Meigs County Foundation
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The Meigs County Foundation was created in 2011 to increase and advance philanthropic activities in Meigs County. The Meigs County Foundation works to attract philanthropic resources in the form of gifts, grants, or bequests to benefit the broader community. It helps everyone give back to Meigs County so the community can invest grants to benefit Meigs County residents.
Meigs Family of Funds
The Growing Family of Funds includes:
• Meigs County Foundation
• Meigs County School-Based Food Pantry Fund
• Camp Kiashuta Endowment
• Charles A. and Joan Corder Memorial Scholarship
• Chester-Shade Historical Association Fund
• Forrest Bachtel Scholarship Fund
• Karr-Aanestad K9 Foundation Fund
• Meigs Performing Arts Center Fund
• New Haven School Fund
• William M. and Janet P. Betcher Memorial Endowment for Library Services
The Meigs County Foundation (MCF), in partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), invites nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for a project or program serving Meigs County to apply for the next grant round. To learn more about when MCF’s next ground round opens, sign up for FAO’s e-newsletter here.
MCF and FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia® Fund awarded up to $10,000 in grants to projects or programs that benefit residents of Meigs County. Projects increase quality of life, create access to opportunities, or implement a solution to a need in Meigs County. In addition to this funding, MCF will awarded another $15,000.
This year, additional funding was available for projects in the Health & Human Services Pillar thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Sisters Health Foundation (SHF). SHF Funds supported pandemic-related needs in the areas of food insecurity, senior needs, mental health and addiction, public health infrastructure, and other emerging needs. In 2020, MCF and SHF partnered to award 18 grants totaling more than $40,000. To learn more about the projects funded by MCF and SHF in 2021, see the information below.
2021 Grant Recipients
• Chester United Methodist Church for the rehabilitation of its baseball field backstop and bleachers
• Meigs County Council of Aging to build capacity for performing arts
• Meigs County Farmers’ Market LLC, for its 2022 children’s program
• Meigs County Pioneer and Historical Society and Museum to install an air purifier
• Village of Pomeroy for a playground as part of the Children’s Playing Safe in Pomeroy Parks program
• Village of Racine for Phase II of the village’s ball field improvement project
• God’s Hands at Work for the mobile food pantry
• Meigs Cooperative Parrish for freezer and kitchen items at its Community Kitchen
• Pageville Freewill Baptist Church for the Keeping Seniors at Home with Emergency Support program
• Portland Community Center for a refrigerator, tiles, and other floor materials for the center
• Eastern Local School District for the Eastern High School and Middle School Band Instrument Program
• Eastern Local School District for the Eagle Pack Program to send meals home with students who have limited access to food on the weekends
Before the Meigs County Foundation, many charitable gifts were leaving the community. When residents wanted to make a gift that would benefit the whole community for the long-term, they were looking for partners outside of the county who might have been able to help them. Now, with a fund focused on benefiting Meigs County by investing in its nonprofits, schools, and students, they can give back to Meigs County.
And they in the midst of a bold campaign that will not only make history, but celebrate it too. Endow 200 celebrates Meigs County’s 200th birthday by bringing together 200 gifts of $3,000 each. With gifts stretching over five years that means anyone can be a part of the effort for just $50 a month. These dollars will go into a permanent endowment that will allow the Meigs County Foundation to make grants each year while also growing the dollars available for the community.
“Throughout Meigs County, novel ideas and elbow grease are working to expand opportunities for our neighbors,” said Jennifer Sheets, a committee member of the Meigs County Foundation. “By launching Endow 200, the Meigs County Foundation will be able to invest homegrown dollars into ideas that will have an impact on our local communities.”
Whether you call Meigs County home today or are looking to give back to a place where you grew up, everyone now has the chance to make a difference in Meigs for generations.
Meigs Committee Members
The Meigs County Foundation is led by a volunteer committee with strong ties to the Meigs County community. Meigs County Foundation committee members include:
• Bradon Bartee
• Ryan Buckley
• Susan Clark
• John Hoback
• Barb Musser
• Paul Reed
• Charlene Rutherford
• Jennifer Sheets
• Laura Sheets
• Linda Warner
• Perry Varnadoe (Affiliated Member)
Support the Meigs Community
Gifts to the Meigs County Foundation are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. Donations can be made online by designating the Meigs County Foundation when donating. To mail your donation, please designate the Meigs County Foundation and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764.