Torres and Estadt were appointed to co-chair frundraising efforts of PCCF Agriculture Field Interest Fund.

PCCF, PCN Announce New Funds, Launch Community Fundraising Challenge

The Pickaway County Community Foundation (PCCF) and the Pickaway Competitiveness Network (PCN) announce the launch of three new Fields of Interest Funds established with $50,000 in seed money. The areas of focus for these new funds are agriculture, education and leadership. Field of Interest Funds support broad areas of concentration such as youth, education or the arts.

“This is the culmination of four years of hard work by many, many people who were challenged to think differently and to gather information and input from all parts of the county,” said Dannie Fouts, PCCF Board of Directors liaison to PCN. “At the same time, it is an exciting time for the foundaiton as it continues to grow in its ability to support all interests in Pickaway County.”

Pickaway County citizens – leaders in government, business, agriculture and those who responded to a call for leadership – participated in community visioning exercises, which were facilitated by the Aspen Institute and the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. These meetings resulted in the formation of PCN, which draws participants from across the county.

The launch of these new funds also launches a yearlong challenge for each fund to raise $25,000. If successful, each will receive an additional $25,000 from PCCF, raising the value of each fund to $100,000. The challenge concludes March 31, 2011.

In announcing the new funds, PCCF Chair Chuck Wellman also named the fundraising advisors for each. They are as follows: agriculture, Mike Estadt, OSU Extension Educator for Pickaway County, and John Torres, Organization Director for the Pickaway County Farm Bureau; education, Ohio Christian University President Dr. Mark Smith and Pickaway County Schools Superintendent Ty Ankrom; leadership, former Mayor of Circleville Jean Droste and Dr. Sereana Dresbach of The Ohio State University.

Established in 2001, the Pickaway County Community Foundation is a permanent collection of endowed funds providing grants and other services to non-profit organizations. As a 501(c)3 organization, PCCF provides a tax exempt opprotunity for donors to support philanthropy close to home in Pickaway County. Any individual, business or organization may contribute money or other assets to the PCCF, and many individuals include the foundaiton in their wills and estate planning.