New Strategic Shift in Granting For Barberton Community Foundation

Barberton, OH – The Barberton Community Foundation (BCF) announced a new, more strategic approach to making grants in support of its mission. For years, requests from nonprofits have exceeded the funds available for granting. The fresh approach allows for more impactful grants to address existing needs while also maximizing the long-term value of grants in the community.
The strategic approach creates three types of grants: Responsive Efforts, Strategic Collaborations and Foundation Facilitated Initiatives.
Responsive Efforts address short-term community needs for one to three years while simultaneously helping to build a sustainability model after the three year window is complete.
Strategic Collaborations are designed to allow BCF to work with other organizations to launch programs that maximize community impact. While BCF is a catalyst for growth in Barberton, long-term grant commitments – such as the Barberton High School grant which will be paid off in 2021 – limit available resources. Strategic Collaborations allow BCF to build a coalition of support for important causes, even when the organization cannot fund an important initiative alone.
Foundation Facilitated Initiatives are programs that are funded and managed by BCF and designed to create transformational change to benefit the residents of Barberton.
BCF President and CEO, Jim Stonkus, is excited to make the shift because it positions the Foundation’s resources to proactively meet the changing needs and challenges in Barberton.
“We want to be focused in a way that when we work with the other leaders in the community, we’re all working toward a common goal,” Stonkus said. “Our message is still the same, and our vision is still the same. Improving the quality of life for the residents of Barberton is our commitment and our passion.”
The goal of the Foundation is to gradually make the transition by 2018 where 20% of all grants can be used for Responsive Efforts, 50% for Strategic Collaborations, and 30% for Foundation Facilitated Initiatives.
Foundation grant recipients can learn more about the new model at one of our upcoming workshops. Attendance is limited to the first 30 people for each workshop; to RSVP or for questions, contact
*Grantees need to only attend one session
March 24 | Lake Anna YMCA 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
March 25 | Lake Anna YMCA 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
About the Barberton Community Foundation
The Barberton Community Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents through the continual giving power of its endowment and donations. Established in 1996, the Foundation has awarded over 3,400 grants and scholarships totaling more than $82 million and invested more than $22 million more to promote job creation, neighborhood improvements and educational opportunities within Barberton. 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, especially in the focus areas of Economic Development, Educational Excellence, Community Image and Social Services.

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