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Community Foundation Disburses $67,500 in Grants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Young Philanthropist Fund and the Fund for Warren’s Future, both component funds of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, made $67,500 in combined grants during the first part of this year.

The Young Philanthropist Fund was established in 2006 to introduce young leaders to philanthropy, and the G.I.V.E.S. Committee of the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals club directs grant making from the fund.

This year, the committee selected four projects to give grants to. These are the Butler Institute of American Art’s Summer Visual Arts Day Camp, Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown, Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown and Making Kids Count.

The Fund for Warren’s Future, opened in 2017 by three local businessmen in collaboration with the City of Warren, chose five projects from four organizations to support this year.

Inspiring Minds received the largest grant of $15,000 for its We Are Warren initiative. A pilot model, the program will provide an immersive workforce learning experience for eligible Warren residents between the ages of 18 through 24. The coordinator will find paid internships for 15 local, post-high school youth enrolled in college or who demonstrate other career aspirations.

Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and Warren Redevelopment & Planning Corp. all received grants from the fund as well.

The following were additional grants made by one or more component funds of the Community Foundation:

  • $2,686 to Bascom Elementary, LaBrae Local Schools for the Bounce into Bascom  (Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $2,000 to Boardman Township Zoning Department for Tree Steward Training (Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $10,000 to Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. for their 2018 Veterans Legal Team (The Collier Expendable Fund)
  • $10,000 to Compass Family and Community Services for their Sojourner House Domestic Violence Program and Expansion (Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $10,000 to Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries for the Pathways Afterschool Program (Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $2,500 to Homes for Kids of Ohio, Inc. to Provide Reunification Activities for Foster Children (Kennedy Family Fund)
  •  $12,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana for Wish Granting in Mahoning County (Jeffrey M. Stevens Memorial Fund and Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $4,000 to Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley for their Clinical Scholarship Program (Italian Scholarship League Fund)
  • $5,000 to National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. for Camp Invention Summer STEM Enrichment Program (Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $3,000 to Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc. for the First Place Community Fund Scholarship Program (First Place Community Fund)
  • $6,000 to Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County for Summer Discover 2018-Libraries Rock! (First Place Community Fund and Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $7,500 to Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc. to support the stays of Mahoning and Trumbull County residents (First Place Community Fund and Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $3,000 to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership for Building a Better Warren Community Projects (Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $2,500 to United Way of Trumbull County for Reading Great by 8 at Willard PK-8 (Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $5,000 to Warren Symphony Society for their Youth Outreach Program (Kennedy Family Fund)
  • $10,000 to Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. for Corridor Improvement Corps (Kennedy Family Fund)

Applications are being accepted through June 1 for the Community Foundation’s general grant and the International Institute Funds, which supports organizations that promote the interests of and understanding of foreign-born people. The Fund for Warren’s Future will review requests received by July 3 at their next board meeting. Further information and access to online applications for these opportunities can be found at foundation’s website.

Pictured: Rebecca Davis, Butler Institute of American Art; Janelle Nagy, Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown; Lauren Martauz, Schroedel, Scullin, & Bestic CPAs (G.I.V.E.S. Committee); Nico Saborse, Schroedel, Scullin, & Bestic CPAs (G.I.V.E.S. Committee); Germaine McAlpine, Boys & Girls Clubs of Youngstown; Laura Weymer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Youngstown; Jana Coffin, Making Kids Count; Rose Shaffer Saborse, The Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (Mahoning Valley Young Professionals president); Bob Gratz, AmeriFirst Home Mortgage (G.I.V.E.S. Committee).

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.