Support OHS

Support OHS

Valuable support for the Ohio History Connection in FY2011 arrived in many permutations from solid membership numbers, to increased visitation, to many grants through many sources, to generous gifts to the Society, and through volunteer activity and the committed tenacity of the staff throughout the network.


As an organization that depends on membership for a significant portion of its vitality, OHS memberships continue to be a priority for the organization.

Memberships in fiscal year 2011, stayed close to the year-end values of the previous year, which is 7,276 for FY2010 vs. 7,197 for FY 2011. Although status quo is not the goal of the organization, considering the previous year posted a decline in membership, leveling off is a precursor to the increase in membership the Society will be pursuing in 2012. Also, overall the renewal rate for FY2011 is higher than the renewal rate for the previous year, suggesting that the member base is supportive of the direction in which the Society is heading.

For FY 2012, the Society is planning to launch a new membership protocol to:

  • Create a closer, richer relationship with its members.
  • Offer benefits that are more important and more frequently used than the current system.
  • Generate a wider footprint of members to harvest for multi-faceted relationships with the Society and the sites, whether as a volunteer, donor, influence leader, or other roles.
  • Generate greater visibility and buzz for the Society.
  • Generate more revenue.

Institutional Advancement: 

Annual Fund Campaign Highlights 

The Annual Fund Campaign is one of the Society’s most important sources of unrestricted dollars. Overall the Annual Fund drive generated $327,897 in FY2011 including nearly $213,000 from OHS members.

Donations were secured from: 

1,704 individuals, corporations and foundations in 37 states 
The average gift was $172 
Unrestricted donations from Society employees exceeded the previous fiscal year by more than 16% 
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Conestoga, the society's premier support group, offers its members a variety of programs, volunteer opportunities, educational experiences and social events, all of which facilitate fundraising activities for the Ohio History Connection. At year end, Conestoga contributes all fundraising proceeds to OHS. Established in 1986, Conestoga has raised nearly $463,000 in support of our mission.

In FY2011, Conestoga raised $22,500 – a $3,500 increase from the previous year's total. Activities supported by this gift from Conestoga include:

  • The traveling exhibit at the Ohio History Center, The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute,
  • National History Day in Ohio,
  • The Annual Fund Campaign,
  • The Civil War 150th Anniversary Commemoration,
  • The Conestoga endowment, and
  • The Ohio Village.

Civil War 150 

Civil War 150 Education and Outreach Division support for FY2011 included a $272,320 grant from AmeriCorps for the continuation of the CW150 and historic preservation outreach programming statewide.

Save the Flags 

With the beginning of the Civil War 150th anniversary commemoration, the Society’s Save the Flags Campaign recorded its most successful year in private fundraising results since the effort first began in 1998. This fiscal year, $50,304 was raised by the Save the Flags Campaign in FY2011 to support the conservation and display of Ohio’s large Civil War battle flag collection.

Supporters and donors included the Gordon Chandler Memorial Fund of The Columbus Foundation, the Sidney Frohman Foundation, the 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Descendants Association, the Army of the Ohio, the Army Historical Foundation, an anonymous donor, and individual gifts from the newly instituted Color Guard Membership level.

Museums and Library Services Grants, Donors and Amounts

Government Grants:

The National Archives & Records Administration for State Archives Partnership


National Endowment for the Humanities for National Afro-American Museum andCultural Center archival supplies


Corporate and Foundation Contributions:

ArmorSource, LLC for American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute


Gordon Chandler Memorial Fund of The Columbus Foundation for the Follow the Flagexhibit


Wolfe Associates for National Newspaper Digitization program grant match


African American Community Fund of The Dayton Foundation for National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center school group admissions


Greene County Community Foundation for National Afro-American Museum andCultural Center computer hardware



Education and Outreach Grants, Donors, and Amounts

Government Grants:

US Dept. of Education Teaching American History grant


Ohio Community Service Council for the CW150 AmeriCorps program FY11 award


National Endowment for the Humanities Picturing America Grant for school-based outreach programming


Corporate and Foundation Contributions:

David & Helen Horn Foundation for Ohio Village programming


Cargill Deicing for National History Day in Ohio


Honda of America, Mfg. Inc. for Ohio as America


Harry C. Moores Foundation for field trip admissions underwriting and History-to-Go Van educational programs


ICF Foundation for National History Day in Ohio


Huntington Bank for Ohio as America


Porter Wright LLP for National History Day in Ohio


Target Stores for History-to-Go Van educational programs


Junior League of Columbus for National History Day in Ohio


Motorist Insurance Foundation for National History Day in Ohio



TIMELINE Grants, Donors, and Amounts



Raymond E. Mason Foundation



Historic Sites and Facilities Grants, Donors, and Amounts

Government Grants:

Ohio Department of Transportation for W.P. Snyder Jr. Phase II Restoration


Foundation and other Private Contributions:

Helen Brach Foundation for Bimeler House repairs (Zoar)


Greater Cincinnati Foundation for Harriet Beecher Stowe House exhibits


Hoover Foundation for Bimeler House repairs (Zoar)

$15,000 contingent upon receiving balance of funding required

Bernard McDonough Foundation for W.P. Snyder Jr. Phase II Restoration


G. Whitney Snyder Charitable Fund for W.P. Snyder Jr. Phase II Restoration


Dayton Foundation for National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center Carnegie Library window repair and storm window installation


Iddings Foundation for National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center Carnegie Library window repair and storm window installation


Fairfield County Foundation for Wahkeena Nature Preserve, ADA access ramp construction


Ohio Historical Decorative Arts Association for Grant Boyhood Home historic wall coverings