Blog Entries - 2016

Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

Posted on: December 8, 2016
Tags: scholarship, education
The Hamilton Community Foundation announces that scholarship applications for area high school seniors are available December 16, 2016, by visiting the website at High school seniors in the greater Hamilton area are invited to apply read more …

Chrisholm Historic Farmstead Endowment Fund

Posted on: November 28, 2016
Tags: impact, Donor stories, history
The story of the Chrisholm Historic Farmstead is about those who came before us. “It’s a story of immigration, of families, successes, triumphs, sorrows and how we make it in this world today,” says Anne Jantzen.    In 1817, read more …

David L. Belew Legacy Award

Posted on: November 14, 2016
Tags: Donor stories, David L. Belew Award
The 2016 David L Belew Legacy Award was given Thomas B. Rentschler posthumously at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting November 8th.  Tom passed away in late October.  A lifelong Hamilton resident with deep roots in the community, Tom had a read more …

The Impact of a Community Foundation

Posted on: November 14, 2016
Tags: impact, community foundations
The community foundation field is one of the fastest growing philanthropic sectors in the United States today. Community foundations build and strengthen communities in a multitude of ways, including providing the means for a wide range of donors to create read more …

Seven Founders with One Great Idea

Posted on: November 11, 2016
Tags: 65 years, impact, community foundations, history
Through the decades, creating a more educated community, increasing economic vitality and enhancing community quality of life have has remained the Foundation’s focus. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $100,000,000 in community grants and read more …

Introducing the Hamilton Early Learning Center

Posted on: November 10, 2016
Tags: impact, education
Sitting still, paying attention and knowing letters and numbers are essential skills for kindergarten readiness. With the opening of the Hamilton Early Learning Center August 29, up to 120 more four year olds in Hamilton will be prepared for read more …

The Hamilton Community Foundation - A Great Idea from 65 Years Ago

Posted on: November 10, 2016
Tags: 65 years, impact, community foundations, history
In the early 1950s, Hamilton’s mayor was William Beckett, city residents enjoyed several glorious parades a year and movies were shown at five theaters in town. After graduating from Hamilton High, Hamilton Catholic or Notre Dame, young people went off read more …

Harry T. Wilks Hamilton Celebrates Education

Posted on: November 7, 2016
Tags: Harry T. Wilks award
Excitement was in the air at the 14th Hamilton Celebrates Education event in October, as educators were honored and their winning grant projects were highlighted.  Thirteen teachers were nominated for the Educator of the Year award, and each was read more …

Coming together through Experience!

Posted on: September 13, 2016
Tags: impact, Donor stories
The Experience Fund was recently created at the Hamilton Community Foundation to help encourage positive experiences for the children of the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton. Started by Hamilton residents Bret and Krista Parrish, the Experience Fund read more …

Street Spark adds McCloskey Mural

Posted on: August 17, 2016
Tags: impact

The new mural Second Street was dedicated in August, and lead artist Steve Smith spoke about it as a tribute to native Hamilton son and children's author Robert McCloskey.  The mural on B street is part of the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts' Street Spark program, and a testament to downtown's revitalization.

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Youth Philanthropy Committee grants to backpack program

Posted on: August 8, 2016
Tags: impact, Youth Philanthropy Committee
The Hamilton Community Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Committee recently made a $5,000 grant to help area families with school supplies.  The grant helped the fill  backpacks with school supplies, for he Millville Avenue Church of God's read more …

Foundation Adds Impact to BTW Community Center

Posted on: July 19, 2016
Tags: impact, employment
The Foundation granted $100,000 this year to Great Miami Valley YMCA for continued operations at the Booker T. Washington Community Center (BTW).  Nearly 100 youngsters use the BTW Center daily.  Under the professional management of the YMCA, read more …

Summer RiversEdge Concert Series

Posted on: June 2, 2016
Tags: impact, RiversEdge
Hamilton's RiversEdge Concert Series, supported by the Hamilton Community Foundation, is in full swing!  The series is sponsored in part by the Hamilton Community Foundation.  For a full concert schedule, go read more …

4th of July Parade & Celebration

Posted on: June 1, 2016
Tags: 4th of July
Hamilton's iconic 4th of July celebration is almost here!  It is sponsored the Michael J. Colligan Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation and the 4th of July committee.  This year's theme is Celebrating Hamilton's History with the Arts. The read more …

S.D. Berry Family Fund

Posted on: June 1, 2016
Tags: Donor stories
Steve Berry, PhD, is a Chicago native who moved his family to Oxford in 1979 from Southern California. In 1988, the family moved again, this time from Oxford to Hamilton.  As he moves into retirement, Steve has time to explore what Hamilton has to offer, read more …

The Hamilton Mill Fund

Posted on: May 30, 2016
Tags: Donor stories
Hamilton Mill Director Chris Lawson sees a link between The Mill and the Community Foundation, noting that local heads of thriving industries helped contribute to the Foundation’s success at its inception.  More than sixty years later, The read more …

$1 Million in Scholarships Awarded

Posted on: May 23, 2016
Tags: scholarship, impact
The Hamilton Community Foundation is awarding $1 Million in scholarships this spring to graduating high school seniors in the greater Hamilton area. The largest single allocation of Hamilton Community Foundation funds is for scholarships to area students. read more …

Friends of the Chrisholm Fund: Preserving History

Posted on: May 20, 2016
Tags: Donor stories
The Friends of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead established an organizational endowment fund at the Foundation in 2014.  The fund was started in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead read more …

John and Lori Rehm Fund

Posted on: May 11, 2016
Tags: Donor stories
Lori Rehm’s life is about community and connection, both through both her nursing career and volunteer service. The registered nurse has worked at LifeSpan for more than 20 years, where she is a care manager working with senior citizens. Her career has read more …

Foundation Celebrates 65 years

Posted on: May 5, 2016
Tags: 65 years, impact
In 2016, the Hamilton Community Foundation is celebrating 65 years!  This translates into 65 years of listening to collaborating with the nonprofit community, and using knowledge gleaned from those efforts to help donors make their giving relevant, read more …

Bob and Pam Long Donor Advised Fund

Posted on: May 1, 2016
Tags: Donor stories
Bob and Pam Long learned about giving to others at a young age, and that lesson is practiced daily in both their professions and their lives.  Because of this shared compassion for their community, last summer summer they established the Bob and Pam read more …

Announcing: Special Tax-Free IRA Gifts

Posted on: April 11, 2016
Tags: IRA gifts
If you are 70½ or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. On December 18 the President signed into law legislation that retroactively extends the charitable IRA read more …

Work Starts on Marcum Park!

Posted on: April 11, 2016
Tags: Marcum Park, impact
Along with Spring flowers, Hamilton residents are noticing another recent development -- the start of work on Hamilton's new downtown park! As the weather warms, the community will witness progress, with fall as the completion goal.  Joe and Sarah read more …

Job Connector Program:  Getting Butler County to Work

Posted on: April 11, 2016
Tags: jobs, impact
A $25,000 grant from the Hamilton Community Foundation to the Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCTRA) will help both job seekers and employers.   “We are very grateful for the grant,” says Matt Dutkevicz, executive director of read more …