Endowments

Following are brief descriptions of the YSCF Endowments: when created, by whom and for what purpose.

  1. General Endowment, 1974: Begun with a $10,000 gift from the Miami Deposit Bank in memory of Jim Mitchell, one of the founders of the YSCF. Family and friends have added to this original endowment, whose income is use for Foundation grants and expenses.
  2. Glen Helen Building Maintenance Fund, 1975: Glen Helen Building Created by Vernay Laboratories, Inc., to pay for maintenance and related activities of the Glen Helen Building, which had been a gift to Antioch College from the Vernay Foundation to honor the life of Sergius Vernet, founder of the company. Income goes to the Glen Helen Ecology Institute.
  3. Corky Schiff Memorial Fund, 1979: Established by her family to benefit the Y.S. Community Children’s Center. Income is used for capital equipment or improvement projects at the center.
  4. Glen Helen Fund, 1981: Ralph Ramey, then director of Glen Helen, led the fund-raising effort for this endowment. Income supports the public educational program of the Glen Helen Association.
  5. Ondess and Fressa Baker Inman Fund, 1983: Ondess and Fressa Baker Inman. Created by a bequest from Fressa Inman, for many years an administrator at Antioch College, where her husband, Ondess, had been a professor. Income is used for YSCF grants and expenses.
  6. Mary Jane Bachtell Memorial Fund, 1984: Established by her family to create two annual cash awards to Y.S. High School seniors for excellence in creative writing.
  7. F. Walton and Catherine T. Bailey Trust, 1985: Established by a gift from Catherine Bailey, a lifelong Yellow Springs resident, to benefit Glen Helen. Income funds special projects in the Glen.
  8. GEM Award, 1985: “Go the Extra Mile” award was originated by JoAnn Mahle and Rachel Dewey, two local public school teachers, to benefit college-bound high school seniors with learning disabilities. Dorothy O. Scott led the fund drive. Income provides two scholarships annually to help underwrite materials and services that enable LD students to succeed in college.
  9. G&T Endowment, 1986: Established by a gift from George and Toshiko Asakawa, former YSCF member and trustee and longtime volunteer at Glen Helen. Income is equally divided between YSCF grants and expenses and support of the Glen Helen Association.
  10. Antioch Outdoor Education Center Endowment, 1989: Outdoor Education Center campers created at the suggestion of Joan Horn, director of the Outdoor Education Center. Income grants “camperships” to local children attending the summer Eco Camp.
  11. Howard Kahoe/Dud Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1991: Howard Kahoe and Dud Scott Created by Bob and Carrie Baldwin to honor Howard Kahoe, Y.S. village manager 1951-1974, and James “Dud” Scott, Y.S. village mechanic, 1969-1988. Neither man had a college education, but both had an exceptional ability “to get stuff done.” Awards two $500 annual grants to high school seniors to pursue vocational, industrial, or technical training.
  12. Y. S. Community Children’s Center Endowment, 1992: Initiated by the Community Children’s Center board. Income supports the center.
  13. Constance Golden Sontag and Lester W. Sontag Fund, 1992: Created by a bequest from Lester Sontag, a longtime resident of Yellow Springs. Income benefits programs for the elderly and the library, in particular transportation services for the elderly, books for the Constance Sontag Collection, library services, and organizations such as the Friends Care Center and the Senior Citizens Center. Funds may also be used for other projects deemed worthwhile by YSCF board.
  14. Read and Beverly L. Viemeister Administrative Endowment, 1994: A memorial created by friends, family and the YSCF to honor well-known graphic designer and former Foundation member and trustee. Income supports YSCF overhead. The endowment was renamed when memorial funds for Bev Viemeister were added to the endowment after her death in 2005.
  15. Greene Environmental Fund, 1996: Created by the Greene Environmental Coalition to support grants to pro-environment citizen-action groups responding to threats to human health in Greene County.
  16. Y. S. Endowment for Education, 1996: Created by parents and teachers to ensure the continuing excellence and diversity of Yellow Springs Public Schools. In 2009 YSEE became the YSEE field of interest fund at YSCF. A YSEE Advisory Committee now reviews  grants consistent with YSEE’s original mission.
  17. Norton A. and Marjory E. Russell Endowment, 1997: Memorial tribute honoring former YSCF member and trustee Tony Russell, established by family and friends. Income is used for grants and expenses.
