Benefits of Giving

We envision an improved quality of life for Barberton residents, now and forever.

Benefits of Giving

As one of over 700 community foundations in the country, Barberton Community Foundation provides our community with a permanent resource designed to help meet the ever-changing needs of Barberton, both now and in the future.

The Foundation’s staff has an in-depth understanding of not only ways to give, but of the opportunities and challenges that shape our community. Our goal is to help donors learn more about local nonprofits, and help them make a difference for causes they care about. Together with our donors, we have awarded more than $109 million in grants and scholarships to the community.

We offer a variety of giving tools to help individuals and organizations achieve their philanthropic goals. We’ll work with you to match your giving and passions, and create a plan that works for you. We make giving easy and effective, and accept a variety of gifts. Donors can contribute, cash, stocks property, and bequests, with the maximum tax benefits. 

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We asked many of our donors and they told us that giving to causes that matter is deeply rewarding, and it has a positive effect on their lives, too. Here are the top five reasons we’ve learned about why people give:


  1. Giving to charity makes you feel good.
  2. Giving to our local nonprofits reinforces what’s important to me.
  3. Nonprofits need help now.
  4. Giving helps us teach our children, and grandchildren, the importance of generosity.
  5. It also can motivate our family and friends to make gifts to our local charities.

When Rachel and Joe Stefan established the Stefan-Lightner Endowment Fund, they shared that they hoped to model philanthropic giving for their sons. Joe said,

“I want to teach our boys how to give back, how to create that philanthropic attitude.”

The Stefan family decided they wanted to commit to a long-term vision and a focus for their giving. Their fund benefits nonprofits with programming related to domestic violence, financial literacy, health and wellness.

Stefan Family

Ten Reasons People Choose Barberton Community Foundation

  1. Barberton Community Foundation is a local organization that has been in our community for 25 years.
  2. Our staff is knowledgeable of our community’s issues and needs.
  3. We provide personalized service to assist each individual in meeting their charitable and financial interests and goals.
  4. Our funds help our donors support the causes they care most about.
  5. We accept a wide variety of assets.
  1. We partner with local professionals to help donors create effective ways to meet their charitable goals.
  2. Donations to Barberton Community Foundation provide maximum tax advantage under state and federal law.
  3. We help donors establish legacies by ensuring that their favorite charities or areas of interest are supported long after they are gone.
  4. Our endowment funds benefit the community forever.
  5. We are a community leader, providing funding for new ideas and programs that help to make a positive impact on our community.