Now Hiring Director of Marketing

The Director of Marketing is responsible for conceptualizing and coordinating the effective deployment of marketing initiatives that build and promote the Foundation’s brand, image and strategic goals. Director of Marketing will play a key role in determining strategic initiatives and marketing plans to prepare the Foundation for the future. This position will be part of the senior leadership team that drives the overall strategy for the organization and work to integrate “the voice” of the Foundation in all areas of media, outreach and promotion of the strategic plan, as well as maintain key community and grant partner stakeholder relationships.

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Suzanne Allen to Join Barberton Community Foundation As Executive Director

More Than Three Decades of Proven Nonprofit Leadership, Experience Working with Community Foundations and Collective Impact

(December 13, 2018, Barberton, Ohio) – Suzanne Allen, Ph.D., is joining the Barberton Community Foundation as its next leader and Executive Director, leaving her post as President and CEO of Philanthropy Ohio where she has served the community of philanthropy throughout Ohio.

Suzanne has an impressive history of effective service within the nonprofit world, serving the past six years as leader of Philanthropy Ohio, a statewide membership organization dedicated to leading and equipping philanthropic organizations across Ohio to be effective and powerful agents of change within their communities.

Prior to her appointment with Philanthropy Ohio, Suzanne was Vice President for Development and Donor Services for the Akron Community Foundation. During her career Suzanne has held teaching, senior fundraising, and leadership positions with several universities, and has served as a private consultant helping clients in the nonprofit and academic sectors across the country.
“On behalf of our entire Board of Directors, we are excited to welcome Dr. Suzanne Allen,” said Michael Chisnell, Barberton Community Foundation Board Chair. “Her track record of leadership and excellence within our nonprofit community makes her one of the most accomplished philanthropic professionals in Ohio.”

“She joins us already understanding the Barberton community from her past work,” Chisnell added. “She has experience with the Collective Impact Model – our newly adopted strategic plan, which highlights partnering with other organizations to leverage more resources and dollars. We are confident that this plan, when matched with Suzanne’s expertise, will help maximize Barberton’s potential.”

“Having met the board and read the new strategic plan, it is clear that the Foundation and the Barberton community are poised for growth – and it is very inspiring!” Suzanne said. “Barberton is clearly focused on making sure its community is well educated and residents are happy, healthy and safe, with an opportunity for a good career.”

Suzanne has been recognized by the Columbus Business First newspaper as one of the area’s “People to Know in Not-for-profits,” as well as by Northern Ohio Live magazine as an Athena Awards finalist. She is a former board member of the Alumni Board of Leadership Akron and the Northeast Ohio chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).The Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio recognized Suzanne as a “2015 Woman of Distinction,” and her alma mater, Columbus State University, honored her with the “2015 Excellence in Alumni Achievement Award.”

Suzanne currently lives in Fairlawn with her husband, Mitch, of 35 years, her dog and cat, Bogart and Bacall, and is the proud grandmother of Anderson and Tre.

Suzanne joins the Foundation at the same full time annual salary as the previous Executive Director and will begin her tenure on March 4, 2019, as the Barberton Community Foundation embarks on a new pathway forward, intently focused on maximizing the good it can do for the residents of the City of Barberton and the students within the Barberton City School District.

“We have made great progress as a Board in 2018 to establish strong and well-governed financial and granting processes while building a strategic plan that will position Barberton to maximize even more resources available to communities like ours,” Chisnell said. “Suzanne is the ideal leader to help our community access those resources, engage partnerships, and supercharge the growth and prosperity of our Magic City.”

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 ​​.
To arrange an interview with Board Chair Michael Chisnell please contact the Barberton Community Foundation at 330.745.5995.

BCF Annual Dinner 2018

Join us on November 1, 2018 at The Galaxy Restaurant for our Annual Dinner where we will celebrate Barberton and recognize this year’s Game Changers Elwood Palmer and the Lake Anna YMCA.

The event will be from 5 – 9 pm at The Galaxy Restaurant. Sponsorships and tickets are available by clicking here.

Questions can be directed to the Barberton Community Foundation at             330-745-5995.

Strategic Plan and Staff Transitions

Statement From The Barberton Community Foundation
Strategic Plan and Staff Transitions

(September 7, 2018, Barberton, Ohio) – The Barberton Community Foundation Board of Directors is preparing for a transition in the role of President and CEO. The precise time frame for the transition is still being determined, but the Board is eager to have new leadership in place by its annual meeting in January 2019.

