Foundation accepts nominations for Hinsch Community Service Awards

The Foundation is now accepting nominations for The Scott J. Hinsch and Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Awards.

Margaret & Scott Hinsch

The Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation offers The Hinsch Community Service Awards annually to recognize outstanding volunteers for charitable organizations. Two awards will be made each year:

  • The Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Award to one male nominee
  • The Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Award to one female nominee

The Hinsch Family Fund was established in 2015 by Scott and Margaret Hinsch’s children and their spouses, John and Marsha Hinsch and Linda and the late Bob Campbell. The awards honor Scott and Margaret’s legacy of service to the Piqua community.

“We are so humbled to share these awards in memory of my parents who loved and served Piqua all their lives,” John Hinsch said.

Each selected award winner will each receive a glass plaque, and the organizations that nominated the winners will each receive a $2,000 unrestricted grant to serve the Piqua community from The Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation.

The Hinsch family chose to award two male and two female volunteers last year due to the high quality of outstanding candidates in the pool of nominations. The following volunteers received the awards for their service in 2020:

  • Jordan Browner, Upper Valley Young Life
  • Clete Thobe, Forest Hill Cemetery
  • Elizabeth “Liz” Hall, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
  • Jill Todd, CASA/GAL of Miami County, inc.

The deadline for nominations for volunteers making outstanding contributions in 2021 is January 24, 2022. To access the guidelines and nomination form for The Hinsch Community Service Awards, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/hinsch.

Foundation launches 2021 annual giving campaign

Upper Miami Valley Young Life

The Piqua Community Foundation’s annual giving campaign is now active.

Gifts made through The Foundation’s annual giving campaign support the unrestricted funds for our spring and fall grant cycles, as well as special projects. In 2021, The Foundation has distributed more than $138,000 through unrestricted grant awards.

“We are so thankful for The Piqua Community Foundation’s generous support to cover the cost of our volunteer’s attendance at the Ohio CASA Conference this fall. This conference delivers quality training that covers all of the required training hours for our 50 CASA volunteers advocating for more than 190 abused and neglected children in Miami County each year.

When our volunteers give so much of their time and energy to protect the best interest of children in difficult situations, it isa blessing for them to not have to pay for the conference that allows them to continue as volunteer advocates. So far this year, 46% of the children served by our program are from Piqua, and we are proud to partner with The Piqua Community Foundation to make a difference for these children.”

—  Nikki Sherck, executive director of CASA/GAL of Miami County, Inc.

CASA/GAL of Miami County, Inc.

Your contributions at work serving Piqua

  • More than $18.3 million given from The Foundation since its founding in 1993!
  • More than $628,000 distributed in 2020 through grants and scholarships!
  • More than $138,000 in 2021 grants to local organizations and schools made through unrestricted donations like this annual campaign!

Please consider a gift to The Foundation by visiting our Donate page or mailing a check to P.O. Box 226, Piqua, OH 45356.

When you share with us, we share with many.

Piqua Parents as Teachers — Averie Zweibel, age 3

Foundation awards $22,700 in Donnelly Advised grants

The Piqua Community Foundation recently awarded grants from the Donnelly Advised Fund totaling $22,700 to 18 organizations that serve Piqua residents.

Richard Donnelly established the Donnelly Advised Fund, along with others at The Foundation, in 2008. The grant award decisions are made by a donor-appointed committee annually based upon community needs; there is no application process.

“The committee and I enjoy meeting in the fall each year to determine how best to utilize the fund to serve the Piqua community,” Donnelly said. “The awards we make represent a broad range projects that benefit Piqua residents and improve our community. It’s a true pleasure to share from the advised fund each year.”

