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About Your Foundation

Founded in 2001, the Pickaway County Community Foundation (PCCF) is an organization that administers over 100 separately established funds with over $16 million in total assets. At PCCF, we lend momentum, provide opportunities and increase leadership and resources for a wide variety of programs and efforts. We do this primarily through grants that serve to reinforce, initiate and provide support for volunteer-based organizations, local charities, government agencies and communities at large. Among our many assets are scholarships, funds devoted to supporting Pickaway County recreational areas and the arts, homeless veteran’s assistance, charitable program support, organizational funding grants, and a highly successful leadership training program. 

The Pickaway County Community Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, but it enjoys a strong, mutually supportive partnership with The Columbus Foundation, which provides technical and investment services for PCCF.  Recently, PCCF has began independent investment strategies and holding selected funds independently. 

PCCF is a vehicle through which individuals, families, businesses and charitable organizations can make gifts, current and deferred, to benefit the community. It is made economical and easy for people to invest in the community, and through your investments, PCCF can help secure brighter futures and more satisfying lives for those living in Pickaway County.

The mission of the Pickaway County Community Foundation is to provide charitable resources and expertise that improve the quality of life in Pickaway County.

What Is a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are tax-exempt charitable organizations created by the people to benefit that particular community. They serve a vital role as an enabler of good works – encouraging individuals, families, organizations and companies to fund community activities in areas where donors live and work.

Community foundations provide donors with favorable charitable tax-deductions and promote effective grant-making through deep knowledge of the communities they serve.

There are hundreds of community foundations across the U.S. and most actively award grants that benefit their communities in a wide variety of ways. For many individuals, families, organizations and businesses, a community foundation is among the most desirable way to invest funds for a greater good, especially when their “investments” can help secure brighter futures and more satisfying lives for those living in their neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties.

The vision of Pickaway County Community Foundation is that we will be the trusted community partner leading impactful change in Pickaway County.

2021

Began the implementation of a five-year strategic plan that updates the mission, vision and values of PCCF

2020

Completed third Step-Out-In Style event that promotes local retailers

Raised over $50,000 during the pandemic to assist food insecurities

Established the first independently held scholarship fund at PCCF

Recognized five organizations that provided leadership and innovation during the pandemic

Assisted the Berger Health Foundation in the transition to the Well Being Foundation

2019

Foundation reached over $14 million dollars in assets

Participated in the One-Book, One Community initiative of “Pick Kindness” campaign

Opened 11 new funds totaling over $1.1 million dollars in assets independently through local investments.

Established the Imagination Library Fund in coordination with the Pickaway County Library, Governor’s Imagination Library, and Dolly Parton Imagination Library to promote literacy in children.

Partnered to kick off “Pickaway County 100+ Women Who Care” to promote local nonprofits

2018

March: Received the first donation of a farm to PCCF

2017

November: PCCF surprises 8 non-profits with donations during Giving Tuesday

November: The first Clays for Community fundraiser was held in conjunction with Touched by Cancer

October: PCCF works with 16 Pickaway County non-profits to bring $274,870 in donations to county nonprofits during the Big Give sponsored by the Columbus Foundation.

October: The Advocacy Campaign was launched and the first two life-time advocates donated

June: The first Advisory Committee was established

April: Foundation reaches $10 Million in assets

2016

January: PCCF Board selects first Executive Director to serve as part-time professional staff member

2015

January: Foundation surpasses $8.4 million in assets in 78 funds

2014

November: Launched a Membership Campaign of $50,000 for operations

September: Hosted a Youth Summit with leaders from all four school districts

January: Foundation surpasses $7.3 million in 72 funds

2013

July: Grand opening of the Founders Center for Philanthropy

January: Foundation surpasses $6.3 million in assets

2012

September: Columbus Foundation Leadership in Philanthropy Award given to the Founding Board

January: Foundation surpasses $5 million in assets

2011

September: Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary with a community picnic

2010

September: Foundation receives its first planned gift from a community donor

April: PCCF reaches goal of 50 funds with the opening of the Pickaway Competitiveness Network accounts

