As your philanthropic partner, we are here to help.

You know your clients. We know our region's needs and nonprofits. Together, we can help your clients maximize their giving impact here in Stark County, as well as across the country.

Stark Community Foundation has worked closely with tax, legal and financial experts for more than 60 years to identify the best solutions to fulfill their clients’ financial and charitable goals.

Professional advisors have referred their clients to Stark Community Foundation to establish a charitable fund for many reasons. For some, it is the simplicity and convenience a charitable fund can provide or our staff’s in-depth understanding of our region’s needs and opportunities. While for others, it is about helping their clients create a personal legacy or teach their children and grandchildren about the importance of giving back to their community.

A Partner That Enhances Your Practice

We all benefit from the strongest possible relationship between you and your client. We never look to eclipse your role — we want to enhance it. Stark Community Foundation can work entirely in the background, or take a more forward role in guiding conversations.

Uniquely Serving Your Clients

We work closely with professional advisors to help you identify the best ways to meet your clients’ financial goals as well as accomplish their charitable giving objectives. As your clients are considering how to make an impact, we want to work alongside you to lead family discussions around giving goals, supporting their passions and developing strategic giving plans.

Flexible Giving Solutions

Stark Community Foundation offers different charitable funds that can fit your client’s needs and interests. Each allows your clients to remain involved in grantmaking as much or as little as they want to be. Their legacy, passion and pattern of charitable giving can continue impacting our community in perpetuity and making a difference forever.

Clients who already have a private foundation may find there are several benefits in converting it to a fund at Stark Community Foundation and avoiding some of the hassles (and costs) of private foundation management.

Tax Benefits of Charitable Giving

At Stark Community Foundation, we work with you to offer opportunities to meet your clients' charitable goals in a tax-wise way. Your clients have the freedom to give outright gifts and receive maximum tax benefits, all while helping the community now and forever. There are many ways to create and add to a charitable fund at Stark Community Foundation. The Foundation accepts a wide variety of gifts —from simple to complex.

What advisors are saying

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“Working with Stark Community Foundation to accomplish the charitable goals of our clients has been a first-class experience. The quality of SCF’s staff combined with their knowledge, availability of resources and willingness to collaborate has made a huge impact on the community and with our clients.”

Ryan A. Kuchmaner, Attorney and Partner, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA

“In working with clients who want to leave a lasting and meaningful legacy, I encourage them to establish a donor advised fund with the Stark Community Foundation. By offering a streamlined set-up process, direct community impact, and flexibility in carrying out the wishes of donors, SCF is a convenient and economical way to plan gifts that support our passions, both now and beyond our lifetimes.”

– Jennifer Lile, Attorney, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffith & Dougherty, Co., LPA

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"Stark Community Foundation is a fantastic resource for me and our clients to provide input on the current needs within the community and to help clients accomplish their philanthropic goals."

– Brian C. Layman, JD, CPA, M.Tax, Principal, Layman Law Group

Trust and Estate Planning Partners

Special thanks to the following professional advisors who partner with Stark Community Foundation to help fulfill their clients' philanthropic goals.

Richard D. Allison, CPA
Allison, Ashbrook & Co, Inc.

Richard W. Arnold, Esq.
Arnold & Associates, Ltd.

Gerald L. Baker
Law Offices of Gerald L. Baker

Clark E. Battista, Esq.
Battista & Battista Company LPA

David T. Beule, CPA
Appalachian Basin Business Advisors & CPA

Dianne Blocker Braun, Esq.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA

Lindsay Bowman, CWS
Key Private Bank

Amanda Bridenstine, Esq.
Malone University 

Steven J. Burger, CPA, MBA
Employers Health

Elizabeth A. Burick, Esq.
Elizabeth Burick Co., LPA

Christopher Burt, Esq.
Morgan Stanley

Mark V. Casper, Sr., CPA
M V Casper & Co.