The organizations receiving 2021 Donnelly Advised grants are:

  • American Legion Post 184 for the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad
  • American Legion Post 184 Ambulance Fund
  • The Bethany Center
  • The Edison Foundation for the nursing scholarship
  • Forest Hill Cemetery Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation
  • Greene Street Church food pantry
  • The Little Kinger Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation
  • MainStreet Piqua
  • Miami County Dental Clinic
  • Miami County YMCA
  • Piqua Arts Council
  • Piqua Area Chamber Foundation for The Garden Tribe Schoolyard Garden
  • Piqua Civic Band
  • Piqua Compassion Network
  • Protecting Our Water Ways
  • Salvation Army for the needs bank and summer feeding program
  • Upper Miami Valley Young Life
  • YWCA Piqua

Jeff Lange of Protecting Our Water Ways (POWW) said that the support of the Donnelly Advised Fund is used to cover programmatic expenses such as vehicle registration, insurance, maintenance, fuel and supplies to orchestrate successful sweeps of local waters.

“In 18 years, POWW volunteers have removed over 198,250 pounds of trash and have worked over 12,500 community man hours,” Lange said. “Thanks to Mr. Donnelly, The Piqua Community Foundation, local businesses, our sponsors, and POWW volunteers, our citizens can enjoy much cleaner waters!”

Protecting Our Water Ways is one of 18 local organizations to receive a grant award from the Donnelly Advised Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation this fall. Here, members of the POWW A Team work on the Great Miami River during one of its river cleanups.

Board members honored, elected at annual meeting

The Piqua Community Foundation Life Trustees honored members of the Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting on November 9.

Steven K. Staley, president, and Emily E. Shawler, incoming president

Emily E. Shawler, incoming board president, recognized Steven K. Staley who has served as the president of The Foundation for 2020 and 2021 and thanked him for his leadership through a transition period for the organization.

Staley shared his year-end comments with the audience, including the continued growth of The Foundation thanks to donors who allow for the organization’s continued support of charitable organizations serving Piqua residents. Shawler highlighted programs on the horizon for The Foundation, including the new Pitch Piqua charitable grant pitch initiative with the community event on March 3, 2022.

The Life Trustees also re-elected five incumbent directors and elected one new director (identified with an asterisk) who will serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2022:

  • Bryant W. Fox
  • Lt Col Daniel P. French, USAFR, Ret
  • Stephanie A. Gunter
  • Trenton Karn*
  • Randi M. Pearson
  • Tony Wendeln

Additionally, Stacy P. Scott was recognized as a retiring board member who served the organization for 18 years, including two years as the board president. Jack L. Neuenschwander was recognized as retiring legal counsel for The Foundation, a role he’s filled since the organization’s inception in 1993.

Also at the annual meeting, Foundation leaders honored 2021 standard grant recipients in The Foundation’s spring and fall grant cycles.

Organizational representatives receiving grant awards in The Piqua Community Foundation’s 2021 grant cycles

Vickie Kirk, MBA, MT(ASCP), medical laboratory technician, phlebotomy and CLA director and associate professor of health sciences at Edison State Community College

Dr. Doreen Larson, president, and Vickie Kirk, associate professor, of Edison State Community College presented to the audience. Larson shared the impact The Foundation has had on the institution over many years of support. Kirk presented about the spring 2021 award that allowed her to purchase molecular testing equipment for the medical laboratory technician program and the growth of the program in recent years.

To see the full Board of Directors list, view Foundation grant recipients and learn more about The Foundation’s programs, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org.

Foundation awards nearly $63,000 in fall grant cycle

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded $62,917 to organizations that serve Piqua residents this month.

The distribution is part of The Foundation’s twice-annual standard grant cycles from unrestricted funds. The Foundation’s Distribution Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval based on a grant application and review process.

The Piqua Community Foundation delivered fall grant awards on November 8 to organizations that serve Piqua residents. Pictured here is the grant award delivery at Greene Street Daycare & Preschool with, from left, Debbie Frazier, director of the center, and Jim Sever and Randi Pearson, Foundation Distribution Committee co-chairs. The fall 2021 grant award helped to fund a new fire door at the center to keep children safe.