2009

April: Philanthropy in Pickaway County garners national attention when ABC World News Tonight records segment on a youth philanthropy project supported by the Circleville City Schools Endowment Fund

March: The Foundation raises $100,000 in unrestricted funds, fulfilling the September ’08 challenge and creating a more secure financial platform for the organization’s activities

2008

October: PCN hires its first coordinator

September: To meet the need for operating support, a donor offers a $50,000 challenge grant to the PCCF board; board members accept the challenge and begin to raise unrestricted funds

2007

August: Pickaway Competitiveness Network created; PCCF provides leadership and support for the effort

July: Youth Advisory Council awards its first grant

2006

September: Board members and community stakeholders travel to Nebraska to explore the Hometown Competitiveness Network

March: First education foundation, the Westfall Education Foundation, is created; eventually, funds will be established to support each of the four Pickaway county school districts

March: Mike Harrison Park Fund established to support construction of the Mary Virginia Crites Hannon Park. Foundation unveils plans for the park in September

January: PCCF seeks to encourage philanthropy among youth by earmarking funds to support grantmaking by young people

2005

December: The PCCF family includes 23 funds, representing assets of $2,866,342

May: The William Ammer Memorial Education Trust Fund is established

2004

May: Gladys Schaal Memorial Scholarship Fund is the first fund established through a professional advisor transfer

January: United Way of Pickaway County offers office space to the Foundation

2003

September: First unrestricted fund created – Yamarick Family Fund

April: PCCF holds its first Celebration of Philanthropy, an event to honor and cultivate donors

February: PCCF makes its first grants to community organizations, including support to the New Holland Tri-County Police Athletic League for a youth martial arts class, to the Teays Valley Civic Association for a stage in the village park, and to the Pickaway County Historical and Genealogical Society for improvements to the new Canal Park

2002

December: Relationship with the Columbus Foundation established – CF agrees to hold, invest, and manage PCCF funds

August: First fund established – the Starkey Fund for Youth

2001

October: Internal Revenue Service awards tax-exempt status to the Pickaway County Community Foundation

August: First board is named and a retreat convened to discuss organizational strategies; Ohio Grantmakers Forum agrees to serve as fiscal agent until the foundation receives nonprofit status

2000

September: The Group of 40 meets to explore the idea of a community foundation

Board of Directors

The Pickaway County Community Foundation is a volunteer organization led by a board of community leaders who are dedicated to helping you strengthen and improve the community through charitable giving. We are committed to honoring your charitable intent and working as stewards of the legacies left to the Foundation across generations.

Jan Shannon

Executive Director

Jan Shannon

Executive Director

Liza Musselman

Finance & Development Director

Liza Musselman

Finance & Development Director

Rose Vargo McFarland

Chair

Rose Vargo McFarland

Chair

Board Member since 2012

The daughter of a lawyer and a teacher whose lives were dedicated to their families and community service, I have found a home in the last nine years by participating in the Pickaway County Community Foundation (PCCF).  Not only have I invested time into the Board, but I am also a planned donor by way of a life insurance policy because I am certain that the future of our citizenry and the quality of our children’s lives depend on our investments. I am particularly committed to areas involving literacy, children’s education, and Board organizational expenses. 

Through past service on the boards of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, the Pickaway County Farm Bureau, Haven House, the Pickaway County Law Library, and the Teays Valley Education Foundation, I bring a wide-array of dedication to our community and unique resources and connections for our donors. 

An attorney practicing in five counties with a focus on family law and estate planning, my participation in these activities make me a stronger critical listener for our donors and advocate for my clients. 

Whether it is service to my fellow citizens of Pickaway County or service to the land upon which we live, my parents raised me to believe that service keeps you humble.  My husband, Louis A. McFarland, who also was raised in our County, shares this same fundamental belief and it is part of what we respect and love about one another.    We cherish our membership at the Saint Paul Lutheran Church as it is foremost in ensuring our family focus remains on God and our attempts to reflect His love for those around us. 