  18. Arthur E. Morgan Endowment, 1997: Created by Community Service, Inc., to honor its founder. Community Service was created to promote the benefits of small-town living. Income will support CSI activities, including publications and conferences.
  19. Joan Horn Legacy Fund, 1998: Created by friends and co-workers upon her retirement as director of the Outdoor Education Center (1980-1998). Income will benefit the OEC.
  20. Y.S. Community Council Endowment, 1998: Created by the Community Council board to support its activities; Community Council allocates funds to civic and charitable organizations that benefit the local community. Income is used for overhead.
  21. Shirley Mullins Music Endowment, 2000: Established to honor music educator Shirley Mullins on her retirement, this endowment will help children with music lessons, scholarships, camps, workshops, and other musical experiences.
  22. Gene Trolander Memorial Women’s Park Fund: Trolander worked tirelessly to bring about the Yellow Springs Women¹s Park, the second park in the U.S. honoring women. This fund ensures the upkeep and maintenance of this treasure.
  23. YS Kids’ Playhouse Endowment, 2000: Started by a matching grant from the YSCF, this endowment helps the Playhouse establish credibility, which has led to increased funding from other sources for this organization that introduces village children to the joys of theater.
  24. Lee Morgan Community Soccer Endowment, 2001: Morgan, long-time president of The Antioch Company and an avid soccer player, established this fund to continue the tradition of complete access to recreational soccer in our community.
  25. Stewart Family Fund, 2002: Established to honor Perry Stewart, a YSCF founder, by his daughter, Tracy, this unrestricted fund is to be used to benefit the community as the trustees see fit.
  26. William D. & Jane H. Baker Endowment, 2002: Begun with memorial contributions following Bill Baker’s death in October 2002, this endowment will fund things he was passionate about, including music and the arts, affordable housing, farmland preservation, and the Greene County Library’s Intellectual Freedom und, established in Bill’s honor.
  27. Virginia Hamilton Adoff Endowment, 2002: This endowment honors the celebrated award-winning author of more than 35 books for children and young adults. Income goes to the Yellow Springs Library for community outreach and the promotion of multicultural children’s literature.
  28. Glen Helen Ecology Community Endowment, 2002: Income from this endowment, set up by community members, will benefit the Glen Helen Ecology Institute.
  29. Martha Dell Cadow and Warren Dell Athletic Scholarship Endowment, 2003: Income will be used for scholarships to honor a Yellow Springs High School senior who has lettered in basketball or golf. Renamed to include Warren Dell, 3/13.
  30. Charlotte Drake Youth Philanthropy Endowment, 2004: Income from this endowment will promote philanthropic efforts by young people in Yellow Springs and Miami Township. Grants applications from students in Yellow Springs grades K-12 will be reviewed by the Youth Philanthropy Group, made up of students grades 7-12.
  31. James A. McKee Memorial Scholarship Fund, 2004: This fund was established in memory of Jim McKee, chief of Police in Yellow Springs for many years, by the Yellow Springs Men’s Group, of which he was a member.
  32. Yellow Springs Senior Citizens Endowment, 2004: Initiated by the Yellow Springs Senior Center board. Income supports the center.
  33. Friends Care Center Endowment, 2005: Initiated by the Yellow Springs Friends Care Center board. Income supports the center.
  34. Unitarian Universalist Endowment Fund, 2006: Started by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs (UUF).  The income is to be used by UUF to promote social responsibility.
  35. Yellow Springs Affordable Housing Endowment Fund, 2006: Initiated by Yellow Springs Home, Inc. (Home, Inc.) to strengthen the community through the development of permanently affordable housing in Yellow Springs and Miami Township.
  36. Chamber Music Yellow Springs Endowment Fund, 2008: Started by Chamber Music in Yellow Springs, Inc. with a matching grant from YSCF to provide a source of revenue from the income to benefit the operations of Chamber Music Yellow Springs.
  37. Tecumseh Land Trust Endowment Fund, 2008: Started by the Tecumseh Land Preservation Association with a matching grant from YSCF to provide a source of revenue from the income to benefit the Tecumseh Land Trust.
  38. Glen Helen Association Fund for the Raptor Center Endowment, 2008: Started by the Glen Helen Association to provide a source of revenue from the income to benefit the Raptor Center of the Glen Helen Ecological Institute.
  39. Nolan J. and Ricard D Miller Endowment Fund, 2009: Created with the proceeds from the Millers’ Charitable trusts upon their deaths, the endowment is to be used to support community service initiatives to benefit students at Antioch College with a goal of fostering mutual respect between the Village of Yellow Springs and Antioch College.
