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 Partnership
Driven by the desire to have more focus and impact with our grantmaking, CFMV began convening groups across the Valley to talk about the health and well-being of our residents differently in 2016. Utilizing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Roadmaps to Health” framework, a cross-sector partnership was created to improve the health outcomes of our community. Lead by a community-based steering committee and supported by the Community Foundation and it’s supporting organizations, the Healthy Community Partnership is working to make the Mahoning Valley a place where all residents have the opportunity to live long, healthy, and fulfilling lives. More information is available here.
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.