Our Impact on the Community


The single clearest way to demonstrate the impact of the Yellow Springs Community Foundation within our community is to enumerate the grants distributed within the last year.

In addition, in perhaps less obvious ways, our impact has broadened and deepened as our experience and assets have grown:

  • Saul Young mini-grants are unsolicited awards to encourage new or low-profile programs.
  • Grants to customize donor database design-build the capacity for self-reliance in community nonprofits.
  • Challenge matching grants encourage outreach initiatives.
  • Foundation initiatives, such as our Youth Philanthropy program, bring national movements to our community and expand participation in philanthropy.
  • Networking with other charitable foundations encourages cooperation and the sharing of information and resources.
  • Leadership in Planned Giving provides guidance and supports for expanded donor services and long-term stability for participating nonprofits.

Charlotte Drake


“The foundation has had a very positive impact on the community, and it’s a way of supporting things I might otherwise not know about. I particularly like the foundation’s support of children and the arts. Children are very important to me….” – Charlotte Drake

Charlotte Drake’s generous bequest to the Foundation is being used to endow its Youth Philanthropy intiative.