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Robert E. And Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund Announces Grants — December 2016

Columbus, OH (December 28, 2016)—The Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund has awarded 15 grants totaling $90,000 to organizations serving the City of Chillicothe and Ross County.

The Assistance House of Ross County—$3,500 to support the distribution of “comfort bags” to low-income individuals in Ross County.

Bryant “Beans” Butt, Inc.—$3,000 to support depression and suicide education for men in Ross County.

Canine Companions for Independence—$2,500 to support the placement of assistance dogs with people with disabilities in Ross County.

Chillicothe Cavalier Club—$10,000 to support renovation costs associated with the Obadiah Harris Family Athletic Complex.

Chillicothe Civic Theatre, Inc.—$3,500 to support the Summer Drama Camp for children and teens, including the provision of scholarships and financial aid to children of low-income families.

Easter Seals Central and Southeast Ohio, Inc.—$5,000 to improve the appearance and structure of the Ross County Adult Day Program site.

Huntsmen Archery—$2,000 to purchase resources and equipment for the archery program.

Mighty Children’s Museum— $10,000 to support costs associated with fabrication, shipping, delivery, and installation of exhibits.

National Church Residences—$5,000 to support the purchase of a handicapped accessible vehicle to transport low- and moderate-income older adults in Ross County to health providers.

Ohio University Foundation—$3,500 to expand student support services by creating an Academic Success Center for students at Ohio University — Chillicothe.

P U R R fect Companions Cat Adoption Center—$2,500 to support veterinary costs.

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

Ross County Christian Academy —$10,000 to support costs associated with expanding the high school an additional grade to serve eleventh grade students.

Scioto Society, Inc.—$8,500 to support the purchase and programming of a two-way radio system.

VOICEcorps Reading Services—$2,500 to provide blind, low-vision, and otherwise print-disabled residents of Chillicothe with in-home daily audio access to newspapers, magazines, and other print material.

YMCA of Ross County—$16,000 to create an indoor play space, with gross and fine motor play opportunities, for children in Chillicothe.


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 family members and 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.



December 28, 2016