An update from the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley | Summer 2015
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In Youngstown: 
201 E. Commerce St.
Suite 150
Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone: 330.743.5555
Fax: 330.743.1802

In Warren: 
147 W. Market St.
Warren, OH 44481
Phone: 330.469.6832
Fax: 330.394.5601


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About the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley enhances the quality of life for residents and future generations of the Mahoning Valley by managing donor assets, distributing grants and advancing philanthropy and good works.

The foundation and its affiliates hold more than $56 million in assets and distributed more than $1 million in grants in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

The CFMV is the only local foundation with accreditation from the Community Foundation National Standards Board. More information is available at the foundation's website,

About the William Swanston Charitable Fund

Established in 1919, the Swanston Fund seeks to help improve the lives of children in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. It provides grants each year that support early childhood education, anti-obesity measures, after-school programs, parent-involvement seminars, anti-bullying initiatives and many other efforts in support of local children. The Swanston Fund is an affiliate of the Community Foundation.

About the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation

The TMHF provides grants each year to initiatives that advance the health of Trumbull County residents. With assets of more than $13 million, it is the successor to the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Foundation, which was created by the hospital in 1976. Since 2012, the foundation has operated separately from the hospital as an affiliate of the Community Foundation.

About the Western Reserve Health Foundation

The WRHF receives donations and awards grants that promote health-related needs in Mahoning County. As of June 30, 2014, the foundation had more than $14 million in assets. The foundation was established in the 1980s as the fundraising arm of the Western Reserve Care System. In 2012, the foundation expanded its mission to support healthcare needs countywide and became an affiliate of the Community Foundation.
Fans of Opera Western Reserve worked with the Community Foundation recently to set up two new charitable funds. 

Impact, Connections, Admin Cited 
As Benefits of Working with CFMV 

Local philanthropists point to several reasons for choosing to work through the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. They include its strengths in identifying worthy causes, its ties to other philanthropists, its administrative capabilities and more. Read more

Instructors Michelle Edison (left) and Ashley Whan with some of their diabetes education tools.

WRHF Backs Youngstown YMCA
In Efforts to Turn Back Diabetes

The Mahoning Valley has a problem with diabetes and YMCA of Youngstown, with support from the Western Reserve Heath Foundation, is stepping up to address it. The Y recently rolled out its year-long lifestyle modification program for individuals at risk for the disease. Read more

Does Your Organization or
Group Need a Speaker? 

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is a leader, convener and innovator. If you'd like to know more about the Community Foundation and its impact on the Mahoning Valley, representatives are available to speak to your club, business or organization. Just give us a call at 330.743.5555. We'd love to come out and meet you!

Nicole with physical therapist Barb Thomas.

With TMHF Support, 'Courage' Fund
Helps Kids Battle Through Challenges

Though cerebral palsy continues to impede a Mecca teen-ager's mobility, speech and more, she's battled through it to achieve some major milestones. The Children With Courage Fund, with support from the Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation and many others, is helping dozens of local children work through challenges this year.
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Proposals Welcome for Next
Round of CFMV General Grants

The Community Foundation is accepting applications for its next round of general grants. The deadline is October 1. To access the foundation's online application, click here. The foundation welcomes proposals from any 501(c)(3) organization in Mahoning or Trumbull county that supports the arts, culture, humanities, children, education, the environment and/or animals, health, human services, public/society benefit, religious/charitable purposes or scientific research.

Joshua Kurth, 6, of Canfield, at bat. 

Foundations Spark Local Expansion in
Wheelchair Softball, Other Adaptive Sports

Thanks to strong support from several Mahoning Valley foundations, an Ohio specialist in adaptive sports programs is expanding its offerings for those with physical disabilities. Adaptive Sports Programs of Ohio, which began offering sled hockey here last year, expects to organize traveling youth and adult teams starting next month. Read more.

Make Plans to Take Part in 
Giving Tuesday, Set for Dec. 1

So, you've heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and even Cyber Monday. But how about Giving Tuesday? It's still a bit early to talk turkey, but we wanted to get December 1 on your radar so you can begin to think about your favorite charities and how you might support them. "Giving" doesn't necessarily mean a monetary gift. You can volunteer, commit random acts of kindness or organize a fundraising event.  You'll be hearing more about the 4th annual Giving Tuesday as we get closer to November, so stay tuned!

A ReStore like this one in Struthers is planned for Trumbull County.

CFMV Announces $113K in Q2 Grants
To 22 Mahoning Valley Non-Profits 

The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley recently announced the award of $113,000 in grants to 22 nonprofit organizations across Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The largest grant was $12,500 for Habitat for Humanity, which plans to open a new ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement center, in Trumbull County. Read more.

Appeal to Begin Soon for 
CFMV 2015 Annual Fund

Large or small, every gift to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is both valuable and valued.  Your gift helps underwrite the work of CFMV's staff and maximizes our impact, enabling us to respond to local community needs through strategic grant-making and partnerships.  We'll be kicking off our 2015 annual fund drive early this fall, but if you have any questions, or would like to contribute to this effort or another, please call the Foundation at 330.743.5555. Be a philanthropist. Give to the 2015 Annual Fund!
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