BCF Announces New Hire for Director of Finance

Barberton Community Foundation welcomes Brett Fogle, CPA, MT as our new Director of Finance effective October 10, 2019.  

Brett will manage all finance, accounting, human resource and program-related investment functions of the Foundation. Accounting and finance responsibilities include overseeing all financial reporting and presentations, the annual budget and spending policy process, as well as cash management to meet all of the Foundation’s granting, investment and operational needs. Brett will work in connection with our economic development partners to monitor our program-related investments and Foundation-owned properties.

“We are delighted to welcome Brett to Barberton Community Foundation and to introduce him to the Foundation family,” said Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Allen. “Brett is a graduate of Barberton High School and has deep family ties to the community. He described working in Barberton as a dream opportunity. We hope everyone will give Brett a warm welcome.”

Brett has fourteen years’ experience in public accounting, with a concentration in nonprofit and small business accounting, cash management and administration. Professionally, he worked as a manager for Cohen & Company for two years, working as a client ambassador and consultant for tax credit and opportunity zone studies. He is a 2003 graduate of Barberton High School, from there earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Malone University and a master’s degree from the University of Akron. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a member of several nonprofit boards including Malone University School of Business Advisory Council.

Brett’s fun fact is that his was the last class to attend the old Barberton High School on Hopocan Ave. for one year. He and his wife, Susan, have two children. His favorite activities include watching his kids play soccer and spending time with family and friends around a fire. Brett has shared with us that he feels like he’s coming home. He is looking forward to making new partnerships and working with the many friends in the Barberton community he’s known his entire life.


Announcing our Third Quarter Grant Partners

Congratulations to our 3rd quarter grant partners

Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce our third quarter grants totaling $89,584 to six area nonprofit organizations serving Barberton. Grants were awarded to:

Greenleaf Family Center’s Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program was awarded $3,000. This program provides presentations to middle and high school students, staff, and community members regarding mental health, depression and suicide. Their goal is to reduce stigma, help identify and respond to youth in distress, and teach students a help-seeking process for themselves and peers in need. It is an evidence-based program that has been proven successful.

Embrace Clinic & Care Center’s program “Strong Start: Barberton” was awarded $3,000. The Strong Start program works in collaboration with the Safe Kids program from Akron Children’s Hospital. The program provides material assistance, as well as educational and emotional support to families for the first year of a child’s life. Funding this program allows Barberton families currently on a waiting list to receive support.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. was awarded $15,000 for the expansion of the Barberton Health Clinic. AxessPointe provides dental, medical, behavioral health, and women’s health services to Barberton residents. The expansion will provide additional dental, behavioral health, and medical services, as well as a 340b pharmacy.

Embracing Futures, Inc. received funding for their Orthodontic Care Program totaling $5,584.00. Embracing Futures is a nonprofit organization helping children with severe orthodontic problems. Serving southern Summit County, 95 children received care in 2018. Funding directly supports programming and services.

Child Guidance and Family Solutions received $8,000 to support their Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding (TAPS) program. This grant impacts the Foundation’s educational excellence focus area. The TAPS program provides coaching and professional development for early childhood educators. Educators learn how to incorporate social-emotional skills in the classroom, and how to support children as they learn to process and communicate emotions. The program has been successful in decreasing preschool expulsions. Child Guidance and Family Solutions currently supports four Barberton preschool centers, impacting 200 children and training 30 educators.

Barberton City Schools received $55,000 for playground improvements to provide safety and handicap accessibility at Barberton Preschool. We understand that play is an essential component of learning for young children. Barberton Preschool is a high-quality preschool program that works to get Barberton students ready for kindergarten. This grant provides rubberized flooring for the first phase of the play space.

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. Our mission 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.

Barberton Community Foundation awards grants on a quarterly basis. For the next grant cycle, proposals are due October 1, 2019. For those nonprofits interested in applying to the Foundation, please download a grant application from or contact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact, at 330-745-5995. Grant recipients must be a nonprofit and must benefit Barberton residents.

Foundation Fund Donates new boat to City of Barberton Fire Department

Barberton Fire Department was able to purchase a new boat thanks to a generous donation from the City of Barberton Safety Services Fund held by Danny Sanchez at Barberton Community Foundation. 

Lt. Mike Beckman said the fire department desperately needed a boat like this. “It’s quick, versatile, and deployable which is important. We can fill it up using the air at the station or off the truck,” he said. The boat is made of a heavy durable material, and has many straps for places to hold onto. When not in use, it collapses to the size of a duffle bag for easy storage on a truck. The boat was built by Phoenix Safety Services in Ohio. 

Lt. Beckman explained that the boat could be used in many instances, such as ice rescue, in the canal, or during a flood. “We have a larger metal boat, but we can’t use that in knee deep water. With this boat, we can walk beside it, or  row it,” he explained. 

During the June floods Lt. Beckman said they received multiple calls for rescue. “In flood situations, a boat like this is handy for multiple rescues as we work down a street. Even in shallow water, you can’t always see where you’re walking. You don’t know where a curb or hole could be. Now we can help elderly or disabled individuals get out of their homes more safely.” 

