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Youngstown Foundation Awards $1.8M in Grants

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Youngstown Foundation reports the award of more than $1.8M in grants In the first quarter of 2015.

Twenty-one area organizations have received grants totaling $1,192,024.20 by the Distribution Committee of The Youngstown Foundation. The grants, which include Hine Memorial Fund recipients as well as awards from the Mahoning Valley Sports Charities and several donor advised funds range from $1,000 to  $750,000.

In addition, annual distributions from the Youngstown Foundation’s restricted funds in the amount of $358,695.62 were given to 41 designated local nonprofit organizations and $306,206.07 was distributed to local agencies that are Support Fund participants.

Youngstown Foundation Unrestricted Fund grants include:

  • Compass Family & Community Services $26,720.00 in support of on-going services for DayBreak Youth Crisis Shelter.
  •  The Salvation Army $10,000 support for Emergency Social Services Program.
  •  Camp Fitch YMCA $25,000 for completion of the Equestrian Center
  • YMCA of Youngstown $10,000 for lighting replacement and upgrades in the community gym.
  • Henry H. Stambaugh Auditorium $25,000 for Ballroom renovations
  •  YWCA $7,500 in support of the Skills for Self-Sufficiency Program.
  • Youngstown CityScape $35,000 for administration and technical support in the merger with Wick Neighbors.
  • Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries $25,000 in support of the Vocational for Individuals who are Homeless Project.Youngstown Business Incubator $35,000 in support of the design and redevelopment of the 5th building on the YBI campus.
  • Mahoning-Trumbull Habitat for Humanity $20,000 (MVSC Fund) in support of new ReStor in Trumbull County.

Of the 21 grants awarded, five area organizations committed to serving children with diagnosed disabilities received funds from the Hine Memorial Fund of the Youngstown Foundation. These grants include:

  • Potential Development Program $18,480 to provide Parent Education Training seminars for families of children with developmental disabilities and to help launch the Next Chapter Book Club.
  •  Easter Seals, Youngstown Hearing & Speech, Operation Search & Help $751,850 to provide outpatient medical rehabilitation, weekend respite services, outpatient speech pathology, audiology, Deaf Kids enrichment program and caseworker services through the Operation Search and Help Program designed to respond to the needs of individual children with disabilities.
  •  YMCA $80,000 to help fund aquatic and physical education programs for children with diagnosed disabilities and for capital repairs to the locker room utilized by children with disabilities.
  • Children’s Rehabilitation Center $75,000 to assist with unmet costs of providing speech, counseling services, physical and occupational therapies for children who reside in Youngstown.
  • Help Hotline $36,474.23 in support of a central information and referral source for parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed disabilities.

Donor Advised Funds grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Yellow Brick Place $ 1,000
  • Catholic Diocese of Youngstown $ 1,000
  • Jameson Memorial Hospital RN Scholarship Fund – Mary Bianco Whalen, RN  Memorial Fund $ 1,000
  • Maplewood High School Academic Booster Scholarship – Stephen Louis Gyomber Memorial Fund $ 4,000
  • Children’s Defense Fund Summer Freedom School Program $ 4,000

The Youngstown Foundation, established in 1918, is the fourth oldest community foundation in the country and ranks in the top-100 nationally. With more than $110 million in charitable funds, over $ 4 million in grants is awarded annually to nonprofit organizations.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.