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Mary Helen Petrus Joins Stark Community Foundation Team

Mary Helen Petrus Joins Stark Community Foundation Team

Date: December 17, 2021

Mary Helen Petrus recently joined Stark Community Foundation’s team as Senior Program Officer. In this new role, she will support the Foundation’s competitive and responsive grantmaking program, review and analyze funding proposals, continue research and data initiatives that guide our grantmaking and assist in evaluating strategic collaboratives to address community challenges. Petrus comes to Stark Community Foundation from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Community Development Department, where she served in roles of increasing responsibility since 2008.... Continue Reading

Making Education a Possibility for All

Making Education a Possibility for All

Date: December 10, 2021

When you grow up with two educators as parents, you learn to appreciate the value of education from an early age—and this was especially true for Darlene Drage. “Getting an education was always important in our family,” said Darlene. Darlene’s dad, Dr. Raymond G. Drage, served the Stark County community for over six decades as a teacher, principal, district superintendent, county superintendent and county school board member. He started his career in a one-room school house, and... Continue Reading

Shaping the Lives of Our Youth

Shaping the Lives of Our Youth

Date: December 10, 2021

After spending more than 30 years living in Cincinnati while going to college, building careers and growing their family, Ralph and Janelle Lee headed north in 2017 to start a new chapter in Stark County. Four years later, the Lees have made Canton their home. Because of their philanthropic spirit, passion for giving back to youth-serving programs and interest in community development, the Lees have always sought out ways to be involved with organizations in the... Continue Reading

Preserving Nature in Perpetuity

Preserving Nature in Perpetuity

Date: December 10, 2021

For decades, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has played a unique role in the lives of our community, providing experiences at its lakes and parks that allow people to relax and connect with nature while making invaluable memories with the ones they love. While we all have a responsibility to care for our parks and lakes, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Foundation (MWCF) and its endowment fund managed by Stark Community Foundation ensures the watershed will be... Continue Reading

Continuing the Legacy of Fred F. Silk

Continuing the Legacy of Fred F. Silk

Date: December 10, 2021

Thanks to careful planning and a new charitable fund at Stark Community Foundation, the legacy of Fred Silk and his lifelong support of the Stark County community will continue forever. Born in Massillon in 1911, Frederick “Fred” F. Silk valued education and went on to graduate from Washington High School and Ohio Wesleyan University. He served as co-owner of the Massillon Paper Company, a business his grandfather, John Silk, started in 1867. For many years, Fred served... Continue Reading

Straight from Stark Video Series: Episode 26 with New Leaders

Date: December 6, 2021

In this new episode of Straight from Stark, get to know two new nonprofit leaders in our community: David Whitehill from ArtsinStark and Rich Micelli from the YMCA of Central Stark County. About Straight from StarkStraight from Stark is a new video series where you will hear directly from dynamic leaders in our community about how their organizations are creatively continuing their services and making a difference. Catch up on other Straight from Stark episodes on our... Continue Reading

2021 Year-End Giving Tips and Deadlines

2021 Year-End Giving Tips and Deadlines

Date: December 1, 2021

Important Dates and Deadlines Grant Recommendations: If you already have a charitable fund with Stark Community Foundation and want to guarantee your favorite organizations receive your generous support in 2021, be sure to submit your grant recommendations by Sunday, December 26 through the Donor Portal or email. Stock: Gifts of appreciated securities must be received into Stark Community Foundation's account before the close of business day on Friday, December 31. Notify Bridgette Neisel early to ensure a... Continue Reading

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Protecting Stark's Future Webinar

Protecting Stark's Future Webinar

Rooted in research, this report outlines why Stark County needs to intentionally work together to coordinate efforts and target resources to reduce child poverty.

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