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Fairfield Community Foundation - Fairfield's Choice for Giving.


View the list of grants made by the Fairfield Community Foundation, the organizations to whom grants were made and the amounts granted from 2001 through the present.


Grant Challenge Winners


The Fairfield Community Foundation held its first ever grant challenge for Nonprofits at the Annual Celebration “Tailgate Tuesday” in October. Eleven organizations applied and after tough consideration were narrowed down to two. The two finalists were required to pitch their proposals in person at the halftime during the event. The Champion was selected by voting of those in attendance.

Badin High School’s Art Studio was voted champion and rewarded a $3,500 grant for their project Art & Sole. Art & Sole is a student initiative project providing people in need with a pair of hand painted shoes, made just for them. The students identified 50 people in need and raised money to purchase new athletic shoes. Once the shoes are purchased the students meet with potential recipients to learn more about these individuals, in order to design a specific pair of shoes for them. The students will use the grant money to expand and further their program to serve the residents of One Way Farm in Fairfield.

Fairfield YMCA was the runner-up grant recipient and received a $1,500 for its Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Youth baseball program. The program promotes and encourages participation of special needs baseball players and community volunteers. The program collaborates with the Y, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Miracle League and ABC Pediatric Therapy. This program typically impacts about 200 special needs youth and hundreds of volunteers which strive to enhance communication, physical strength, stamina, and character.

Are you a champion not for profit? Do you have a wonderful idea for a program that will benefit the Greater Fairfield Community? If so, contact Diane Ruder at 513.829.6355 ext.100 for more information on how to submit a grant proposal for the 2017 Grant Challenge.

Love Works in Fairfield


If you are looking for a positive Valentine’s Story, please consider what the Love Works Committee is doing in Fairfield. Several months ago, some individuals formed a Love Works Committee. The goal of this Committee is to create a foundation of “Paying It Forward” throughout the community by looking for opportunities to share love and kindness with others.

To pay it forward, The Love Works Committee is distributing 3,000 bags of candy around the community on Valentine’s Day. Two bags will be given to individuals…one for them and one for them to give away….to pay it forward! They are asked to share it on @ShareLoveWorks on Face Book because compassion is contagious.

All teachers in the Fairfield City School District will receive candy as well as all City employees. Also, several businesses will also be distributing candy to customers such as The Pleasant Tree Gift Shop and Concept Hair Salon. The Fairfield Fire Department location on Nilles Road will have candy for citizens as well. Citizens who stop by can also get their picture taken with a firefighter between 8:30 and 5:00 p.m.

We would also like to give a special thanks to our Love Works sponsors Omni Printing, Meijer, and Without a Doubt Specialized Haulers. Please contact Angie Kenworthy, member of The Love Works Committee with any questions.


Scholarship Season Is Here


The Fairfield Community Foundation is pleased to be able to award more than $100,000 in scholarships each year.

To apply for Fairfield Community Foundation Scholarships at Fairfield High School, contact your guidance counselor at the school and ask them for application forms. You then fill them out and return them to the guidance department.

If you attend the Joint Vocational School and live in Fairfield or Fairfield Township, you are eligible for scholarships awarded to all Fairfield High School students. Contact your guidance counselor there for information as to how to apply for grants that are available graduating seniors.

The Four Seasons Garden Club Scholarship is available to all students residing in Fairfield and Fairfield Township regardless of the school they attend. You may access that application form here. You may also contact the guidance department at the high school you attend and ask for the application. If they do not have the application, please contact the Foundation at

The Fairfield Women Club Scholarship is available to all graduating female students who reside in Fairfield or Fairfield Township. You may access that application form here on the website. You may also contact the guidance department at the high school you attend and ask for the application. If they do not have the application, please contact the Foundation at

New Officers Selected for Board of Trustees


Steve Wolterman was elected chair of the Board of Trustees at its August Board meeting. Steve is a partner in the law firm of Clemmons & Wolterman. He has been a member of the Board for 4 years. He has served as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Board’s Nominating Committee in the past. Former Board chair Steve Smith retired from the Board at the end of his term on June 30.

Other officers elected for 2016-2017 are vice chair Lou Silverberg, president of Omni Printing; secretary Kathleen Michitti, volunteer; and treasurer Robert Jung, vice president wealth management advisor, U.S. Bank.

New Board members are Cynthia Koenig, retired YMCA executive and volunteer, and Perry Richardson, senior director of marketing and communications, Miami University’s Butler County Campuses.

Steve Wolterman

Make a Gift from your IRA and save on your taxes!


If you’re aged 70½ or older, it's once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. And now that opportunity is permanent!

On December 18 the President signed into law legislation that retroactively extends the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities such as the Fairfield Community Foundation -- and gifts from IRAs are free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

To make such gifts, it’s important not to withdraw funds before making an IRA gift. Instead you should have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA. Check with your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.

First Carboy Kaleidoscope Scholarship Awarded


Blanche Bors was named the first winner of the Karin Carboy Kaleidoscope Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for nontraditional women students and women wishing to return to school mid-life.

Blanche resides in Fairfield and is attending Cincinnati State Technical & Community College working toward a Dietetic Technician certification. Her goal is to become a license, registered dietician specializing in senior nutrition. She currently works at the Derringer Company and is a volunteer at Vineyard Church North West. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Greater Cincinnati Dietetic Association, the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Cincy for Christ. She has been activity involved in the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3869.

Peg Collins New Wall of Fame Honoree


Long-time civic volunteer and leader, Margaret "Peg" Collins, has been selected to have her photo included on the Foundation's Wall of Fame located in the Fairfield Performing Arts Center during a ceremony on Thursday, May 7, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Peg's civic involvement and volunteer activities positively impacted the City of Fairfield's development and its citizens' lives in many ways. In 1978, Peg was elected to the City Charter Commission which helped developed the charter to establish the city's City Manager Form of government. Beginning in 1980, Peggy served as a member of the City of Fairfield Planning Commission for 25 years representing the Fairfield 4th Ward. Peggy worked with others on projects which, over time, set the course for the development of the city's Village Green area.

Among many other volunteer efforts, Peg was actively involved in the League of Women Voters and Sacred Heart Parish activities. The Wall of Fame ceremony is open to the public.