Foundation launches 2023 annual giving campaign as it celebrates 30 years of impact

The Piqua Community Foundation’s annual giving campaign is now active as the organization celebrates 30 years of local impact.

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 2023, The Foundation has distributed more than $190,000 through unrestricted grant awards.

Donors of $100 or more per individual per year are recognized as part of The Foundation’s Inner Circle in the spring newsletter. Those giving $1,000 or more in their lifetime become Life Trustees of The Foundation and are listed in the annual report in perpetuity.

Please consider a gift to The Foundation by visiting piquacommunityfoundation.org/donate or mailing a check to P.O. Box 226, Piqua, OH 45356.

When you share with us, we share with many.

Molly Karn, Jeff Pedro Jr. join The Foundation Board of Directors

The Piqua Community Foundation welcomed Molly Karn and Jeff Pedro Jr. to the Board of Directors as the organization’s Life Trustees elected him at the annual meeting on November 14.

Their service began immediately, as they each fill an unexpired Director term. Molly’s term will conclude on December 31, 2024, and Jeff’s term will conclude on December 31, 2025.

Molly Karn

Molly Karn is originally from Springfield, where she was born and raised. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Dayton and worked in outside sales and recruiting before finding her dream job in Human Resources. In 2011, she joined ITW and started with the Food Equipment Segment, before transferring to the Welding Segment in 2016. Currently, she serves as the HR Director at Hobart Filler Metals.

Molly and her husband, Ryan Karn, who works as an school resource officer at Newton School, live in the Piqua area with their three children and two dogs. Her children attend Piqua Catholic School and actively participate in many local sports. Molly is always on the go with friends and family, but she also likes to spend time reading, cooking or taking walks. She is the Champion for the United Way at Hobart Filler Metals and has been serving on the Board of Directors for the United Way for the past three years.

Jeff Pedro Jr.

Jeff Pedro Jr. was born in Massillon and raised in Kettering. He graduated from Wright State University with an Organizational Leadership degree and focus on International Business. He has worked at United Parcel Service for 25 years, where he manages logistics projects for small businesses all over southern Ohio. Jeff and his wife, Emily, moved to Piqua in 2022 and are in the midst of rehabbing a 170-year-old home in the Piqua-Caldwell Historical District. They both enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, and walking around downtown Piqua on sunny days with their retired greyhound, Phoebe.

In addition, Jeff is a co-owner of Crooked Handle Brewing Company with locations in Piqua and Springboro. He is also an operating shareholder of Sim-trainer Indoor Range and Training Center in Moraine, managing bookkeeping and strategic business initiatives. Jeff has taken a leadership role in a variety of projects for nonprofit organizations around the Dayton area, like Agape for Youth, United Way of Greater Dayton and Springboro Optimist Club.

See the full Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors list here: http://piquacommunityfoundation.org/about-us/our-board/.

Foundation awards more than $57,000 in fall grant cycle

Miami County YMCA

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded $57,861 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 organizations awarded 2023 fall grants are:

  • Bethany Center — coffee station
  • Isaiah’s Place — foster family retention events
  • Lehman Catholic High School — Science Olympiad
  • Miami County Dental Clinic — toothbrushes, toothpaste & floss
  • Miami County YMCA — Piqua facility capital campaign pledge
  • New Creation Counseling Center — counseling and psychiatry services
  • Piqua Catholic School — laminator & laminate sheets
  • Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development — training tables
  • RT Industries — ADA wheelchair accessible mini-vans
  • SafeHaven, Inc. — field trips and special events
  • Salvation Army — hygiene pantry

 

Piqua Catholic School

The grant awards were made in a variety of project sectors — from education to human service and from basic needs to access to dental care — all with a demonstrated impact on Piqua residents. Members of the Distribution Committee of The Foundation visited three recipients earlier this month to present the grant awards and learn more about their programs and needs.

Foundation representatives shared the final installment of its $100,000 pledge to the Miami County YMCA’s Piqua facility capital campaign this cycle and toured the construction site on November 8. The Distribution Committee also visited Piqua Catholic School to learn more about the school’s increased enrollment and expansion efforts at the Downing Street campus.

