Where is Valley View?
Valley View is located in the City of Milford in Clermont County, Ohio. Our neighbors include Pattison Elementary and Terrace Park Country Club to the South, SEM Retirement Community and the Jesuit Spiritual Center to the West, New Findley Ray ballfields to the near north and the Milford Gun Club to the east.
Meet Valley View
Valley View is a grassroots, nonprofit organization with a simple mission- Conserving Land, Preserving History and Sharing it with the Community. In 2002, it was all but a foregone conclusion that what was then 190-acres of farmland would be bulldozed for development. Valley View was created and changed the outcome. A group of passionate volunteers have had the vision and tenacity to raise over $4 million to purchase and permanently preserve one of the last family farms in eastern Cincinnati. We have transformed from a grassroots organization started in a Milford living room into the responsible stewards of 190 acres of beautiful open land along the East Fork River with a rich history dating back 12,000 years. This land includes rivers, streams, wooded hillsides, prairie, streamside and isolated wetlands on a compact, easily-walkable site in the heart of Milford.
Our work is driven by our simple aspiration to share Valley View with people to learn, play and
restore in nature.
In 2002, a determined group of citizens shared a vision to preserve one of the last family farms
in the area along with its natural and cultural assets which would have been forever lost if
developed for commercial or residential purposes. Volunteers established the Valley View
Foundation and against all odds, we have raised more than $4 million through thousands of
hours of donated time, energy and shared resources to permanently preserve the land. Our
property is nestled in the heart of Milford, Ohio with over 5 miles of mowed trails free and
open to the public to enjoy.
The Valley View Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operated by one full time
employee and an incredible team of volunteers who do it all from: mowing the trails, repairing
equipment, structural restoration, hosting events, leading school groups, planting/harvesting
acres of produce, building a hops yard to developing our strategic plans. Our funding is
dependent upon individual donations, community sponsors, fundraising events and grants.
How does the Valley View Foundation Operate?
VVF conducts business through an elected Board of Directors and several working committees. Our volunteer Board of Directors varies in size from 8 to 15 members who serve staggered three year terms and hold the titles of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. We also have working committees focused in the areas of Development, Finance, Outreach/Marketing, Land Management and Agriculture. Meetings are held at Arrowhead Farm. The Board meetings are held quarterly and committees typically meet on a monthly basis. If you would like to attend a meeting and learn more please e-mail us or call our office at 513-218-1098.
Is Valley View tax exempt?
Yes. The Valley View Foundation was incorporated on April 19, 2002 under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1702 by Robert E. Laudeman, the sixth generation of his family who originally lived on the farm. On June 14, 2002, the Valley View Foundation was deemed to be exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described under section 501(c)(3). As such, depending upon a donor's individual tax situation, donations to the Valley View Foundation may be entirely tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Click here for our IRS Letter of Determination and other IRS documentation.