The organizations awarded 2021 fall grants are:

  • Arbogast Performing Arts Center – emergency AED equipment
  • CASA/GAL of Miami County Inc. – CASA Caring Tree
  • The Center for Early Learning at Piqua Catholic – gross motor equipment
  • Dr. E. Robert Torrence Medical Benovolence Fund – Torrence Medical Benevolence Fund
  • Forest Hill Cemetery & Arboretum – trash receptacle replacement program
  • Friends of the Piqua Public Library – Holiday Cabaret
  • Girl Scouts of Western Ohio – Piqua Girl Scouts financial assistance
  • GIVE Medical Ministry – knee walkers and overbed tables
  • Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley – Piqua Adult Day Support activity boxes & technology
  • Greene Street Daycare & Preschool – fire door replacement
  • Health Partners Free Clinic – certification for psychiatry services
  • Isaiah’s Place Inc. – Christmas for kids
  • Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County – volunteer program support
  • Piqua Catholic School – window security
  • Piqua City Schools – Piqua Central Intermediate School – Improving Math Facts One Step at a Time
  • Piqua City Schools – Washington Primary – first-grade STEM brain bins
  • RT Industries – service area improvement project
  • Upper Valley Career Center – scrubs for students
  • Upper Valley Medical Center Foundation – Special Care Nursery renovation

The grant awards were made to a variety of organization service sectors, all with a demonstrated impact on Piqua residents. One award was made to Greene Street Daycare & Preschool to support the replacement of a fire door to maintain the safety of the children served.

“Early childhood education has been very different the last 19 months. The Piqua Community Foundation has helped us to overcome one of our obstacles, by providing us with a grant to help replace and old fire door,” said Debbie Frazier, director of Greene Street Daycare & Preschool. “Without this help, we would not have been able to meet this fire code requirement. I would like to thank The Foundation for their gratitude toward helping to keep the children safe in our care.”

The Piqua Community Foundation’s next grant cycle has a March 31 deadline. To learn more about the grant and scholarship programs of The Piqua Community Foundation, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/grants.

Randi Pearson, far left, and Jim Sever, far right, Piqua Community Foundation Distribution Committee co-chairs, present a grant award to Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley representatives Caryl Segalewitz, development manager, second from left, and Jen Bonifas, interim vice president of program services, on November 8. The grant award will support activity boxes and technology equipment for clients of the Piqua Adult Day Support program and was one of a total of $62,917 distributed by The Foundation in the fall 2021 cycle.

Foundation announces Pitch Piqua finalist organizations

The Piqua Community Foundation today announced the three finalists in its Pitch Piqua charitable grant pitch competition with a $50,000 top prize.

The three finalist organizations that will compete for the top prize at the March 3, 2022, culminating event are:

  • Child Care Choices, Inc. – represented by Co-Directors Jenny Fox & Renee Matsunami

  • Renee Matsunami, left, and Jenny Fox, co-directors of Child Care Choices, Inc., accept their place as a Pitch Piqua finalist earlier this month at the Center for Early Learning at Piqua Catholic. The two nonprofit directors will work with Piqua Community Foundation staff over the next few months before presenting their project concept at a public event March 3, 2022.

  • Piqua City Schools, represented by Directors of Curriculum Scott Bloom & Teresa Anderson

  • Piqua City Schools has been selected one of three finalists in The Piqua Community Foundation’s Pitch Piqua initiative. Pictured, from left to right, are Superintendent Dwayne Thompson, Treasurer/CFO Jeremie Hittle, Director of Curriculum K-6 Teresa Anderson and Director of Curriculum 7-12 Scott Bloom.

  • Piqua Compassion Network, represented by Executive Director Rebecca Sousek & volunteers Chloe Clark & Caleb Patton

Piqua Compassion Network (PCN) will develop a project concept alongside The Piqua Community Foundation as one of three Pitch Piqua finalists before presenting their idea to the community March 3, 2022. Pictured, from left to right, are volunteer Chad Lawson, PCN Executive Director Rebecca Sousek, volunteer Shelli Mitchell, volunteer Chloe Clark and volunteer Caleb Patton.

A Foundation review committee reviewed narrative applications then interviewed semi-finalist candidates before narrowing the pool the three finalists.

