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To enhance and strengthen the quality of life for the citizens of Fairfield, Fairfield Township and surrounding areas by assessing community needs and securing and expanding resources to meet those needs.


Fairfield Community Foundation - Fairfield's Choice for Giving.

Grant Applications Due November 15

Not for profit organizations who serve those who live in Fairfield or Fairfield Township are invited to apply for grants in the areas of Arts and Culture, Character Education, Historic Preservation, Parks, Beautification and Recreation, and Seniors, Youth and People with Disabilities.  

To apply click on “About Us” and then “Grant Applications.”  Print out the application, fill it out, attach supporting documentation and return to the Foundation.


Winners of McKendry Scholarship Named at Township Event

Joe Carey and Bill Quinn were named winners of the Assistant Fire Chief Paul McKendry Memorial Scholarship in an event held at Walden Ponds Club House.  Both are firefighters/EMT squad members with the Fairfield Township Fire Department who are attending Butler Tech for further paramedic training.

Chief Timothy Thomas announced the recipients for the Fairfield Community Foundation.  The $1,000 scholarships are awarded from the Hometown Heroes Fund.  Lt. Chris Robinson was head of the selection committee.

Also present to represent the township were Township Trustee president Shannon Hartkemeyer and vice president John McGinnis who spoke about Township projects.

Kim Nuxhall gave a brief update on some of the projects that the various Nuxhall funds at the Foundation support.

Left to right: Fairfield Township Fire Lt. Chris Robinson, Foundation Board Chair Fred Valerius, and Township Fire Chief Timothy Thomas

New Foundation Board Members and Officers Selected

Fred Valerius was recently named chair of the Board of Trustees.   He replaces John Brunner who retired from the Board after nine years of service.  Other officers include:  Steve Smith, vice chair; Kathleen Michitti, secretary; and Michael Delehanty, Treasurer.  Bob Jung and Brian Begley were newly appointed to the Board.

Fred Valerius, Board Chair 

Ruder Appointed Foundation President


Diane Ruder, CFRE, has been appointed the President of the Fairfield Community Foundation. She has served as Interim President since January 2014. Diane has headed up fundraising, public relations and marketing for various not for profits in Ohio for nearly 30 years.

“I am very excited about working with our Board to help impact our community through the Funds managed by the Foundation,” Diane says.

Fairfield Community Foundation Awards Annual College Scholarships

The week of May 19-23 was an exciting week for many area high school students who were awarded scholarships by the Fairfield Community Foundation.  In all a total of $114,000 was given to outstanding graduating seniors from our area. $28,000 was awarded at the Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Luncheon on May 23 at the Wilks Conference Center at Miami University Hamilton.  Emcee Sheila Gray, Channel 12 morning news co-anchor, presented the scholarship winners at the annual luncheon that provides scholarships to students from the 14 Butler County high schools.  This year 27 students were selected for the awards.  

Fairfield High School students were awarded almost $70,000 in scholarships. The remaining $16,000 was awarded to students who live in Fairfield or Fairfield Township but attend schools in other locations.

The Foundation congratulates the winners and extends sincere thanks to those who have set up a scholarship fund with the Foundation.  Together, we make a very real difference in our community and the lives of those receiving scholarships.

Women’s Kaleidoscope Fund Quilt raffle

Sally Braun, past president of the Foundation board, has designed and made one of her beautiful quilts for the benefit of the Kaleidoscope Fund, which is a permanent scholarship fund of the Foundation to help women return to school mid-life. Sally even signed her work. Raffle tickets are $20 each, three for $50 and are available at the Foundation office, 513.829.6355.