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To enhance and strengthen the quality of life for the citizens of Greater Fairfield.


Fairfield Community Foundation - Fairfield's Choice for Giving.


View the list of grants made by the Fairfield Community Foundation, the organizations to whom grants were made and the amounts granted from 2001 through the present.


Grant Challenge Winners


Meet the Champions of our second annual Grant Challenge, receiving $3500. The first place winner is Fairfield Prevention Coalition for their "Project Hope". They will educate the citizens of Greater Fairfield about the harmful consequences of heroin and other opiate abuse.


The runner up in the Grant Challenge receiving $1500 is SELF for their project, "Neighbors Who Care". It is a home repair project that helps lower income, elderly and the disabled families to stay in their home by making repairs and accommodations to make it possible.

Wall of Honor Recipient Don Hassler


Don Hassler worked at Procter and Gamble for 42 years. He loved what he did but wanted to do more to help make his community the best it could be. He began working for the Civil Defense in 1960 assisting with law-enforcement. In 1965 it changed to the Auxiliary Police Department and within a year Don became its Captain. He led the Auxiliary Police Department for 32 years. When asked, Don will tell you this was his favorite position held in Fairfield. His love for his community didn’t stop there. He served on the Fairfield City Council from December of 1981- November of 1989. He again served on Fairfield City Council from December 1991-December of 1999. Don loves to make things beautiful. So serving on Parks and Recreation Board from April of 2003-December of 2011 was very satisfying to him.

The Fairfield Grange was also blessed by Don’s expertise. As Master of the Grange, he led the city to create Grange Park. Don is deeply engrained in the fiber of the City of Fairfield where he served as Safety Inspector, Treasurer of the Fire Levy, and Chair for the Fire Levy in 2016. One would think this would fill a lifetime of commitment to the City, but Don continues to be actively involved. He has served on the Planning Commission since January of 2012, currently serves on the Transportation Improvement District since 1996 and is the Council Representative for the Design Review Committee.

Mark Wendling, City Manager of Fairfield put it best when he said, “Don is a driven, hard- working man who is always doing something to make his community better. He is reflective of the Fairfield community. Don is every man.”

Our Past and Present Board of Trustees

Another successful Tailgate event with the help of our wonderful Planning Committee

Word from the President


I have only been here at the Fairfield Community Foundation for a few months, but during that time I have fallen more in love with Fairfield than I thought was possible. I have been meeting with many of the Founders of our Foundation, wanting to know more about how and why the Foundation was created 18 years ago. These wonderful people were not people with millions to donate, like many foundations were started. They were people just like you and me who wanted to ensure Fairfield could sustain itself as the best community possible FOREVER. They pledged what they could afford and many paid that pledge over a 5 year period of time. Over the years, most have added what they could, when they could to help ensure the FOREVER plan. Would you like to be a part of FOREVER for Fairfield? Let’s talk. There are so many ways we can make that happen. I’d like to tell you all about it.

Welcome New Board Member, Carolyn Roark


After participating in a Nonprofit Board Leadership Certificate Program through the Butler County United Way at the Miami University Corporate Community Institute, I knew I wanted to serve on a nonprofit board. However, for me, it had to be the right fit. After attending some of the Fairfield Community Foundation’s events, I loved the authentic comradery of the Board members and knew I had found a place where I could serve and use my God-given talents. I have lived in Fairfield for 30 years, and I want to help enhance and strengthen the quality of life for the citizens of the Fairfield community. It is also important to me to be a role model for my grandsons, Aidan and Jude. I feel very blessed to be a member of the Fairfield Community Foundation Board and to serve alongside some very caring community members.

Recipients of the First Fairfield Community Foundation “Because of You” Award.


The Badin High School Joe Nuxhall Scholarships are newly awarded annually in honor of Robert and Nelda Ernst in recognition of their outstanding support of the Joe Nuxhall Scholarship through their annual giving and estate plans.

Pictured: Nelda and Dave Ernst (son of Robert and Nelda Ernst)

Fairfield Community Foundation “Because of You” Award.


