Foundation Welcomes Karie Sattler as Office Manager

Foundation Welcomes Karie Sattler as Office Manager

Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Karie Sattler as our new Office Manager. Karie’s first day was Monday, August 30.

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to work for the Foundation,” said Karie. “Everyone made me feel extremely welcome, and the first day went well.”

Suzanne Allen, Executive Director of Barberton Community Foundation said, “We are very pleased to welcome Karie to our team. She will continue the tradition of providing a warm welcome to Foundation guests as our unofficial director of first impressions.”

As the new Office Manager, Karie will provide administrative and organizational support to the staff, greet office visitors, handle information requests, process requests from the board, coordinate events, manage calendars and provide clerical functions. Karie will also be responsible for all board and committee meeting minutes for both Barberton Community Foundation and Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation. She will replace Kim Miller, who is retiring in November, 2021.

Karie brings seventeen years of office experience to Barberton Community Foundation. She most recently worked as an Administrative Assistant and New Account Coordinator for Cintas, and worked as an Office Manager at MJ Miller & Co. Karie enjoys spending time with her family and her four kids. Her three boys keep her busy, especially during baseball, soccer, and football season.  


Foundation Board Approves Second Cycle Grants for Arts and Community Programs

Foundation Board Approves Second Cycle Grants for Arts and Community Programs

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The Barberton Community Foundation Board of Directors met at the Active Adult Center on Thursday, July 15 to approve $63,179.50 for six grants in the second cycle for arts and community programming. The board also discussed several upcoming events, contracting with Heritage Ohio, and other business.


City of Barberton was awarded $20,000 for the Foundation Fields lighting upgrade. This grant supports the installation of exterior LED lighting retrofit upgrades for all four fields at the Foundation Fields complex.

The Foundation awarded $15,000 to the City of Barberton Parks and Recreation Department for operating support including: programming, youth camps, summer concerts, the Mum Fest, and park maintenance.

Habitat for Humanity received $15,000 from the Foundation for their program called: Barberton New Home Build. Habitat builds homes for low-to-moderate income families and offers 30-year, zero interest mortgages.

Magical Theatre Company was awarded $5,500 for operating support to sustain the organization through the ongoing pandemic.

The Barberton High School Art Department was awarded $4,179.50 to purchase and integrate iPads in the creation of artwork. This will help students learn the creative applications many professionals use.

The Foundation granted $3,500 to United Way of Summit & Medina for their 2-1-1 program. The 2-1-1 Information and Referral hotline is a free, confidential 24/7 information helpline that helps residents with find health and social services, food pantries, and more.

Two motions for changes to funds:

The Board approved two motions regarding funds held at the Foundation. First, there are several funds established by Barberton Summa Hospital: the Barberton Alumni Physician Now and Forever Funds and the Barberton Alumni Physician Scholarship Fund. The Foundation approved, at the recommendation of Dr. Michael Hughes (fund advisor), to consolidate these funds in order to grow the Barberton Alumni Physician Scholarship Fund for Barberton students.

Second, the Foundation approved that the Barberton Salvation Army Now and Forever Fund, which uses funds raised from the Labor Day event, expand its purpose statement to: “the purpose of the Fund shall be to support local nonprofit organizations that contribute to the overall health and well-being of the citizens of Barberton by services to the underserved population.” This change was made at the recommendation of Denny Liddle, who is the fund advisor and originator.


The Foundation has contracted with Heritage Ohio, which will be conducting an introductory event in the fall. The Foundation is also planning donor and board events, has partnered with Magical Theatre for Tuscany on Tusc, and is planning their Annual Dinner for November 4. Tickets will go on sale in the fall.

If you want to learn more about the Foundation, visit our website at or please give us a call at 330-745-5995.

Foundation Job Opening: Office Manager

Foundation Job Opening: Office Manager

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Job Opening: Office Manager

Title: Office Manager

Reports to: Executive Director          

Hours: Full Time; Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Available for evening meetings as required and off hours, including weekends.  

Job Summary:

The Office Manager provides administrative and organizational support to the Executive Director and the professional staff;  greets office visitors; handles information requests from  the general public; processes information and requests from Board of Directors; provides event coordination including scheduling of space, catering services, etc.; performs clerical functions with regard to preparing  all correspondence and mailing of gift acknowledgement thank you cards; assists with community event registrations and sponsorships, maintains the Foundation meetings calendar through Outlook, maintains mailing lists, schedules meetings for the Executive Director, Board of Directors meetings, and all committees.  This position is also responsible for all Board and Committee meeting minutes for both Barberton Community Foundation and Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation.

