The Community Foundation engages with others to improve the quality of life in the Mahoning Valley. This work is accomplished through targeted and purposeful collaborations. Below are examples of initiatives the Community Foundation is currently involved in.
Fund for Our Economic Future
Fund for Our Economic Future (FFEF) is a regional collaborative of funders working together to promote economic development in Northeast Ohio. FFEF funds projects promoting job growth, job access and job preparation. CFMV has partnered with the Youngstown Foundation and Trumbull 100 to make a combined $100,000 investment in FFEF over the next three years. This investment gives us a seat at the table where strategies and priorities are developed and funding decisions are made. It will provide the opportunity to connect the Valley to the technical and financial resources of the Fund.
Any Given Child, Warren, Ohio
Warren City Schools, the City of Warren and Students Motivated by the Arts (SMARTS) received a grant from the Kennedy Center to implement the Any Given Child (AGC) program in Warren City Schools. The AGC program operates in only 23 select cities across the US and uses the collective impact model to develop and implement a strategy for integrating the arts into all K-8 education. By holding the funds for AGC Warren, CFMV represents philanthropy in the cross-sector collaborative that completed the plan design over the past year. The Foundation will continue to provide technical assistance for the group as it moves into the implementation phase of the project.
Healthy Community Initiative
Started by the desire of both health foundations to have more focus and impact with their grantmaking, CFMV is now engaged in convening groups across the Valley to talk about the health and well-being of our residents differently. Utilizing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Roadmaps to Health” framework, CFMV and its supporting organizations are in the early stages of “building a culture of health” in the Valley. To introduce that concept and to start the conversation, we hosted the community-wide conference, Innovations 2.0: Building a Culture of Health. This was a collaborative effort and was built on the past conferences sponsored by the William Swanston Charitable Fund.
Philanthropy Ohio is an association of foundations, corporate contributions programs and other grantmaking organizations. Its mission is to promote leadership for organized philanthropy in Ohio and to enhance the ability of its members to fulfill their charitable goals. The Community Foundation, as a member of Philanthropy Ohio, has access to resources on innovative and best practices within the world of foundations. Those resources then benefit CFMV’s grantees and donors, as well as Valley residents.