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Women Warriors Week Six: Dionne Dowdy

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 sixth dedicated honoree. Fighting to Protect Returning Citizens During COVID-19 One woman provides support and essentials to incarcerated and returning citizens Dionne Dowdy is the executive director of United Returning Citizens, …

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Women Warriors Week Five: Susan Payton

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 fifth honoree. Connecting to Community Through Food During COVID-19 One woman uses passion for food to expand her impact Susan Payton has taken an active role from the very beginning of …

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Women Warriors Week Four: Dr. Alicia Prieto Langarica

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 fourth honoree. A Lifeline for International Students During COVID-19 One woman keeps students connected to basic needs An associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Youngstown State University, …

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Women Warriors Week Three: Erin Bishop

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 third honoree. A Steady Voice for Residents During COVID-19 One woman keeps city residents informed As the City of Youngstown’s Health Commissioner,Erin Bishop’s leadership and courage have been steadfast from day …

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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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