Community Foundation Commits $50K to Agency Funds for Giving Tuesday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Following a successful launch last year, the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is bringing back its month-long Giving Tuesday campaign that will see donations to its agency funds matched up to a total of $50,000.

Starting on Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29 and running through the end of the year, all donations made to any of the agency funds at the Community Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $2,000 per fund. At the end of the campaign, any remaining funds in the $50,000 allotment will be divided between all nonprofits that received a donation, whether it was one or 100.

“With the great response to our Giving Tuesday campaign last year, from both donors and the nonprofits who have funds at the Community Foundation, it was an easy decision to bring it back again,” Shari Harrell, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley president, says. “Especially at this time of year, it’s important to support nonprofit organizations working hard to serve and improve Mahoning and Trumbull counties. We’re happy to be able to leverage our resources to help them better carry out their work and help donors stretch their dollars further.”

Last year’s Giving Tuesday match campaign brought in $76,048 in donations and $47,226 matching dollars to 15 agency funds, resulting in $123,274 being given to nonprofit organizations in the Valley.

The Giving Tuesday matching program is supported by the Arnett Family Fund, created by the estate of Diana R. Arnett to support education, the arts and underserved communities in the Mahoning Valley. The fund is now part of the pool of discretionary money available for the Community Foundation to address community needs.

Donations can be made online at or by mailing a check to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley at 201 E. Commerce St. Suite 150 Youngstown, Ohio 44503 with the agency fund’s name in the memo line.

The agency funds housed at the Community Foundation are:
• Angels for Animals Endowment Fund
• Beatitude House Endowment Fund
• Big Reach Center for Hope Fund
• Community Living Endowment Fund
• Doris Burdman Fund for Mental Health (COMPASS Family & Community Services)
• Easter Seals Building Tomorrows Fund
• Interfaith Home Maintenance Service Fund (Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.)
• Joseph E. Scarvell Youth Theatre Endowment Fund (The Youngstown Playhouse)
• Junior League of the Mahoning Valley Endowment Fund
• Kiwanis Club of Youngstown Endowment Fund
• Mahoning County Saddle Horse 4-H Committee Endowment Fund
• Mahoning Valley College Access Program Fund (MyPath Mahoning Valley)
• Making Kids Count Endowment Fund
• Mary B. Smith Fund (Altrusa International of Youngstown)
• Meridian Community Care Endowment Fund
• Millcreek Children’s Center Fund
• Ohio North East Health Systems Endowment Fund (ONE Health Ohio)
• Opera Western Reserve Endowment Fund
• Potential Development Endowment Fund
• Sojourner House Domestic Violence Program Fund (COMPASS Family & Community Services)
• Someplace Safe Endowment Fund
• Trumbull County Historical Society Agency Endowment Fund
• Trumbull County Historical Society Operating Fund
• Trumbull County Coaches Association Fund
• United Way of Trumbull County Endowment Fund
• Valley Community Mental Health Fund
• W. Fenton Meredith Memorial Fund (St. James Meeting House at Boardman Park)
• Warren City Schools Foundation Fund
• Warren Civic Music Endowment Fund
• William and Arden Farragher Endowment Fund (Help Hotline Crisis Center)
• Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries Fund
• Youngstown CityScape Fund
• Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center Capital Fund

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.