Summary of Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Manages time and prioritizes work from professional staff to meet deadlines
  • Utilizes professional communication skills
  • Interacts, assesses needs, and supports professional staff and board members
  • Cordially receives and works with visitors from the community
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills
  • Maintains master calendar
  • Prepares and sends Board, Executive and committee packets
  • Attends Board & Committee meetings for both the Foundation and Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, prepares meeting minutes in a timely manner
  • Sets up meeting spaces prior to Board and committee meetings, and off-site locations
  • Assists with the preparation of Foundation events, including board and staff retreats, and tracks registration as needed.
  • Enters and maintains constituent contact information in database
  • Coordinates volunteer schedule and responsibilities as needed
  • Maintains full functioning of all office equipment
  • Utilizes skills with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word applications, including completing mail merges and simple functions in spreadsheets
  • Prepares reports, memos, letters, thank you letters, mailing lists, presentations, and other documents using word processing, spreadsheet, database, or presentation software
  • Possesses an aptitude for learning new software, including the capacity to learn the Foundation’s database system (Blackbaud FIMS)
  • Provides IT support and software application, assists staff with issues, and works with our IT support company
  • Creates donor and vendor profiles in FIMS; maintain and update information
  • Enters accounts payable invoices into FIMS, mails checks, files AP paperwork, and prepares credit card reconciliation.
  • Processes incoming donations made by check or cash following protocol
  • Files and retrieves corporate documents, records, and reports
  • Assists Director of Finance with oversight and maintenance for all Foundation owned properties
  • Uses the internet to gather information, fill out forms, surveys, Doodle polls, etc.
  • Provides support for Barberton Community Foundation and Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation grants, scholarships, small grants, and youth philanthropy grants by assisting the Director of Community Impact
  • Identifies ways to improve established processes
  • Orders supplies for staff and maintains inventory for office
  • Maintains confidential information and demonstrates discretion
  • Works without supervision, but also does not hesitate to seek advice and help when needed
  • Possesses a team player attitude
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Skill Requirements:

High School Diploma required. Associate or Bachelor’s degree in related field or commensurate work experience preferred.

Abilities Required:

  • Clerical: Proficient in administrative and clerical procedures and software, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Mail Merge; managing and organizing paper and electronic files and records; designing and maintaining accuracy of information contained in office forms and spread sheets, and other office procedures and terminology. Knowledge of Roberts’ Rules of order would be helpful, as well.
  • Communication: Solid oral and written communication skills with knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar; project management.
  • Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing quality customer service. Excellent phone manner and etiquette required.
  • Willingness to learn new skills

Salary and Benefits:

This is an exempt position and the salary will be commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for a full package of employee benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, long and short-term disability, 401(k) plan, personal paid-time off, and paid holidays.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be constructed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the Office Manager. All Foundation personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Additional Information:

This position has both an inside and outside job function that is critical to the success of the Barberton Community Foundation. The internal function is to serve as a valued Foundation team member who communicates with the staff and supports co-workers as part of the Foundation team. The external portion of the position is to manage effective relationships with key community stake holders.

It is Barberton Community Foundation’s policy that, as required by law, equal employment opportunities be available to all persons without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship status, genetic information, veteran status, or any other category protected under state or local law.

            How To Apply:

No calls, please. Email cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Suzanne Allen, Executive Director, Barberton Community                 Foundation at Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2021.

Nominate a Game Changer

Nominate a Game Changer

Nominate a Game Changer

Game Changer Application Opens

It’s that time of year again! The annual Game Changer Award is open and accepting nominations through July 15. 2021 has been an exceptional year for many reasons. Help us identify those individuals and organizations who deserve recognition! You can download a nomination form or apply online by following the links below.

Read about our past Game Changers >


Nominees should be an individual or an organization that has made a positive impact in Barberton through their leadership, vision and/or commitment to the community. Tell us what you admire about them, how they have benefitted Barberton, and acts of service they have performed. Nominees should be connected to the community as a resident, a volunteer, or through their work.


The Game Changer award is traditionally presented during Barberton Community Foundation’s annual dinner. This year’s annual dinner is on Thursday, November 4 at the Galaxy Restaurant. Tickets and sponsorships for the dinner will be announced later this summer.

Process and evaluation:

The application window is open until July 15. A committee consisting of a cross section of citizens from Barberton reviews all nominations and makes a selection by the end of July.


Ray E. Leach, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ray E. Leach, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ray E. Leach, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to welcome the Leach Family to the Foundation with the announcement of the Ray E. Leach, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tina, Kathy, Mike, and Ray have decided to honor their father (and Brianna her grandfather), with a scholarship that will benefit a Barberton student pursuing a trade school or technical education.

Ray Sr. was a self-made man who was always helping others. He believed that everyone should have the opportunity to follow their passion and do what they do best. This scholarship is designed to remember Ray Sr. in his belief of a brighter future, to further students’ talents and help them financially, no matter their passion.

If you would like to support the Ray E. Leach, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, there are several ways to make a donation.

You can give Barberton Community Foundation a call at 330-745-5995 or send a check by mail to 460 W. Paige Ave. Barberton, OH 44203. Be sure to mention the Ray Leach Sr. Scholarship as your designation.

In May 2021, the Leach Family awarded their first scholarship to Skylar Ramsey, which coincided on the 50th anniversary celebration of Leach’s Meats and Sweets. Congratulations Skylar and Leach Family!