Lt. Beckman continued, “This boat has made our job a lot easier, so thank you to the Foundation and Danny Sanchez with the Safety Services Fund for making this possible. We really appreciate it.”   

Danny Sanchez, from Casa Del Ranchero, said he had the idea to start a fund because he wanted to give back. “Both the Barberton fire and police have been coming to our place for years. We just really wanted to give back and do something for them.” Danny typically hosts a golf tournament every year to support his fund. “It has done more and grown bigger than I ever thought it would. Everyone wanted to get involved.” 

Fire Department and Boat

Photo- (L-R) Danny Sanchez, firefighter Chris DeFrange, firefighter Dominic Morbel, firefighter Richard Schwenning, Carrie Herman from Barberton Community Foundation, Lt. Mike Beckman, and Mayor Bill Judge

Fire Department and Boat

Photo- (L-R) Danny Sanchez, firefighter Chris DeFrange, firefighter Dominic Morbel, firefighter Richard Schwenning, Carrie Herman from Barberton Community Foundation, Lt. Mike Beckman, and Mayor Bill Judge


Foundation Fund Supports Flood Victims

Although the waters have receded, there are families in Barberton who are still recovering from the flooding in June. Barberton Community Foundation has been able to support recovery efforts through a fund called the City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund.

We are partnering with area agencies, including Barberton Area Community Ministries (BACM) to provide meals, and Neighborhood Conservation Services (NCS) to replace basement utilities such as furnaces and hot water tanks.

Partnership is a key word at the Foundation for good reason: our work is reflected in the success of the nonprofit organizations we support. BACM provided over 20,000 meals to families in June and July.

Discussing their service, Dorothy Somerville, Executive Director of BACM said, “The need really is that great.” Many families impacted by the flooding utilized BACM, and their food stores were depleted. The Foundation donated $5,000 to BACM to help replenish their supply. “Already we have purchased 30 cases of canned corn, 600 lbs. of meat, peanut butter, soup, canned fruit, 90 dozen eggs. We’re just getting started replenishing our stores,” said Dorothy.

NCS, the second organization to receive support from the Foundation’s fund, is working to help families replace household mechanical systems affected by the flooding. “We’re really excited to be partnering with the Foundation to help residents meet their health and safety needs,” said Charles Drubel, Executive Director of NCS. “This funding will help us provide emergency repairs to HVAC, hot water tanks, or electrical systems that were affected by flooding in June.” Examples of services which NCS has provided include: replacing the furnace of a senior gentleman who had over five feet of water in his basement, and replacing the hot water tank for a family living on the South side with two young children.

Donations for the City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund continue to be received from the community, individuals, and organizations. At the end of June, M and M Taphouse held a flood relief fundraiser, giving almost $2,000 to the fund. A woman from Florida with ties to Barberton donated online. Burton D. Morgan Foundation based in Hudson granted $10,000 to the fund.

“Thanks to our donors, the disaster relief fund is able to accomplish what it was meant to do: provide relief to Barberton families,” said Dr. Suzanne Allen, Executive Director of Barberton Community Foundation. “I want to personally thank everyone for their donation, and for their trust.” The City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund was established by Mayor Bill Judge in 2013.

Anyone interested in donating to the disaster relief fund can go online to the Foundation’s website at or call us at 330-745-5995. If you are interested in donating directly to BACM’s food pantry, please call 330-745-3693.

(L-R) Dorothy Somerville and Dr. Suzanne Allen

M and M’s Taphouse hosted a benefit for flood relief. Proceeds were donated to the disaster relief fund.

Burton D. Morgan Foundation awarded a generous grant to the disaster relief fund.



Barberton Community Foundation Announces New Director of Community Impact

Barberton Community Foundation welcomes Carrie Herman as the new Director of Community Impact.

Carrie will manage the implementation of the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs. She will also be responsible for advancing initiatives for the Foundation’s mission, building relationships with community stakeholders, and working to identify community engagement opportunities that will lead to positive and lasting change.

“We are so happy to welcome Carrie to Barberton Community Foundation and to introduce her to the community,” said Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Allen. “She will be working closely with our nonprofits and donors to help us Build a Better Barberton.”

Carrie has over 30 years of experience in the social services sector and has successfully served as a leader and convener in Akron area organizations. Professionally, she was the executive director of Women’s Network for 13 years, coordinating and collaborating on economic development, as well as strategic issues and opportunities. Most recently, she has served for 19 years as the Business Development Group Manager for United Disability Services (UDS) in Akron, creating and implementing UDS’s social enterprises, as well as partnering with internal and external stakeholders to further the mission of the organization.

Carrie is one of the co-founders of the Women’s’ Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation and has spent 14 years on the grants committee.  Her volunteer work extends to Akron ATHENA’s Board of Trustees and Master Gardeners of Summit County.  Past volunteer commitments include Friends of Main Library Board of Trustees for the Akron-Summit County Public Library, and the Ohio Women’s’ Business Resource Network, where she served as treasurer.  Carrie was named one of YWCA’s 100 Women of Distinction, one of the 500 Most Influential Women in Northeast Ohio by Northern Ohio Live Magazine, and was the Women’s History Project Woman of the Year in 2006.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling and gardening, for which she has earned the designation of Master Gardener.

