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To enhance and strengthen the quality of life for the citizens of Greater Fairfield.


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 Proposal Challenge for Nonprofits


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, you are invited to submit a grant proposal to win a Fairfield Community Foundation Champion’s Grant to gain support for that super idea! The deadline is September 20, 2016. Click here to access the grant application form. Two proposals will be chosen as winners. The two winning organizations will then be required to present their proposals in person at the Fairfield Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting, Tailgate Tuesday, on Tuesday, October 18 at Receptions in Fairfield. The Champion will be selected by voting of those in attendance at the annual meeting. The Champion will receive a $3,500 grant. The runner-up will receive a $1,500 grant.

Areas that might be considered are education, preventing drug use, or homelessness. However, a project that you believe will positively impact our community in any way is fine. We’re looking for ideas and projects that clearly are winners!!

We can’t wait to hear from you!!!

Questions? Call Diane Ruder at 513.829.6355 ext. 100.

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

Save The Date


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.

$114,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Graduating Seniors


Area graduating seniors were awarded $114,000 in scholarships from Fairfield Community Foundation Funds during May. Fairfield High School Students and others living in Fairfield or Fairfield Township received $86,000 in scholarship funds. Additionally, $28,000 was awarded to 24 students from the 14 Butler County High Schools at the Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Luncheon on May 22 at Miami Hamilton.

Scholarships are awarded each year from funds established by individuals, families, organizations, service clubs and others who want to make a college education available to graduating seniors in the area.

"Most funds are restricted to be given to students who attend Fairfield High School," said Diane Ruder, Foundation president. "However, the Nuxhall Scholarships are awarded to students who attend all the Butler County high schools. The schools can elect to give the scholarships to one or two graduating seniors."

2015 Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Winners

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.