Donor Stories

  • A Legacy of Caring
    Meet Mark and Gretchen Zyndorf Mark Zyndorf will tell you that when he married his wife Gretchen after nearly a lifetime of bachelorhood, he found true love with one of the most exceptional women he’d ever known. “Her stepdaughter would … Read More
  • Family Philanthropy: Meet the Leupp Family
    If Warren Buffett had a “biggest fan,” it just might be Harold Leupp. “My dad idolizes Warren Buffett,” said his daughter, Melissa. And Harold agrees. “I’m a huge admirer of what he’s accomplished, and the kind of person he is,” … Read More
  • Jim and Pam Fletcher
    Securing the Future for Others: Jim and Pam Fletcher
    Jim and Pam Fletcher both had the same goal in mind when it came to estate planning — to assure that their assets would provide ongoing benefits to the causes and organizations that they care about and support.  And the … Read More
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    Promoting Community
    When Judy McCracken moved to Toledo with her husband, Steve, and four young children, she had no idea how her life was about to change. “Steve had been with DuPont for 30 years, and we’d moved a lot,” she recalled, … Read More
  • Waterville Community Foundation Scholarship awards
    For the Love of Children
    Like so many of the Greatest Generation, Katherine Gruber Smith made a life for herself far from where she grew up.  But at the end of that life, she returned a great blessing to the children of the region she … Read More
  • Hussien and Randa Mansour Shousher
    Hussien and Randa Shousher: Engaging Others to Change Lives
    When Hussien and Randa Mansour Shousher first contacted the Toledo Community Foundation, it was to establish a donor advised fund. But before long, the relationship turned into one of collaboration and community engagement that extended well beyond what they had … Read More
  • Mary Mennel
    Growing A Community Legacy
    Meet Mary Mennel Not many people find their life’s calling by the time they’re nine years old — but Mary Mennel was one of the lucky ones. “I’ve been involved with YMCA Storer Camps from the third grade on, starting … Read More
  • Eleanor S. Longbrake
    A life that’s still Making Waves
    Meet Eleanor S. Longbrake In an era when a woman’s place was very different from what it is today, she was a pioneer.” So observed Bill Longbrake, whose aunt, Eleanor S. Longbrake, broke new ground in many quiet ways throughout her … Read More
  • Darcy Wagner, Ph.D.
    Planning ahead for Lifelong Giving
    Meet Darcy Wagner, Ph.D. A lifestyle of giving began early for Darcy Wagner, Ph.D.  “Giving was a way of life for our family.  When we were little, the three of us kids would fight over who got to put the … Read More
  • Ken and Jean Lovejoy
    Giving That Just Makes Sense
    Ken and Jean Lovejoy Giving — and having solid information on which to base it — matters to Ken and Jean Lovejoy. “We’re both data-driven people,” said Jean, describing their approach to philanthropy.  Both graduates of The University of Toledo, … Read More
  • Kiriyanthan & Thresiamma Jacob
    Two Hearts, Two Homes, Two Funds
    Kiriyanthan & Thresiamma Jacob Nearly 50 years ago, Kiriyanthan Jacob graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Michigan and left for his homeland, India, to find a bride.  The adventure concluded in his wedding to Thresiamma, herself a … Read More
  • Carson Family
    Generations of Generosity
    In the Carson family, giving has been a foundation of happiness for generations. So when sisters Betsy Carson Brady and Mary Carson Fedderke, unbeknownst to each other, established donor advised funds with the Toledo Community Foundation in the very same … Read More
  • Dave and Jean Ann Berlin
    Berlin Donor Story
    Berlin Family Invests in Philanthropy For Dave and Jean Ann Berlin of Hudson, Michigan, making their community a better place was a little more difficult than they imagined. They wanted to help fund projects in their community and even quietly … Read More
  • Byron and Laura West
    West Donor Story
    A Legacy of Giving More than 30 years ago, By West was asked to become a member of the first Distribution Committee of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation which was formed to manage and oversee funds to be granted to … Read More
  • Helping Hens Fund -- Muddy
    Mud Hens Donor Story
    Mud Hens Take Kids Out to the Ball Game Going to the ball park to watch the Mud Hens take the field is only a dream for some kids. These kids might not have the chance to catch pop up … Read More
  • David K. and Georgia Welles
    Family Philanthropy
    Remembering conversations around the dinner table with his grandfather and father about philanthropy, David K. Welles, Sr. says making financial donations to great causes is just second nature for him.   “It’s always been a part of my life. But … Read More
  • Brad and Julie Rubini - Kyle and Ian
    The Rubini Family Story
    The Brad and Julie Rubini Family After the sudden death of their 10-year-old daughter, Claire, in 2000, Brad and Julie Rubini wanted to honor their daughter and keep her alive by focusing on her love of books, storytelling and music. … Read More
  • Charlotte and Harold Shaffer
    Leaving a Legacy
    “Our lives have been fulfilled by working and helping the community grow. Now we wish to give back to the community to express our appreciation for a wonderful life, ” says Charlotte Shaffer who along with her husband, Harold, have … Read More
  • Tiffany Elise Staelin
    Embracing Nature and Tiffany
    With a profound love for the natural world, Tiffany Elise Staelin never met a mountain she didn’t cherish, a plant she didn’t admire or an animal that didn’t amaze her. At the age of three, she strapped on a pair … Read More
