Two Trumbull County Organizations Partner to Join Fund

WARREN, OH--May 21, 2009--The Fund for Our Economic Future announced today that the Trumbull County Community Foundation and Trumbull 100 have formed a partnership to join the Fund’s collaborative effort to strengthen Northeast Ohio’s economic competitiveness.

Together the two organizations, collectively called the Trumbull 100 and Trumbull County Community Foundation Economic Coalition, contributed $100,000 to the collaboration. The Fund uses grantmaking, research and civic outreach to strengthen the economic competitiveness of the 16-county region of Northeast Ohio. The Trumbull County Community Foundation’s executive director, Larry Haynes, and Trumbull 100’s president, Mike Craig, will alternate duties as representatives to the Fund for the partnership. Members of the Fund vote quarterly on how to allocate the collaboration’s grant dollars. Since 2004, the Fund has raised more than $55 million to support regional economic competitiveness initiatives.

“The Fund for Our Economic Future is fortunate to add two of the leading organizations from the Mahoning Valley to our collaboration,” said Fund president, Brad Whitehead. “We look forward to their involvement in our work to attract and generate more jobs and investments in our region.”

The two organizations are the second partnership from the Mahoning Valley to join forces to participate in the Fund. In March, The Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley formed a similar partnership.

Trumbull 100 was formed in 1994 to provide leadership, coordination and motivation to improve the quality of life in Trumbull County. It is comprised of area CEOs, professionals and business leaders.

“Trumbull 100 embraces the opportunity and looks forward to working with the Trumbull County Community Foundation to represent our community to bring the regional initiatives of the Fund for Our Economic Future to the Mahoning Valley and Trumbull County,” said Craig. “We are excited about becoming involved as we realize the importance that these regional efforts have in the future by re-establishing Northeast Ohio as a viable economic place to work and enjoy a quality life.”

The Trumbull County Community Foundation was established in early 2008 as a regional affiliate of the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio, which has served the region since 1981. The foundation has granted more than $22.8 million to a variety of causes, including economic development projects, educational scholarships and support of charitable organizations and programs for youth.

“We are pleased to announce our foundation will be partnering with another Trumbull County organization, Trumbull 100, in joining the Fund Our Economic Future, which we believe will be a significant step in strengthening not only our community's economic future, but our neighboring communities’ as well,” said the Trumbull County Community Foundation’s president, Sean J. O’Brien.

The Fund collaborates with partners in the private and public sector to help implement the region’s economic action plan, Advance Northeast Ohio, which has four focus areas:

  • Business attraction and growth
  • Talent development
  • Growth through racial and economic inclusion
  • Government collaboration and efficiency


The Fund for Our Economic Future is a collaboration of more than 100 foundations, organizations and philanthropists from across Northeast Ohio that strengthens the region’s economic competitiveness through grantmaking, civic engagement and research.

For more information, contact:

Chris ThompsonFund for Our Economic Future216-925-4902 (office)216-215-0329 (cell)cthompson@futurefundneo.org