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2 Education. It is at the core of our giving because it is, ultimately, at the core of self improvement, empowerment, change and personal well-being on so many LEVELS within the communities we serve. arts $ 40,900 civic $ 279,410 health & social services $ 274,900 education $ 1,089,290 total $ 1,684,500 Matching Gifts Program OMNOVA Solutions Foundation Matching Gifts Program offers employees yet another way to support their communities. With the Matching Gifts Program, we will match as many contributions to educational organizations K-12 schools, colleges and universities as the donor desires as long as each gift is at least $ 25, and the aggregate total matched does not exceed $ 4,000. In 2011, matching gifts totaled $ 94, Every year, OMNOVA Solutions offers Employee Community Leadership Awards (ECLA) to those in the company who give their time and talents to non-profit organizations. See page 12 for more details.
3 When you think of education, traditional settings like classrooms come to mind; and while they are one of the areas we serve, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation also funds a real diversity of community educational services and programs that happen outside classrooms and schools. Indeed, throughout our four key areas of giving there are countless opportunities to educate and in 2011, we gifted a total of $ 1,684,500. We celebrate those opportunities in this, our annual report. On the health and social services front, we see education at work in programs and research initiatives that strive to cure disease, and in programs that provide people with the knowledge and means to meet basic needs and live healthier lives. Civically, we see education at work as it teaches individuals leadership, bridging the distance between people of different backgrounds and cultures through knowledge and understanding of each other. Education lives and breathes at the core of the many community arts organizations and programs we support, from canvasses where new ideas are revealed, to theaters, dance floors and music studios where performers gifts are nurtured and shared with the community as a whole for the betterment of everyone. In 2011, we gave to an impressive roster of schools, universities and colleges, as well as educational programs like Tutoring Nurtures Talent, Inc., and Alchemy, Inc. Alchemy s mission is to assist urban adolescent males to develop a sense of personal purpose in life, while utilizing strategies to successfully function as members of a family, school, community and world-at-large. Through our support, The Summit Choral Society, along with numerous youth ballet and music groups kept the torch of the arts burning at the core of their community. Our employees, too, gave selflessly of themselves throughout the year, logging hundreds of hours throughout their communities. As Winston Churchill once remarked, You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. Truer words have never been spoken. And in the year ahead, we look forward to continuing our important work of strengthening, empowering, feeding, housing, and, where necessary, healing the core of those communities and individuals we serve. omnova solutions Foundation 2011 annual report S. Theresa Carter PRESIDENT 3
5 Where the arts flourish, people flourish. As one of the key areas of giving, we fund community arts and cultural programs that help people of all ages and abilities participate in and enjoy the arts. We believe that art, in all its many wondrous forms, holds the power to break through cultural barriers and unite people. In 2011, we gave to a wide range of arts related programs, including Calhoun Gordon Arts Center, Abrams Spotlight Productions, and the Fitchburg Art Museum. Additionally, a vibrant arts culture can provide a community with much needed economic boosts through programs and performances that generate revenue. OMNOVA Solutions Foundation will continue to fund in this area because a community that is united by a commitment to the arts is a community that is united to the core. omnova solutions Foundation 2011 annual report arts 5
7 They say volunteering is the ultimate form of democracy. That is, while you only vote once every four years for the kind of country you want; when you volunteer, you vote every day for the kind of community you want. That is why we support programs that promote social change, participation in civic activities and volunteerism. In 2011, we helped strengthen many communities and lives through a diversity of programs including infrastructure essentials like community fire and rescue services, the HALO Foundation, Let s Grow Akron and the Mobile Meals Foundation. We continue to get behind groups and services that encourage community leadership like Leadership Akron, and to support those who work tirelessly in local volunteer organizations to help others. As we see it, when you can bring a community together through civic action, it strengthens that community to the core. omnova solutions Foundation 2011 annual report civic 7
