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Community Foundation

Online survey is group's first


A local civic group hopes to move toward fulfilling residents' community dreams through an online survey.

The Upper Arlington Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization established in 2003, launched its first Community Survey this month on its website, uacommunityfoundation.com.

Executive Director Sue Ralph said the survey will help the foundation identify projects that will enhance the local quality of life.

"It allows us to have citizens be part of the foundation," Ralph said. "We really want to make Upper Arlington's dreams come true.

"This is asking what those dreams might be."

The 26-question survey seeks residents' input regarding the types of public facilities -- parks, swimming pools, libraries -- they patronize and how the accommodations measure up with those of other communities. It asks respondents to rank a variety of community improvement projects, as well, including those involving parks, public entertainment, sports or the visual arts.

Additionally, the survey seeks demographic information and respondents' awareness of the foundation.

"We're looking for information," Ralph said. "We're looking for projects to complete. This absolutely will shape our future."

The UA Community Foundation is governed by a board of Upper Arlington volunteers. It has a code of regulations and uses gifts and bequests from the public to support community projects.

The foundation's funds are managed by the Columbus Foundation.

The survey will run through the end of September, Ralph said. The results will be posted on the foundation's website after data are tabulated.