November 6, 2020
Trike-rider at the Antioch School

Did You Know?

The Antioch School puts safety first for students and staff!

In His Own Words—Executive Director, Nathan Summers

The Antioch School has faced many challenges during its century of existence, but none quite like the obstacles created by COVID-19. The lockdown was announced two days before the annual Auction Gala and Comedy Show—traditionally our biggest scholarship fundraiser. With support from the Paycheck Protection Program, we were able to recover lost income and provide tuition forgiveness to families most deeply impacted by the virus. 
Our teachers created an online learning option in the spring, allowing our students to stay connected with school and each other. Due to growing safety concerns of the virus over the summer, many of our families opted to keep their children home. We then created a Safe Schooling Plan, increased our marketing efforts, and more than twenty new children enrolled in August. 
The children are engaging in their academic subjects, project time and free time entirely outdoors, and have quickly adapted to being outside all day and wearing masks. We created a third outdoor classroom, and parents volunteered time and resources to improve these spaces with more robust shade structures. The children have always spent a lot of time outdoors, including weekly hikes in the Glen, but this has still been a big adjustment!
Our teachers will continue teaching outside but will shift partly indoors as the weather changes. In preparation, UVC light air filtration systems are being installed throughout the entire building. Some of the most important learning here happens between traditional academic lessons—including developing self-confidence and practicing conflict resolution. These life skills do not translate well to online learning, so we feel lucky to have the space and history to support outdoor learning and to have access to new technologies to improve our safety when we start spending time indoors again. 
The past seven months have underscored the importance of our core values of empathy, mutual trust, taking reasonable risks, caring for the whole child, and learning from the natural world. We look forward to building on our 100-year history of creating an educational experience that incorporates these values that our graduates will continue to embody for years to come. 
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For more information: The Antioch School 

National Philanthropy Day is Sunday, November 15, 2020—a day to acknowledge all of the many services provided by the nonprofit community and recognize the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. We, the nonprofits, honor you—our donors and volunteers—for your hard work and dedication; you have enhanced our community and are keeping us strong.
The founders of the YSCF created the organization in 1974 to serve the community of YS and Miami Township by enhancing "community life . . . by providing means for charitable giving" to "encourage and promote the well-being of humankind." What is clear to all who volunteer and donate locally is that each of our nonprofits serve a critical part of the well-being of our community and those that visit here. 
You are welcome to visit our nonprofits directory to see the scope of services we have available, including education, the arts, social justice, the environment & farmland preservation, seniors, health & wellness, affordable housing, and food insecurity. 
Thank you for recognizing National Philanthropy Day on Sunday, November 15, espeically during this year of increased needs.
Donate to or volunteer with a nonprofit whose mission you support:
Donate to the YSCF: The Yellow Springs Community Foundation 
Foundation Highlight
Grant-Making Funds

The Yellow Springs Community Foundation manages a total of 171 funds. They vary in their area of purpose, such as the environment, high school scholarships, seniors, or food insecurity. They also vary in their structure, such as “pass-through” funds for immediate use for nonprofit organizations and others endowed, ensuring a local benefit in perpetuity. 
Funds are also established in a variety of ways, the most common by way of an initial gift from an individual or a nonprofit organization. The market value of a fund grows over time as a result of investment activity managed by the Foundation as well as additional gifts that are received.
One of the ways the Foundation maintains the careful balance between meeting community needs and preserving the Foundation's assets for future grant-making is each year, the Board of Trustees determines the distribution from the funds for grant-making. The endowments’ financial activities are reviewed, and a percentage is determined on the funds’ market value across an average of 12 rolling quarters. This percentage is the "distribution" for the year generally determined in January. This provides the grant-making budget for the variety of grants review committees.
The above graph below shows the Foundation's value of funds according to the Areas of Interest. Is there an Area of Interest that you would like to see have more funding? We would like to help develop your special interest fund.
Donate to the YSCF: The Yellow Springs Community Foundation 
  Our Journey

Equitable and inclusive policy changes that have the deepest impact in our society occur when all populations are involved in the decision-making process, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
Read Race Forward's Principles for Racially Equitable Policy Platforms to learn more about how we can create more equitable and inclusive structures: 

You're welcome to Join Us on our journey.
We would love to hear your thoughts on how we and the community can make these structural changes:

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
Interested in joining us in support of our community? Become a volunteer or committee member:


Thank You Generous Donors!
You are vital to our village and township!

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Donors (week of 11/4) Anonymous - Eric & Kelley Oberg

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 11/4) Harvey Curran & Mary Fahrenbruck - Toni Dosik & Len Kramer - Helge G. Frank Family - Linda Griffith & Scott Kellogg - Nancy Kelley - Carolyn Ray

Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 11/4) Christopher Adams - Elaine & Keith Kresge - Rebecca Kuder & Robert Wexler

Donors to UPLIFTYellowSprings (week of 11/4) Nancy Kelley

Join us! To donate to funds at YSCF:

Events & News

DONATE to the YS Community Children’s Center Capital Campaign, Give for Today, Plan for TomorrowYSCCC Capital Campaign

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WE WEAR A MASK to protect you. Please wear a mask to protect us and your neighbors.

Our Mission 
Entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing community life, we are a catalyst and resource for local charitable giving and grant making.


Lisa Abel, President, Richard Bullock, Vice President, Matthew Denman, Treasurer,  Todd Leventhal, Vice Treasurer, Kayla Rothman-Zecher, Secretary, 
Theresa Graham, Angie Hsu, Artie Isaac, Ellis Jacobs, Joanne Lakomski, Joshua Mabra, Roger Reynolds, Kathryn Van der Heiden 

Jeannamarie Cox, Executive Director
Kimberly Kremer, Financial Administrator
Kat Walter, Program Manager
Melissa Heston, Outreach Manager
Harvey Curran, Volunteer Project Manager

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