In first year, over $114,000 granted to Ohio communities thanks to taxpayers’ donations
COLUMBUS, Ohio, January 8, 2014 — The Ohio History Connection has recruited four famous Ohioans to speak in support of a state income tax check-off that helps fund history- and preservation-related projects in communities across Ohio.
Throughout the 2014 tax season, Ohioans will hear from Annie Oakley, Ulysses S. Grant and Wilbur and Orville Wright as the four opt to make voluntary contributions to the Ohio History Connection while completing their state income tax returns.
The online videos and other promotional materials are lighthearted reminders about the state income tax “check-off” that benefits local projects in communities across the state through the society’s History Fund grants program.
The campaign uses humor to remind Ohioans to consider making a voluntary contribution to the Ohio History Connection on their state income tax returns. The contributions help fund the grants program.
Annie Oakley is kicking off the campaign. Hear from her on YouTube at https://youtu.be/WX4YANw97xk
See Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at: http://youtu.be/nRcxxHzI5ME
Find the Wright Brothers at: https://youtu.be/JtAScrwpV1s
“This year’s tax season is especially important to us because the Ohio General Assembly recently established a new threshold for tax check-off programs,” said Ohio History Connection executive director and CEO Burt Logan.
“We need to generate at least $150,000 each year or the Ohio History tax check-off and the History Fund grant program that it supports could be jeopardized.”
In 2013, the Ohio History Connection received $137,153 from 15,890 Ohioans who contributed to the grant program through their state income tax returns.
The Ohio History Connection announced the first History Fund grants in February 2013. Funded through voluntary contributions made on state income tax returns in 2012, the grants were awarded on a competitive basis.
“The first year has been a huge success for Ohio history,” Logan said. “For just $8 — the average donation — Ohioans are helping to repair historic landmarks, preserve early color film footage from rural Ohio and fund programs about African American heritage, among other projects.”
Betty Lou Higgins of Eden Valley Enterprises in Elyria, which received one of last year’s grants, said “Without the History Fund grant and the generous contributions of Ohio taxpayers, our project might not have happened and Emma Gatewood’s story would be relegated to obscurity.” Higgins and her organization are using the grant to create a documentary about “Grandma” Gatewood, an Ohioan who hiked the entire 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail in 1955 at age 67, becoming the first woman ever to hike the whole trail solo.
For more about the first projects benefiting from History Fund grants, visit here.
To learn more about the Ohio History Tax Check-Off, visit here or call (800) 858-6878.
About the Ohio History Connection: Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio History Connection (www.ohiohistory.org) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history through its 58 sites and museums across Ohio, including its flagship museum, the Ohio History Center in Columbus.