Trustees of the Massillon Area Community Civic Trust Fund to assist in charitable giving

CANTON, Ohio (August 6, 2014) A day shy of her 94th birthday, Martha Q. Underhill passed away. However, her and her husband’s legacy will continue forever through the Arthur P. Underhill and Martha Q. Underhill Charitable Fund at Stark Community Foundation. Income generated from the Fund will be used to make charitable grants in the Massillon area where Martha and Arthur lived and were involved in their community: he as a practicing attorney and she as an active volunteer at the former Massillon City Hospital, The Massillon Museum and Meals on Wheels.

John R. Werren, attorney of Day Ketterer, was instrumental in the estate planning for the Underhill’s and assisting them with their charitable goals. As a former board member of SCF and a current member of SCF’s trust and estate planning committee, John’s knowledge of the Foundation and the community is vast.

To further Martha and Arthur’s commitment to the Massillon community, they have entrusted the Massillon Area Community Civic Trust Fund trustees to recommend areas of support. In 1982, civic leaders in Massillon established the Massillon Area Community Civic Trust Fund, which is a component fund of SCF for the benefit of projects and organizations in the Massillon area. Since the Fund’s inception, more than $50,000 has been distributed for the benefit of the Massillon community.

"We are excited and humbled by the confidence and generosity Martha and Arthur Underhill have shown for the Massillon community. They can be assured that we will honor their wishes in their beloved city they called home for many years,” said Nancy Gessner, trustee of the Massillon Area Community Civic Trust Fund and an SCF board member.


Stark Community Foundation is the community’s trusted partner in giving to nearly 600 individuals, families, businesses, and communities that have created funds to impact the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Serving the community for more than 50 years, Stark Community Foundation ranks in the top ten percent of community foundations in the United States and has granted over $117 million to nonprofit organizations.

For more information, contact Bridgette Neisel, vice president of advancement, at 330-454-7992

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