“We are so excited for and inspired by these three finalist organizations who were chosen among a competitive pool of qualified applicants,” said Emily Shawler, Foundation vice president and Resource Committee chairwoman. “We look forward to working alongside these nonprofit leaders as they develop their concepts and prepare to pitch their ideas to the community in a few months.”

Project concepts will be developed as a partnership between each of the three finalist organizations selected and The Foundation in the months leading up to the public event. Finalists will work with Foundation staff on project scope, budgeting, capacity-building and storytelling presentation skills through this time.

The finalists then present their concepts at a community event on March 3, 2022, to a panel of judges who will decide the same day which organization wins the $50,000 award for its presented project. The other two finalist organizations will each be awarded a $5,000 unrestricted award. The funding for the grant awards is supplied by the fundholders of The Foundation. All finalists will also be eligible for pass-through designated donations made by community members leading up to and at the event.

The project concepts will be evaluated on their impact on Piqua residents, evidence of a demonstrated community need, readiness for launch, sustainability of the project and quality of the presentation.

To learn more about how Pitch Piqua and The Piqua Community Foundation benefit our community, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/pitchpiqua.

Foundation awards $53,500 in G. William Hartzell Community Grants

The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund committee of The Piqua Community Foundation on Friday delivered $53,500 in grant awards to 15 organizations that serve Piqua residents. Captured here is the grant award delivery at the Piqua Fire Department in support of the burn training tower project. Pictured, from left to right, are Jim Gray, committee member; Randi Pearson, committee chairman; Chief Brent Pohlschneider; Assistant Chief Timothy Risner; Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Wood; Karen Wendeln, committee member; and Barbara Hartzell, committee member.

The Piqua Community Foundation on Friday awarded G. William Hartzell Community Grants totaling $53,500 to 15 organizations that serve Piqua residents.

The grants were made from the charitable fund established by the late G. William “Bill” Hartzell with a bequest from his estate. This fund also awards college scholarships every spring. The grant awards are unique in the simplicity of the application process and the unrestricted nature of the funds to be spent however best serves the organization’s needs.

The Piqua Fire Department is one of the organizations benefiting from a G. William Hartzell Community Grant this year. This award will increase its ability to safely serve the Piqua community.

“The generous donation from the G. William Hartzell Community Grant will be directed towards the building of a burn training tower,” Assistant Chief Timothy Risner said. “This will prepare our firefighters to better serve our community and help ensure they make it home safely to their families at the end of their shift.”

The organizations receiving 2021 G. William Hartzell Community Grants are:

  • CASA/GAL of Miami County, Inc.
  • Forest Hill Cemetery & Arboretum
  • Friends of Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.
  • Friends of the Piqua Public Library
  • Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley
  • Isaiah’s Place Inc.
  • Miami County Dental Clinic — Traveling Smiles
  • Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County
  • Piqua Arts Council
  • The Piqua Community Foundation — Pitch Piqua
  • Piqua Compassion Network
  • Piqua Fire Department
  • Piqua Parents as Teachers
  • The Salvation Army of Piqua

Barbara Hartzell, fund committee member, participated in the grant deliveries and reflected on her late husband’s commitment to the Piqua community.

“Bill loved contributing to organizations who were creating opportunities for Piqua to thrive,” she said. “These organizations are making incredible contributions, and we are glad these awards allow him to continue to be part of Piqua’s future.”

Kathryn Booher, program director for Piqua Parents as Teachers, middle, hugs Barbara Hartzell, G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund committee member, as the fund committee presented checks to 2021 grant recipients Friday. Kimberly Lawson, financial director for Piqua Parents as Teachers, right, read the grant award letter while visiting with other committee members at Piqua Junior High School.

To learn more about the G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund, visit the fund’s page.

The Foundation standard fall grant cycle is open through September 30

The Miami County Fire and Emergency Services Chiefs Association (MCFESCA) – Electric Fire Extinguisher Training System

The Piqua Community Foundation is accepting standard grant applications for its fall grant cycle through September 30.