Steve Wolterman, Chair Board of Trustees Fairfield Community Foundation
Nelda Ernst –recipient of “Because of You” award
Dave Ernst – (son of Bob and Nelda Ernst) and award recipient
Donzetta Nuxhall – wife of Joe Nuxhall
Kim Nuxhall – son of Joe Nuxhall
Bonnie Nuxhall – wife of Kim Nuxhall

2017 Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Winners


"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." – Forest E. Witcraft. Teacher/Scholar

Front Row - L to R: Christine Laritz, Jamie Schaffer, Frank Schmitt, Andrew Sams, Madison Koger, Shelby Swanger, Adam Mandrell
Middle Row - L to R: Dylan Crouch, Madison Snedigar, Joanne Webster, Cedric A, Samantha Creekbaum, Allison Rapier, Natalie Cobb
Back Row - L to R: Dominic Wyatt, Brady Roberts, John Marot, John Sherman, Matthew Miller, Austin Howard, Donovan King


I was fortunate to meet this young man, Chris Neumann, as he came to pick up his scholarship check from the Fairfield Community Foundation. He is going to Miami to become a graphic artist. I love art, so we started talking. He had his incredible portfolio on his cell phone. This is his self- portrait. I asked him if I could share his work. If I didn't know better, I would have thought it to be a photo. Look out world, this young man is going places!


I love my job! I get to meet wonderful scholarship recipients like Joanne Webster. She is so grateful for the opportunity to go to Bowling Green University to pursue her secondary education career. Joanne lights up when she speaks of her future. She will be such a great example for her future students to follow.

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 or call Angie Kenworthy at 513-509-0465.

Scholarship Season Is Here


The Fairfield Community Foundation is pleased to be able to award more than $100,000 in scholarships each year.

To apply for Fairfield Community Foundation Scholarships at Fairfield High School, contact your guidance counselor at the school and ask them for application forms. You then fill them out and return them to the guidance department.

If you attend the Joint Vocational School and live in Fairfield or Fairfield Township, you are eligible for scholarships awarded to all Fairfield High School students. Contact your guidance counselor there for information as to how to apply for grants that are available graduating seniors.

The Four Seasons Garden Club Scholarship is available to all students residing in Fairfield and Fairfield Township regardless of the school they attend. You may access that application form here. You may also contact the guidance department at the high school you attend and ask for the application. If they do not have the application, please contact the Foundation at

The Fairfield Women Club Scholarship is available to all graduating female students who reside in Fairfield or Fairfield Township. You may access that application form here on the website. You may also contact the guidance department at the high school you attend and ask for the application. If they do not have the application, please contact the Foundation at

New Officers Selected for Board of Trustees


Steve Wolterman was elected chair of the Board of Trustees at its August Board meeting. Steve is a partner in the law firm of Clemmons & Wolterman. He has been a member of the Board for 4 years. He has served as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Board’s Nominating Committee in the past. Former Board chair Steve Smith retired from the Board at the end of his term on June 30.

Other officers elected for 2016-2017 are vice chair Lou Silverberg, president of Omni Printing; secretary Phoebe Kerby, LCNB Bank; and treasurer Robert Jung, vice president wealth management advisor, U.S. Bank.

New Board members are Cynthia Koenig, retired YMCA executive and volunteer, and Perry Richardson, senior director of marketing and communications, Miami University’s Butler County Campuses.

Steve Wolterman

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.

First Carboy Kaleidoscope Scholarship Awarded


Blanche Bors was named the first winner of the Karin Carboy Kaleidoscope Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for nontraditional women students and women wishing to return to school mid-life.

Blanche resides in Fairfield and is attending Cincinnati State Technical & Community College working toward a Dietetic Technician certification. Her goal is to become a license, registered dietician specializing in senior nutrition. She currently works at the Derringer Company and is a volunteer at Vineyard Church North West. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Greater Cincinnati Dietetic Association, the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Cincy for Christ. She has been activity involved in the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3869.

Peg Collins New Wall of Fame Honoree


Long-time civic volunteer and leader, Margaret "Peg" Collins, has been selected to have her photo included on the Foundation's Wall of Fame located in the Fairfield Performing Arts Center during a ceremony on Thursday, May 7, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Peg's civic involvement and volunteer activities positively impacted the City of Fairfield's development and its citizens' lives in many ways. In 1978, Peg was elected to the City Charter Commission which helped developed the charter to establish the city's City Manager Form of government. Beginning in 1980, Peggy served as a member of the City of Fairfield Planning Commission for 25 years representing the Fairfield 4th Ward. Peggy worked with others on projects which, over time, set the course for the development of the city's Village Green area.

Among many other volunteer efforts, Peg was actively involved in the League of Women Voters and Sacred Heart Parish activities. The Wall of Fame ceremony is open to the public.