Licking County Foundation’s donors come from every walk of life…every generation…and their interests are as varied as the people they wish to serve. Yet each of our donors has something in common—an unmistakable desire to improve their community. We are truly grateful to the individuals, families and organizations that have recently established these charitable funds.
Licking County Aging Program Fund Supporting Visual Improvement Fund
This non-endowed agency fund was established by the Board of Directors of Licking County Aging Program to provide professional eye care services including assessment, counseling, eye examinations and glasses to those who qualify within Licking County; provide low vision aids with installation and training to Licking County residents who need help beyond that of their prescribed glasses; refer Licking County residents to professional eye care sources outside the Licking County area when professionally required; provide information to the public concerning the many kinds of visual assistance to those with visual impairments; and provide training in living skills and assist with potential employment of Licking County residents with visual impairments.
Mental Health America of Licking County YES Clubhouse Fund
After a fire at the YES Clubhouse in early 2021, this project fund was established to help defray costs of remediating smoke and fire damage that are not covered by insurance.
Northridge Athletic Boosters Facilities Improvement Fund
The Northridge Athletic Boosters of Licking County established this fund to renovate the athletic facilities of Northridge Local School District. It is intended that funds will be allocated first to improvement of the outdoor facilities at Northridge High School and throughout the District. Northridge Schools serve students from Homer, Alexandria, Johnstown, and several surrounding communities.
On The Old Home Stretch Challenge Fund
This fund was inspired by a generous $1.14 million challenge grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation, to help Licking County Foundation raise an additional $2.2 million toward the restoration of the Louis Sullivan Building of Newark’s historic interior.
Art and Annette Ghiloni Volleyball Educational Award
Newark graduates Art and Annette Ghiloni established this scholarship upon the occasion of Art’s final season as the Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach at Newark High School. Married for four decades, Art and Annette have close ties to Newark and Licking County. He graduated from Newark High School, and she from Newark Catholic High School. The family has strong ties to the team sport of volleyball. Art has coached volleyball for twenty-five years, starting at The Ohio State University at Newark Campus—where he retired—and ending at Newark High School; daughter Heather and son Adam played from a young age and also went on to coach.
This award will support higher education for volleyball players who have served their community, worked to support themselves, and maintained a strong academic record through high school. Awards will be available to students regardless of major after high school, including a career-focused certificate program.
Chief James H. “Jim” Glover Scholarship Fund
The Licking County Firefighters Association established this scholarship in memory of Chief James H. “Jim” Glover, who died on March 30, 2020 after a lifetime of service. Chief Glover, viewed as a hero and beloved by many, served in the Marines after his 1967 graduation from Utica High School. He returned home and continued his service as a volunteer firefighter for Newton Township Fire Department. Jim served as a professional firefighter at both Rickenbacker and Oceana and retired after 34 years of service. Jim's passion for firefighting never came to a halt as he continued his service as the Chief of Newton Township Fire Department for 20 years.
Jim's legacy and teachings will live on through the many friends, students and fellow teachers he trained and worked with throughout the years at C-TEC, Hocking College and various fire departments throughout the county. This scholarship assists Licking County residents or members of the Licking County Firefighters Association who have been accepted into a class or classes pertaining to fire service/fire science at an accredited college, university or trade/vocational school. The scholarship further assists current members of the Licking County Firefighters Association who have been approved by their chief or training officer to complete training courses related to EMS, dive and trench rescue, and other skills that do not otherwise qualify for state reimbursement.
Robert D. and Janet Schultz Jones Scholarship Fund
An endowed scholarship fund established in 2021 through the estate of Robert D. and Janet Schultz Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Jones were graduates of Newark High School and resided in Cincinnati. Robert served in the U.S. Marine Corps, worked for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and sold insurance for Nationwide. He passed away in 2020. Janet passed away in 2017. Their only child, a son, preceded the couple in death. Their scholarship assists graduates of Newark High School to continue their education at a college, university, technical or vocational school.
Diane Kay Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund
This non-endowed scholarship was established by Carrie Martin in honor and memory of her mother, Diane Kay Martin, whose life was spent focusing on children and later, her grandchildren. Diane taught for many years at Heath City Schools until her retirement in 2012. Her work invigorated her and fostered her passion for helping others. She also loved art—whether it was painting a landscape, visiting a gallery, watching a play or just enjoying nature. Diane was a longtime volunteer for TWIG 8 and Licking Memorial Hospital. This scholarship supports some of the things she cared about most. It assists Heath High School graduating seniors who are passionate about the arts and want to further their studies at any accredited postsecondary educational institution.
Marcia W. Downes Scholarship Fund for A Call To College
Friends of Marcia Downes established this scholarship to celebrate her retirement from The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology, and to honor her leadership, creativity, thoughtfulness, innovation and vision as the organization’s Managing Director for more than 20 years. This scholarship also reflects Marcia’s passion for and dedication to providing opportunities to young people that help them grow and thrive through education—not only from her position at The Works, but from her volunteer activities at A Call To College. The scholarship assists graduating seniors of Newark High School who are active participants in A Call To College during their senior year of high school to further their studies at an accredited college, university, vocational/trade school or career-focused certificate program. It is renewable until the degree or certificate program has been completed, up to four years.
Donor Advised and Community Charitable Funds
Stephen and Charlotte Price Fund
This donor advised fund established by Stephen and Charlotte Price for the purpose of supporting the causes and nonprofit organizations they care about most.
Robert Matthew Dix Fund
Robert Dix established this community charitable fund to support his favorite nonprofit organizations and charitable causes year in and year out.
Brenda L. Kutan Fund
Brenda’s inspiration to set up a community charitable fund to support her favorite nonprofit organizations and charitable causes came from her work with longtime colleagues who led and supported Licking County Foundation.
F. Trevor Gamble Fund
Professor “Trig” Gamble established his community charitable fund to support the nonprofits and charitable causes he cares about most.
Hinderer Family Foundation Fund
In celebration of 30 years of business in Licking County, the Hinderer family decided to establish an endowed donor advised fund to support the nonprofits and charitable causes their family cares about most.