The Yellow Springs Community Foundation has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fund Raising Professionals Greater Dayton Region Chapter (AFP). The award was presented on November 15, 2016 during the 27th annual National Philanthropy Day Awards and Luncheon at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center.
Luke Dennis of WYSO Public Radio and master of ceremonies for the event noted, “The Yellow Springs Community Foundation (YSCF) is a true community effort. It has been lovingly cultivated by the Yellow Springs community since its founding in 1974. It is a relatively small foundation, but there is nothing small about their ambitions or the scope of their impact.”
The award was presented by Neenah Ellis, General Manager of WYSO, which nominated YSCF. Lisa Abel, YSCF Vice President accepted the award on behalf of the foundation’s Board of Trustees. Upon accepting the award Abel said, “On behalf of all of us at the YSCF, we are honored and humbled to be included among such a distinguished group of philanthropists and organizations serving the Dayton region and beyond. The most important things that community foundations need to make a true difference are: First, active citizens and; Second, inspired visions, which make a vibrant community. The Yellow Springs Community Foundation is blessed with both, as well as generous donors. This award truly represents the passion and vision that so many in the greater Yellow Springs area share for a better future.”
The luncheon was attended by YSCF trustee Evan Scott, Executive Director Jeannamarie Cox and Program Manager Virgil Hervey, YSCF founding member Perry Stewart, and YSCF grant recipients Krista McGraw, Tecumseh Land Trust, Bob Huston, Yellow Springs Senior Citizens Center, Nick Boutis, Glen Helen Association and Yellow Springs Schools Superintendant Mario Basora. Also attending from Yellow Springs were Lori Kuhn and Christine Morgan of the Morgan Family Foundation, Susan Jennings, Community Solutions, Karl Zalar, Friends Care Community, Dawn Boyer, Yellow Springs Schools, and Ara Beal, Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse.
“The Yellow Springs Community Foundation is truly outstanding”, said Dennis. “Every day they quietly and diligently pursue their mission of strengthening the Yellow Springs community. They never seek the spotlight – instead, they measure their success by the accomplishments of the local nonprofit community. They are responsive, respectful, and forward thinking. Although their resources are limited, they always go out of their way to provide stellar service to every nonprofit in the village.”