Donating & Membership

We ask you to consider sharing your charitable dollars with the Oberlin community in 2022 by either becoming a new member of the Bill Long Foundation or renewing your membership.

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.

Join us or renew! It’s easy to do. Go to our Documents page, download the Donation & Membership Form and return it with your contribution, or contribute through PayPal. (link button below).

Help us spread the word about BLF. Ask your friends to become members, too!

Sincerely,
The BLF Board of Trustees:
John Memmott, President
Carol Lasser, Vice President
Richard Baznik, Secretary
Peter Jensen, Treasurer
Michael Reynolds, Assistant Treasurer
Brandon County
Liv Hanson
Evyn Lundy
Julia Robinson
Jill Sawyer
Brittnei Sherrod

Donate to the Bill Long Foundation
(Link will take you out of the BLF website to a PayPal page)

BLF 2021 Annual Solicitation Letter.pdf

Membership Drive Letter


BLF Donation & Membership Response Form.pdf

Membership & Donation Form


Donor Privacy Policy:

All information concerning donors or prospective donors, including their names, addresses and telephone numbers, the names of their beneficiaries, the amount of their gift, etc., shall be kept strictly confidential by the Bill Long Foundation, its board and volunteers, and will not be shared with any third party unless permission is obtained from donors to release such information.

If you have comments or questions about the Bill Long Foundation’s donor privacy policy, please email blfoberlin@gmail.com or write Bill Long Foundation, PO Box 0141, Oberlin, OH 44074-0141.

(adopted by the Board of Trustees - March 16, 2017)