2019 THINKBIG Results Reflect the Community’s Optimistic Future

On October 25, 2019, individuals from all walks of life joined together for 170 engaging and inspiring discussions that took place in libraries, restaurants, office breakrooms, coffee shops, homes and everywhere in between to brainstorm solutions to community needs while celebrating the good in Stark County.

Following these THINKBIG community conversations, participants were asked to complete a short survey about their thoughts, discussions and ideas they have to move our community forward. Nearly 800 surveys were completed and analyzed by The Center for Community Solutions, a nonpartisan Northeast Ohio think tank focused on solutions to health, social and economic issues. These survey results made evident that residents are creative and ready to act on solutions to the issues they see facing their communities.

Based on the survey results, key highlights from the conversations include:

  • Stark County residents appear to have a guarded optimism about the future of their community. Hope, potential, promising and possible were all words used to describe Stark County’s future alongside tentative, unsteady and questionable.
  • Many expressed concerns about keeping young adults engaged in their community following high school or college graduation and attracting new residents.
  • The topics the attendees deemed the most urgent to act on were Drug & Alcohol Addiction, Mental Health and Education.

View 2019’s THINKBIG highlights »

View 2019’s BIG ideas »

For 2020’s THINKBIG, the original intention was to continue these conversations on the same 14 topic areas discussed in 2019. However, in this pivotal moment in our country, Stark Community Foundation feels it is vital that as a community we dive deeper into one of the topics discussed last year – inclusion. Stark Community Foundation is hard at work planning a virtual THINKBIG for October 4-10 centered on racial equity and inclusion. Visit the THINKBIG website for more information on the upcoming event.

Coordinated by Stark Community Foundation, THINKBIG gives residents a voice and brings people together to brainstorm solutions to community needs while celebrating the good in Stark County. Learn more at www.thinkbigstark.com.

About Stark Community Foundation
Stark Community Foundation is the community’s trusted partner in giving for over 800 individuals, families, businesses and organizations that have created charitable funds to impact the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Ranked in the top 10 percent of community foundations in the United States today, Stark Community Foundation is committed to serving donor needs and strategically addressing local issues. The Foundation and its family of donors have granted $185 million to nonprofits since 1963. Learn how you can simplify your giving and amplify your impact through our Center for Partners in Philanthropy at www.starkcf.org.

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