Congratulations Portsmouth Connex, Inc. for winning our first Scioto 365 Grant! Project “ROMP – Revitalize Our Mound Parks” has been selected for $20,000 to construct a multi-use activity path around and through Mound Park located in Portsmouth, Ohio.

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website_cover2eThe Scioto Foundation has launched a new, dynamic community leadership initiative, Scioto 365, designed to encourage widespread participation in community and economic development for the improvement of the Portsmouth area.

“At the heart of Scioto 365 is impact grant-making,” said SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip. “With support from the staff of the Scioto Foundation, community leaders will develop grant parameters, give donations and determine which nonprofit grants to award. Scioto 365 will give donors a voice they might not typically have, the power to leverage funds to make a collective impact upon our community.”

“To be involved in Scioto 365, donors will give $365 – a dollar a day each year – to make our community better,” Cutlip explained. “Monies are then pooled and at the end of the fundraising period, the Scioto Foundation will make 50% of all monies earned available for targeted grant awards. The remaining 50% will be placed into an endowment fund to grow for future awards.”

The new initiative will benefit donors since pooled dollars will leverage greater impact together than alone, according to Cutlip. Scioto 365 members can be as active as they like. Some members will offer only financial support, others will choose to take a leadership role and most will help to determine annual grant awards.

“Scioto 365 will be managed through a donor-driven Leadership Committee that will work in tandem with the Foundation’s staff. This committee will help the Scioto Foundation to select annual case points for targeted grant funding to create and/or sustain vibrant, healthy and safe neighborhoods,” said Cutlip. “In the first year the leadership team will be comprised of Scioto Foundation staff, board and committee members.

“The theme of 2017 is creating work and life balance. Some examples of grants that will be accepted include updating or improving parks and recreational areas, bike paths, community signage and lighting, and overall community appearance,” Cutlip announced.

“Each year Scioto 365 will ‘formally launch’ during our annual meeting in the spring,” continued Cutlip. “At this event we envision sharing our grant RFP or request for proposals for the coming year. Scioto 365 donors will receive a mailed invitation to the annual meeting. Grant applications will be made available on May 1. In September, all Scioto 365 donors will receive a ballot via email to vote for their favored proposal. In addition, donors will be invited to attend the Scioto 365 Grant Award Reception to be held in November in conjunction with the annual Scioto Gives Reception in November.”

To become a Scioto 365 donor, annual contributions of $365 may be made by credit cards or checks made payable to the Scioto Foundation with Scioto 365 in the memo. Checks should be mailed to the Foundation address at P.O. Box 911, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. Donors can also make arrangements to donate gifts through installments.

Additional information about how to participate and a timeline detailing Scioto 365 phases throughout the coming year may be obtained by contacting Cutlip or Patty Tennant, Donor Services Program Officer at (740) 354-4612.