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Vinton 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 Vinton 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.

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

The Vinton County Community Fund (VCCF) was established to ensure permanent support for the citizens and communities of Vinton County. A local community fund of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), the Vinton County Community Fund works to inspire and support philanthropy.

2022 Annual Report

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

Grant Opportunities

The Vinton 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 Vinton 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 68 Vinton County children in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio
  • The iBELIEVE Foundation to fund the participation of five Vinton County youth in the 2024 iBELIEVE Youth Leadership Workshops
  • Ohio State University Extension – Vinton County to support the participation of Vinton County residents ages 18-35 in the 2024 Emerging Leaders Workshop
  • Sojourners Care Network to provide Vinton County youth experiencing homelessness at least one warm holiday experience this December
  • Village of McArthur, McArthur Park Board and Wyman Park to purchase additional equipment for recreational activities at the park
  • Vinton County Cancer Research to purchase gas cards for Vinton County residents traveling for medical care due to a cancer diagnosis
  • Vinton County Schools Beta Club, composed of students in sixth through 12th grade. The grant will be used to finance the club’s community services projects and participation in leadership events such as the State Convention and Leadership Summit.

Vinton Family of Funds

6 funds partnering with the Vinton County Community Fund in service to our community:

  • Vinton County Community Fund
  • The Carey & Mildred Strausbaugh Scholarship
  • Clovis and Ada M. Strausbaugh Fund
  • Michele L. Hart Legacy Fund
  • Mitchell Family Youth Development Fund
  • Weller Scholarship Fund
  • The William M. and Janet P. Betcher Memorial Endowment for Library Services

Vinton Committee Members

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

  • Ashley Ervin
  • Bill Garrett
  • Bruce Knox
  • Bryan Radabaugh
  • Cindy Strausbaugh
  • Deanna Tribe
  • Jeremy Ward
  • Rich Weller

Support the Vinton 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 Vinton County Community 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 Vinton County Community Fund. For additional information, please call FAO at 740.753.1111.