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.
Our President Brad Whitehead writes on the Deaconess Foundation blog about the potential for new pilot program TalentNEO to alter hiring practices in ways that benefit businesses and create more job opportunities for those who need them the most.
"Let's make sure the lasting story [in Northeast Ohio] is not 'a tale of two cities,' but a tale of many cities and towns and villages and counties withing one region working together to create both growth and opportunity for all of our residents," Fund President Brad Whitehead wrote in this recent blog for Policy Matters Ohio.
Chris Thompson, Fund director of regional engagement, and Jeffrey M. Glebocki, CEO of Strategy + Action/Philanthropy, make a case for going beyond programmatic grants in this post on Exponent Philanthropy's blog.
One of the coolest aspects of working as an intern for the Fund for Our Economic Future has been the numerous opportunities to gain up-close and personal insight into not only the philanthropic organizations working to promote Growth & Opportunity in Northeast Ohio, but also the innovative companies and collectives driving economic competitiveness in the region.
In Growth & Opportunity, the emphasis is on the ampersand. "That's the special part--and the most challenging," writes Jeff Linton, senior vice president of corporate communications and community relations at Forest City Enterprises, a member of the Fund, in this blog post for CEOs for Cities.
Collaboration is everywhere, and appears to mean just about anything. Suffice to say, there’s a whole lot of collaboration going on. But what does the Fund for Our Economic Future mean when it says it supports collaborations that advance Growth & Opportunity? Director of Regional Engagement Chris Thompson explains.