Clinton County Foundation Mission

We SERVE as a community resource, CONNECT donors to needs and SUPPORT charitable organizations in their work for strong Clinton County communities.


Clinton County Foundation

Wilmington, Ohio 45177


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About the Clinton County Foundation

The Clinton County Foundation in Clinton County, Ohio was founded in 1985 as a charitable community organization with a 15 person governing board.


The Clinton County Foundation is a nonprofit organization created by and for the residents of Clinton County, Ohio. We have one goal—making our community a better place to live, now and for the future.


What Do We Do?
Who Are We?

Clinton County Ohio Foundation Board

What Do We Believe?

We foster a charitable heart in Clinton County by encouraging individuals, families, organizations, businesses to give to the place, people and organizations you love. We provide creative charitable giving opportunities for donors. Gifts are invested to provide Clinton County nonprofit organizations with financial support to continue the important work that improves and enhances our communities. The interest earned from gifts to the Foundation’s funds enable these important grant making opportunities. The Clinton County Foundation stewards your charitable investment and raises awareness for local needs.


Jan Blohm

Executive Director


937.566.1634 or

Jan has served many nonprofits locally for more than 20 years. She lives in Union Township and sits on several boards: Habitat for Humanity and the Cardinal Land Conservancy. ”My favorite quote is by Nelson Henderson, a Canadian farmer: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” The Clinton County Foundation is like an oak tree, strong and impressive,” said Jan.

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Board of Trustees

Jeffrey Hoak

Senior Financial Services Officer, Farm Credit Mid-America and Farmer

Lives in Wayne Township, Sabina, works in Washington Court House. I work on the family farm near Lees Creek with my dad and brother where we farm 1200 acres of corn and soybeans. I live near Sabina with my wife, Courtney and our two boys, Jeffrey and Conner. 


"I'm here to help see our county grow and prosper. It's important to me to leave a better quality of life for our future generations."

​Joshua Engel​

Joshua is a civil rights attorney and former prosecutor who graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.  He has lived in Wilmington since 2002 with his wife (a Wilmington College Professor), two daughters (students in Wilmington City Schools), and numerous dogs, cats, fish, and reptiles.


“As citizens, we are challenged to repair the world.  We have an obligation to confront the many issues facing our community and to fight injustice in our own time.  Serving on the Foundation Board is but a small step in fulfilling this mandate.  While we face great challenges, a wise scholar once observed that ‘It is not up to you to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.’”

Justin Holbrook

Vice President of Sales, Paul Hall & Associates 

Justin works primarily in the Blanchester office of Paul Hall & Associates as the Vice President of Sales. He is a graduate of Blanchester High School and earned of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Wilmington College. He has been a long-time volunteer for the Clinton County 4-H program having served as a Poultry Department chair for the past 15 years. Justin resides in Wilmington with his wife, Leslie.  

In joining the Foundation board Justin said, “Supporting the Clinton County community is important to me personally, and I’m eager to give back to fellow residents in a meaningful way." 

Pat King

Retired Hospital Administrator


Pat serves on the United Way of Clinton County Board, the board for HealthFirst for Clinton County. She administered the Cancer Patient Assistance Program for the Health Alliance of Clinton County. She is committed to serving vulnerable populations – assisting them obtaining health care and other social services.

​Scott Holmer

Executive Director of Clinton County Leadership Institute


A resident of Clinton County since 1976, Scott spent 35 years as a Commercial Banker, mostly as a Commercial Lender. He is active in the Wilmington and Clinton County community serving on various boards: he serves as Treasurer for Clinton County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Treasurer for Healthfirst of Clinton County, a board member of the Clinton County Foundation, Murphy Theatre and Energize Clinton County.


“I feel the Clinton County Foundation plays an important role in making our county a better place to live and work through the financial support it provides to organizations throughout Clinton County.”

Dana Dunn

Semi-retired public/media relations professional


Dana works as a freelancer for area schools, businesses and community organizations. He is the part-time coordinator for Clinton County Common Pleas Court Drug Docket. Dana serves on the board of HealthFirst.


“I think the future is bright for Clinton County because of the experience of the old guard leadership and the influx of bright, new minds.”

Neal Bond

Grain farmer and Sales Representative for DuPont Pioneer


Neal lives near Lees Creek in Wayne Township. Neal is a board member and he and his family have a donor advised fund.


Neal believes in this quote from Lewis Carrol: “One of the deep secrets of life is all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.”

Janet Dixon

Retired, Peoples Bank, Trust Department Officer


Janet lives on Cherry Bend Road in Richland Township. She has been employed with Peoples Bank for 26 years.

“Of course my favorite charitable organization is the Clinton County Foundation due to the fact that each community in Clinton County has been helped in some form by the projects supported by the Foundation.  The all-volunteer board also represents various areas of our County with an attitude of service.”

Chaley Peelle Griffith

Attorney, Peelle Law Offices


Chaley is a lifelong resident of Clinton County. After graduating from Xavier University and the University of Dayton School of Law, she joined the family law firm.


“From an early age, my parents and grandparents stressed the importance of giving back – to others in need and to our community, whether it is financially or by the giving of your time and effort.As residents, we are blessed to have the Clinton County Foundation. I look forward to serving on the Board, sharing the mission of the Foundation with others, and watching the Foundation continue to grow and provide for the people of our community for years to come.“

Sam Stratman

Adjunct Faculty at Wilmington College and Public Affairs Consultant


Sam lives in Wilmington.


Most appropriate sentiment that best describes the work of the Foundation, its generous donors and worthy recipients: “Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.”

Joyce Kelly

Retired from teaching after 30 amazing years with the Blanchester Local Schools, Joyce taught by the mantra, “You only fail if you fail to try.”


The Blanchester community is my family and I want to help my family thrive and succeed, especially giving the children more educational and recreational opportunities.

In Blanchester, she is involved with the American Legion Auxiliary(Buckeye Girls State), The Lions (scholarship), and Eastern Star. Joyce is the scholarship advisor for the Clinton County Retired Teachers Association. She enjoys hearing students expressing their future plans. These are our leaders of tomorrow.


She is a farmer's wife in the Midland area, married to Paul Kelly, and they have three children (one is an angel), and three grandchildren.

Eleanor Harris

Executive Director, Harvest of Gold of Wilmington., Inc.


Eleanor works primarily with the youth of the community in an after-school reading tutoring program, also a program for at-risk youth through mentoring, counseling, and recreation. She is active in Wilmington and Clinton County serving on several boards.


Eleanor's purpose in life is to help support those in need.   

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