Year in Review
Thank you to our family of donors for making 2019 a record-breaking year in making a difference! We collectively awarded $13 million in grants and raised $16.8 million in new and planned gifts in 2019 – making it the largest grantmaking year and third highest fundraising year in Stark Community Foundation history. The Foundation’s well-diversified portfolio of investments finished the year strong with a net investment return of 18.4%, allowing each charitable fund to grow so donors can continue to give more to causes they care about. Assets under management now total $285 million, which continues to rank the Foundation in the top 10 percent of community foundations in the United States.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour 
Join our staff on February 28 for a behind-the-scenes tour of JRC's $6.5 million upgrade and expansion. JRC purchased the Meyers Lake Ballroom complex in 2018 and has since been transforming the area into a campus benefitting children and seniors in Stark County. RSVP today »
Redevelopment Fund
Stark Community Foundation and three other local foundations established The Stark County Community Redevelopment Fund to finance redevelopment efforts in Stark County through grants and low-interest loans. Most recently, the fund awarded its first grant of $600,000. Continue reading »
Focused Funding
Grant proposals are currently being accepted for three focused funding opportunities: 
My Community Health Center
My Community Health Center, a nonprofit organization and federally qualified health center, operates a location in Canton and opened a second location in Magnolia on Cleveland Avenue SE in early January. The nonprofit chose Magnolia as its second location because Magnolia has been designated as a hot spot by the Health and Human Services Administration due to high unmet medical need and low healthcare penetration. The much-needed location became a reality in part by a $25,000 grant from Stark Community Foundation and our family of donors. Funds were awarded to help with renovation costs and the purchasing of medical equipment.
The location in Magnolia improves access to healthcare for the medically-underserved community by providing primary care and behavioral health services to local patients. My Community Health Center also offers a sliding fee discount program based on income and household size, and no patient is ever denied care based on ability to pay.
Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, families and businesses in our community, Stark Community Foundation offers nearly 100 diverse scholarships to help local students achieve their dreams. The application deadline for most scholarships is April 1 with a few exceptions. Learn more and apply »
Family Mission Statement
Did you know Stark Community Foundation staff can help you develop a family mission statement? A mission statement can help identify what causes you care about most, provide clarity of purpose and detail your charitable giving goals. If you are interested in defining your family's mission, contact Amy Weisbrod, director of donor relations. Contact Amy »
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