9 When families go hungry, we are all impoverished. When the sick go without care, we are all weaker. Medicine is only one aspect of health, and while OMNOVA Solutions Foundation passionately funds those institutions that fight disease through research to find cures, we also work hard to support those programs, services and organizations that provide for basic physical, mental and social health services. Because we think hardships like hunger, homelessness and domestic abuse are also kinds of disease each capable of weakening the strongest of communities from the inside out programs that reach out to lives in crisis must be available. In 2011, we gifted numerous programs including Flashes of Hope, Harbor House and Turning Point, in addition to funding American Cancer Society and American Red Cross organizations in areas where we work across the country. We want, through our giving, to see that communities are well to the core. omnova solutions Foundation 2011 annual report health & social services 9
11 Imagine not being able to read this report, leafing through the pages only to turn away in embarrassment at what seems more like a foreign language. Statistics tell us that over 32 million adults in this country cannot read or fill out a resume, which is why educational initiatives like literacy programs are just one of the many areas we focus on. On the whole, we make the majority of our gifts to traditional learning resources like elementary schools and colleges, to non-traditional education programs and initiatives outside the classroom like the Union County Literacy Council. Because, through education, people can rise above socio-economic barriers; acquire career readiness and professional development. They can hold their heads high. Beyond the ever growing list of traditional learning institutions we funded in 2011, we also gave to Jog our Way, which assists thousands of youth in transitioning from school to work through a program that champions four simple values: a solid work ethic, responsible citizenship, lifelong learning, and productive lives. Education is not the special province of the young, however, and we support programs that cater to people of all ages, helping them to grow and excel. Because, quite simply, when there is a strong commitment to education at the core of any community, you have a much stronger community. omnova solutions Foundation 2011 annual report education 11
12 2011 OMNOVA Solutions Employee Community Leadership Awards The following organizations were direct recipients of OMNOVA Solutions Foundation dollars: Every year, OMNOVA Solutions offers Employee Community Leadership Awards (ECLA) to those in the company who give their time and talents to non-profit organizations. In 2011, the awards went to Carol A. Young and John Lange. Each received a donation of $500, in their name, for their volunteer organization. Employees like Carol and John represent just a fraction of the philanthropic activities of our employees. Many more participate annually because they know: giving to our communities is at our core. The Pulaski NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation) Learn to Hunt Program Formed to introduce children, first time hunters and special needs individuals to the great outdoors and the safe sport of turkey hunting, the Learn to Hunt program is going on its 4th year now thanks in no small part to the efforts of volunteer John Lange. Annually, John volunteers approximately 150 hours and travels over 1,000 miles, paying for gas out of his own pocket (over $ 200 annually). In addition, last year John donated his own time and money (over 300 hours and $ 250) to do personal turkey fan displays for students who successfully harvested their birds. I have been with the Learn to Hunt Program from the start and plan to help it keep going into the future, says Lange. Relay for Life of Marion County Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated. Each year, Relay for Life teams set out to raise money and awareness through numerous events and fundraising efforts employee Carol A. Young is on one of the most dedicated teams. In 2011 Relay for Life raised over $ 385 million with 3.5 million participants in 5,146 communities. Totals like that come from the individual efforts of people like Carol who, in 2011, helped Relay for Life of Marion County raise $ 101, education Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. Akron Community Service Center & Urban League Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies Akron International Friendship Akron Public Schools