People Week of 5/17/2021

Staff Writer

Foundation hires
executive director
The Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) recently hired Shea McGrew as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director, effective April 1.
“We are excited to announce this new position for the foundation,” said OCCF Board of Directors President Jan Preston. “Shea is the ideal candidate to serve in this important leadership role, and we look forward to the contributions he will make offering his skills, experience, and management style to help this organization grow. We are fortunate to have someone with Shea’s background to contribute to the overall growth of the foundation.”
The new executive director position reports to the board of directors. In July 2020, OCCF suffered the loss of its long-time president and founder, Joy Roth. Nancy Heller has served as interim executive director while helping the organization to formulate a search for the best long-term candidate to honor Roth’s leadership going forward.
The executive director is charged with meeting goals and contributing to the overall growth of the foundation, while overseeing both the day-to-day operations for the organization and the special initiatives on behalf of the foundation. OCCF has distributed more than $6 million in community grants and scholarships, since its establishment in 1999, and has current assets of 11.2 million.
Most recently the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Muskingum University, McGrew was responsible for development, alumni relations and key university publications and events. He also led a $30 million campaign for the Health and Wellness Complex.
Prior to that, he held positions with Bowling Green State University as Vice President, University Advancement and President/CEO of the BGSU Foundation; at Michigan Technological University as Vice President for Advancement/ President of the MTU Foundation; and at Capital University as Vice President for University Relations.
McGrew has significant experience in operational and program management, including at two university foundations, each with more than $100 million in assets. He has secured major gifts while concurrently building annual giving productivity and is well-versed in the planning and leadership of campaigns. His skills in working with boards to develop and implement strategic priorities and direction will be important to OCCF, as it looks to the future.
The Ottawa County Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created in 1999 by the citizens of its community to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Ottawa County area. OCCF has distributed more than $6 million in community grants and scholarships since its establishment.
For more information about grants, scholarships or donating, or for OCCF updates, email or visit

Call for nominations
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Northwest Ohio Chapter (AFPNWO) has announced a call for nominations for their 34th Annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Awards.
The 2021 National Philanthropy Day will take place Wednesday, Nov. 17 at The Premier Banquet Hall in Toledo.
National Philanthropy Day acknowledges the spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the impact philanthropy has on society. Each year, AFP honors those who, through their hard work and dedication, have advanced philanthropy, enhanced their communities, and changed the world.
Nominations will be accepted from any individual, business, or nonprofit until 5 p.m. Monday, June 14 for the following categories:
• Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist
• Outstanding Philanthropist
• Outstanding Foundation
• Outstanding Fundraising Professional
• Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
• Outstanding Media Outlet or Best Nonprofit Media Coverage
• Outstanding Youth(s) in Philanthropy (an individual, pair, or small group of young people ages 5-17)
• Outstanding Youth(s) in Philanthropy (an individual, pair, or small group of young people ages 18-23)
No individual, business, or foundation will be considered for an award in the same category they have previously won within a period of 10 years of their award.
The list of past honorees, nomination guidelines, and forms may be found on the nomination page at


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