The Hal Naragon Charity Golf Outing

Please join us on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Chippewa Golf Club for the inaugural Hal Naragon Charity Golf Outing! The money raised for this charitable event will aid the Hal Naragon Memorial Scholarship Fund, playing a hand in assisting three Barberton High School seniors, one each from the baseball team, softball team, and a student pursuing a vocational or technical degree. Donations can be made payable to Barberton Community Foundation to support the Golf Outing or directly to the Scholarship Fund.

Read about Hal and his scholarship fund. Or visit


Fill out your registration form here:

(Hal Naragon Golf Registration – PDF)

(Hal Naragon Golf Registration – Word Doc.)

Please return your registration form to Barberton Community Foundation with your sponsorhip.

You can donate or register online! Click here, or send us a check and skip the processing fee! Not sure about how to register? Give us a call at 330-745-5995.

Nominate a 2020 Game Changer

It’s that time of year again! The annual Game Changer Award is open and accepting nominations through August 1.

So far, 2020 has been unforgettable for many reasons. Help us identify those individuals and organizations who deserve recognition for an exceptional response to an exceptional year.


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. Positive impact is placed into four categories: community image, educational excellence, economic development, and social service. Finally, they should be connected to the community through their work, volunteerism, or by residency.


The Game Changer award is traditionally presented during Barberton Community Foundation’s annual dinner. Due to COVID-19, the Foundation has decided not to hold the annual dinner for the health and safety of our community. A recognition video will be made to honor award recipients.

Process and evaluation:

The application window is open until August 1. A committee, consisting of a cross section of citizens from Barberton, reviews all nominations and makes a selection by the end of August.

Take 5 Inside

Take 5 Inside is a project created by DECA students at Barberton High School with the Foundation’s Debby Rolland serving as their mentor. The event is over five days with a different non-profit being served each day. The event also seeks to raise funds for the Youth Philanthropy Fund at the Barberton Community Foundation. For more information visit

Flyer: take5insideflyer

BCF Grantee Workshop

The Barberton Community Foundation is holding our annual Grantee Workshop on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. This event we have partnered with Grants Plus to bring value to beginner to advanced grant seekers. The seminar includes best practices and topics that are important to today’s grant seekers. Including core competencies that will leave nonprofit grant seekers better equipped to pursue grants strategically and efficiently.

Grantee Workshop Invitation

To register CLICK HERE.

Bike 2 Barberton Day – Success!

Bike 2 Barberton


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for attending Bike 2 Barberton Day!

The event was a great success with over 100 bikers and 20 volunteers in attendance.  It was a great opportunity to meet with riders from Barberton and surrounding communities, while highlighting Barberton as a bike friendly community.

Special thank you to our sponsors and partners who helped bring this event to the community free of charge.

2016 Sponsors and Partners:

Barberton Community Foundation

City of Barberton (Police Department and Parks & Recreation Department)

Medical Mutual Magical Movement Endowment Fund held at the Barberton Community Foundation

AAA Barberton /Ohio Auto Club Fund held at the Barberton Community Foundation

Akron Children’s Hospital

Sundance LTD

JohnDow Industries

Big Kmart

Kiwanis Club of Barberton

Magic City Kiwanis

East of Chicago Pizza


Lake Anna YMCA

Boy Scouts Troop 110


Donations collected at the event will go towards the Larry Bidlingmyer Memorial Bike Ride Pass Through Fund and the Barberton Bicycle Safety Pass Through Fund both held at the Barberton Community Foundation. To learn more about these funds or to make a donation click below.

Larry Bidlingmyer Memorial Bike Ride Pass Through Fund

Bicycle Safety Pass Through Fund

Photos from the event can be found on the Barberton Community Foundation’s Facebook page:

SAVE THE DATE: July 8, 2017 for the 2nd Annual Bike 2 Barberton Day


Barberton’s Bell

Bell Postcard - Version 1

In 2017, Barberton’s Bell Will Be 125 Years Old.

The Barberton Historical Society recently rescued this 900 pound solid bronze bell from the bell tower at Moore Memorial United Brethren Church (now Faith Gym) at Lake Anna.  The bell was donated to us by Al Horvath who needed to remove it from the church’s bell tower. 

Broken and deteriorated the bell is in need of major restoration, which will cost $2950.  Please consider making a tax deductible donation to this very worthy restoration project.  Checks can be sent to the Barberton Community Foundation at 460 W. Paige Ave, Barberton, Ohio 44203 or by clicking here. Checks should have “Barberton Bell” in the memo line.

The restored bell will be unveiled at our annual Anna Dean Farm Walking Tour on May 28, 2017, where our guests will be able to hear the bell toll for the first time in many, many years.


Educating Future Leaders Golf Outing



Join us Friday, September 2, 2016 for a day of golf to raise funds for college scholarships for outstanding Barberton graduates! Shotgun start at 9am.

Proceed benefit the Mayor Robert Genet Leadership Scholarship Fund held at the Barberton Community Foundation. The Fund supports young men and women who utilize their life experiences, abilities and skills to lead others and make a difference for the community in which they live.

To register or to sponsor the event click here.

Bike 2 Barberton

Wheel in for Bike 2 Barberton Day, July 9th, 2016 and enjoy a day filled with biking and Barberton!

Schedule for the Day
9am – Registration & Bike Inspections – Lake Anna YMCA
9:30-10:30am – Bike Rodeo – Lake Anna YMCA
11am-12pm – Bidlingmyer Bike Ride – Magic Mile/Towpath
12-2pm – Concert by Roxxymoron – Lake Anna Gazebo

Prize! Register to win a prize at the end of the event!

Get more details…

Join BCF and Blackrock for an investment seminar and receive continuing education credits

Hosted by the Barberton Community Foundation on Friday, October 9, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a lunch and financial seminar at the Duck Club at Canal Park | 300 S. Main Street, Akron.

Seminar Speakers Joe Balestra, Investment Management Consultant and Rob Kron, Blackrock Investment & Retirement.

RSVP by October 2nd, by calling 330-745-5995 or email Christy at

Continuing education credits for FA and CPA

Click here for additional information

Announcing 2Q15 Small Grants!

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[su_column size=”1/4″]Program Name[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]Amount Granted[/su_column]
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[su_column size=”1/4″]Barberton City Schools[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]Destination Imagination[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]$500.00[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″] Educational Excellence[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]City of Barberton Police Department[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]Barberton Drug Take Back Program[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]$250.00[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]Community Image[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]Mobile Meals, Inc.[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]Meals, supplements and nutrition education for Barberton residents[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]$1,000.00[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]Social Services[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]Neighborhood Conservation Services of Barberton, Inc.[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]Emergency Home Repair Program[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]$750.00[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/4″]Social Services[/su_column]

Grantee Spotlight

Barberton’s Destination Imagination program helps students develop critical thinking skills focusing in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Three of the teams in the Barberton City School District have chosen to complete a service learning challenge that benefits people in the Barberton community. The teams are challenged to design and carry out projects that meet real community needs. The supported organizations include the Barberton Community Pregnancy Center, Manor Care Nursing Home and deserving families in Barberton.

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To learn more about small grants or to obtain an application, please visit our website at

Barberton Community Foundation