Young Philanthropist Fund Awards Grants to Nonprofits

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Young Philanthropist Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, has awarded a total of $4,000 in grants to two local organizations, Potential Development and the Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown.

Potential Development will receive $3,000 to purchase social emotional curriculum materials for ipreschool students, while the Boys and Girls Club was awarded $1,000 to buy furniture for its new Learning Center.

Potential Development provides children with autism a safe, structured educational environment with caring, supportive services that give its students the necessary skills and independence to lead a productive life. Paul Garchar, executive director, said the funding “will enable us to help preschool children learn social /emotional skills that they can carry with them throughout their lives.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown was established in 1946 to provide programs and services in a supervised environment and inspire young people to realize their full potential as caring, productive and responsible citizens. “The award from the Young Philanthropist Fund assists in helping our organization to possess adequate resources to provide top-notch programs for our club members”, said Germaine McAlpine, executive director.

The Young Philanthropist Fund was established in 2006 to introduce young professionals to philanthropy and prepare them for their role as the Mahoning Valley’s future philanthropists. The fund’s advisory committee consists of members of the G.I.V.E.S. Committee of the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals club. The fund is supported through proceeds from the 25 Under 35 Awards and donations from individuals and businesses.

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and its affiliates hold nearly
$54 million in assets and distributed more than $2 million in grants in 2015. It is the only local foundation with certification from the Community Foundation National Standards Board.

Pictured: Jonathon Fauvie, chair, MVYP G.I.V.E.S Committee; Paul Garchar; executive director, Potential Development; Ben Kyle, G.I.V.E.S. Committee member; Germaine McAlpine, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown; Joe Paloski, G.I.V.E.S. Committee member.

Copyright 2021 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.