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03.21.24   |   News

Medina County Community Foundation Established to Support Local Nonprofits

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Critchfield, Critchfield and Johnston is pleased to announce the transfer of assets from the Medina County Community Fund to the newly established Medina County Community Foundation. Critchfield member Daniel P. Calvin, whose leadership has been instrumental in the foundation’s formation, spearheaded this pivotal transition. This development is a remarkable achievement in nurturing community backing and bolstering the efforts of local nonprofits within Medina County.

Established in 1993 by Jack Holland and Nobby Lewandowski, the Medina County Community Fund was envisioned as a catalyst for local philanthropy. With a provision allowing for asset transfer upon establishing a community foundation in Medina County, this move embodies the fulfillment of that original vision.

“We’ve long envisioned the Medina County Community Fund evolving into its own independent foundation,” remarked Calvin, President of the Medina County Community Foundation board. “The time is ripe, and with the support of dedicated community members, we’re excited to see this vision become a reality.”

Calvin, a member at Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, played a pivotal role in the formation of the new foundation. Stepping down from his position on the advisory fund board, Calvin spearheaded the establishment process, leveraging his expertise in law to navigate the legal intricacies.

Joined by Jaclyn Ringstmeier, Executive Director of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, and Jim Gerspacher, Calvin formed the initial board of the Medina County Community Foundation. Together, they shepherded the foundation through the incorporation process and secured tax-exempt status from the IRS.

The Medina County Community Foundation is committed to serving the diverse needs of the local community. With the approval of the asset transfer, the foundation is poised to become a beacon of philanthropy in Medina County.

Additionally, the foundation announced the appointment of Jennifer Anzalone as its Executive Director. A lifelong resident of Medina County, Anzalone brings nearly three decades of experience in fund development and nonprofit management.

As the foundation embarks on its journey, Calvin underscores the importance of community awareness and engagement. With a focus on outreach and education, the foundation aims to empower residents and amplify its impact across the county.

“The establishment of the Medina County Community Foundation is a testament to the collective effort of our community,” affirmed Calvin. “Together, we will work tirelessly to address the evolving needs of Medina County and build a brighter future for all.”

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