The Foundation accepts project-based grant applications twice a year from nonprofit organizations serving Piqua residents with a mission that is religious, educational, scientific, literary or charitable in nature. Applicants must provide documentation demonstrating the organization’s 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status.

The fall 2021 distribution is part of The Foundation’s semiannual grant cycles from unrestricted funds. The Foundation’s Distribution Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval based on the grant application and review process.

The Piqua Community Foundation’s grant program guidelines and application form can be found by visiting our Grants page. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines and then confirm their organization’s eligibility by emailing info@piquacommunityfoundation.org or calling 937.615.9080.

Foundation launches Pitch Piqua charitable grant competition with $50,000 top prize

The Piqua Community Foundation this week unveils its new initiative to benefit the Piqua community. Pitch Piqua is a charitable grant pitch competition with a $50,000 top prize for nonprofit organizations with a project benefiting Piqua.

“Pitch Piqua is an ultra-local grant competition that promotes local philanthropy and supports our community’s nonprofit sector,” said Emily Shawler, Foundation vice president and Resource Committee chairwoman. “We are ecstatic to offer this new, fun initiative to serve the Piqua community.”

Applications — simple narratives describing the project idea and the community need it meets — are accepted now through July 29. Ideas are developed as a partnership between each of the three finalist organizations selected and The Foundation in the months leading up to the public event. Finalists work with Foundation staff on project scope, budgeting, capacity-building and storytelling presentation skills through this time.

The finalists then present their concepts at a community event on March 3, 2022, to a panel of judges who will decide the same day which organization wins the $50,000 award for its presented project. The other two finalist organizations will each be awarded a $5,000 unrestricted award. The funding for the grant awards is supplied by the fundholders of The Foundation. All finalists will also be eligible for pass-through designated donations made by community members.

The project concepts will be evaluated on their impact on Piqua residents, evidence of a demonstrated community need, readiness for launch, sustainability of the project and quality of the presentation.

To find the guidelines and application instructions and learn how Pitch Piqua will benefit our community, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/pitchpiqua.

15 area high school graduates earn scholarships

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded scholarships to 15 area high school graduates in the Class of 2021.

Scholarships through The Foundation are made possible by fund donors who value continuing education and wish to give back to the community. Each of the scholarships offered is distinct in its guidelines directed by the donor when the fund was established.

The following students were awarded scholarships through the respective funds detailed below.

William Hartzell Scholarship ($2,500 renewable)

The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund makes scholarships to graduating high school seniors enrolling in a four-year program at a college or university.

  • Cassie Arnett – Piqua High School
  • Lucy Behr – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Grace Clark – Piqua High School
  • Noelle Dexter – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Alex Keller – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Melanna Langston – Piqua High School

Robert & Miriam Memorial Hartzell Scholarship ($2,500 renewable)

The Robert and Miriam Hartzell Memorial Scholarships are made each year to a graduate from each of the following high schools: Lehman Catholic, Miami East, Piqua and Troy.

  • Emma Kennedy – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Sophia Markley – Miami East High School
  • Andrea Marrs – Piqua High School
  • Sadie Schaeffer – Troy High School

Patricia L. Recker Memorial Scholarship ($1,000 renewable)

The Patricia L. Recker Scholarship fund awards a renewable scholarship each year to a graduate of Piqua High School or Lehman Catholic High School who is going on to attend an institution of higher learning.

  • Jonathan VanSkiver – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Emma Westerheide – Lehman Catholic High School

Forever Code Strong AP Art Scholarship ($1,000 non-renewable)

This scholarship, exclusively for Piqua High School AP art students, was established in memory of Cody Coffman.

  • Nichole Leigh Delacruz – Piqua High School
  • Andrew C. Hobbs – Piqua High School

Little Kinger Fund Athletic Scholarship ($1,000 non-renewable)

The Little Kinger Fund makes one scholarship available each year, to a woman graduating from a Miami Valley high school who will be participating in an inter-collegiate level sports program in college.

  • Olivia Daugherty – Bradford High School

To learn more about The Foundation’s scholarship programs and the funds that make them possible, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/scholarships.

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