Word from the President
As we enter this season of giving, I am reminded of so many years ago when I was a little girl. Even though it was just the three of us ( I was an only child) our house was always filled with my mom’s family, neighbors and a variety of lonely people needing a little love and maybe a hot meal. The coffee pot was always on and my mom was always ready to listen to whatever anyone was willing to share about their lives. If we exhausted the grocery budget feeding everyone, it wasn’t a problem. We could always have ketchup or miracle whip sandwiches until my dad was paid again. It wasn’t a big deal.
I believed we were rich because we always had enough to go around, unlike some of the people who came to visit with us. When I was twelve, I overheard my dad telling my mom how his business was “going under” and that he wasn’t sure of his next paycheck. When I asked my mom about the conversation, she said we’d be okay. She said we didn’t have wealth in money, but we were very rich with the love of friends and family. Our hearts were filled with blessings that money couldn’t buy. She said a generous spirit was worth all the riches in the world.
I’ve remembered that conversation and have had it with my own children. I recently shared my mother’s message with my grandson who was grumbling about not getting something he thought he “had to have”.
I believe God leads us down a path, teaches us valuable lessons along the way and places us where we find purpose to do his work. I have been very fortunate in my career to have had many opportunities where I felt his strong hand guide me. Here at Fairfield Community Foundation, I too am able to help guide those with generous hearts to find their way to give to those who need their help. Through our grants and scholarships, we can positively impact individuals to provide opportunities. This not only helps individuals, but impacts our community, making Greater Fairfield a wonderful place to live.
May your holiday season be filled riches of the season,
Grant Challenge WinnersThe Fairfield Community Foundation Board of Trustees chose two finalist to compete in their third annual Grant Challenge which took place at their Annual Event,” Imagine” concert, on Thursday October 25th, 2018 at the Fairfield Community Arts Center. The two organizations were required to present their proposals by creating a 3-5 minute video to be shown at the “Imagine” concert. The Champion was selected by those in attendance at the annual event. The Champion received a $3,500 grant. The runner-up was to have received a $1,500 grant.
Dick Niehaus, one of our Founders of the Fairfield Community Foundation had another idea. Dick recently lost his beloved wife of 60 years, Marian. After watching the two proposals, Dick knew in his heart, if Marian had been with him, she would have wanted both organizations to receive $3500. Therefore, Dick wrote a check for $2000.00 so Family Promise would be awarded $3500.00 as well. The Fairfield community is blessed to have such devoted residents who care.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace won the Grant Challenge providing beds and bedding for children 2-17 who are living below the poverty level and do not have a bed. The beds are built by volunteers. After the beds are built, they will be distributed to children of Greater Fairfield.
Family Promise of Butler County also won $3500. They run Day Centers for homeless families to shower, as well as do housing and job searches. The families receive help in parenting and financial skills. They also facilitate referrals to needed resources.
Two Fairfield Citizens to Be Added to Fairfield Community Foundation Wall of Fame
At its annual meeting on Thursday, October 25th, the Fairfield Community Foundation will honor two Fairfield
citizens with placement on the FCFWall of Fame at the Fairfield Community Arts Center. The late Dr. Stanley
Goodman and Sally Braun.
The Fairfield CommunityWall of Fame was created as a “tribute to citizens whose tireless and selfless efforts have made our city a better place to live.” Current honorees on theWall of Fame are: Esther R. Benzing, Peggy Collins, Erick L. Cook, RobertW. Cropenbaker, Don Hassler, Tom O. Marsh, Joe Nuxhall and Robert F.Wessel.
Dr. Stanley Goodman, who passed away on May 28, 2018, will be honored posthumously. Dr. Goodman was Fairfield’s first practicing physician. He founded Pediatric Associates of Fairfield and practiced medicine in Fairfield for thirty-nine years. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Goodman was a generous volunteer, serving on many boards and committees. One of his significant contributions was as member of the Fairfield Board of Education for twenty years.
Sally Braun loved children and education. She combined these passions as the nurse at Sacred Heart Elementary School for twenty-eight years. Many Fairfield citizens remember her loving care at Sacred Heart as students and parents. Sally is also an avid volunteer serving on many boards and committees, including a member and president of the Fairfield Community Foundation Board of Trustees.
For their significant contributions to the quality of life in the greater Fairfield community, the late Dr. Goodman and Sally Braun will be honored and placed on the Fairfield Community FoundationWall of Fame at the Fairfield Community Arts Center. The ceremony will take place during the Foundation’s Annual Meeting titled “ImagineWhatWe can Do Together” on Thursday, October 25th, at the Fairfield Community Arts Center.
For more details about Dr. Stanley Goodman, Sally Braun and the Annual Meeting, contact Linda Yarger at the Fairfield Community Arts Center.
The Fairfield Community Foundation Welcomes Lou Silverberg as Chairman of their Board of Trustees
The Fairfield Community Foundation welcomes Lou Silverberg, President and owner of Omni Printing and Promotions, Inc., as its newly elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Lou has been a Board member since 2015 and has been very involved in the Foundation.
Lou and his family lived in Fairfield for more than 40 years and continue to do business in Fairfield. He is very active within the community serving as Past President of the Fairfield Prevention Coalition. He is also a current member of the Fairfield Rotary as well as Past President. Lou was recently named Rotarian of the Year for his tireless work and contributions within the community.
Lou has seen tremendous growth in Greater Fairfield hopes to continue the stewardship of the Foundation’s generous supporters. He looks forward to supporting the Mission of the Fairfield Community Foundation to enhance and strengthen the quality of life for citizens of Greater Fairfield.