  40. Yellow Springs Exempted Village Schools Capital and Endowment Fund (YSCAPE), 2012: Established for the sole purpose of providing grants to the School District. The fund consists of two sub-funds: (i) an unrestricted sub-fund (Capital Sub-Fund), from which grants to the School District may be made from principal and net income, and (ii) and endowment sub-fund (Endowment Sub-Fund), from which grants to the School District shall be made solely from net income. Donors to the fund may designate that their contributions shall be credited to either the Capital Sub-Fund or the Endowment Sub-Fund. Contributions that are not designated shall be credited to the Capital Sub-Fund.
  41. Marjory S. Russell Free Swim Lessons Endowment, 2012: Started with a bequest from Marj Russell, who gave freely of her time to teach children to swim at the pool at Gaunt Park, to support the Village of Yellow Springs free swim lesson program.
  42. Edwin K. Foos Endowment, 2014: Formerly held for many years by YSCF as a testamentary trust, this bequest from Mr. Foos was officially converted to an endowment with the blessing of the Ohio State Attorney General’s Office in 2014. Income from the endowment is annually distributed to the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs, the Yellow Springs Library Association, the Lions Club of Yellow Springs and Antioch College.
  43. John Gudgel Scholarship Fund, 2012: Started by school administrators and alumni to honor John Gudgel upon his retirement as Principal of Yellow Springs High School, the purpose of this fund is to provide funds to support scholarships to be awarded each year to a graduating Yellow Springs High School student for tuition to be paid directly to the tax exempt educational institution they will be attending.
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  45. Lisa Goldberg/YS Arts Scholarship Fund, 2014: Started by local artist Lisa Goldberg, the purpose of this fund is to provide funds to support scholarships to be awarded each year to a graduating Yellow Springs High School student for tuition to be paid directly to the tax exempt educational institution they will be attending.
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  47. The Antioch School Beloved Teachers Scholarship Endowment, 2015: The purpose of this fund is to provide funds to support scholarships given in honor of former teachers Kit Crawford, Pat Dell, Jeanie Felker, Bill Mullins and Bev Price. Founding contributor reserves the right to add to this list of honorees. Scholarships are to be awarded to students for tuition to be paid directly to The Antioch School.
  48. Ackerman Family Fund, 2016: The purpose of this fund is to provide funds to support programs and projects that support women and children; programs and projects relevant to social justice issues; for the benefit of the of the Yellow Springs Library Association; and the performing arts.
  49. Camille Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund, 2017: Started by Linda Hill Pandey and Kristen Speagle in memory of their mother the purpose of this fund is to provide funds to support scholarships to be awarded each year to graduating Yellow Springs High School students for tuition to be paid directly to the tax exempt educational institution they will be attending. Award is based on funds available.
  50. Connect to Success Field of Interest Endowment, 2017: Started by ElectroShield, Inc., the purpose of this fund is to provide grant funds to support educational purposes through qualified charitable programs and service.
  51. Connect to Success Scholarship Fund, 2017: Started by ElectroShield, Inc., the purpose of this fund is to provide funds to support scholarships to be awarded to Yellow Springs students for tuition to be paid directly to the tax exempt educational institution they will be attending upon graduation from school in the area.
  52. Village Natural Area Designated Agency Endowment Fund, 2017: The purpose of this fund is to provide funds to support habitat stewardship work on land owned by the Incorporated Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio, under the direction of the Glen Helen Association. Gifts to this fund may be designated for specific projects, such as, but not limited to, the Yellow Springs Creek.
  53. Virginia Willey Prize Endowment, 2017: The purpose of this fund is to provide an award to a graduating Yellow Springs High School Senior for an extraordinary senior project.
  54. 50th Class Reunion Award aka The Leadership Spirit Scholarship, 2017: The purpose of this fund is to provide funds to support scholarships to be awarded to students for tuition to be paid directly to the tax exempt educational institution they will be attending upon graduation from Yellow Springs High School for students who have given selflessly with uplifting spirit and compassion for the benefit of others in any of the following venues: the classroom, playing field, theatre, band, school clubs and/or the greater community.  While academic achievement is vital, the primary focus of this scholarship is “leadership by example”; with uplifting spirit and the ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, thoughtfully and clearly.
  55. Class of 1967 Chris Sparks Award, 2018 (pending)