In 2023, we’re celebrating 60 years of helping generous people give to the nonprofits they care about.

As the community’s trusted partner in giving, Stark Community Foundation helps individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits achieve their philanthropic goals through a variety of charitable funds and strategic initiatives. Ranked in the top 10 percent of community foundations in the country, the Foundation and its family of donors have granted more than $230 million to nonprofits since inception in 1963.

To commemorate this milestone, we are partnering with various local organizations and businesses this year to give back and celebrate with our community. It is because of the generosity of others that we have the privilege of making a difference in Stark County. 

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Participate in the Six for 60: Endowment Fund Challenge

We are commemorating this 60th anniversary milestone by giving back to the nonprofits that make our community so special! We are excited to announce a unique community challenge in celebration of this anniversary–– the Six for 60: Endowment Fund Challenge.

Six Stark County nonprofits, chosen by our community, will each receive $10,000 in seed money to establish an Organization Endowment Fund with the Foundation. 


To ensure that a diverse range of nonprofits are recognized and supported, one nonprofit will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment and Animal Welfare
  • Faith Based
  • Human Services

Nonprofits must apply by June 30 and will self-select which category most closely aligns with their mission.

Once applications are reviewed and nonprofits have been notified of their eligibility status, our community will then have the opportunity to decide the winners. Community members can vote for one nonprofit a day during the voting period. At the end of the voting period, the nonprofit in each category with the most votes will receive $10,000 in seed money to establish their Organization Endowment Fund with Stark Community Foundation. By winning this community challenge, nonprofits can jump-start their Organization Endowment Fund, a constant, predictable stream of income that can be used to offset their operations, fund new programs and support other mission-related activities in perpetuity.

Learn more and Apply 

Join us this summer as we celebrate our 60th anniversary with our community in a big way

Free Sensory Cinema tickets for sensory-friendly family movie screenings at the Canton Palace Theatre on June 19 and June 26.

Learn more about Sensory Cinema 

Free admission to the Akron Zoo for Stark County residents on June 25.

Reserve zoo tickets 

More information on future partnerships with the Stark County Humane Society and additional community organizations to come.

60 Years
60 Years
60 Years
60 Years
60 Years

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