$1M Contribution Establishes New Fund at Community Foundation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Roberta M. Hannay Charitable Fund was recently established at the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley through a $1 million contribution from local philanthropist Roberta M. Hannay.

The donor-advised fund will also be the recipient of a future legacy gift to ensure lasting support of organizations and programs in the Valley.

Hannay is a descendent of the Wick, Clegg, Marsteller and Pollock families. Her ancestors sold real estate through the Connecticut Land Bank – including to John Young, who eventually founded the city of Youngstown on the purchased land – and were magnates of the local steel and railroad industries.

Hannay has supported a variety of charitable organizations and projects that aim to improve the lives of both people and animals. She was honored with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award by the Mahoning-Shenango Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2012.

Among the organizations she has supported over the years are:

  • Alzheimer’s Association – Mahoning Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s;
  • Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County Inc.;
  • Compass Family and Community Services’ Sojourner House;
  • Mahoning Valley Historical Society;
  • Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past;
  • Students Motivated by the Arts, particularly the Arts at Liberty Schools program; 
  • Youngstown Cityscape;
  • Youngstown State University Foundation – Academic Achievers.

“We are excited to work with Roberta and support her as she continues making contributions to the many important projects and programs at work here in the Valley,” said Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation. “We are also glad to put our new partnership with Stifel into action. We look forward to working with them to help connect local philanthropists to the many meaningful initiatives in our community.” 

The fund marks the first CFMV fund held at Stifel, the Foundation’s newest investment management partner.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.