Rachael Chandler-Head
Edward Jones

John D. Clark, Esq.
Law Office of John D. Clark 

Susan Clark Chaddock
Clark Clark and Chaddock

Sandra Watkins Cleaver, Esq.
Cleaver & Sokolowski, LLC

Dennis R. Clunk, Esq.
Clunk Law Office

James F. Contini, II
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA 

David J. Cornet
Stifel Financial Corp. 

Kim Cowgill, CEPA
Edward Jones

415 Group

Mark P. Crawford
Maloney + Novotny, LLC 

Richard E. Davis, II, Esq.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA 

John Davis

Robert F. Fay, CPA, PFS, CGMA       

Thomas V. Ferrero, Esq.           

John C. Finnucan, CPA
Finnuncan & Associates, LLC 

Dennis J. Fox, Esq.
Lesh Casner & Miller Co., LPA

Robert I. Friedman, Esq.
Black McCuskey

Dennis Fulmer, CFA
Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management

Ryan Fulmer
Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management

Daniel R. Griffith, Esq.
Huntington National Bank

Jeffrey A. Halm, Esq.
Buckingham, Doolittle, & Burroughs, LLC

Fred J. Haupt, Esq.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA

Paul J. Helmuth, CPA

Brian Hostettler, CFA PNC
Private Bank - Hawthorn 

Susan Hulit Burns, Esq.

Marie Hull-Green
The Commercial and Savings Bank 

Chad A. Immel
Edward Jones 

Chad Isler
415 Group  

John Julius
Huntington National Bank

James P. Kamerer, Esq.
Black McCuskey

Ryan A. Kuchmaner, Esq.
Black McCuskey

David L. Kuntzman, CLU
David L. Kuntzman Agency, Ltd.

Christina Laskovski, JD
Huntington National Bank

Brian C. Layman
Layman Law Group, LLC 

Stephanie A. Lehota, Esq.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA 

Jennifer Lile, Esq.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA

Ronald J. Manse

Thomas P. Moushey, Esq.
Robinson & McElwee PLLC 

Michael A. Ogline, Esq.
Robinson & McElwee PLLC 

David D. Paola
Merrill Lynch

Judge Dixilene N. Park
Stark County Probate Court

John M. Prelac, Esq.
Premier Bank 

Roger D. Proper, Jr., Esq.
Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. 

Tim Rice
Merrill Lynch

Homer R. Richards, Esq.
Homer R. Richards Co., LPA 

David M. Roberts
Farmers National Bank 

Todd Ruggles, CPA
415 Group

Scott P. Sandrock, Esq.
Brennan, Manna & Diamond 

Earl C. Sheehan

Sam O. Simmerman, Esq.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA

David J. Simmons, Esq.
David J. Simmons & Associates, LLC 

Honorable Sean R. H. Smith
Carroll County Court of Common Pleas 

James D. Snively, Esq.
Snively & Kimmins

Sue A. Sokolowski, Esq.         
Cleaver & Sokolowski, LLC

Kathleen Allmon Stoneman, Esq.
Stoneman Law Office Co, LPA 

Robert M. Sweeney, Esq.         

Jennifer Thomas, Esq.
Thomas Law Firm, Inc.

John Tucker
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA 

Charles J. Tyburski, Esq.         

Angela T. Vagotis, Esq.
Angela T. Vagotis Co., LPA

Scott T. Warburton, CPA/PFS
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP 

John R. Werren, Esq. 

Scott F. Whetstone, CPA         

William G. Williams, Esq.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA

Joseph Wojcik
Huntington National Bank 

Darrell W. Wright, CFP, ChFC
Raymond James 

Larry A. Zink, Esq.
Zink, Zink & Zink Company LPA

Advisor Toolkit

Visit our Advisor Toolkit to access a growing library of charitable giving resources for professional advisors.

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To learn more about how Stark Community Foundation can help you assist your charitable clients, contact  Bridgette Neisel, vice president of advancement, at or 330-454-7992.

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