  • Dr. Amjad and Dottie Hussain
    Nurturing the Family Tree
    Almost 100 years after his grandfather became a physician in Pakistan, S. Amjad Hussain, M.D. began his medical career in Toledo and feels an obligation to build bridges of understanding between the two countries. “After I completed medical school in … Read More
  • Sam and Alice Carson
    Perennial Giving
    Just as plants need osmosis to grow, Sam Carson feels that same process applies to passing on the importance of philanthropy to his children, his grandchildren and he hopes his great grandchildren. Sam, a well-known and respected Toledo community and … Read More
  • Tom and Connie Schmidt
    Schmidt Donor Story
    Dad’s Generosity Continues To further his dad’s philanthropic philosophy in the community, Tom Schmidt of Rossford makes charitable donations to organizations that help people help themselves. When his father established the Edward H. Schmidt Family Donor Advised Fund at the … Read More
  • Quiet Giver
    Quiet Giver Creates Compassionate Legacy
    Several Toledo area nonprofit agencies are benefiting in perpetuity from the generosity of a life-long Toledo area resident who made an anonymous donation to the Foundation in 2007. The donor worked for the federal government most of his life. He … Read More
  • John and Lois Shelly
    A Lived-In Legacy
    John and Lois Shelly faced a dilemma experienced by many older couples. They were concerned that their son, who lives in Montana, would someday be left with the disposition of their home, and they hoped to spare him this difficulty. … Read More
  • Marilyn Fox with Bethany House resident
    Someone Cares
    For Marilyn Fox there is nothing more important than giving women and children the strength to rebuild their lives after abuse. One of the projects through her Mazie Foundation Fund is to give birthday gifts to women and children at … Read More
  • Toledo Municipal Court Judge Robert Penn and daughter Crystal
    Lasting Love
    Upon the death of his wife, Mary, retired Toledo Municipal Court Judge Robert Penn searched for a way to honor her for her deep, abiding interest and devotion to him and their daughter, Crystal. “Mary was my friend, my companion, … Read More
  • Bob Fondessy
    How A Legend Created A Legacy
    Bob Fondessy had every right to be proud of Oregon since he was one of the founding fathers of the city in 1957. Upon the 50th anniversary celebration of the city in 2007, he served as the parade’s grand marshal and … Read More
  • Clyde and Marian Sluhan’s six grandchildren
    How Cousins Honor Their Grandparents
    Clyde and Marian Sluhan’s six grandchildren grew up hearing stories of how their grandparents worked hard to survive the depression and start a business. Their grandfather was raised in an orphanage and was the first child from the agency to … Read More
  • Ryan Titus
    A Son’s Wish
    Tom and Lynnette Titus’s small son had one wish. He wanted to have more flowers in their yard. Nearly 20 years after his death at the age of five, Ryan is getting his wish and more with his parent’s estate … Read More
  • Jeff and Inge Klopping and family
    New Family Tradition
    When Jeff and Inge Klopping gather their adult children for Thanksgiving, they do more than just enjoy a traditional feast. They share the bounties of their good fortune by selecting charities to receive much needed support. “Each of us comes … Read More
  • Dick and Fran Anderson
    Lessons of Giving
    During their 50 years of marriage, Dick and Fran Anderson of Maumee have nurtured the spirit of giving. “Both of us were blessed with wonderful parents. That has been the secret to our success. They taught us that work is … Read More
  • Ken and Rita Martin and family
    Wishes for Tomorrow
    Talking about death is never easy but for Ken and Rita Martin of Sylvania it was a necessity. “We realized that with two teenagers, something could happen to Ken and me at the same time and we needed to make … Read More
  • Jim and Nancy Lapp
    Family Influences Commitments
    For Jim and Nancy Lapp of Toledo, investing in the future education of college students comes naturally since academic life connected their families for nearly a century. They are both retired from The University of Toledo where their careers concentrated … Read More
  • Jeni Belt
    Legal Experts Appreciate Counsel
    When Toledo’s largest law firm needed assistance with its philanthropy endeavors, it called the Toledo Community Foundation for help. In 2007, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP established a donor advised fund at the Foundation to make charitable gifts in the … Read More
  • Susan, Judith and Joseph Conda
    Facilitating Hands-on Philanthropy: Conda Family Funds
    “We think we have a clear vision of what we want to accomplish with our giving,” said Joe Conda, “and the team at TCF is a great sounding board for our ideas. We’ve transitioned from thinking in terms of giving … Read More
  • Lambies Legacy group photo
    Lambie’s Legacy
    Nearly eight years have passed since a third bout with cancer ended Margaret “Lambie” Guyton Stout’s life at age 42 – but her memory can still bring tears to the eyes of her lifelong friends, Laurie Avery and Nicole LeBoutillier. Read More
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    Cousino Family Funds
    Brent and Pam Cousino have a special place in their hearts for those with developmental disabilities. For Pam, the concern became a career, and for Brent, it has been personal – but for both, the special needs community has been … Read More