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Donor Stories

People Helping People

Each year, ACCF receives generous donations from people and organizations all over Ashland County. With these funds, we provide grants to many nonprofit organizations which, in turn, address vital community needs. Our ''Giving Stories'' chronicle some of these. We hope you find them inspirational and heart-warming.

Friends and Family Remembering a Loved One

Regg Rader, or “Radar” as he was known, was a passionate outdoorsman, an accomplished grill cook, a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend.  It was warmly noted that he always had advice and gave it freely – whether a person wanted it or not. Read More...

Gifts of the Heart from a Remarkable Friend

Phyllis Earick knew the value of giving back to the community and to the causes about which she cared so deeply. Born and raised in Ashland County and a graduate of the Ashland High School Class of 1952, she was the catalyst for rallying her classmates to establish a permanent scholarship fund at the Ashland County Community Foundation, to forever honor her class and provide much-needed financial support to worthy Ashland County college-bound students. Read More...

A Man of the Land: Robert Elliston

Bob Elliston was a lifelong farmer, his wife Charlene an elementary school teacher. Mr. Elliston spoke with us about his joy of "working the land" for more than 40 years. Following his wife's death, Bob created a Charlene Elliston Memorial Scholarship in 2008 at the $10,000 level to help Hillsdale High School students attend college and to forever remember his wife and her dedication to education. Read More...

Nancy Donley: Civil Rights Advocate

Nancy Donley taught English literature and grammar for more than 30 years at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. An advocate for civil rights, Nancy became one of the first teachers to participate in the historic desegregation of the Washington D.C. public schools that began in 1971. Read More...


ACCF has engaged over 6,000 donors, and each has a unique and remarkable story.