Akron School of Practical Nursing Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. Albion College Alchemy, Inc. American Chemical Society American Red Cross Summit County Chapter Appalachian State University Archbishop Hoban High School Arthritis Foundation Baldwin-Wallace College Bay Port High School Bay Port High School SkillsUSA Benton Heights Elementary School Berry College Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Schuylkill County Boston College Boston University Bowling Green State University Foundation, Inc. Boy Scouts of America - Great Trail Council Boys & Girls Club of Northeastern WI Boys & Girls Clubs of Gordon, Murray & Whitfield Counties, GA Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, OH Brown County Library, WI Brown University Calhoun Elementary School Calhoun High School Calhoun-Gordon Council for Literate Community Capital University Case Western Reserve University Cathedral High School Central Christian High School Chester County Chamber of Commerce Clark University Clemson University Coastal Carolina University College of the Holy Cross College of Wooster Columbus Municipal School District Columbus School for Girls Communities in Schools of Chester County, Inc. Cooper Union, The Copley-Fairlawn Middle School Cornell University Council Attracting Prospective Educators (CAPE) Cuyahoga Community College Dalton State College Dalton State College Foundation Denison University East Carolina University East Community Learning Center East Mississippi Community College Einstein Project, The Ewha Educational Foundation Ferris State University Financial Executives Research Foundation Inc. Firestone High School Instrumental Music Association Fitchburg Public Schools Fort Howard School Foundation Center Friends of Breakthrough Schools Friends of the University of Ottawa G.A.S.P. Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Northwestern Technical College Gordon Central High School Goshen College
13 Great Lakes Science Center Hale Farm and Village Hampden-Sydney College Harding University Harvard University Hattie Larlham Foundation He Brought Us Out Ministry Heidelberg University Heritage Hill Foundation Howard University Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Foundation Innes Middle School International Association of Administrative Professionals Invent Now, Inc. Jeannette High School Scholarship Fund Jeannette Public Library Jennings Community Learning Center JOG Our Way Juniata College Junior Achievement - Akron Junior Achievement of Brown County, WI Junior Achievement of Georgia Kennesaw State University Kent State University Kent State University - Stark Kent State University Foundation Kutztown University Foundation, Inc. LaFayette College Lancaster-Area Literacy Cooperative Laurel School Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc. Lawrence School Litchfield Middle School Literacy Council of Union County Lowndes County School District Loyola University Chicago Magical Theatre Company Malone College Marietta College Marshall University Foundation Marymount Manhattan College Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair Menlo Elementary School Mental Health America of Summit County Miami University Miami University Paper Science & Engineering Foundation Michigan Technological University Miller South School for the Visual & Performing Arts Miller-Keystone Community Blood Center Mississippi State University Mississippi State University Foundation Mogadore Junior High School Mogadore Local School District Monroe Police Department Moody Bible Institute NAACP - Akron Branch Nashua River Watershed Association National Congress of Black Women National Inventors Hall of Fame School National Merit Scholarship Corporation National Museum of Education National Wild Turkey Federation Newspaper in Education Institute North Carolina State University Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair Northeastern University Northwest Whitfield High School Oakmont Regional High School Oconto Falls High School Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition Ohio Chemistry Technology Foundation Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Ohio University Oklahoma Wesleyan University Old Sturbridge Village Old Trail School Orwigsburg Area Free Public Library, PA Our Lady of the Elms Schools Partners in Education Penn State - Schuylkill Campus Pennsylvania State University Phillips Exeter Academy Phoenix School Pointe West Performances Pottsville Bureau of Police Project GRAD Project: LEARN Prospect Elementary School Red Bud Elementary School Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ringgold Elementary School Ringgold High School Rochester Institute of Technology Rock Rest Elementary School Roswell Kent Middle School Salvation Army Savannah College of Art and Design Schuylkill Area