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."
Deborah Hoover, of Fund member the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, writes about the startup ecosystem in Northeast Ohio, of which we're proud to be a long-time supporter. Learn more from this Meeting of the Minds post.
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.
Heather Roszczyk, our Fund's Akron Entrepreneurship Fellow, dispels myths about the entrepreneurship scene there and shares insights on why now's a great time to start something in Akron, in this post for the Meeting of the Minds blog.
ideastream's latest Listening Project focused on the Northeast Ohio community's sentiments on poverty. Mike Shafarenko, formerly of the Fund and now manager of civic engagement, web and social media at ideastream, shares some of the interesting conclusions that emerged through the process.
Fund Akron Entrepreneurship Fellow Heather Roszczyk shares her top five takeaways from the recent Hometown Summit, a gathering for community leaders from small and mid-sized cities, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kevin Alin, our director of regional engagement, observes how increasingly in Northeast Ohio, employment is contingent upon having reliable access to a vehicle. Without one, many jobseekers are stuck in a cycle of no car, no job, no job, no car.
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.