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Women Warriors Week Two: Leah Sakacs

Each week, the Guiding Circle of the Fund for Women and Girls selects one Woman Warrior from submitted nominations to spotlight. This week features our second honoree. Supporting Local Seniors During COVID-19 One woman spearheads rapid response group Leah Sakacs is the coordinator of Retired Senior Volunteer Program Mahoning and Trumbull Counties (RSVP). In addition to that …

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New Challenge Grants Available for Arts and Culture Organizations

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley released on Monday a new Arts and Culture Challenge Grants program. Applications are due June 1, 2020. Intended to support the limited capacity of smaller arts and culture organizations, eligible applicants must have an operating budget of $250,000 or less. Those selected to participate will …

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Women Warriors Week One: Pastor Julia Wike!

Each week, the Guiding Circle of the Fund for Women and Girls selects one Woman Warrior from submitted nominations to spotlight. This week features our very first honoree. Endless Service to Others One woman brings humanitarian aid to hundreds of families Pastor Julia Wike is a retired worker, a dedicated pastor in the Mahoning Valley and the …

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Young Philanthropist Fund Supports MV Community Response Fund

The Young Philanthropist Fund is foregoing its typical grant cycle for 2020 and is instead contributing their available grantmaking dollars, totaling a little over $5,000, to the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund. The G.I.V.E.S. Committee of the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals makes grantmaking decisions for the Young Philanthropist Fund. “We greatly appreciate all of the …

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International Institute Funds Accepting June 1 Proposals with Updated Priorities

The advisory committee for the International Institute Funds is still accepting applications for their June 1 grant cycle; however, the group has updated how requests will be prioritized in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The committee recognizes that individuals with cultural or language barriers are most likely at a greater risk for negative impacts from …

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Community Foundation Revises Grant Process and Implements Flexibility to Address COVID-19 Effects

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Community Foundation and its three affiliated foundations have made changes to their grant processes. The Community Foundation will forego it’s regularly-scheduled June 1 deadline for its General Grant and First Place Community Fund cycles. The June 1 deadline for the International Institute Funds will …

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Three Valley Foundations Release Common COVID-19 Crisis Relief Application

Together, three Valley foundations created the COVID-19 Crisis Relief Application to simplify the grant request process for nonprofits addressing impacts of the current health crisis. The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, the Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Foundation released the application Friday morning. The common form can be accessed on all three …

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Valley Foundations and United Ways Coordinate Response to COVID-19

Rather than respond to the COVID-19 crisis in isolation, our local foundations and United Ways are working collectively to support Mahoning Valley nonprofits and residents. Six local funders—United Way of Trumbull County, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, The Youngstown Foundation, Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley and The …

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COVID-19 Update

As the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley continues assessing and responding to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we’d like to take a moment to update our community. Our plan of action is outlined below, although we recognize that this plan could shift rapidly as the state and nation’s responses to the virus evolve. We are …

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Swanston Fund Revises Funding Priorities, Invites Inquiries for 2020 Grants

The William Swanston Charitable Fund recently revised its request for proposals, establishing health and wellness, education and children’s services as new priorities for the 2019-2020 grantmaking year. The Swanston Fund invites inquiries from IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for innovative projects that prevent or reduce the risk factors that can create disparities, and that create opportunities …

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