The City of Barberton Disaster Relief Charitable Fund

When a disaster strikes, we all feel the impact and look for ways to offer help. Barberton Community Foundation stands ready to connect donors with our neighbors in need. The City of Barberton’s Disaster Relief Fund at Barberton Community Foundation was started to help victims of the 2013 flood and is ready to support nonprofits with programs that help flood victims in our community today.

All funds raised for the City of Barberton’s Disaster Relief Fund will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local individuals and communities in the impacted areas of Barberton.


How to give:


Checks can be mailed to Barberton Community Foundation at 460 West Paige Avenue, Barberton, Ohio 44203 and please designate your gift for “Disaster Relief.” If you need assistance with your donation, please call 330-745-5995. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Thank you!

BCF Hires Director of Marketing

Kate DeAngelis joins Barberton Community Foundation


(July 1, 2019, Barberton, Ohio) – Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Kate DeAngelis as the new Director of Marketing. Kate will be responsible for coordinating marketing initiatives, maintaining key community relationships, and communicating the overall mission of the foundation.

“We are excited to welcome Kate to the Barberton Community Foundation,” said Executive Director Suzanne Allen. “Her background with the Barberton community and her passion for community service makes her an excellent addition to our team.”

Kate has six years of nonprofit marketing and communications experience, previously working as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Neighborhood Development Services. In her time there, she contributed to many Barberton related projects, including Barberton Better Block, Kave Coffee Bar, the Barberton Walk of Fame, and the Barberton Arts and Entertainment District. From 2012-2016 she worked as the Public Relations and Marketing Associate at the Barberton Public Library. While working at the library, Kate became a Friend of the Foundation, and found her passion working closely with the Barberton community.

Kate is a native of Norton, Ohio, and currently lives in Akron. She graduated from Ellet High School, and attended Ohio Northern University, receiving a BA in Professional Writing. She is excited to be working in Barberton again and shared that it feels like coming home.






About Barberton Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Barberton Community Foundation has awarded over 3,400 grants and scholarships totaling more than $89 million since its inception and invested over $12.5 million more to promote job creation, neighborhood improvements and educational opportunities within Barberton. The Foundation strives to improve, now and forever, the quality of life for Barberton residents by providing leadership on vital issues, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of giving to do good. The Foundation strengthens the community for current and future generations by proactively directing its grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs. To read more about the Barberton Community Foundation visit or follow us on Facebook at




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Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation Announces 2nd Quarter Grants


Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation 2Q18 grants totaled $41,000.

Grantee Program Name Grant Amount
Info Line Increasing Access to Services for Barberton and Norton Residents Through 2-1-1 $3,000
OPEN M OPEN M Medical Clinic $12,000
Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy Farmers’ Market Food Expansion Project $5,000
Prevent Blindness, Northeast Ohio Chapter Vision Care Outreach Program $4,000
Mobile Meals Meals & Supplements for Recipients in Southern Summit County $2,000
United Way of Summit County iC.A.R.E. Mentoring $15,000

The Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation (TPHWF) was created in 1996 via the merger of the original Barberton Citizens Hospital Foundation and the Barberton Citizens Hospital Auxiliary, which had long histories of improving the quality of health care in our area. TPHWF is a private and independent philanthropic organization that provides grants to charitable organizations that share our mission to provide health and wellness opportunities for citizens of Barberton and surrounding communities.

The Barberton Community Foundation has partnered with the Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation and is responsible for its administration. For more information visit

BCF 2018 – Quarter 2 Grants

Grants Focus on Community Image as Top Priority

Barberton, OH (May 25, 2018) – Barberton Community Foundation (BCF), an organization that has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents, announces its second quarter grants. BCF awarded $81,500 to eight organizations upon its board of directors’ approval at the May 10, 2018 meeting.

Organization Name Focus Area Program Title Strategy Area Amount Received
Barberton City School District Educational Excellence Preschool Expansion – Helping the Youngest Learners Strategic Collaboration $10,000
United Way of Summit County Educational Excellence iC.A.R.E. Mentoring Strategic Collaboration $15,000
Barberton All Sports Boosters Educational Excellence Barberton Synthetic Turf Project Strategic Collaboration $20,000
City of Barberton Beautification Community Image Holiday Display Lights Responsive $2,500
City of Barberton Beautification Community Image 28th Annual Mum Fest Strategic Collaboration $10,000
City of Barberton Community Image Barberton Labor Day BBQ and Music Festival Strategic Collaboration $5,000
Summit Artspace Economic Development/Community Image Permanent External Art Installations Foundation Facilitated $15,000
Barberton Parks & Recreation Community Image Lake Anna Summer Entertainment Series 2018 Responsive $4,000

Press Release -Q2 2018 BCF Grants