Foundation Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

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“Start by doing what is necessary. Then, do what is possible.
Suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — Francis of Assisi.

For nearly 60 years, our endowed foundation has invested in possibilities that support our local communities. At OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, we understand that the potential to improve outcomes relies upon a solid foundation of education, creativity and innovative problem solving.

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Health & Human Services

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Employee Leadership

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When an individual is educated to their full potential, not only do they improve their own situation, they improve the potential of their family and the community where they live and work. That’s why we focus on funding vital educational programs. We provided $919,911 in support of these initiatives throughout the United States in 2018 for programs such as Friends of Breakthrough Schools.

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Friends of Breakthrough Schools

This nationally recognized network of schools was formed in 2010 by the highest-performing, college preparatory, nonprofit public charter schools in Cleveland. They strive to further Greater Cleveland’s transformation by providing distinctive school options for no fewer than 5,000 children in Cleveland.

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Community is strength. When we instill a sense of place, and promote civic responsibility, we are investing in a better future for all. We empower and support community health and welfare by funding drug and crime prevention, urban renewal and other programs that elevate civic responsibility.

In 2018, we provided $304,808 in support of civic programs throughout the United States — programs like Values-in-Action Foundation.

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Values-in-Action Foundation

Values-in-Action Foundation empowers students and adults to build communities of kindness, caring and respect through programs that teach, promote, and provide skills and tools to enable individuals to make positive values-based decisions every day.


Good health must not be taken for granted. Strong health and human services programs have the potential to impact so many lives. Investing in better healthcare and human services programs is about putting the individual first. And when you invest in healthier people, you are building stronger communities.

That’s why, in 2018, The OMNOVA Solutions Foundation gave $129,800 to fund health and human services programs including the Arthritis Foundation.

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Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to addressing the needs of people living with arthritis in the United States. There are more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.

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Cultural economic development is a necessity. Beyond providing a better quality of life, these programs have proven to have a positive impact on standardized test scores, and to transcend cultural boundaries.

Art is too important not to share, and these programs we support are providing a better appreciation of humanity.

We awarded $24,500 to fund arts and cultural diversity programs in 2018 such as Tuesday Musical Association.

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Tuesday Musical Association

Tuesday Musical enriches the cultural life of Northeast Ohio by supporting and promoting the art of classical music through premier concert series, an array of education and community engagement programs, an annual scholarship program, exciting programs for members and guests, and inspired musical opportunities.


Not only do we strive to bring our communities together by supporting external resources, we also encourage our team members to take action in creating a better world through our Employee Community Leadership Awards.

Here are the 2018 Employee Community Leadership Award recipients.

Joshua Button
Seton Catholic School
Nadia Golphin
Cathedral Worship Center
Mike Schoen
United Special Sportsman Alliance
John Lange
United Special Sportsman Alliance
Lori Burnett
Pink Ribbon Girls
Charles Kausch
American Chemical Society (Akron Section)

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Foundation Financials

We match employee donations to educational institutions, dollar for dollar. In 2018, we provided $104,450 through our matching gifts program.

Download our 2018 Annual Report to see the complete list of organizations that were direct recipients of OMNOVA Foundation dollars.

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