Community Foundation Schuylkill County Therapeutic Riding Program Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library Schuylkill Keep it Pretty Schuylkill Technology Center Shaw JCC Sonoraville High School South Piedmont Community College Southeast Whitfield County High School Southern Polytechnic State University SS. Peter & Paul School St. Herman s Orthodox Theological Seminary St. John Central High School St. Matthew Parish School St. Norbert College St. Patrick Parish School St. Vincent - St. Mary High School St. Vincent DePaul Society St. Vincent Elementary St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary Stan Hywet Hall Foundation, Inc. Stanford University Stark State College Stony Brook University Summit Academy Management Summit County Children Services Summit Education Initiative Syracuse University TAPPI Foundation Texas A&M Foundation The Academy for Teaching and Learning The Illusion Factory The Ohio State University The Ohio State University Foundation The Ohio State University at Lima The University of Akron The University of Akron Research Foundation Theodore Roosevelt High School Tiffin University Tutoring Nurtures Talent, Inc. Unionville Elementary School United Negro College Fund, Inc. United Way of Westmoreland County, Jeannette, PA United Way Success by 6 of Chester County, SC United Way Worldwide University of Akron Foundation University of Alabama University of California - Berkeley University of Georgia - Athens University of Kentucky University of Maine University of Massachusetts Lowell University of Minnesota University of Mississippi University of Mount Union University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Rhode Island Foundation University of South Carolina University of South Carolina - Lancaster University of Toledo University of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin - Madison University of Wisconsin Foundation University School Urban Ounce of Prevention Services, Inc. Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. Walsh University Walter Bickett Elementary School Washington Legal Foundation Weathervane Community Playhouse West Virginia University Western Michigan University Western Michigan University Foundation Western Reserve PBS Western Reserve Public Media Westmoreland County Community College Foundation. Inc. Wheeling Jesuit College Williams Challenge Wingate University Winthrop University Wisconsin Academic Decathlon Wisconsin Association of Hazardous Materials Responders Inc. Women s Network WVIZ Yale University York Technical College Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop omnova solutions Foundation 2011 annual report 13
14 ARTS Association of Small Foundations Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, Inc. Shaw JCC American Red Cross, Green Bay, WI Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc. Auburn Fire Co. & Ambulance Association Gordon County Fire Department Special Olympics Massachusetts American Red Cross, Pottsville, PA Advocates for the Akron Visual and Performing Arts Akron Area Arts Alliance Akron Art Museum Akron Civic Theatre Akron Symphony Orchestra Arts Council of Chester County Ballet Theatre of Ohio Calhoun Gordon Arts Center Chester County Historical Society & Museum Children s Concert Society of Akron Cleveland Orchestra Columbus Arts Council, MS Culture & Heritage Museums Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet Fitchburg Art Museum Summit Choral Society Tuesday Musical Association University of Akron - E. J. Thomas Hall CIVIC ACCESS, Inc. Adelphoi Village Advance-Green Bay Area Economic Development Akron General Development Foundation Akron Inner City Soccer Club Akron Rotary Camp Akron Rotary Foundation Akron Roundtable Akron Tomorrow Akron Zoological Park Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank All-American Soap Box Derby American Red Cross 14 Avenues Battered Women s Shelter Big Brothers & Sisters of Summit & Medina Counties Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW, GA Big Brothers Big Sisters of Schuylkill County Big Brothers Big Sisters of NE, WI Boy Scouts of America - Great Trail Council, Akron, OH CASA/GAL Program of Summit County Cascade Locks Park Association Catholic Charities Community Services Catholic Charities of Portage County Chester County Emergency Management Agency Chester County Library, SC Chester County YMCA Chester Fire Department City of Akron Columbus Fire & Rescue Columbus-Lowndes County Emergency Management Columbus-Lowndes Development Link Community Aids Network Community Fire Company, WI Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Crown Point Ecology Center Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Company #1 Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust Downtown Akron Partnership East Akron Community House Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland County Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce Fairlawn Community Foundation Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Good Neighbors Inc. Gordon County Local Emergency Planning Committee Greater Akron Chamber (Akron Regional Development Foundation) Greater Westside Council of Block Clubs Greenleaf Family Center Habitat for Humanity, Calhoun, GA Habitat for Humanity, Fitchburg, MA Habitat for Humanity of Summit County HACC Foundation HALO Foundation Haven of Rest Ministries He Brought Us Out Ministry Heart to Heart Communications Info Line Japan Society, Inc. Jeannette Fire Department Keep Akron Beautiful Leadership Akron Let s Grow Akron, Inc. Metro Rescue Inc. Mobile Meals Foundation Mogadore Fire Department Mogadore Historical Society Mogadore, Village of Monroe Fire Department Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center NAACP - Akron Branch Northeast Ohio Regional Economic Development Foundation Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council Ohio Grantmakers Forum On a Mission to Manhood Orwigsburg Fire Department Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts Rebuilding Together Summit County Salvation Army Senior Services Inc. of Chester County Summit County Port Authority The Children s Attention Home, Inc. The Highlands Teen Pregnancy Shelter/ Shelter Care Inc. Union County Sheriff s Department United Disability Services United Special Sportsmen Alliance United Way of Summit County United Way Worldwide University Park Alliance Urban Vision Victim Assistance Program Victory Gallop Village of Howard Fire Department Waiting Child Fund Warriors & Warbirds Inc. Westmoreland County Historical Society Where Angels Land WKSU WVIZ YMCA Lake Anna, OH YMCA of Akron HEALTH Akron Regional Hospital Foundation Akron-Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Program, Inc. American Cancer Society, Akron, OH American Cancer Society, Columbia, SC American Cancer Society, Holyoke, MA American Cancer Society, Greensburg, PA American Cancer Society, Marion, OH American Diabetes Association American Heart Association American Red Cross, Akron, OH American Red Cross, Calhoun, GA American Red Cross, Chester, SC American Red Cross, Columbus, MS Autism Family Foundation Beacon Journal Charity Fund Children s Hospital Foundation Children s Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati Children s Hospital Medical Center Community Health Center Foundation Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Flashes of Hope Gordon Hospital Foundation Harbor House Hospice of Union County Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Kym Sellers Foundation Make-A-Wish Foundation March of Dimes - Northeast Ohio Division National Multiple Sclerosis Society Project Ed Bear Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts Schuylkill County Society for Crippled Children St. Bernard Church Stewart s Caring Place The Council on Alcohol and Drugs The Good Samaritan Medical Clinic The Turning Point of Chester Turning Point United Way, Akron, OH United Way, Auburn, PA United Way, Calhoun, GA United Way, Chester, SC United Way, Cleveland, OH United Way, Columbus, MS United Way, Green Bay, WI United Way, Jeannette, PA United Way, Ravenna, OH Whitfield Healthcare Foundation Inc.
15 North America Corporate Headquarters 175 Ghent Road Fairlawn, OH Global Technology Center 2990 Gilchrist Road Akron, OH Performance Chemicals 165 S. Cleveland Avenue Mogadore, OH Decorative Products P.O. Box 429 Auburn, PA Decorative Products 1001 Chambers Avenue Jeannette, PA Performance Chemicals 83 Authority Drive Fitchburg, MA Decorative Products 2011 Rocky River Road North Monroe, NC Performance Chemicals 1476 JA Cochran Bypass Chester, SC Performance Chemicals 1601 Highway 41SW Calhoun, GA Decorative Products P.O. Box 191 Columbus, MS Performance Chemicals 1701 Cornell Road Green Bay, WI Green Bay, WI Fairlawn, OH Akron, OH Mogadore, OH Jeannette, PA Auburn, PA Fitchburg, MA OMNOVA Solutions Foundation Trustees Michael E. Hicks Chairman Kristine C. Syrvalin SECRETARY Frank P. Robers TREASURER Robin McCann Nick Triantafillopoulos OMNOVA Solutions Foundation Staff S. Theresa Carter PRESIDENT Roseanne C. Henderson FOUNDATION COORDINATOR omnova solutions Foundation 2011 annual report Europe London, U.K. LeHavre, France Paris, France Villejust, France Warsaw, Poland Monroe, NC Asia Caojing, China Shanghai, China Dubai, United Arab Emirates Ningbo, China Valia, India Columbus, MS Rayong, Thailand Mumbai, India Chester, SC Singapore Calhoun, GA This report is printed on paper produced at an FSC-certified mill and contains post-consumer recycled content. The paper is coated with OMNOVA s GenCryl Pt latex and was printed using vegetable-based inks. 15
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