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!

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.

BCF Announces 3rd Quarter Grant Recipients

BCF Announces 3rd Quarter Grant Recipients

Our 3Q15 grants totaled $36,796 All grants given will directly benefit the Barberton community.

Program Name
Focus Area
Grant Amount
Strategic Granting Area
Embracing Futures
Orthodontic Care Program for Barberton Children
Social Services
Responsive Effort
Barberton Parks & Recreation
Lake Anna Holiday Lighting
Community Image
Responsive Effort
Barberton Parks & Recreation
25th Annual Mumfest
Community Image
Strategic Collaboration
Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve
iStrive for Van Buren Homes in Barberton
Educational Excellence
Responsive Effort
Stewarts Caring Place
Cancer Support Services for Barberton Residents
Social Services
Responsive Effort
Barberton Area Community Ministries
Barberton Head Start Backpack Program
Social Services
Responsive Effort

Strategic Granting Model

Responsive Effort – Address short-term community needs for one to three years while simultaneously helping to create a sustainability model

Strategic Collaboration – Designed to allow the Foundation to work with other organizations to launch programs that maximize community impact

Foundation Facilitated Initiative – Programs that are funded and managed by the Foundation and designed to create transformational change to benefit the residents of Barberton

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