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2017 Mardi Gras Table Sponsorships Now Available
12/8/2016

Save the date, mark your calendars and get ready for the "must-attend" party of the year: MARDI GRAS GOES COUNTRY! The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation's 16th Annual Mardi Gras will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Stacy's Place in Fostoria, featuring live music by Brent Lowry & The Drifters. For more information, including table sponsorship details:

2017 Mardi Gras Info!

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Thanks For Supporting Foundation Park
10/15/2016

Many thanks to all of the donors, funders, patrons and attendees who supported the 5th Annual Foundation Park Hog Roast & Benefit Auction on October 13! With your help, Foundation Park operating costs will be covered for another year.

THANK YOU LIST!

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Tickets Available for Foundation Park Benefit!
9/1/2016

Tickets are still available for The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation's 5th Annual FOUNDATION PARK HOG ROAST & BENEFIT AUCTION. It will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Stacy's Place, 625 Plaza Drive in Fostoria. For more information, including the current list of auction items:

Auction Info, Updated October 7th!

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GFCF Awards Nearly $60k in Spring 2015
6/19/2015

The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation, Inc. (GFCF) has announced spring grant awards: • Geary Family YMCA – $25,000 for the operation of Foundation Park & $949.18 for capital improvements • Community Improvement Corporation – $15,000 grant for to seed Downtown Facade Enhancement Program • St. Wendelin High School– a $11,281.90 general support grant • Franciscan Earth Literacy Center– a $5,294.38 grant to offer summer camp/continuous learning for Seneca County Opportunity Center students • Glass Heritage Inc.– a $1,500 grant toward replacement windows at gallery • Caring Hands Pregnancy Center – $600 for banner & marketing materials. These grant awards bring the total distribution of grant awards by the GFCF to over $1,604,846 since the Foundation’s inception in 1998. For more information, see

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GFCF Awards 3 Grants Totaling $10,000
1/6/2015

The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $10,000 to three organizations who submitted applications during the Fall 2014 request cycle. Fostoria Habitat for Humanity received $4,000 from the Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Fund to be used toward their next rehabilitation project in the community; Kaubisch Memorial Library will use the $3,000 grant they received from the Leroy T. Kelbley Fund to purchase Playaway Views for the children's department at the library; and the Fostoria Jr./Sr. High School Red & Black Champs Program received $3,000 from the Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Fund for a year-end reward activity. For more information:

Fall 2014 Grant Awards!

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Mennel Milling Co. Sets Up New Donor Advised Fund
7/24/2014

The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of The Mennel Milling Company Charitable Foundation, a new donor advised fund of the GFCF. Donor advised funds are a means of encouraging endowment support, stimulating interchange of ideas between donors and the Foundation, and providing funds to extend the charitable purposes of the Foundation. "As a company that has stood the test of time for well over 125 years through five generations of family leaderships, The Mennel Milling Company's vision for establishing this fund will support philanthropic efforts in perpetuity," said Michele Cochran, executive director of the GFCF.

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GFCF Total Awards Reach Over $1.5 Million
7/17/2014

The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation has now given over $1.5 million back to the community in the form of grant awards to area non-profit organizations. The most recent award of nearly $72,000 was given to the Geary Family YMCA for projects at Foundation Park this year. This award will go toward additional improvements on fields 2 & 3, including fencing, new dugouts and concrete under the bleachers, along with more portable restrooms at Foundation Park.

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Spring 2014 Grant Awards Near $43,000
6/17/2014

The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation, Inc. (GFCF) has announced spring grant awards: • Geary Family YMCA – $25,000 for the operation of Foundation Park • Fostoria City Schools – $10,000 grant for revitilization of Longfellow Elementary playground • Black Swamp Area Council Boy Scouts of America – a $5,000 grant toward improvements at Camp Berry • Caring Hands Pregnancy Center – $600 for TV, DVD player and educational materials to implement a learning rewards program. These grant awards bring the total distribution of grant awards by the GFCF to over $1,463,902 since the Foundation’s inception in 1998. For more information, see

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