Annual Meeting

Bill Long Foundation 2022 Grant Awards

The 2022 Bill Long Foundation Grant Awards as determined during the April 6th Annual Membership Meeting (final numbers are subject to change as additional pass-through donations are applied).

Information about the Bill Long Foundation Annual Meeting

Description ~ Registration ~ Agenda ~ Financial Statements ~ Trustee Elections ~ Funding Proposals


The coronavirus pandemic has affected the daily lives and livelihood of our community in ways we could have never imagined. At the November Board meeting, some of this year’s grant recipients reported dramatic losses to their staff, a drastic reduction of arts and culture initiatives, and an overwhelming number of Oberlin community members who have been unable to meet their basic food and housing needs.

While we are proud of the grants that we have been able to award thus far, we are reminded of the urgency to award even more. The current state of our community presents the opportunity to tailor programs in support of Oberlin organizations and causes that may be facing unforeseen struggles as a result of the virus.

The BLF story. Founded more than 25 years ago by members of the Co-op Bookstore to honor Bill Long, we follow the principles that Bill championed: participatory democracy and local impact. Our members, board, and the organizations and causes we support are all part of the Oberlin community.

The BLF reach. This year 19 organizations submitted 20 project requests totaling $65,810! During this year's annual meeting (held online via Zoom) the membership voted to fully fund the requests. Additional pass-through donations from the attendees resulted in a final total of $68,450 awarded to the 20 project requests! During this year's annual meeting members also agreed to support the Oberlin Community Land Trust's goal to improve affordable housing opportunities by providing a loan from BLF to OCLT of $30,000 toward financing a home in Oberlin.

The BLF approach. All of our grants go to meet the needs of the Oberlin community. Our organization has no employees and few expenses. Our application process is as simple as possible. With a donation of $10 or more ($5 for students), you become a member of BLF.

The BLF Annual Meeting. This year's member event was held virtually (via Zoom) on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. During the Annual Meeting, members heard from representatives of the charitable causes about their organizations and missions, after which the members voted on how to distribute the funds! The event began at 6:45 pm with a virtual reception. The business portion of the meeting bega promptly at 7:00 pm. Details from the meeting can be found on this webpage.

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Scroll down on this page for meeting materials:

Meeting Agenda

BLF Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2021

BLF Grant Cycle History 2006-2021

Elections of New Board Trustees

List of Organizations Applying for 2022 Grants


Annual Membership Meeting Agenda
(Agenda & other meeting materials in downloadable PDF documents)

Remote meeting via Zoom - April 6, 2022 - 7:00PM


1. 6:45PM – Breakout Room social time with BLF members and applicant organizations

2. 7:00PM – Call to Order/Welcome

Brief Zoom tutorial for members in attendance – Deborah Roose

3. Review of 2021 BLF Annual Membership Meeting Minutes - Dick Baznik

Motion/Vote to Approve

4. President’s Report - John Memmott

5. Treasurer’s Report - Peter Jensen

2021 Financial Documents and Report

Oberlin Community Land Trust and Oberlin Cable Co-op program related investments - Discussion and Motion/Vote

A short comment from Ralph Potts (retiring General Manager of Oberlin Cable Co-op)

6. Nomination & Election of New Board Trustees –Dick Baznik

Thanks to Kimberly Jackson Davidson and Deborah Roose for their service on the board.

Trustees continuing in their 3-year terms: Dick Baznik, Brandon County, Liv Hanson, Evyn Lundy, Michael Reynolds, and Jill Sawyer

Trustees seeking new 3-year term: Peter Jensen

Trustee seeking FINAL 1-year term (contingent on continuing to serve as officer): John Memmott

Trustee seeking 1-year term (contingent on continuing to serve as officer): Carol Lasser

Nominations for open Trustee positions (3-year terms): Julia Robinson and Brittnei Sherrod

Discussion of Slate and Motion/Vote to approve

7. Report on Tools & Training Program – Deborah Roose

8. 5-10 minute stretch

9. Door Prize Drawing – Deborah Roose

10. Causes - Brandon County & Carol Lasser

- 2-minute presentations by grant applicants

- 1-2 brief questions per organization written in chat

- Motions (in Zoom chat) and votes to approve or amend Board recommended awards

Final Motion and Vote by membership to accept overall funding of all projects

Pass-through Donations: https://tinyurl.com/blfoberlindonations

11. Other Business

12. Adjournment

Pass-thru Donations - Please complete online donation form at
https://tinyurl.com/blfoberlindonations
and then send your check to Bill Long Foundation, P.O. Box 0141, Oberlin, OH 44074
or use our PayPal link (PayPal does charge a small processing fee)


Financial Statements

BLF Foundation Statement for Fiscal Year 2021
BLF Grant Cycle History 2006-2022

2022 BLF Grants Funding Proposals
Amount requested, short description of project, links to their online resources

City Fresh

Requesting $3,000

Supplies for volunteers working at George Jones Farm

https://cityfresh.org

Common Ground - Cindy Nord Center for Renewal

Requesting $2,500

Healthy snack options and food for summer campers

https://commongroundcenter.org

Community Action to Save Strays (CATSS)

Requesting $2,500

Assistance for care of cats in stressed need homes

https://www.facebook.com/CommunityActionToSaveStrays/

Credo Music

Requesting $3,000

Support for summer Credo Festival - publicity and scholarships

https://www.credomusic.org

Firelands Association for Visual Arts (FAVA)

Requesting $1,000

Scholarships for participation in Education Programming

https://www.favagallery.org

Friends of Westwood Cemetary

Requesting $500

Purchase solution to clean gravestones

https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofWestwoodCemetery/

Girls Electronic Arts Retreat (GEAR)

Requesting $2,500

Camp supplies and equipment for activities

https://www.girlselectronicartsretreat.org

Lorain County Imagination Library

Requesting $2,000

Book fees for Oberlin children enrolled in Lorain County Imagination Library

https://www.facebook.com/LorainCountyImaginationLibrary/

Mad* Factory

Requesting $2,000

General operating support

https://www.madfactory.org

Neighborhood Alliance/Senior Services

Requesting $6,000

Mobile senior programming & home delivery of essential care/health supplies

https://myneighborhoodalliance.org/index.php/seniors/

Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (NOYO)

Requesting $2,450

Financial aid for musicians to participate in reduced-price instrumental lessons

https://www.noyo.org

Oberlin Community Services

Requesting $10,000

Support for emergency services

https://www.oberlincommunityservices.org/what-we-do

Oberlin Community Music School

Requesting $2,500

Scholarships for students needing assistance for summer camp music lessons

https://www.facebook.com/oberlincms/

Oberlin High School Interact Club BackPack Program

Requesting $360

Additional food items to include in backpacks at special times

Oberlin Weekday Community Meals (OWCM)

Requesting $8,000

Operating expenses

https://www.facebook.com/ObieHotMeals/

OberlinKids Community Collaborative - Equal Access PreSchool

Requesting $5,000

Scholarships for high-quality preschool program attendance

http://www.oberlinkids.org

OberlinKids Community Collaborative - Family Engagement

Requesting $3,000

Provide monthly Family Engagement Literacy and Learning Kits

http://www.oberlinkids.org

Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly (POWER)

Requesting $2,500

Home repair materials & labor for weatherization, safety, & conservation

https://www.poweroberlin.org

Ruby N. Jones Community Scholarship Fund

Requesting $2,000

Higher education scholarship support for 3-5 students

https://www.msrubyscholarship.org

Wilson Bruce Evans Home Historical Society

Requesting $5,000

To complete repair and restoration of plumbing in historic house/museum

https://evanshhs.org