Welcome New Board Member, Shane Knisley
Being a new transplant to greater Cincinnati, I have been inspired at seeing the level of engagement in community that surrounds us. Subsequent to joining Mercy Health Fairfield, the opportunity to now join the team of the Fairfield Community Foundation is such an honor. I am excited to be able to work with Linda and her team in forwarding the mission of enhancing and strengthening the quality of life for Fairfield. Having served on a Foundation Board in Texas, I appreciate the impact that can be made through philanthropy and service. I am inspired to help advance the mission of the Fairfield Community foundation.
McKendry Scholarship 2018
The Fairfield Community Foundation will once again award the Assistant Chief Paul McKendry Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established to honor Fairfield Township Assistant Fire Chief Paul McKendry who died in 2009. It is awarded to a Fairfield City or Township firefighter or resident enrolled in a paramedic program, firefighter level II program or pursuing a degree in fire science or administration.
This year’s recipient of the $1000.00 scholarship is Madeline Cinquina of the City of Fairfield Fire Department. Madeline is a 2016 University of Cincinnati graduate. She is enrolled in Cincinnati State’s Paramedic Certification program beginning in May.
The award was given at the Fairfield Township Fire Department on Morris Road on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 .
Dorothy Jane Dickey’s Love of Education Continues through a New Foundation Scholarship
Dorothy Jane Dickey was a dedicated educator for over 62 years in Fairfield and Hamilton. Because of her commitment to education and her love of children, upon her death in 2016, her own children (Mark , Jennifer and Brent) decided it would be fitting to create a scholarship in her memory - The Dorothy Jane Dickey Scholarship. It is designed to assist future educators with their education. It will be awarded to a Fairfield High School senior who has chosen to major in education in college. The first scholarship will be awarded for the first time in May, 2019.
Dorothy Jane Roush arrived in Fairfield in 1952 with a degree in Home Economics and Nutrition from The Ohio State University and a teaching position at the then brand new Fairfield High School on Dixie Highway. Her future husband, John Dickey, arrived about the same time. They were high school sweethearts from Hillsboro, Ohio and were married in 1954. They had both grown up on farms and liked the Fairfield community as, at the time, it reminded them of their homes. Their first home was on the corner of Magie and Redwood Avenue, then a dead end street. In 1967, they built their dream home on Harrowgate Hill Lane, one of the first houses in the brand new Rolling Hills subdivision, and lived there until their deaths. Both John and Jane were very active citizens in Fairfield and its growth. John owned a CPA firm and moved it to Fairfield in 1979. The firm is still on Nilles Road and is now run by his son, Mark. Jane taught in Fairfield and Roosevelt High Schools and kindergarten at Holy Cross on Winton Road for 30 years. In 1982, Jane along with her sister, Betty Jo Vance and 3 other teachers created a nonprofit Preschool in Lindenwald for youngsters 3 to 5 years old. She taught and was the director of the preschool until it closed in 2014. Over her 62 years teaching, she had several families where she taught 3 generations. Jane believed that it was important that you had purpose and that purpose feeds your soul. What fed her soul was teaching. Her daughter, Jennifer, said there was a plaque in their home stating, “To teach is to touch a life forever.” She said “nearly everyone has a teacher that they remember. They may not remember what they said but they remember how they made them feel. That teacher made a difference in the course of their life and who they became.”
After her family, education was Jane’s first love. The Fairfield community was close behind education for both her and her husband John. Together they have a long history of working to improve the quality of life in Fairfield. They believed that children need places that provided opportunities to grow, develop their self confidence and creative expression. They were among the founders of the YMCA on Bibury. The playground equipment in Harbin Park is one of their many projects. In 1999 they were among the first to become Founders of the Fairfield Community Foundation, dedicating their fund to the city’s parks and green spaces. Jane was one of the founders of the Fairfield Four Seasons Garden Club. Jane and John have also been very generous to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. The flag pole plaza and equipment in the children’s’ play area at the fields are because of their generous donations.
The Dorothy Jane Dickey Scholarship is truly a well-deserved honor in the memory of a woman who dedicated her life to education and her community. Through her scholarship, Jane continues to “touch a life forever.”
Join the #LoveWorks Movement
Love Works is designed to impact the foundation of our community by inspiring others to pay kindness forward.
When you pay kindness forward or you see someone else paying kindness forward, share it on the Love Works social media pages because kindness is contagious!
@ShareLoveWorks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Here are some easy ways you can pay kindness forward and show Love Works:
- Take a meal to someone who is ill
- Let the people who serve us, police, military, fire department know how much you appreciate them with a card, treats, a simple thank you
- Pay attention and act upon helping others by: holding doors, helping those who need an extra hand, even a smile
- Look at a wish list from animal shelters and collect items
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru
- Send a “thank you” text, email or card
- Offer to help a neighbor (shovel snow, rake leaves, etc.)
- Let someone merge into traffic in front of you
- Reach out to a person who has made a difference in your life and let them know
If you would like more information or would like to include Love Works in your event, please contact ShareLoveWorks@gmail.com or call Angie Kenworthy at 513-509-0465.
Make a Gift from your IRA and save on your taxes!
If you’re aged 70½ or older, it's once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. And now that opportunity is permanent!
On December 18 the President signed into law legislation that retroactively extends the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities such as the Fairfield Community Foundation -- and gifts from IRAs are free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.
To make such gifts, it’s important not to withdraw funds before making an IRA gift. Instead you should have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA. Check with your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.