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Bill and Janice Conti Charitable Fund

  • EST. 2014

Bill and Janice Conti created this fund to support the causes they care most about. This fund is dedicated to the health care, educational, or animal welfare needs of the community.

Jim and Abby Contini Family Charitable Fund

  • EST. 2018

Jim, a longtime attorney, and Abby, a longtime educator, established a charitable fund to give back to the community in a lasting way and to teach their children about the importance of philanthropy. This fund will eventually be passed down to their children, Cory and Chloe, to continue their family’s legacy of making a difference in the lives of others.

W. Roderic Covey Tree Fund

W. Roderic Covey Tree Fund

  • EST. 2021

Named in memory of tree advocate W. Roderic Covey, this fund provides financial support to organizations in Stark County and its surrounding communities to conserve trees through planting, caring and education. In the early 2000s, Rod led a long, difficult fight to save a more than 400-year-old cucumber magnolia tree in his Auburn Knolls neighborhood in North Canton. It was his passion, persistence and advocacy that helped preserve the centuries-old tree, which is considered to be the world’s oldest and largest of its kind. After Rod passed away in 2021, his daughter Lisa Covey created this fund in celebration of his life and to ensure his positive impact would continue for generations to come.

Craig Covey LGBT and Diversity Pride Fund

  • EST. 2021

Created to promote the visibility and inclusion of racial, cultural and sexual minorities in the region, this fund supports efforts to recognize and celebrate the value of African-American, Latinx, Asian, LGBT+ and other under-served or at-risk communities that may experience discrimination or bigotry. Organizations and programs to support these goals across all segments of society in Stark County may be considered for grants and funding.

W. Roderic and June Covey Scholarship Fund

W. Roderic and June Covey Scholarship Fund

  • EST. 2021

After the passing of her father in 2021, daughter Lisa Covey established this scholarship fund as a tribute to her parents. A U.S. Navy veteran, Rod earned a public relations degree under the GI Bill at The Ohio State University and spent an early part of his career at The Timken Company before starting his own advertising agency, Covey and Koons, Inc. A humanitarian, Rod was passionate about formal education, mentoring and the value of practical experience, as demonstrated by the firm’s internship program. June, who passed away in 2009, also worked in the marketing field and served as Covey and Koons’ Media Director and Vice President of Finance for 38 years after studying psychology and accounting at Kent State Stark and Walsh College. June was an avid reader and shared Rod’s interest in books and education.

To continue the Coveys’ passion for lifelong learning, scholarships are awarded annually to help Hoover High School graduates achieve their educational goals and avoid student loan debt.

Richard and Andrea Craig Family Foundation

  • EST. 2018

Partner of 415 Group, Richard Craig and his wife, Andrea, created a charitable foundation to provide ongoing support to area causes. The foundation will eventually be passed down to their children, Jacob and Peyton, to carry on their family’s legacy of giving back to the local community.

Credit Bureau of Canton, Inc. Charitable Fund

  • EST. 1996

Charitable grant making from this fund is earmarked 80% for Stark County (for small business development, improvements to downtown Canton, and education) and 20% for Tuscarawas County (for education and small business development). Bureau Executive Committee members may recommend specific projects. The charitable assets in this fund were contributed from the proceeds of the sale of the Credit Bureau of Canton, Inc., which was a member-owned organization.

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