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Since 2002, The New Albany Community Foundation has presented renowned lecturers to the community and to area students. From Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and historians, to a former Secretary of State, a former Prime minister and two United States Presidents, the Foundation remains committed to supporting lifelong learning opportunities in New Albany for adults and students alike.





Ellen & David Ryan Fund (2003)
– to support arts and science related programming in the community.

Clan Cameron Fund - established by Don Cameron, former Plain Township Trustee and community leader, in 2008 just prior to his death. The fund was established to support educational and cultural programming at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts and scholarships for students at New Albany-Plain Local School District.

Leslie H. Wexner Leadership Academy Fund - established through a gift from Judy & Steve Tuckerman in honor of Les Wexner, the fund supports an ongoing lecture series at New Albany High School focused on leadership values.

Connor & Avery Hinson Fund - for the purpose of supporting and promoting the New Albany/Plain Township/Plain Local School District community.

Cindy & Keith Berend Family Fund (2010) - to support school and community initiatives in the New Albany/Plain Township/Plain Local School community.

C. Charleen Hinson Fund - for the purpose of supporting, promoting and implementing educational and cultural programming at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.

New Albany Walking Club Health & Wellness Fund - for the purpose of supporting, promoting and implementing health initiatives that serve to improve individual and family health.

Fixari Family Endowment Fund - for the purpose of supporting educational and cultural programming at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.

Philip & Sheryl Heit Endowment Fund - for the purpose of supporting, promoting and implementing health initiatives that serve to improve individual and family health. The fund may also support the mission of the New Albany Walking Club and the New Albany Walking Classic event.

Sustainable Earth Fund- This Fund was established by the Foundation to honor William H. Resch for his contributions to the development of the New Albany – Plain Local School District’s award-winning environmental science program, the establishment of the nature preserve and other parks thoughout the community. The net income and principal of this Fund shall be designated to benefit the "Daily Greens Community Garden" among other environmental programming and initiatives for students and residents of the New Albany – Plain Local School District and community.

New Albany Community Foundation Fund (1994) – to establish a permanent collection of funds to benefit the New Albany community and to establish a general endowment fund to support annual grantmaking.

New Albany Arts & Sciences Education Fund – to support educational and cultural programming for the community and school district, including master classes with visiting artists.

Abercrombie & Fitch Fund (2003) – to support community organizations and causes, especially those that benefit teens.

Arlene & Michael Weiss Endowment Fund– to support programming at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, especially creating opportunities for children from around Central Ohio who otherwise may not have the opportunity to participate in educational and cultural programming at the center.

Shelia S. Davis Fund (2000) – to support primarily the needs of children in the community.

Kathryn Borghi Memorial Fund (2000) – Established by her family and friends in 2000 to honor the memory of Kathryn Borghi, a student with physical and learning disabilities, who was able to excel in a regular classroom setting through the use of universally designed, accessible, digital technologies. This fund supports the Kathryn Borghi Digital Library (KBDL) in the New Albany-Plain Local School District (K-12), New Albany, Ohio. The digital library provides information in universally designed, accessible; digital formats to provide access to every student. Individual collections may be set up within Kathryn's library to honor or remember a loved one; contact Craig Mohre at the New Albany Foundation for specific information.

The Collections within the Kathryn Borghi Digital Library:

The Helena McComb Collection is the first collection to be established in 2005 within the Kathryn Borghi Digital Library (KBDL) to honor New Albany resident Helena McComb. Helena believed that the best way to inspire kids was to connect them to the music they love. The Helena McComb collection seeks to honor Helena's love of music. Information about Helena's collection can be found on her collection's page within the Kathryn Borghi Digital Library.

The Brittany Weixel Collection was established in 2006 in loving memory of New Albany resident Brittany Weixel. A former student at New Albany Schools, Brittany loved reading and writing poetry. Brittany's dedication page can be found on her collection's web page within the Kathryn Borghi Digital Library (KBDL).

The Dr. Gary Sweitzer Collection was established in 2009 in memory of Dr. Sweitzer, who served as the curriculum director at New Albany-Plain Local Schools during the district's rapid rise in academic performance. Dr. Sweitzer contributed significantly to New Albany School District's success and was respected broadly by educators, students, friends and the community.

