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February 09, 2018


Contact: Natalie Parscher, The Columbus Foundation,, 614/251-4000

Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund Announces Grants

Columbus, OH (Feb. 9, 2018)—The Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund has awarded 15 grants totaling $135,546  to organizations serving the City of Chillicothe and Ross County.

Carver Community Center—$1,000 to support the My Life Program.

Carver Community Center—$1,000 to support the Family Enrichment Program.

Carver Community Center—$1,000 to support educational programming for low-income youth.

Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation—$10,000 to support philanthropy in Ross County, contingent upon the Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation fundraising a total of $10,000 of unrestricted operating support.

The Majestic Theatre, Inc.—$72,046 to support the installation of an elevator, contingent upon The Majestic Theatre raising an additional $72,046 by December 31, 2019.

National Society to Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate—$2,500 to support the Vision Care Outreach Program.

Ronald McDonald House Charities—$2,500 to support the Helping Hands Program for families in Ross County.

Ross County Christian Academy—$10,000 to support the "Complete the High School" capital campaign.

Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence—$2,500 to support a financial empowerment program for victims of domestic violence.

Ross County Community Action Commission—$15,000 to support the CARES Recovery Support Program.

Ross County Veterans Council—$2,500 to support a healing garden for veterans.

School Smiles Foundation Inc.—$2,500 to provide dental services to children in need.

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America—$5,000 to support ScoutReach afterschool programming for approximately 200 at-risk youth in Chillicothe.

South Central Ohio Big Brother/Big Sister Association—$3,000 to support afterschool and summer activities for Ross County children.

Young Life Ross County—$5,000 to support the expansion of Young Life Ross County.

About the Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund

Robert E. Schaefer, a longtime Chillicothe resident, established this fund to provide for the cultural development, health and human welfare, and economic development of Chillicothe and Ross County. A veteran newspaperman, Mr. Schaefer, who died in 1997, served the community for more than 60 years. He joined the Chillicothe Gazette in 1938 and began a career that spanned 36 years. It was Mr. Schaefer’s hope that these annual contributions to the community would inspire others with charitable intent to impact the community.

A great believer in education, Mr. Schaefer established scholarships at Ohio University–Chillicothe and The Ohio State University to provide opportunities for the next generation of young people from Ross County. He also devoted much of his time and efforts to promote industrial development in Chillicothe, striving to move the community forward and position it for the future.

An advisory committee, made up of community representatives, assists with grant recommendations.

 About Community Foundations, Inc.

Community Foundations, Inc., was established in 1987 to enable donors to support nonprofit organizations primarily in the state of Ohio and beyond the central Ohio region. For more information, visit or call 614/251-4000.