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 the 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 grantmaking from the fund. This year, the committee selected four projects, including the Butler Institute of American Art’s Summer Visual Arts Day Camp. Immersing campers in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, the all-inclusive camp accommodates children of all needs and offers scholarships to those who qualify.
The Young Philanthropist Fund also funded proposals submitted by 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 their We Are Warren initiative (WAW). A pilot model, the program will provide an immersive workforce learning experience for eligible Warren residents between the ages of 18-24. 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 during the first part of 2018:
- $2,686.00 to Bascom Elementary, LaBrae Local Schools for the Bounce into Bascom (Kennedy Family Fund)
- $2,000.00 to Boardman Township Zoning Department for Tree Steward Training (Kennedy Family Fund)
- $10,000.00 to Community League Aid Services, Inc. for their 2018 Veterans Legal Team (The Collier Expendable Fund)
- $10,000.00 to Compass Family and Community Services for their Sojourner House Domestic Violence Program and Expansion (Kennedy Family Fund)
- $10,000.00 to Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries for the Pathways Afterschool Program (Kennedy Family Fund)
- $2,500.00 to Homes for Kids of Ohio, Inc. to Provide Reunification Activities for Foster Children (Kennedy Family Fund)
- $12,000.00 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)
- $4,000.00 to Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley for their Clinical Scholarship Program (Italian Scholarship League Fund)
- $5,000.00 to National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. for Camp Invention Summer STEM Enrichment Program (Kennedy Family Fund)
- $3,000.00 to Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc. for the First Place Community Fund Scholarship Program (First Place Community Fund)
- $6,000.00 to Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County for Summer Discover 2018-Libraries Rock! (First Place Community Fund and Kennedy Family Fund)
- $7,500.00 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)
- $3,000.00 to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership for Building a Better Warren Community Projects (Kennedy Family Fund)
- $2,500.00 to United Way of Trumbull County for Reading Great by 8 at Willard PK-8 (Kennedy Family Fund)
- $5,000.00 to Warren Symphony Society for their Youth Outreach Program (Kennedy Family Fund)
- $10,000.00 to Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation 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 (IIF), 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 and their next board meeting. Further information and access to online applications for these opportunities can be found on the Apply for a Grant page of CFMV’s website.
The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is a leader and advocate for strategic philanthropy, partnering with donors to anchor a permanent and growing endowment and making investments in the Mahoning Valley that improve the quality of life for all residents. The foundation’s lifetime grants total more than $21.5 million, and it currently administers combined assets of more than $63 million. The Community Foundation is the only local foundation with certification from the Community Foundation National Standards Board.