The OAGC Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity that was established in 1984 to help carry out educational and charitable activities of The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc. (OAGC). The Foundation annually awards scholarships to select horticulture/floriculture students attending an Ohio college, university or technical school. Click HERE for the Scholarship Application Form and Information. It also provides funding through grants for OAGC Inc. publications and special projects endorsed by OAGC Inc. Click HERE for a Grant Application.
Monies are raised by donations from clubs, members and non-members; deferred gifts; memorial gifts; incremental gifts; special gifts; becoming an OAGC Life Patron (through a contribution of $500); fundraisers, etc. Donations may be sent to the OAGC Foundation Treasurer.
A Life Patron is one who makes a one-time donation of $500 or more to the OAGC Foundation. The donor may designate to which fund the donation is directed. Life Patrons automatically become Life Members of OAGC, are recognized at annual OAGC convention, recognized in OAGC quarterly publication, The Garden Path, and receive a subscription to The Garden Path for life.
The OAGC Foundation accepts contributions to several restricted funds: General Fund, Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors Fund, Nature and Conservation Fund, Scholarship Fund and Wahkeena Nature Preserve Fund. Additionally, the OAGC Foundation accepts donations to temporarily restricted funds as needs arise.
Board of Trustees
The OAGC Foundation Board of Trustees is comprised of the Executive Officers of The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc. and up to five past state OAGC board members. In addition to the OAGC Executive Officers, other OAGC Foundation Trustees are: Vicki Ferguson and Marlene Purdy (pictured above) and Susy Spence, Charlene Thornhill and Linda Young (pictured below.)
The OAGC Foundation’s General Fund supports state awards and the OAGC Foundation’s operating expenses. The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc. bestows special awards for worthy individuals or clubs at the annual convention. A donation of $2500 or more to the OAGC Foundation allows the donor to create a named award.
Mohican School is located south of Mansfield, Ohio in Richland County. The school provides a resident, outdoor, environmental education program enriching all phases of elementary and middle school curriculum. The year-round program is interdisciplinary with emphasis on experience-centered education. Many grade school children, along with their teachers, spend time at the school in an atmosphere where they can gain positive educational experience in an outdoor setting. The temporarily restricted fund was set up in 2009 to assist Mohican in the building of an on-site pond. This pond is now used as an outdoor lab.
Nature and Conservation Fund
The Nature and Conservation Fund supports projects dedicated to the environment and all its natural resources.
Wahkeena Nature Preserve is located six miles south of Lancaster, Ohio in Fairfield County and is owned by the Ohio Historical Connection and managed by the Fairfield County Historical Parks. In 1930, Dr. Frank Warner bought a rundown hill farm and presented it to his new bride Carmen Hambleton Warner, who turned it into an oasis of beauty and named it Wahkeena. Carmen, an OAGC member, was actively interested in nature and conservation and established OAGC’s annual Nature Study Camp (renamed Nature Study Retreat). An agreement was drawn up between the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) as per Mrs. Warner’s will and OAGC. This agreement with OHS allowed for donations collected for Wahkeena by OAGC to be given to OHS. OHS would invest and administer the OAGC Wahkeena Fund for use for educational purposes. Recently, a new agreement was arranged for site management between the Ohio History Connection (formerly known as OHS), the Fairfield County Historical Parks and the OAGC Foundation. The preserve is open to the general public. An on-site curator is available to answer questions and give tours.
The OAGC Foundation has a Temporarily Restricted Fund for Wahkeena support with regards to financially assisting school field trip groups with transportation expenses. The Sarah Budnick Memorial Fund was created following the passing of OAGC state past president Sarah Budnick.
The OAGC Foundation annually awards scholarships of an amount not less than $1000. The recipient must choose an accredited Ohio college or technical school beyond the high school level which offers courses leading to a career in the fields of horticulture, conservation, nature and beautification, landscape design, landscape contracting, commercial florist or floral arts. The applicant does not need to be a resident of Ohio. The eligibility is determined solely by the scholastic ability and serious career intent of the applicant without regard to race, gender, age, creed and/or economic status. The deadline to submit the scholarship application form and all supporting documentation is March 15. The Scholarship Application Form and Instructions can be downloaded HERE.
The Nature Study Retreat Junior Camper Scholarships
This fund was established in 2009. Any junior (under the age of 18) attending Nature Study Retreat for the first time may apply for scholarship assistance by contacting the state OAGC Nature Study Retreat chair who will forward the request to the OAGC Foundation Development Director.