Matt Tootle

Vice Chair

Matt Tootle

Vice Chair

Board Member since 2012

Matthew S. Tootle an attorney for Tootle Law Office, Ltd. In Circleville, Ohio.  Matthew attended Circleville High School, The College of Wooster, and later law school at Ohio Northern University.  Matthew is married and has three children.  Matthew, who has a passion for philanthropy, has served on the Pickaway County Community Foundation since 2012.  He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the PCCF Board.  During his time on the Board Matthew has chaired the Governance Committee and is a donor to the Pickaway County Community Foundation.  Matthew is proud to serve the community and he has served on the PICCA Board of Directors, Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disability Board, and the Berger Health Partners Board of Directors.  

Jessica Mullins

Vice Chair

Jessica Mullins

Vice Chair

Board Member since 2018

Jessica is the Executive Vice President and the Chief Operations Officer at The Savings Bank. She serves on PCCF’s Executive, Governance and Strategic Planning Committees. She is also currently serving on the Brooks Yates Housing Opportunities Board, Circleville Noon Rotary, Pickaway County 4-H Advisory Committee, and she is a 4-H Advisor. She has previously served as a board member on the Pickaway County Chamber, United Way of Pickaway County and Leadership Fellows. She was also the Secretary of the Wayne Township Zoning Board and the President of the Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She has served the Community through participating in various community service projects with 4-H and Rotary, Community Care Day and she also serves as a Sunday-School Teacher at her church. Jessica resides in Circleville with her son and daughter. She enjoys music, reading, travel, and spending quality time with family and close friends.

Jeff Harr

Treasurer

Jeff Harr

Treasurer

Jeff Harr is the President of BHM CPA Group, which he started in 1994. He currently serves on PCCF’s Executive and Finance Committees. He is the Chairman of the Vinton County National Bank’s Audit Committee and is a member of the Peer Review Committee of the Ohio Society of CPAs. He served as the Chairman of the Pickaway Family Y. He was the President and a Board member of the Circleville Sunrise Rotary. Jeff also served as the President of the Circleville City Schools Board of Education which he served as a board member for twelve years. He also was a member of the local Chapter of the American Red Cross. Additionally, he served as a board member for the north American section of an international association of CPAs. Jeff has served the community by volunteering for various events, coaching on kids sports and serving on various community boards. He has been married for 45 years, has 10 children and 19 grandchildren. He also enjoys officiating high school football games. 

Scott Allen

Member

Scott Allen

Member

Board Member Since 2020

Scott Allen is a Founding Partner of Criterion Supply Solutions. He currently serves on PCCF’s Finance Committee. He has also served as a Board Member for CombineNet Inc, an advanced sourcing technology company. He served on Lanworth Inc Board of Directors a company that utilizes satellite technology for forecasting crops along with serving as a Board Member for InnoPak Packing Company. He as also served as a board member for the Logan Elm School District, Circle of Caring, The Berger Foundation and the Well Being Foundation. Scott also serves the community by volunteering with Circle of Caring.

Ronda Baldwin

Member

Ronda Baldwin

Member

Ronda Baldwin works at Ohio Christian University as the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources. She serves on the PCCF’s Strategic Planning Committee and the Communication Committee. In Addition, she has served on the Pickaway County Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors. She graduated from Ohio University with her Bachelors of Science and The Ohio State University with her Masters. She also SHRM-CP. Ronda enjoys running, gardening and spending time with her family.

Natalie Blue

Member

Natalie Blue

Member

Board Member since 2016

Natalie Blue is the CEO of Clifton Family Enterprises. She currently serves on PCCF’s Governance Committee. In addition, she has served as a board member of the Pickaway County Red Cross (past board member), she is currently serving as a Pickaway Works Board Member and she is on the Board of Director’s at Kingston National Bank and serve as the Audit Chairperson. Natalie has also served the community by helping coordinate the Red Cross 3 on 3 tournament for three years, to raise money for the Red Cross. She also participated in the planning for Farm to Plate for four years and has supported many fundraising events throughout the community.

Joy Ewing

Member

Joy Ewing

Member

Joy is the Director of the Pickaway County Job & Family Services. She currently serves on PCCF’s Facilities and Governance Committees. She has also served on the Pickaway County Chamber of Commerce, Pickaway County Family Children First Council, and the Circleville Noon Rotary.

