In furtherance of the Seasongoods’ devotion to the promotion of good government practices, Murray and Agnes Seasongood underwrote the National Civil Service League’s Good Government Fund and a similar fund at the University of Cincinnati (later both funds were consolidated and merged into the Seasongood Good Government Fund of the National Municipal League). After Murray’s death in early 1983, the Municipal League decided to convert its fund to the private Seasongood Good Government Foundation. The Foundation is overseen by a 12-person board including prominent lawyers, academics, and civic leaders. To this day, the Foundation maintains a close relationship with the National Civic League, the successor to the Municipal League, supporting selected national programs that further the good government cause. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to further good government with special emphasis on good local government in Cincinnati, in Hamilton County, in the State of Ohio, and elsewhere, and exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
This is accomplished by:
- Sponsoring internships in local government, with the Fund paying all or part of the cost of such internships to college students interested in careers in local government administration, and providing work with local government authorities.
- Establishing research projects and other efforts to institute, sustain, improve and enlarge operations of an efficient non-partisan merit system for governmental employees in Cincinnati, in Hamilton County, and in the State of Ohio, and also to establish and further a merit system in the selection and appointment of judges, judicial appointees and administrative judicial officers and employees in the State of Ohio.
- Promoting citizen participation and educational programs for government reform.
- Conducting a program for college visitors to bring to the attention of students and faculties career opportunities in local government, as well as to stimulate interest in municipal service as a professional career, and to increase the awareness of citizenship responsibilities. The visitors are principally to be persons with experience in government administration.