Finance Fund and Finance Fund Capital Corporation (FCAP) hosted over 200 business, elected, community and nonprofit leaders at our Annual Gala last week, which was generously sponsored by our friends at U.S. Bancorp. The Performance Hall at OSU’s Ohio Union was brimming with Champions for Ohio who enjoyed an Awards Program, reception and dinner.
Our new Corporate Video and Annual Report premiered at the Gala and featured several people and projects that are bringing jobs and economic opportunity to Ohio’s underserved communities. I hope you will take a few minutes to enjoy the heartwarming stories told by our project champions at Northeast Shores Development Corporation in Cleveland, The Childhood League Center in Columbus, Market on the Green in UpTown Toledo, and Ziks Family Pharmacy in Dayton.
Another great highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2015 Community Champion and Visionary Funder Award Winners .
Community Champion Award Winners
Mansion Day School is an accredited, independent and co-educational Pre-K through 5th grade preparatory school located in an identified empowerment zone in east Columbus. The School serves 100 students each academic year. Graduates go on to excel at the area’s top private and public middle schools. Head of School Dee James accepted the award presented by Finance Fund CEO Diana Turoff (left) and Board Chair D.R. Gossett.
Dee commented, “FCAP’s small business loan enabled us to expand programming opportunities that sharpen students’ minds, and stretch their intellectual reach, while developing skills as independent thinkers and confident communicators.”
Northeast Shores Development Corporation was honored for bringing tens of millions of dollars in investment to Cleveland’s North Shore Community to make physical improvements, help dozens of independent merchants purchase their own storefront spaces, and move hundreds of low- and moderate-income households into quality housing. As a result, the community has become an increasingly quirky, walkable and creative place. Executive Director Brian Friedman and Carly Marginian accepted the award.
“Without financial support from organizations such as Finance Fund, we would not have the capital needed to build quality of life and economic opportunity with and for our community,” according to Brian.
Visionary Funder Award Winner
Trinity Health has provided FCAP with investment for a wide range of projects in underserved communities. In September 2014, as FCAP was conducting a statewide research study to quantify the need for increased access to healthy affordable food in underserved areas, Trinity Health provided loan capital to fund our earliest healthy food projects in Columbus and Cincinnati. This early investment, in collaboration with Mount Carmel Health System, was key to opening doors to additional investment from foundations, banks and eventually the State of Ohio to launch the statewide Healthy Food for Ohio (HFFO) program in March 2016. Trinity Health’s Socially Responsible Investment Consultant Jody Wise accepted the award from Finance Fund Director of Development Valerie Heiby.
“We’ve had great success partnering with FCAP over the years to bring needed goods and services to residents of underserved communities. As a mission-driven innovative health organization, we are committed to becoming the national leader in improving the health of our communities and each person we serve,” Jody said.
Congratulations to all of our Award winners!