Stephen Gary

Member

Stephen Gary

Member

Board Member since 2013

Steve Gary is the retired President and CEO of The Savings Bank and Savings Bank Corporation. He currently serves on PCCF’s Executive Committee and he is a former PCCF Chairman. He has served on Pickaway County Community Action’s board of directors. He was a former President of Circleville Sunrise Rotary Club, and the President of the Circleville Chamber of Commerce. He served as a Chairman for Pickaway County Progress Partners. He also sat as a member of the Board of Directors of The Saving Bank. Steve was a member and Secretary, of the State Banking Commission. He was the Director at Large for the Community Bankers Association of Ohio. He has also served in many 4H positions, from advisor to member of the Ohio 4H Foundation. Steve enjoys helping others and he has donated his time volunteering through participating on many projects for Rotary and the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

Bethany Reid

Board Member

Bethany Reid

Board Member

Bethany Reid is Vice President of Administration & Marketing for Health Care Logistics®, Inc., a family owned and operated business dedicated to meeting the needs of customers around the globe. With headquarters tucked under the famous Pumpkin Tower in Circleville and multiple central Ohio operating facilities, the company’s primary focus is the prompt distribution of more than 10,000 unique and hard-to-find medical-related items. HCL also has the manufacturing capabilities to create innovative solutions centered around the healthcare industry. If a customer can dream it, HCL can design it.

Bethany is active in her community and serves in leadership roles for numerous organizations including Trinity Lutheran Christian Preschool, P3, Pickaway County Educational Service Center and the Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center. In addition, she is a passionate 4-H advisor for Washington Hill Climbers, a club that is 80+ members strong.

A 1994 graduate of Logan Elm High School and 1998 graduate of Capital University, Bethany has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and holds an inactive CPA license. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Brian Reid, and they have four awesome children, Brittany, BJ, Blayton and Bailey. The Reids reside on a small five-acre farm southeast of Circleville with a variety of animals. They enjoy camping, shooting sports, traveling and renovating their 160-year-old farmhouse.

Robert Sneed

Member

Robert Sneed

Member

Board Member since 2017

Robert retired from Thomson Consumer Electronics with several management tasks. His last assignment was in the international engineering group. He graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Ceramic Engineering, his career was in the glass industry in San Francisco, Oakland, Modesto, and Indianapolis before coming to Circleville. He is the chair of PCCF’s Grants Committee. He was also a charter member of the Friends of the Park board; treasurer of the Circleville City School Foundation; treasurer of the Circleville Athletics Boosters; presently on the South Central Power Company Foundation board. Robert also served as treasurer of the Circleville Presbyterian Church for 22 years; chairman of the literacy committee of Circleville Rotary for 12 years; OSU extension Master Gardener Volunteer.

Alan Sutton

Member

Alan Sutton

Member

Board Member since 2017

Alan works for E. I. Dupont as a maintenance electrician. He currently serves on PCCF’s Grants and Facilities Committees. He has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and other civic clubs in the community.

Teratia Welch

Member

Teratia Welch

Member

Teratia is a Marketing and Communications Manger foe Ohio Health, supporting Berger and Southeastern Med Care sites. She currently serves on PCCF’s Facilities, Governance and Communication Committees. She has previously served on PCCF’s Grants Committee; She served as a Board Member and Executive Council Member of the Pickaway County Chamber of Commerce; She was a member and the President of the Ashville Kiwanis Club for two years; She served on the Pickaway Addiction Action Coalition’s communications committee. She was also on the Outreach Committee at the Community United Methodist Church and a board member for the Parkinson’s Walk for a Cure. Teratia grew up learning the importance for volunteering and helping the community she lives and works in. She has helped with various things at her church, The Circleville Pumpkin Show, the Annual Kiwanis Easter Egg Hun and Louise Terrace Meals. She has also helped prepare and serve meals within the Circleville community at the soup kitchen. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her family enjoys swimming in the summer and being outdoors. She also enjoys crafting with her Cricut and helping her kids build their Lego creations.

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