He had planned the gift with his attorney and Oxford Community Foundation officials in 2011 and wished it to remain anonymous until his passing, Hope said.
She said the fund will support the Three Valley Conservation Trust (T.V.C.T.) and/or other nonprofit organizations with similar goals. These include promoting responsible development while preventing the loss of prime farmland, water resources, and sensitive ecosystems; leading by building partnerships with landowners and local communities that respect property rights and agricultural conservation values; providing tools to help landowners retain control of their land and preserve the rich farm and rural heritage and economy the Oxford region, and negotiating land conservation agreements, she said.
Hope said the fund is not to be used for the purchase of land.
“To keep the beauty of our area intact and safe from excess development is truly a gift to us all,” Hope said.
For more information on the Oxford Community Foundation, go to oxfordfdn.org or call 513-523-0623.