2018 Annual Membership Meeting & Grant Awards

posted Mar 22, 2018, 5:41 PM by Bill Long Foundation   [ updated Apr 15, 2018, 5:59 PM ]

The Bill Long Foundation’s annual membership meeting was held April 11th, 2018, in the Heiser Auditorium, Kendal at Oberlin – beginning with socializing at 6:30pm and the business meeting at 7:00pm. Foundation members heard 18 grant requests requesting more than $49,000 from 16 local organizations for Oberlin community projects. This is a unique event as the membership considers the proposal applications and then discusses and votes the level of funding to be awarded. Interested people can become members of the foundation at the door. This year over $37,000 was awarded by the Foundation and an additional $9,200 was contributed by the audience at the meeting resulting in over $46,000 being awarded to projects supporting local activities.

BLF Investment Policy

posted Mar 16, 2018, 12:53 PM by Bill Long Foundation   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 12:56 PM ]

Bill Long Foundation Statement of Investment Policy 

This Investment Policy Statement describes the investment policy, objectives, guidelines, and goals for The Bill Long Foundation (Foundation) and is set forth in order to: 

A. State the Policies under which the investment portfolio will be managed.
B. Assign responsibilities to all parties involved in the management of the investment portfolio. 
C. Set specific investment goals and relevant time horizons over which the assets will be managed. 
D. Identify reporting and performance measurement requirements. 

Link to the full document is below.

Adopted by the Bill Long Foundation Board of Trustees - March 15, 2018

Hiring Media and Outreach Coordinator

posted Sep 10, 2017, 11:09 AM by Bill Long Foundation   [ updated Sep 10, 2017, 11:12 AM ]

The Bill Long Foundation is looking to hire an Oberlin College student for 5 hours a week for Fall 2017 as our Media and Outreach Coordinator. Job would entail: helping us improve our media and outreach strategy, updating our social media pages, making flyers, sitting in on our board meetings, helping organizations apply for our grants, etc. Great way to get involved in Oberlin community work and see how a community foundation operates. Must have federal work study to apply. If you're interested, or if you have any questions, don't hesitate to message us on Facebook, or email Hannah Rosenberg at Please pass this information along to those who might be interested.

Bill Long Foundation 2017 Annual Membership Meeting and Grant Awards

posted Apr 25, 2017, 6:46 AM by Bill Long Foundation   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 7:05 AM ]

The Bill Long Foundation's annual membership meeting was held April 12th, 2017, in the Heiser Auditorium, Kendal at Oberlin. Members attending this meeting heard 20 grant requests from 18 local organizations. This is a unique event as the membership hears and debates proposal applications and then votes as a body the level of funding that is awarded. This year $28,050 was awarded by the Foundation and members attending the meeting contributed an additional $7,210 to further fund several requests. This means a total of $35,260 was distributed to local organizations to fund Oberlin community projects and reflects an remarkable increase of over $10,000 from last year's grant distributions.

The Bill Long Foundation (BLF) has a rich history. The Oberlin Consumers Cooperative (OCC) was founded in 1940 when students and professors of Oberlin College decided there was a need for a buying club for basic amenities. By the early 1970's, OCC had grown, bought businesses, sold businesses and consolidated its operations as the Co-op Bookstore. Under the guidance of manager Bill Long, OCC decided that rather than dispersing patronage funds, they would handle profits in a unique fashion. This approach created The Causes Fund (TCF), which was the precursor to the BLF. TCF members proposed causes and presented them at a meeting. The vote of the members decided the matter. When Long retired in the mid-eighties, there was much discussion about how to honor his contribution to the organization. Some of the Board felt that TCF was one of the things that most characterized Long's commitment to the community. A public foundation, named the Bill Long Foundation, was approved by the members in 1989.

BLF is committed to being a resource to community members in Oberlin. All grants funded must meet basic tenets of the BLF mission statement: “The Bill Long Foundation is a membership-powered community foundation that gives grants to support projects and activities in Oberlin that address basic human needs or enrich cultural life. Membership in the foundation is open to all. Members elect volunteer trustees who manage all operations and award grants based on the vote of members attending the annual meeting.”