Miami County Dental Clinic

The visit to Miami County Dental Clinic illuminated the rise in dental needs among children and seniors in our community. The Traveling Smiles program allows clinic staff to set up temporary patient care areas in schools and other community spaces to allow elementary aged students to be seen and treated by a dentist, often for the first time. The Foundation supported toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to send patients home following a visit.

“We are grateful for The Piqua Community Foundation and their invaluable support of our programs,” said Stephanie Waller, Miami County Dental Clinic’s executive director. “Their generous contribution to purchase toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss will truly make a positive impact, not only in Piqua, but throughout all of Miami County, fostering brighter smiles and promoting better oral health practices within our communities.”

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.

Volunteer nominations sought for Hinsch Community Service Awards

Scott J. & Margaret W. Hinsch

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

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 are typically made each year.

The guidelines have been amended this year to welcome a larger volume of nominations. Instead of recognizing one male and one female volunteer, as in year’s past, the award will now recognize individuals, regardless of gender, or a group of two to five volunteers working toward a common goal.

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 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.

The volunteers who received the awards for their service in 2023 are:

  • Russell Fashner, Friends of the Piqua Parks
  • Krista Abernathy, St. James Episcopal Church
  • Adele Penrod, Piqua Parents as Teachers

G. Russell Fashner, Friends of the Piqua Parks

Krista Abernathy, St. James Episcopal Church

Adele Penrod, Piqua Parents as Teachers

The deadline for nominations for volunteers making outstanding contributions in 2023 is January 22, 2024. To access the guidelines and nomination form for The Hinsch Community Service Awards, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/hinsch.

Foundation awards $36,400 in G. William Hartzell Community Grants

The Piqua Community Foundation on October 4 awarded G. William Hartzell Community Grants totaling $36,400 to 27 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 serve the organization’s needs.

The New Path, Inc.

The New Path, Inc. is one of the recipients of a G. William Hartzell Community Grant this year. The award will help the organization to continue to offer its Piqua food pantry twice a week.

“We are very grateful to The Piqua Community Foundation and the G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund for their support,” said The New Path, Inc. Executive Director William Lutz. “Through this partnership, we are able to serve the Piqua community through our food pantry on Commerce Drive and ensure our friends and neighbors are taken care of.”

G. William Hartzell

Randi Pearson, a retired Hartzell Industries, Inc. employee and fund committee member, said that The New Path’s commitment to serving the Piqua community reflects Bill’s heart for Piqua.

“The Hartzell family has been supportive of the Piqua community for decades, and Bill carried on the legacy of his parents, Robert and Miriam, that dates back as far as the 1940s,” Pearson said. “By endowing a fund with The Piqua Community Foundation in his estate plans, Bill ensured that tradition continues to be carried on beyond his lifetime.”

The organizations receiving 2023 G. William Hartzell Community Grants are:

  • Brukner Nature Center
  • Declare Worship Community
  • Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, Inc.
  • 4 Paws for Ability
  • Friends of Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.
  • Friends of the Piqua Parks
  • Friends of the Piqua Public Library
  • Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley
  • Greene Street United Methodist Church Daycare & Preschool
  • Health Partners Free Clinic
  • Isaiah’s Place Inc.
  • New Creation Counseling Center
  • Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County
  • Piqua Arts Council
  • Piqua Compassion Network
  • Piqua Fire Department
  • Piqua Parents as Teachers
  • Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development
  • SafeHaven, Inc.
  • Seeds of Hope OH
  • TeKonnect, Inc.
  • The New Path, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army
  • Transformed Life Church
  • Upper Miami Valley Young Life
  • We Love Birthday Parties
  • Wilma’s Place

To learn more about the G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation, click here.

Standard grant cycle open through September 30

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 2023 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 piquacommunityfoundation.org/grants. 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.

Edison State Community College’s Women in STEMM Expo, an initiative supported by The Piqua Community Foundation

Foundation celebrates 30 years of serving our community

The Piqua Community Foundation is recognizing 30 years of service to our community in 2023!

Our community is truly fortunate to have our own ultra-local foundation that has distributed more than $21 million in philanthropic support to help make Piqua an even better place to live.

