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.

G. William Hartzell Community Grant cycle open through August 2

Charitable organizations that serve Piqua residents are invited to apply for unrestricted funding

the G. William Hartzell Community Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation.

The deadline for applications is August 2.

The awards are 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 each spring.

The grants 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.

To learn about the grant guidelines and access the application, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/grants/hartzell.

Foundation raises funds, fun with Hop Town, Summer in the City fundraiser

 

The Piqua Community Foundation concluded its Hop Town, Summer in the City fundraiser this month with the sale of 96 bags and a drawing for a beer-themed dinner.

The Foundation partnered with Cheryl and Jim Burkhardt (AKA “Dr. Beer”) to present the fundraiser. Supporters purchased a total of 96 bags, each of which included a variety of beers inspired by the holidays of summer, coupled with recommendations of food and music pairings. In addition to beer, the bags included two mini pilsner tasting glasses, a bottle opener made from the handle of a baseball bat, a spice rub packet and local food gift certificates.

Each ticket also included a chance at a 10-person food-beer-music pairing dinner donated by The Beer Thinkers — Jim & Cheryl Burkhardt and Joe & Kazy Hinds. The bags were distributed on June 3, and the drawing for the dinner was held on June 10 via livestream on The Foundation’s Facebook page. David Galbreath, Jr. was selected at random and will choose a theme and location for The Beer Thinkers to host the dinner.

Emily Shawler, vice president and Resource Committee chairwoman for The Foundation’s Board of Directors, said the event was a success in raising funds, awareness and fun among the organization’s supporters. She thanked the sponsors of the event — Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, Phoenix Bat Company and Brandi Lawson, Realtor with Keller Williams Hometown Realty — as well as the Burkhardts, Hindses and John and Marsha Hinsch for their generous contributions.

“We are tickled by the support we had for this event and the fun we had hosting it,” Shawler said. “Thank you to everyone who contributed to this event and continue to support the important work The Foundation does to support our community.”

Monies raised through this event support The Foundation’s unrestricted fund, which supports grants to organizations that serve Piqua residents. Donations made through this fundraising event and other charitable giving makes The Foundation’s work possible.

Foundation awards more than $75,000 in spring grant cycle

 

Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded $75,289 to 14 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 organizations awarded 2021 spring grants are:

  • CASA/GAL of Miami County, Inc. – conference for court-appointed special advocate volunteers
  • Elizabeth’s New Life Center/Women’s Centers of Ohio – Earn While You Learn Program
  • Isaiah’s Place, Inc. – bridging to foster care bags
  • Johnston Farm Friends Council – History Alive at Fort Piqua
  • Miami County Dental Clinic – Dental Direct and Traveling Smiles programs
  • Miami County YMCA – new facility campaign
  • New Creation Counseling Center – counseling and psychiatry services
  • Piqua Area Chamber Foundation – website upgrade
  • Piqua Catholic School – hand drums for music class
  • Piqua Catholic School – zoo crew alphabet rug
  • Piqua Catholic School – keyboard covers
  • Piqua Catholic School – junior high school football helmets
  • Piqua Catholic School – gym floor resurfacing
  • Piqua Catholic School – interactive projector board
  • Piqua City Schools – Piqua High School – William H. Pitsenbarger burial flag case
  • Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development – pediatric activity chair
  • The Edison Foundation – molecular testing equipment
  • Troy-Miami County Public Library – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
  • Upper Miami Valley Young Life – summer camp trip

The grant awards were made to a variety of organization service sectors, all with a demonstrated impact on Piqua residents.

The award to the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development will support the purchase of a new pediatric chair for one-on-one neuroeducational classroom activities for those diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, birth trauma, Down syndrome, autism, ADD/ADHD, chromosomal disorders, developmental delays and other brain-related conditions.

“The generous support of The Piqua Community Foundation means more than words can express,” Rehabilitation Center Executive Director Carla Bertke said. “Having the ability to purchase the pediatric chair will help us continue to provide services to our very young participants. It is a vital piece of equipment that will be used on a daily basis and allows us to fulfill our mission of ‘hands that give hope!’”

The Edison Foundation

Other awards were made to educational entities, including The Edison Foundation to support molecular testing equipment, and charitable organizations to facilitate the delivery of services including psychiatry, children’s care and dental health.

The Piqua Community Foundation’s next grant cycle has a September 30 deadline. To learn more about the grant and scholarship programs of The Piqua Community Foundation, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/grants.

Four local volunteers recognized with Hinsch Community Service Awards

The Piqua Community Foundation presented four local volunteers with the Margaret W. Hinsch and Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Awards on Tuesday.

The following volunteers received the awards in surprise presentations:

      • Elizabeth “Liz” Hall, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

      • Jill Todd, CASA/GAL of Miami County, inc.

