Jackson Foundation spring grants to local organizations

Register Staff

May 15, 2014

MASON COUNTY — The Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation Advised Fund, part of Our Community’s Foundation’s Mason County Community Foundation affiliate, has awarded grants totaling $51,500 this spring to nine organizations serving the needs of Mason County residents.

Grants awarded from the fund this spring are:

  • Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences — $5,000 to assist the Center’s Clay Community Arts partner site at New Haven Elementary School in Mason County to enable the Tiger Music Orff Ensemble to attend and perform at the Music Educator International Conference in Brazil in June 2014.
  • Mason County Community Foundation Affiliate (MCCF) — $5,000 to create a matching pool of funds for the “Build a Fund… for your Community Challenge Program,” which will encourage local donors to create or build permanent charitable funds to support Mason County, in celebration of MCCF’s 10th anniversary.
  • Mason County Fair — $5,500 to remodel and update the bathroom and shower facilities in the horse barn and 4-H building locations.
  • Mason County Family Resource Network — $2,500 to support the Teen Court and Teen Institute programs by increasing the number of youth served through both programs and increasing the quantity and quality of training provided to youth.
  • Mason County Office of Emergency Services — $5,000 to upgrade the Emergency Operations Center workstations.
  • Mason County Schools — $2,500 to support Arts in Education programs presented by the West Virginia Professional Dance Company to all Mason County schools in the upcoming school year.
  • Ohio Valley Volunteer Fire Department — $5,000 to purchase hoses to improve chances for victim rescue and survival and to reduce the cost of property loss or damage.
  • Point Pleasant River Museum Foundation — $20,000 to build a pilot house training simulator and establish a training curriculum in order to become a certified training facility.
  • Point Pleasant Rotary Club — $1,000 to support an annual community program to recognize the achievements and sacrifices of Mason County law enforcement officers.

The Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation, originally created as a private foundation in 1993, transitioned in 2011 to become a donor advised fund within the Mason County Community Foundation affiliate of Our Community’s Foundation-Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates. MCCF was founded in 2004 and works diligently to create permanent resources to benefit Mason County’s citizens and their needs.

Since 1993, the Jackson Foundation has donated more than $2.4 million to a wide variety of projects throughout Mason County. Many of the grants have been related to education which was a special interest of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson.

Our Community’s Foundation is a regional public charity serving ten counties in West Virginia and one Ohio county. Last year, it awarded $1.65 million in grants to support community needs and scholarships for students pursuing post-secondary education.

For general Foundation information, visit To learn how to obtain grants from the Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation Advised Fund, please contact Marian Clowes, Program Officer, at 304-428-4438 or