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 (FFEF)
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 in membership in FFEF 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 FFEF.
Any Given Child, Warren, Ohio (AGC)
The City of Warren, Warren City Schools, and SMARTS received a grant from the Kennedy Center to implement the Any Given Child program in Warren City Schools. The AGC program operates in only 20 select cities across the US and uses the collective impact model to develop and implement a strategy to integrate the arts into all K-8 education. CFMV represents philanthropy on the cross-sector collaborative that completed the plan design over the past year. We will continue to provide technical assistance for fundraising as the group moves into the implementation phase of the project. CFMV will also provide administrative support by holding the funds for AGC Warren.
Healthy Community Initiative
Started by the desire of both health foundations to have more focus and impact with their grant making, 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.