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The Sugar Bush Foundation

About Us

Welcome to the website of The Sugar Bush Foundation, a supporting organization of The Ohio University Foundation. On our site you can read about the projects we have funded.

Mission Statement

Sugar Bush Foundation The Sugar Bush Foundation works with Ohio University and local communities to improve the quality of life in Appalachian Ohio by encouraging civic engagement and by fostering sustainable environmental and socioeconomic development.


The Sugar Bush Foundation currently prioritizes projects in the following categories: Renewable energy, zero waste, environmental protection & restoration, food security, and sustainable development.

Vision Statement

We envision a new model for university-community collaboration based on equal partnership and mutual respect. The impact of The Sugar Bush Foundation will be realized in healthy people, a growing economy, and a vibrant environment.

We believe in:

  • Improving the quality of life and environment in Appalachian Ohio
  • Building local sustainable systems
  • Creating cultural shifts toward sustainable practices
  • University and community collaborations made of equitable partnerships and mutual respect
  • Sharing of Ohio University expertise with the region
  • Engaging OHIO students in real world learning
  • Respect for the expertise residing in our communities
  • Socially responsible investing

Articles about The Sugar Bush Foundation

Sugar Bush Foundation promotes environmental sustainability by funding five projects for 2017-2018. Description of Sugar Bush Foundation’s 2017-2018 awards.

Seed for Change. Excellent example of impacts to community from community-university collaborations.

Waste Not. Example of impact to Ohio University of community-university collaborations.

Sugar Bush Foundation celebrates a decade of giving back. 2015 marked a decade of support the Sugar Bush Foundation has given to projects that impact the Appalachian Ohio region.