New Funds Added to Our Family Tree

Posted on September 22, 2022


Pictured: Leesa and Don Kurdziel

Seventeen charitable funds were established through Stark Community Foundation from January 1 through June 30, 2022.

Anonymous Fund

Subfunds (6)

College Club of Canton Endowment Fund
The College Club of Canton created an endowment fund to ensure a stream of steady, reliable income would always be available to support its longstanding mission of promoting advanced education. This permanent funding source supports CCC’s educational programs and college scholarships for Stark County females.

Don and Phyllis Dickes Community Charitable Fund

Fether Family Foundation
Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company President John Fether and his wife, Jennifer, established a family foundation to impact charitable causes and foster a tradition of giving that can continue for generations. After their passing, their children – Madoc, Wyatt, Brady, Tafft and Piper – will continue their family’s legacy of community-mindedness through this foundation.

Denny and Lynne Kolp Charitable Fund
Jackson Township residents Denny and Lynne Kolp established a charitable fund to provide yearly support to causes that matter most to their family. Each year, their fund supports the Paul and Carol David YMCA, MPN Research Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Stark Parks and Stark Community Foundation’s Community Charitable Fund to meet Stark County’s greatest needs.

Leesa Hall and Donald M. Kurdziel Camp Wakonda Director’s Fund
Downtown Canton’s Christ Presbyterian Church has played a foundational role in the lives of Lehman High School sweethearts Leesa and Don Kurdziel: first as the place where Leesa shared her deep engagement with the church’s youth ministry and Camp Wakonda with Don; and later as the place where the two Ohio State University graduates were married. 

With enduring gratitude for the profound influence these experiences continue to have on their spiritual lives, the Kurdziels have established this fund to provide annual support to Christ Presbyterian Church’s Camp Wakonda, with each grant to be used at the discretion of the camp’s director.

Charles A. and Maria C. McDonald Foundation
Charles and Maria McDonald established a charitable foundation to facilitate their family’s philanthropy and to benefit an array of nonprofit organizations locally and in the communities where they live. They want to impact people’s lives in a meaningful and positive way and support their family’s legacy of giving.

John R. Nichols Charitable Foundation
John Nichols, retired from The Timken Company, established a charitable foundation to support the nonprofits he cares about in Stark County and beyond. After his passing, his foundation will provide long-term support to several causes. 

Kathleen S. Nichols Charitable Foundation
Born and raised in Stark County, Kathleen Nichols, retired from Perry Local Schools, established a charitable foundation to support her favorite causes in the community. After her passing, her foundation will provide annual support to several    nonprofits.

John Onaitis Memorial Scholarship Fund

YMCA of Western Stark County Endowment Fund
An endowment fund was established by the YMCA of Western Stark County to provide a perpetual source of support for programming that nurtures the potential of kids, promotes healthy living and fosters a sense of social responsibility.

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