonald
  • Betty Jo Parsley

Support the Nelsonville Community

The Nelsonville Community Foundation invites gifts from people who hold Nelsonville and the surrounding areas close to their hearts. As the Fund grows, it will invest in the community through grants that support projects and organizations improving quality of life for citizens in this area.