The Foundation was founded in November of 1993 as numerous community members pooled their funds to launch the initial fund of The Foundation.

The Foundation now holds a variety of funds, ranging from donor-directed accounts for specific purposes, including scholarships, to unrestricted gifts that allow The Foundation to share project grants with local organizations.

The Foundation helps donors fulfill their charitable giving wishes through gifts of all sizes. You may visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/donate to help us carry on the legacy of philanthropy right here at home.

Foundation awards scholarships to area high school graduates

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded scholarships to several area high school graduates in the Class of 2023.

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.

The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund 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.

  • Mara Flood – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Zoe Leasure – Piqua High School
  • Sarah Lins – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Thomas Schmiesing – Lehman Catholic High School

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

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

  • Isaac Beal – Miami East High School
  • Livi Johnston – Troy High School
  • McKenna Reindel – Piqua High School
  • Thomas Schmiesing – Lehman Catholic High School

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

The Patricia L. Recker Memorial Fund makes scholarships to graduating high school seniors enrolling in a two- or four-year program at a college or university.

  • John Brunner, II – Lehman Catholic High School
  • Matthew Galbreath – Lehman Catholic High School
  • McKenna Reindel – Piqua High School

The 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.

  • Ivy Lee – Piqua High School

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

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

  • Abigail Welbaum – Troy High School

Applications for unrestricted Hartzell grants now open

G. William Hartzell

Charitable organizations that serve Piqua residents are invited to apply for unrestricted funding from the G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation. The deadline for applications is August 1.

The G. William Hartzell Community Grant awards are made from the fund established by the late 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.

Piqua Community Foundation awards more than $67,000 in spring grant cycle

Wilma’s Place

The Piqua Community Foundation awarded $67,684 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 organizations awarded 2023 spring grants are:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley — MENTOR Piqua
  • Elizabeth’s New Life Center — Earn While You Learn program
  • Friends of Piqua Public Library — 10th annual Holiday Cabaret
  • Health Partners Free Clinic — women’s health clinic
  • Isaiah’s Place Inc. — foster care recruitment
  • Miami County Public Health — The Diaper Bank of Miami County
  • Miami County YMCA — new facility campaign
  • Miami Valley Veterans Museum — educational equipment improvement
  • Piqua-Caldwell Historic District Association — self-guided walking tour signs
  • Piqua Catholic School — new restroom stalls
  • Piqua City Schools — kindergarten — All Kids Bike Piqua
  • Piqua City Schools Piqua Central Intermediate School — Community Days: Create-A-Book
  • Piqua Compassion Network — signage for new offices
  • Upper Miami Valley Young Life — summer camp
  • Wayne’s Legion of Fort Piqua — History Alive at Fort Piqua
  • Wilma’s Place — mattresses and bedding for cold shelter

Piqua City Schools

The grant awards were made in a variety of project sectors — from education to human service and from basic needs to access to medical care — all with a demonstrated impact on Piqua residents. Members of the Distribution Committee of The Foundation visited three recipients earlier this month to present the grant awards and learn more about their programs and needs.

Piqua-Caldwell Historic District Association

Members of the Piqua-Caldwell Historic District Association board accepted the organization’s first-ever grant award on May 10. Mary Frances Rodriguez, president of the board, said the district was registered with the National Trust of Historic Places in 1985 and it wasn’t until 2017 that the association was organized, later earning its 501(c)(3) designation. Until now, the association has funded projects through private donations and fundraising events.

The grant award from The Piqua Community Foundation will allow the organization to create a self-guided walking tour via signs with QR codes in the yards of featured properties to complement existing programs such as the Historic Holiday Tour hosted each December.

“The Piqua-Caldwell Historic District Association is grateful to be the recipient of our very first grant funded by The Piqua Community Foundation. Until now, our organization has been self-funded with voluntary support,” Rodriguez said. “With the self-guided walking tour in place, visitors can enjoy strolling the area at their leisure to enjoy learning about the rich history of Piqua and an unprecedented variety of architectural styles. To start, our self-guided walking tour will include 36 properties showcased in previous holiday tours with more to come in the future.”

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.

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