Trenton Karn joins The Foundation Board of Directors

The Piqua Community Foundation welcomed Trenton Karn to the Board of Directors earlier this year after the organization’s Life Trustees elected him at the annual meeting in November.

Trenton’s service on the board began on January 1, 2022, and continues through December 31, 2024.

Trenton fills the seat of former Board of Directors member Stacy P. Scott, who retired at the end of December after 18 years of service, including two years as the board’s president.

Trenton was born and raised in Piqua. He graduated from University of Dayton. He has worked at Hemm’s Glass for almost 20 years, where he is part of the leadership team, heading up the project management team. He and his wife, Andrea Karn, have four children – Aubri, Melanie, Vincent and Ellie.

In addition to joining The Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors, Trenton serves as a board member for the Salvation Army. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Miami County.

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

The Foundation awards Hinsch Community Service Awards

The Foundation presented two local volunteers with The Scott J. Hinsch and Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Awards on Monday.

Jack Noah and Cari Beth Noah of The Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation

The following volunteers received the awards in surprise presentations:

  • Kenneth J. Grimes, Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Edna Stiefel, Friends of the Piqua Parks

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 Hinsch awards are offered annually, typically to one male and one female volunteer.

Cari Beth Noah and 10-year-old Jack Noah, granddaughter and great-grandson of the awards’ namesakes, respectively, presented the awards to recognize their legacy of service to the Piqua community. Cari Beth Noah also represented her parents, John and Marsha Hinsch, and her aunt, Dr. Linda Hinsch Campbell, who founded the fund and were unable to attend the presentations.

“The Hinsch family and The Hinsch Family Fund committee are touched by Edna and Ken’s contributions in 2021 to their respective organizations in service to Piqua residents,” John Hinsch said. “We recognize that 2021 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.”

The Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Award winner – Kenneth J. Grimes

The Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation awarded Kenneth J. Grimes with the Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Award on Monday in recognition of his volunteer service to the Miami Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America. Pictured, from left to right, are Scouting Executive/Executive Director Jeffrey R. Schiavone, Kenneth J. Grimes, wife Linda Grimes, Senior District Executive Amanda Schaedig and Development Director Iris Juergens.

Iris Juergens, development director for Miami Valley Council, Boys Scouts of America, nominated Grimes for leading Troop 295 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in their efforts to provide meals to people who were directly impacted by COVID-19 during 2021.

“One of Mr. Grimes’ greatest strengths is his reliability,” Juergens said in her nomination form. “It is due to Mr. Grimes’ personal investment of time, talent and treasure that the Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America was able to provide scouting during times when we had to pivot quickly. His efforts ensure Scouting continues at an exemplary level for all our youth.”

The Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Award winner – Edna Stiefel

Edna Stiefel, front, poses with Friends of the Piqua Parks committee members, from left to right, Jim Vetter, President Ruth A. Koon and Russ Fashner on Monday as The Piqua Community Foundation presented her with the Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Award. The award is a part of the Hinsch Family Fund of The Foundation and is accompanied by a $2,000 unrestricted grant award for the nominating organization.

Ruth A. Koon, president of Friends of the Piqua Parks, nominated Stiefel for her fundraising efforts to increase the number of trees in the Piqua parks in 2021. Koon said Stiefel is an advocate for the development of the Piqua’s park system and is highly regarded by City of Piqua parks staff and community.

“She truly is a committed and enthusiastic volunteer for our committee and for our community,” Koon stated in her nomination form. “The project would not have happened if it had not been for Stiefel’s leadership.”

The Hinsch Family Fund committee, the nominators and family members of the awardees presented the awards Monday. To watch livestream videos and view more photos from the awards presentations, visit The Piqua Community Foundation’s Facebook page.

For more information about The Piqua Community Foundation and The Scott J. Hinsch and Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Awards, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/grants/hinsch/.

Pitch Piqua finalists compete for $50,000 grant March 3

The Piqua Community Foundation announced today that tickets are now on sale for its Pitch Piqua community grant presentations on March 3 as the three finalist organizations compete for the $50,000 top prize.

The three finalist organizations presenting at the initiative’s culminating event are, left to right:

  • Piqua City Schools, represented by Directors of Curriculum Scott Bloom & Teresa Anderson
  • Piqua Compassion Network, represented by Executive Director Rebecca Sousek & volunteers Caleb Patton & Chloe Clark
  • Child Care Choices, Inc., represented by Co-Directors Renee Matsunami & Jenny Fox

The finalist teams have been developing their concepts alongside The Foundation since the summer of 2021. Topics covered include project scope, budgeting, capacity-building and storytelling presentation skills.

The finalist teams are now ready to present their concepts at a community event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2022, at the Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center. Event tickets are $20 and include event entry, hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets for the cash bar.

“We hope to fill Fort Piqua Plaza with community members who support these organizations and our community,” said Emily Shawler, Foundation president and Resource Committee chairwoman. “Pitch Piqua is all about building capacity within our nonprofit community, making a huge impact with Foundation assets and engaging the community around local philanthropy. This event is the high-energy, feel-good community gathering we all need right now. You don’t want to miss it!”

The teams will present to a crowd of supportive community members as well as a panel of four in-person judges representing various sectors of our community. All finalists will also be eligible for pass-through designated donations made by community members, who collectively act as the fifth judge.

“The three finalist teams have been hard at work since last summer on their project concepts and are ready to share their big ideas with our community,” said Foundation Executive Director Michelle Perry. “And while there are big dollars at stake in this competition, we know that local philanthropy is for everyone. Any pass-through donation of $10 or more to the finalist organization of your choice counts as a vote for their success. You can help decide who wins the grand prize!”

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

The top-scoring organization will secure the $50,000 grant award for their proposed 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.

To purchase event tickets, vote for your favorite finalist organization(s) and to learn more about how Pitch Piqua and The Piqua Community Foundation benefit our community, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org/pitchpiqua.

The Foundation’s standard grant cycle open through March 31

The Piqua Community Foundation is accepting standard grant applications for its spring grant cycle through March 31.

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 spring 2022 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 recognized these organizational representatives receiving grant awards for programs serving Piqua residents in its spring and fall cycles in 2021. They were acknowledged at The Foundation’s annual meeting on November 9.

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.

The Foundation opens 2022 scholarship programs

The Foundation has opened its 2022 scholarship season and welcomes applications from local students.

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.

Scholarship information is available through local schools’ guidance counselors or by visiting piquacommunityfoundation.org/scholarships. Questions about The Foundation’s scholarship programs may be directed to info@piquacommunityfoundation.org or 937.615.9080.

2021 scholarship winners

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

Stacy P. Scott, retiring board member, with Steven K. Staley, president

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.

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