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Medina County Community Fund History

It is often said that generosity is the ultimate expression of gratitude. In the case of Medina County businessmen Nobby Lewandowski and Jack Holland, that generosity came in the form of an endowment fund that would benefit their own community. 

Nobby Lewandowski
Nobby Lewandowski co-founded MCCF with friend and architect Jack Holland. 

In the early 1990s, the two friends began talking about how they could do something to help the county in which they had grown to be well-known. Lewandowski, a retired CPA, and Holland, an architect, had built a long-standing relationship with the residents of Medina County and were widely successful in their individual business pursuits, Lewandowski said.

“Both of us, in our own estimation, had been successful beyond our wildest imagination,” Lewandowski recalled. “And we began speaking about how we could do something for Medina County that would outlive both of us.”

Their talks led them to the idea of starting a permanent endowment fund, which would allow their investment to grow forever and continue to benefit future generations. As a CPA, Lewandowski had worked with many nonprofit organizations and saw firsthand the benefits of establishing a permanent fund. 

“We knew we were not big enough to do all the things we wanted on our own,” he said. “So we formed an affiliation with Akron Community Foundation.”

Since then, the Medina County Community Fund has grown to more than $820,000 while distributing grants totaling nearly $530,000 to organizations that increase the quality of life for Medina County residents.

“If the Medina County Community Fund didn’t exist, there are a lot of organizations that would not be able to do all the good things they make happen,” Lewandowski said.