The Ohio Grange Patrons of Husbandry Foundation was established by the Ohio State Grange in 2016. The foundation was formed to promote programs for the preservation, interpretation and continuing the legacy of the Grange. The Foundation will be an advocate for all who believe in agriculture and the needs of rural America through education and encouraging the American culture, heritage, citizenship by facilitating charitable activities to benefit those in need.
The Foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 170(c)(2) and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations thereunder, including, but not limited to, those purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation establishing the Ohio Grange Patrons of Husbandry Foundation dated December 30, 2015, with an effective date of January 1, 2016, namely:
The purposes of the Foundation shall be, in general, to engage in charitable, religious, scientific, and educational activities. The Foundation is authorized to carry out the following specific purposes, as well as such others as may from time to time appear to its Board of Trustees to be appropriate and consistent with the general purposes of the Foundation, provided that the Foundation shall not engage in any activity which may jeopardize its status as a tax-exempt organization within the meaning of federal tax laws.
To further the goals of the Foundation, the Foundation will operate specifically:
a. To promote educational programs with an emphasis on the agricultural and domestic spheres in order to develop a better and higher manhood and womanhood among persons engaged in or interested in agriculture or residing in rural communities to enable them to improve their skills, their standard of living, their self respect, and their esteem in the eyes of their fellow citizens;
b. To support and encourage the development of programs for overall community improvement.
c. To promote research in agriculture and economics in order that reliable and useful facts and statistics may be made available to the agricultural community and the public;
d. To foster education, leadership, and self-reliance among the youthful members of the Ohio community by means of scholarships, training programs, and public recognition of worthwhile achievements;
e. To encourage and facilitate charitable activities for the benefit of poor, handicapped, or underprivileged persons ;
f. To encourage partnerships with other 501c3 organizations to strengthen the future of the Foundation; and
g. To engage in any other lawful activity not otherwise limited by law, or these Bylaws.
The Foundation is a non-profit foundation directed by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has established certain criteria for the determination of recipients of Foundation grants and rules and regulations concerning the payments of grants. All applicants for Foundation grants are required to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations of the Foundation.