Foundation celebrates 30th anniversary, grant recipients at annual meeting

Andrew Snyder & Emily E. Shawler

The Piqua Community Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary during the Life Trustees annual meeting on November 14 with grant recipient recognition and a look at the impact of The Foundation over the past three decades.

Since inception in 1993, The Foundation has distributed more than $21.5 million in grants and scholarships across its funds, representing projects and programs that make Piqua an even better place to call home.

Doug Metcalfe of SafeHaven Inc. shared with the attendees how numerous grant awards from The Foundation in recent history have impacted the organization. The organization provides adults with mental health support and provides a structured day of education, meals and activities.

The meeting serves as the annual gathering and organizational recap for The Foundation and included a tabulation of voting by

Secretary/Treasurer Andrew S. Monnin, a financial report from Investment Committee chair Tony Wendeln and remarks about the past year from President Emily E. Shawler.

“I am truly grateful to be surrounded by people who care for Piqua and feel fortunate that we have pushed forward over the past 30 years to strengthen our hometown.”

— Emily E. Shawler, Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors President

Distribution Committee chair Randi M. Pearson recognized organizational representatives receiving grant awards for programs serving Piqua residents in its spring and fall cycles in 2023 as well as through the 2022-2023 Pitch Piqua initiative. He noted that The Foundation has distributed $190,899 from the unrestricted funds of The Foundation in 2023.

Nominating Committee chair Steven K. Staley presented the slate of candidates for reelection. The Life Trustees elected Molly Karn to fill an unexpired term concluding December 31, 2024, and Jeff Pedro Jr. to fill an unexpired term concluding December 31, 2025. They also reelected the six incumbent directors who will serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2024: Mimi A Crawford, Spencer K. Peltier, Gail B. Peterson, Jim Sever, Emily E. Shawler and Steven K. Staley.

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