The Barberton Community Foundation
The Barberton Community Foundation (BCF) has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents since 1996, through the continual giving power of the original endowment and through funds established by donors with their hearts focused on Barberton.
As a 509(a)(3) public charity, the Barberton Community Foundation partners with community stakeholders, donors, and charitable organizations to improve the quality of life for Barberton residents by maximizing the strategic impact of charitable contributions.
Everyone has a role to play in helping to build our community, making Barberton an even better place to live now and for generations to come. Our role is to help you and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Barberton. It’s our role to connect potential donors – and their charitable interests and resources – with local needs. We do this by managing and investing a variety of funds that individuals, families and organizations have established with us. From those funds, grants and scholarships are made to address local needs right here in Barberton.
All of the assets gifted to the Foundation remain in the community and will have a direct and lasting impact in Barberton for generations to come.
We are not specifically affiliated with the local government, school district, or health system of Barberton, but rather are an organization working to support community nonprofits, civic initiatives, and educational system that help build a stronger and better Barberton.
Mission & Vision
Strengthening the Barberton Community
The mission of the Barberton Community Foundation is to strengthen the Barberton community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of giving to do good.
An Improved Quality of Life
We envision an improved quality of life for Barberton residents, now and forever.
We strive to fulfill our mission by:
- Supporting the City of Barberton, Barberton School District and public health
- Encouraging private giving for public good
- Serving as a catalyst and resource to effectively respond to community needs
- Building and maintaining endowments to respond to changing community needs
- Strengthening local nonprofits to achieve their missions
- Fostering strong relationships with corporations, nonprofits, and individuals
The Barberton Community Foundation believes that in order to achieve our mission and vision, we must have clearly defined goals and strategies.
We are pleased to share with you the Barberton Community Foundation’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan. The Foundation’s Board of Directors developed this plan with significant input from our Friends of the Foundation, community members, stakeholders, and city leaders. We wanted to determine how we could best deliver on our core purpose: to improve now and forever the quality of life for Barberton residents. One year later, this plan has already helped us improve our focus to the community. By using the plan as a lens to refine grantmaking investments, services to donors, and our own operations, it continues to be an effective guide for our work.
We invite you to explore the plan here:
Each year our board and staff work to develop goals and strategies that drive our work for the year ahead. We are intentional about the actions we take, with plans that are specific, measurable and informed by data and results from prior efforts.
We see the strategic plan as a guide to each step of our planning, in each year of our service to the community. It helps us manage the Foundation, enhance our grant-making, our investing, our donor services, our leadership, our role as a unique resource in the community, our mission to inspire “giving to do good”, as well as a mandate to steward our resources for perpetuity.
To deliver our mission and realize our vision, we have committed to four areas of focus which, together with our values, will be used as filters for developing, dedicating, and measuring the impact of BCF resources.
To ensure the BCF’s long-term effectiveness in contributing to positive community change and results in these areas, we have established the following goals for our organization:
- Focus on grant-making, Program Related Investments (PRI), and budgeting in the four focus areas.
- Measure and evaluate results of grants, PRI, and budgeted BCF initiatives.
- Communicate results to our community to achieve maximum impact.
Primary objective: To achieve our goals, we will use best practices to sustain operational excellence.
Focus-area grant, PRI, and budget priorities for the coming years:
- Create opportunities for technology-based economic development
- Raise the bar for educational achievement expectations of students and parents
- Increase educational opportunities
- Facilitate creation of high-quality jobs
- Build income and real estate tax base
- Engage business and institutional community with the students
- Build and enhance brand and image of Barberton, schools and the Foundation
- Attract and retain highly skilled and young professionals
- Enhance attractiveness and connectivity of Lake Anna, our downtown, our entrance corridors, and our neighborhoods
- Support nonprofit social services that empower people and help those in greatest need
- Market community events to the region
- Build place-making connections
Living the Plan
It is important to recognize the impact that the Foundation has made in Barberton. A student experiencing our new schools; a graduating senior who, though a scholarship, is working toward a professional career; a senior citizen enjoying activities at the Active Adult Center; a business professional exercising at the YMCA before starting the workday; a young adult starting a new job at a business in Foundation Industrial Park; families attending sporting events at Foundation Ball Fields; or a single mother receiving medical assistance at the Barberton Community Health Clinic. These are just to name a few.
The strategic plan for 2010-2020 marks the beginning of a new era in how we direct our resources. While we will certainly continue managing our funds for perpetual use, our spending will be linked to a more focused, more performance-based, capacity-building and sustainable community strategy.
“Living the plan” includes filtering our decision-making through the plan, regularly accessing our effectiveness in its implementation, and communicating our impact and progress back to the community.
Our next steps will involve working with our committees to identify key action items; developing our filters for grant making, investments and leadership areas; creating a more plan-oriented budget, and deciding how we allocate our spending. If we manage wisely, properly set the stage, measure and monitor our results, and invest more in sustainable projects, the next generation of Foundation work will present transformational opportunities beyond measure for our community.
Onward to the future.
The Barberton Community Foundation was established in 1996 as a 509(a)(3) public charity as a way to strengthen the community through the continually giving power of an endowment. In November of 1996, the citizens of Barberton overwhelmingly supported turning an original $75 million in funds and securities from the sale of Barberton Citizen Hospital into a permanent endowment, allowing the funds to continue giving over time. Since its inception, the Barberton Community Foundation has awarded over 2,500 grants and scholarships totaling more than $78 million and invested over $12 million more to promote job creation, neighborhood improvements and educational opportunities within Barberton.
Formation of the Foundation
In 1995, senior management and the Board of Trustees of Barberton Citizens Hospital were concerned with the hospital’s ability to compete, long-term, with other hospitals in the area. The Board elected to sell the hospital to a group consisting of Tennessee’s Quorum Health Group, Inc. (95%), Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2 ½%) and Summa Health System (2 ½%) and a letter of intent to sell was signed on June 14, 1996. The new owners would be given the right to continue using the name “Barberton Citizens Hospital” and the original hospital company would remain a legal entity by changing its name to Tuscora Park Company. (Read more about the formation of the Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation).
Before the sale could be completed, agreements made in 1949 and 1951 between the City of Barberton and the hospital needed resolution. These agreements provided that proceeds from the sale of the hospital would revert to the City of Barberton.
While spending the sum of the sale’s proceeds would have greatly benefited the City in the short term, many recognized the opportunity to secure this money in a way that the community of Barberton could benefit from it for many generations to come. The City, the hospital, as well as certain individuals within the community, purposed the money pass to a newly created community foundation, which would secure the funds in a permanent endowment. An endowment would allow for the foundation to grant money from the profits of the investments, instead of from the original principal.
Given that the original agreements were made by the City on behalf of the citizens of Barberton, the issue of amending the 1949 and 1951 agreements was given to the citizens of Barberton in November 1996. They voted overwhelmingly to amend the agreements, authorizing the money from the sale to be endowed in the new Barberton Community Foundation.
The first grant made by the Foundation was on February 2, 1997. The Foundation Board voted to fund the $32 million necessary to build an entirely new facility for the Barberton High School. This grant was contingent on the citizens of Barberton approving a $32 million bond issue, which they did.
Since 1996, the Barberton Community Foundation has awarded over 3,400 grants and scholarships totaling more than $82 million and invested over $22 million more to promote job creation, neighborhood improvements and educational opportunities within Barberton.