The Clinton County Foundation is a community foundation providing charitable investing and local grants that enable people and nonprofits to make a lasting and positive impact in our community.

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Your Expert Philanthropic Partner

As local citizens committed to stewarding and investing charitable gifts, we thrive on supporting the people, projects, and places that make our piece of Ohio unique and attractive to families and businesses. We see the potential of Clinton County and are passionate about aligning the connections and resources to make our home the best it can be.

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We Grow Giving

The Clinton County Foundation facilitates local solutions to local issues. Charitable giving is the most direct and effective investment we can make in building thriving, resilient local communities. We are actively engaged in mobilizing generosity and aligning connections and resources to continually improve and enhance our county. Our financial resources are stronger than ever, and we have the resolve to match. 

Our Areas of Focus

We provide support where it’s needed most. The Clinton County Foundation encourages a focus on three areas that deliver the greatest impact for charitable giving.


We support educational needs throughout the learning journey, from pre-school to high school to trade school to college for our entire community.

Health & Wellness

Supporting the health and wellness of our neighbors is important because good health is a significant component of any community’s effectiveness and ability to serve its citizens.

Economic Development

The Clinton County Foundation believes that economic development is a key factor in building a financially strong and overall healthy community and therefore supports funds in this area.

What is a community foundation?

Community foundations are tax-exempt charitable organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area. They bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support effective nonprofits in their communities and play a key role in identifying and solving community problems.

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“Living and working in Wilmington makes me aware of the many needs of our community along with the great generosity of our residents. Strong organizations, such as the Clinton County Foundation, are the lifeline for many area nonprofits whose sole purpose is to support possibilities for the next generation. The work of the Foundation changes local people’s lives in real ways---in ways that really matter.”
Brad Reynolds, Clinton County Foundation Board Member,
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Director of Human Resources, City of Wilmington, OH

Community foundations typically manage a range of permanent endowment and non-endowed funds:

  • Donor advised funds, on behalf of individual donors
  • Field of interest funds to benefit a broad area of interest or programming
  • Agency funds, on behalf of smaller public nonprofits
  • Fiscal sponsorship for nonprofits or short-term projects and programming
  • Scholarship funds

Photo of two girls: courtesy of Wilmington News Journal

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