Philanthropic engagement

Let Us Be Both Inclusive and Extraordinary: A Challenge for 2018 and Beyond

Newly appointed Fund Chair Mark Samolczyk of Stark Community Foundation reflects on what made 2017 such a big year for Stark County, and how he anticipates building on this momentum in 2018 and beyond. 

A Grand Experiment: Reflections from Our Former Chair

Our outgoing Chair Brian Frederick leaves behind challenge for future Fund leaders: "Be bold and use this remarkable vehicle as a transformative agent for the entire Northeast Ohio community."

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Our Fund is as important today for the future of our region as it was 13 years ago when it started, and our region’s biggest challenges will benefit from collaborative philanthropy.

Reflections on Racial Inequity and My Foundation's Work

Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, writes about her task as a Foundation leader in addressing racial inequities: "I must consider my role as a gatekeeper and find ways to be different and to do better."

Wanted: Innovative Ideas to Fight Poverty

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland launches new fellowship to help fight poverty through innovation.

Making Effective Collaboration Possible

Using our Fund's Collaboration Handbook, "you can actually walk through whether the right preconditions exist for a collaboration to be possible and how, if it is, to make sure it’s successful," writes Mark Samolczyk, president and CEO of Stark Community Foundation and vice chair of our Fund, on the Philanthropy Front and Center-Cleveland blog. 

We Are a Learning Laboratory

Our 2016 annual report celebrates our Fund as a "learning laboratory" where philanthropy of all stripes comes together to learn with and from one another, and to test and advance new initiatives that can result in improved job creation, job preparation and job access.

What Does it Take to Be a Thought Leader?

New Year reflections on the power of communications and influence building.

Don’t Test the Fish, Question the Groundwater

Our Chair Brian Frederick, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, reflects on a racial equity workshop he recently attended and how we might really internalize diversity, inclusion and equity.

More Than a Roadway

Good things in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Industrial Corridor can certainly happen here.