Mission: The Kleinpenny Educational Fund is committed to funding non-profits that support creativity, critical thinking, sustainability, tolerance and mental health in Athens County.
Founded in 2012, this fund was established to solidify our commitment to Athens County. We have both lived our entire adult lives in Athens and although we have supported many of these charities, some for over 30 years, we had never formalized a program that would provide the most benefit that our contributions might achieve.
In creating the fund we wanted to support local organizations that we feel do a amazing job and that align with our above mission statement. Over the years the concept of grant funding has gained a stronghold in the arena of charitable giving. While there is a place for this type of donation or partnership, we wanted to provide monies in a more general and ongoing supportive way. The Kleinpenny Educational Fund is not a grant giving entity, instead we have selected local organizations that receive a yearly donation for general use. We believe in the mission of these entities and we believe that they best know how to spend the monies they receive.
We are practicing a slow growth model. We have made a commitment to the organizations below and we intend to fund them each year at a similar level, hoping over time to increase those amounts as we are able. The Fund currently supports 22 local organizations. Funding is ongoing and at this time we do not have the resources to make commitments to additional groups in this manner. That said each year we do have money set aside for local Capital Campaigns. Past recipients have included Habitat for Humanity, Stuart's Opera House, Woman for Recovery and The Dairy Barn.
Athens is a wonderful community in which to live, raise kids and take part in a wide variety of social groups. We have enjoyed living here since 1976 and 1980 respectively and feel blessed that our time on this planet as been so fulfilling. Athens has had a lot to do with that. Being part of the economy here has allowed us to prosper and to use our resources to give back. Here you can make a difference.
Michael Kleinman and Ann Moneypenny