Foundation Fellow Announced
AMHERST, OH – In June 2012, The Trustees of The Nord Family Foundation announced the creation of The Nord Family Foundation Fellowship. This Fellowship is an opportunity for promising professionals to work inside the Foundation carrying out the duties of a program officer under the guidance of the Senior Program Officer and Executive Director. It is with pleasure and excitement that The Nord Family Foundation announces the selection of Mr. Frank Whitfield to serve as the first Nord Family Foundation Fellow for 2013-2015. Frank Whitfield, a Lorain County native, graduated from Elyria High School and from there attended Lorain County Community College. In 2010 he attained an Associate of Arts degree and went on to the Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs to graduate with a B.A in Nonprofit Administration 2012.
Frank has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector in Lorain County, starting with his work as a Junior Staff member at age 15 with Save Our Children of Elyria. Frank has also served at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County, Lorain County Urban League, New Agrarian Center, and Lorain County Community College. These are all agencies that the Nord Family Foundation has supported over the years. While in college Frank co-founded an urban agriculture initiative, Eden Vision, which uses gardening as a tool to serve, educate, and empower youth and communities in Lorain County. Frank continues to volunteer and support these organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Save Our Children. Frank has also been involved in local churches and ministries including creating a GED program at his local church in Elyria. In 2006 he became involved in volunteerism outside of Lorain County, traveling to New Orleans with the Katrina Leadership Project to assist in recovery and rebuilding efforts with those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Nord Family Foundation is a successor to the charitable trust originally established by Walter G. Nord in 1952. The predecessor organization contributed more than $12 million to a variety of charitable causes between 1953 and 1988, primarily in Lorain County, Ohio. The Nord Family Foundation has contributed more than $89 million to nonprofit organizations in northern Ohio and selected geographic areas of family interest. The Foundation’s major areas of focus over the last several years have been those projects endeavoring to strengthen families and strengthen the public service.