This transition comes on the heels of other recent staff transitions, including Debby Rolland who is moving out of state with her family, and Amber Genet who returned to the for-profit world with an area business.
Rolland and Genet have both remained engaged with the Foundation and are providing help during the transition period.

“We are thankful for the efforts and commitment from Mr. Stonkus, Mrs. Rolland, and Ms. Genet,” said Michael Chisnell, Board Chair. “With a new strategic plan focused on larger impact, and during this time of transition, we are excited to take a fresh look at how the Foundation staff is structured and review what roles will provide our community with the most return on granting dollars.”

To facilitate this transition in leadership, and to help with the implementation of the strategic plan adopted in August 2018, the Barberton Community Foundation has engaged Finding Leaders, an organization with an excellent reputation for identifying strong leaders.

For questions about the transition, please contact Barberton Community Foundation Board Chair Michael Chisnell at 330.745.5995.



BCF Transition Statement

BCF Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023

BCF Board Calls for Nominations – 2018

The Barberton Community Foundation Board of Directors is seeking two individuals to fill available seats for the 2019 Board. Successful candidates will strengthen the Foundation Board by adding knowledge, diversity, experience, vision and commitment to improve the quality of life of Barberton residents, now and forever. Please click the link below to review the qualifications. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 28, 2018.

Barberton Community Leadership Institute Applications Open

Applications are now being accepted for Barberton CLI Class 4. The program is an in-depth learning experience presented as a partnership with Leadership Akron with funding from the Barberton Community Foundation and Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation. Since 1984, Leadership Akron has empowered leaders by offering opportunities for learning, connectivity, and involvement with key leaders in the community. The Barberton CLI will use Leadership Akron’s proven educational model to enhance the skill set of current and future leaders.


Barberton CLI provides a series of learning experiences, each focused on a specific dimension of the community. Topics include Youth/Education, Community Health, Economic Vitality, Arts/Quality of Life and Public/Social Service. The program also features community-based learning experiences focused on Barberton’s key assets and decision-makers. It will link community issues to the broader picture of Summit County. Through this opportunity, participants will grow as leaders and see how the impact of their involvement can help advance Barberton.


Interested applicants can find more information and apply online at


Seeking Game Changer Nominations

Overview and Qualifications:

Nominations are now being accepted until September 7, 2018 for the 2018 Game Changer Awards by the Barberton Community Foundation. The Game Changer Award is designed to recognize Barberton citizens, organizations and companies who have served as catalysts for extraordinary involvement in the Barberton community. Nominees should be those who have made a positive impact in Barberton through their leadership, vision and/or commitment.

Evaluation and Award:

The Barberton Community Foundation’s Community Advisory Group consists of a cross section of citizens throughout Barberton. The group will review all submitted nomination and make a decision by the end of September.

Awards will be presented at the Barberton Community Foundation’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, November 1, 2018.


Questions on the Game Changer Awards or Annual Dinner can be directed to the Barberton Community Foundation at 330-745-5995.

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Click here for a list of past award recipients.


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

BCF 2018 – 1st Quarter Grants

Grants Focus on Economic Development as Top Priority

Barberton, OH (February 26, 2018) – Barberton Community Foundation (BCF), an organization that has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents, announces its first quarter grants. BCF awarded $55,000 to six organizations upon its board of directors’ approval at the February 15, 2018 meeting.

Organization Name

Focus Area

Program Title

Strategy Area

Amount Received

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Educational Excellence

Camp Invention STEM Based Enrichment for Underserved Barberton Youth



College Now Greater Cleveland

Educational Excellence

Barberton College Access Initiative

Strategic Collaboration


Stewarts Caring Place

Social Services

Cancer Support Services for Barberton Individuals and Families



Barberton Public Library

Social Services

Barberton Library Teen Central Improvement




Economic Development

Business Incubator Funding Scan

Foundation Facilitated


City of Barberton

Economic Development

Project Impact and Housing Rehab

Foundation Facilitated


Applications for the next quarterly grant cycle are due by April 2, 2018. Additionally, the Foundation’s Small Grant Program accepts applications monthly for grants up to $1,000, due the Last Friday of every month. More information is available at

About the Barberton Community Foundation:

The Barberton Community Foundation (BCF) has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents since 1996, through the continual giving power of the original endowment and through funds established by donors with their hearts focused on Barberton.