Applications for grants are submitted in February with determination of funding at the annual membership meeting in April. Information about the Bill Long Foundation, photographs from this year's meeting, and the grant process for next year can be found on their website:

Grants funded this year include (Organization - Total amount received at the meeting - Fund use):

Bonner Center for Service and Learning - $1,000 - Five or more local community student-initiated projects involving Oberlin College students

DuBois Project of Oberlin - $1,600 - Send 10 children to DuBois Math Soccer Camp

Family Promise of Lorain County - $1,000 - Marketing materials to advertise program

Friends of Westwood Cemetery - $1,300 - Installation of Tranquility Garden

Get with the Program, Inc - $3,200 - Replenish and add to STEM supplies

La Leche League of Oberlin - $460 - Operating expenses - group/leader dues, liability insurance, etc.

Ninde Scholars Program - $800 - College application and ACT fees, summer program snacks

Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra - $850 - Summer Symphony sheet music, coaching fees, activity materials

Oberlin African American Genealogy Group - $2,750 - Recording and transcription of 15 oral history interviews

Oberlin Community Services
June Picnic - $500 - 2017 Juneteenth Community Picnic
Shelving - $1,700 - Shelving for refrigeration system
Operational - $3,500 - Emergency assistance services: rent, food, prescriptions, etc.

Oberlin Community Youth Scholarship Fund - $2,000 - Scholarship support for higher-ed Oberlin students

Oberlin Weekday Community Meals - $3,700 - Operating expenses - personnel and food costs

OberlinKids Collaborative - $2,700 - Literacy materials for 200 children ($25/child)

Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly - $1,350 - Materials and labor for home repairs to make them more efficient

Road to Hope House - $1,650 - Materials to finish additional room

Senior Enrichment Services of Oberlin - $2,500 - General use

Slowik Music Institute (Credo Music) - $900 - Scholarship assistance for high quality student

Zion Community Development Corporation - $1,800 - Property Maintenance and Weatherization Program

For more information please contact:
John Memmott, President, Bill Long Foundation Board of Trustees

Donor Privacy Policy

posted Mar 17, 2017, 12:37 PM by Bill Long Foundation   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 12:53 PM ]

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 or write Bill Long Foundation, PO Box 0141, Oberlin, OH 44074-0141.

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

Stories of Bill

posted May 22, 2015, 10:38 AM by Bill Long Foundation   [ updated May 22, 2015, 5:06 PM ]

The "Stories of Bill" Project

If you knew Bill Long, you likely have a story to tell! Please take a moment to share your memory so that future generations can truly appreciate the impact he had on our community and lives.

Submit Your Story of Bill

Fourth Annual Bill Long Birthday Bash!

posted Nov 17, 2014, 8:25 AM by Bill Long Foundation   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 7:37 PM ]

The Fourth Annual Bill Long Birthday Bash

January 7, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm
at Ben Franklin-MindFair
(13 West College St., Downtown Oberlin)

Consider bringing a recycled gift to be raffled, a beverage to
share, or a non-perishable food item to be donated to
Oberlin Community Services.

Please join us while we celebrate Bill's 104th birthday with live music,
refreshments and great conversation!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Bill Long Birthday Bash

Membership Drive & Donating to the Foundation

posted Nov 16, 2013, 6:23 PM by Bill Long Foundation   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 6:17 PM ]

Looking to renew your membership in the Bill Long Foundation or to become a new member?
Or looking to donate to the Bill Long Foundation?

Just click on the Donating & Membership link!

You can become a member of the Bill Long Foundation
for a donation of $10 (regular) or $5 (student).

Donations can be submitted using the PO Box 0141 address
or through the Donate button on the Donating & Membership page.

If you are interested in planning a legacy gift
please contact us at our email

BLF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

Your contributions are fully tax deductible.

BLF Facebook Page

posted Jun 19, 2013, 10:18 AM by Bill Long Foundation   [ updated Mar 18, 2017, 10:05 AM ]

The Bill Long Foundation is now on Facebook!

Just click here to go to our page.

Or use your smartphone to scan the QR code below.

Bill Long Foundation QR code

Board of Directors Meetings

posted May 7, 2010, 8:47 AM by Bill Long Foundation   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 1:36 PM ]

Board of Directors Meetings
7:15 PM (unless otherwise noted)

April 14, 2017 (4:00 PM)
September 7, 2017 (6:00 PM)
October 12, 2017
November 16, 2017
December 7, 2017
January 7, 2018
(Bill Long Bash 7:00 PM)
January 18, 2018
February 15, 2018
March 15, 2018
April 11, 2018 (Membership 6:30 PM)
(Contact John Memmott for locations)

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