      • Jordan Browner, Upper Miami Valley Young Life

      • Clete Thobe, Forest Hill Cemetery

The recipients received a glass plaque to commemorate the occasion, and the nominating nonprofit agency received a $2,000 unrestricted grant from The Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation, in recognition of that outstanding volunteer. The grant award marks an increase from the previously offered $1,000 per award.

Scott & Margaret Hinsch

Scott & Margaret Hinsch

John Hinsch, son of the late Margaret and Scott Hinsch, joined the presentations in honor of his parents, and their legacy of service to the Piqua community. He also represented his wife, Marsha, and his sister, Dr. Linda Hinsch Campbell, who were unable to attend the presentations.

The Hinsch awards are offered annually, typically to one male and one female volunteer. The Hinsch family generously offered to award two male and two female volunteers this year due to the high quality of outstanding candidates in this year’s pool of nominations.

 

 

“The decision committee was blown away by the contributions of volunteers to organizations serving the Piqua community this year. We all acknowledge that 2020 was a year of increased need in our service organizations, and we are so inspired by the incredible dedication of these volunteers to rally around their community. We are so humbled to share these awards in memory of my parents who loved and served Piqua all their lives.”                                                                                                          — John Hinsch

 

 

Liz Hall, left, and John Hinsch

Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Award winner – Elizabeth “Liz” Hall

Karen Wendeln, service unit treasurer of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, nominated Elizabeth “Liz” Hall for the numerous hours she spent designing and implementing Zoom badge meetings for the local troops. This allowed leaders without much technology experience to continue with virtual activities and allowed troop members to continue to earn badges during the pandemic.

“The many hours Liz contributed to the online project most likely kept Piqua girls interested in the Girl Scout program,” Wendeln stated in her nomination form.

 

 

Nikki Sherck, left, and Jill Todd

Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Award winner – Jill Todd

Nikki Sherck, executive director of CASA/GAL of Miami County, Inc. nominated Jill Todd for her direct work with abused and neglected children in Piqua. CASA/GAL of Miami County trains volunteers to be Court Appointed Special Advocates to protect the interests of each child in court. Todd has served in the role since 1998 and is recognized for the award due to  volunteering more than 160 hours and driving 1,183 miles in 2020.

Sherck wrote in her nomination form that “Jill’s passion for service and dedication to abused and neglected children is so evident and inspirational.”

 

 

Jordan Browner

Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Award winner – Jordan Browner

David Mason, area director of Upper Miami Valley Young Life, nominated Jordan Browner for his work on developing mentorship relationships with area teens when there was a huge need due to the isolating circumstances of the pandemic.

Mason wrote in his nomination form, “Jordan met kids where they were, whether at sporting events at Piqua High School, YMCA, restaurants, skating rink or anywhere else. During a time of lots of struggles for youth, they needed someone like Jordan to share with them about life.”

 

 

 

 

Clete Thobe, right, and John Hinsch

Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Award winner – Clete Thobe

Cindy Pearson, board president for Forest Hill Cemetery, nominated Clete Thobe for clearing brush and maintaining the levy bank from Ziegler Road to south end of the cemetery.

“It has been the mission of the cemetery board to beautify the cemetery and make it an inviting sanctuary for the thousands of friends and families that visit each year. The hundreds of hours Clete has put into his work has helped the cemetery staff achieve this mission,” Pearson said in her nomination form.

 

 

 

To watch livestream videos and view more photos from the awards presentations, visit The Piqua Community Foundation’s Facebook page.

Foundation helps donors meet their charitable giving goals

Donors give through The Piqua Community Foundation because they want to see their community succeed and grow and its residents prosper.

The Piqua Community Foundation’s mission is to encourage charitable giving to benefit the citizens of Piqua and provide a variety of methods for donors to help fulfill their charitable giving wishes.

The Foundation offers a variety of opportunities to contribute to the community, both restricted and unrestricted gifts of any size. Larger donations may be used to establish a variety of fund types that allow donors to name the fund for themselves or a loved one and make specifications about the way funds are allocated to qualifying nonprofit organizations.

Funds can be established with gifts of cash, stock or property. The Foundation can be named as a beneficiary of a trust or an insurance policy. Or, loved ones may donate memorial contributions in the name of someone who has passed. Donors realize the tax benefits in the year the gift was given, allowing for advantages on both sides.

We are here to help you to understand the many avenues for charitable giving that will extend your generosity beyond your own lifetime.

When you share with us, we share with many.

To learn more about how The Piqua Community Foundation can help you to meet your charitable giving needs, visit our website at piquacommunityfoundation.org or call us 937.615.9080.

 

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