About Us

What is The Athens County Foundation?
The Athens County Foundation is a community foundation conceived and supported by Athens County residents. In 1980 eight civic-spirited Athenian women gave fifty dollars each to launch the Athens Foundation. In 2017, the members voted to formally change the dba name to the Athens County Foundation as the result of an extensive rebranding effort. This name change better reflects our 35 years of work in all of Athens County and our future direction. Today, the Foundation’s endowment currently stands at six and a half million dollars, and the community philanthropy has granted 2 million dollars to 140 Athens County groups having a great impact on the quality of life in Athens County.

What does the Foundation do?
The Athens County Foundation enhances the quality of life for the people of our region through building endowments, awarding grants, and providing leadership on key community issues now and for generations to come.

What does the Athens County Foundation fund?

Priority will be given to projects that:

Build upon Economic Vitality – Build on our regional strengths, create a vibrant community where people want to live and work, and support an educated community

Support Thriving Communities – Become more livable, more self-sustainable, and create spaces for diverse voices to come together

Focus on Individual Health and Wellbeing – sustainable solutions for individuals and families to become secure- such as food security, mental and physical health initiatives, and safety and advocacy efforts

The Athens County Foundation is comprised of over 30 different funds including the Craig Copeland Fund, the Claire Ping Fund, Mary Carolyn Clutter Fund, the Howard Walton Fund, the Athens Bar Association Fund, The Women’s Fund and the Athens Disaster Relief Fund, among many others. The Foundation continually seeks to expand support available for the Athens County communities through the Foundation.

Who administers the Foundation?
A volunteer board of 15 members, serving four-year terms, meets at least six times per year to oversee the Foundation. Executive Director Susan Urano manages the operation of the Foundation.

How can I find out more information about the Athens County Foundation? 

Contact: Athens County Foundation, PO Box 366, Athens, OH 45701-0366. 740-594-6061, or email:susan@athensfoundation.org