Roger Sahli Fund (2000) – to establish a book collection at the New Albany Library dedicated to architecture and planning and in honor of Roger Sahli, who played a key role in the master planning of the New Albany community.

New Albany Realty Association Fund (2001) – to support issues affecting children in the community.

New Albany Branch Library Fund (2001) – to support the book collections and technology enhancements for the new, regional library in New Albany.

Rose Run Streamside Park Fund (2002) – to support the establishment of a passive park along Rose Run Creek through the center of New Albany that could serve as a gathering place and amenity for residents and a study area for school environmental studies students.

New Albany Women’s Network Endowment Fund (2003) – to build an endowment to strengthen and support various community causes, especially related to the empowerment and betterment of girls and women.

New Albany Surgical Hospital Foundation Fund (2003) – to support health and wellness issues in the community through grantmaking.

DeAscentis Family Fund (2004) – established through the generosity of Sharon and Mike DeAscentis to advance their philanthropic goals in the community.

Jon W. Pryor Environmental Scholarship Fund (2004) – an endowment to support two annual scholarships at New Albany High School for students of the Environmental Science Program in honor of former New Albany High School student and Environmental Science program team member Jon Pryor.

Captain Carwash Entrepreneurial Enrichment Fund (2004) – an endowment established by Captain Carwash and the Morgan family to provide programs designed to promote entrepreneurship opportunities and inspiration at New Albany High School.

Math Wizards Fund (2004) – established by Audrey Weil, this fund is aimed at enhancing the elementary school core math curriculum by providing extra programming for all students to raise their math skills.

New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society Ealy House Restoration Fund (2004) – made possible through the historical society and a gift from the New Albany Company, this fund supports efforts to restore the 1880’s historic Ealy House located along the Rose Run Creek.

Key Bank Fund (2004) – Key Bank is opening a new branch in New Albany wishes to support various community projects, including a new Safety Town program.

Mershad Family Fund (2005) – established by Sara and Rick Mershad, the fund supports enriching programs at New Albany Schools, especially related to the arts.

Ryan Family Fund (2005) – established by Sarah and Mark Ryan, the fund supports a lecture series for the school district and community.

Steiner Family Fund (2005) – established by Pat and Yaromir Steiner, the fund supports arts education programming at New Albany Schools, especially related to dance.

Helena McComb Memorial Fund (2005) – established in memory of Helena McComb by Tiney McComb and Heartland Bank, this fund supports artistic programming in the area of vocal music.

New Albany Walking Club Health & Wellness Fund (2005) - for the purpose of supporting, promoting and implementing health initiatives that serve to improve individual and family health

New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society Ealy House Sustaining Fund (2005) – established to maintain and preserve the restored, historic Ealy House which serves as the Historical Society’s museum.

The Sandy Raines & Ron Cadieux Family Fund (2006) – established by Sandy Raines and Ron Cadieux and the Raines Group, this fund was established to bring inspirational speakers to New Albany.

The Lucas Arts Programming Fund (2010) - established by the Davis Foundation in honor of Miriam and Ralph Lucas, to support cultural and educational enrichment programs for disadvantaged youth.

Carolyn & Lance White Fund - Motivated by the opportunity to provide students K-12 with personal interactions with inspiring authors, New Albany residents Carolyn & Lance White initiated New Albany Scholars by establishing an endowment fund with the New Albany Community Foundation.  The author residency program facilitates up-close and personal interactions between students and respected authors, who explore the creative process together.  To touch every student and promote a love of reading, the endowed program brings an author to each school building as selected by the teaching staff on an annual basis.  Further, one student (New Albany Scholar) from each building is eligible to earn a scholarship based on criteria created by each school and related to the author visits.  New Albany Scholars receives additional financial support from the New Albany PTO groups and New Albany Women’s Network.

Charlie & Shannan Dankworth Fund - established for the purpose of supporting and encouraging continued growth and excellence within the New Albany Community.

Lucas Family Fund - established by the Lucas family to support enriching community initiatives, especially related to health, education, the arts and environment.

Kate & Jeff Lusenhop Family Fund

Jennifer & Paul Naumoff Family Fund - established to support the continued growth and excellence in the New Albany Community.

New Albany Athletic Boosters Turf Field Fund - established to fund a new turf field for New Albany-Plain Local School District.

New Albany Symphony Orchestra Fund - to support the mission and programs of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra.