Oxford Community Foundation Hunts for New Executive Director

By Jarred Kappers

The Oxford Community Foundation is searching for a new executive director to run the $7 million philanthropic organization, in the wake of the resignation last month of Leah Flynn.

The organization is in the process of screening applicants and hopes to fill the post by mid-July, said Robert Carmean, vice president of the foundation’s board and head of the search committee.

The Oxford Community Foundation has served the Greater Oxford area since 1996 and is responsible for overseeing and awarding grants for programs and projects that benefit the citizens of the Greater Oxford area. The Foundation’s mission is to improve, enhance and sustain the quality of life in the community, which encompasses the entirety of the Talawanda School District.

Over the past two decades, the Foundation has awarded over $3 million in grants and scholarships to the community, according to its website. These grants and scholarships are fully funded by donors who contribute gifts of cash and other assets.

The Foundation has helped raise funds for projects such as the Oxford Community Arts Center, the Oxford Senior Citizens, The Oxford Community Choice Pantry, Talawanda School District and the city of Oxford. It has also been a supporter of the Oxford Observer.

Flynn, who had held the post since 2016, resigned on May 23, to take a position with another organization outside of Oxford, Carmean said. She could not be reached for comment.

“We parted on very amiable terms. She did a terrific job for us. We’ll miss her,” Carmean said.

According to the organization’s publicly available IRS Form 990 for 2017, the most recent year available, Flynn was paid $34,375.

Her departure did cause the foundation to cancel its inaugural Brews for Bricks fundraising event that had been scheduled for August in Oxford’s Uptown Park, according to an announcement on the foundation website. That event, which the foundation hopes will be held annually, now is scheduled to kick off in August, 2020.

The executive director is the chief administrator for the Foundation and plays an integral role in working with other community entities to meet the needs of the Community and to enhance the Greater Oxford Area.

According to the job description posted on the Foundation’s site the duties for the full-time position include working with the Board of Directors and committees to provide leadership for communication and publicity, financial administration, fundraising and donor stewardship.