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Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awards $756,149 in first and second quarter grants

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awards $756,149 in first and second quarter grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton Board of Directors has announced $756,149 in grants for the first and second quarters of 2024. The grants fall under three areas: responsive efforts that focus on responding to specific or short-term community needs, strategic collaborations that focus on work alongside others to launch programs that build capacity and increase effectiveness in community services, and foundation-led initiatives that focus on systemic change.

Foundation President Marisa Rohn stated, “Our work is made possible by the many organizations that partner with our foundation to lift people out of poverty. Not only do we fund, but we work alongside these nonprofits to assist with strategizing, providing for personnel and program needs, and building capacity through training, strategic planning, and more. Our board of directors believes in strategically devoting staff time and awarding funds to help organizations best meet the needs of our community.”

The following are the first and second quarter grants awarded:

Responsive Efforts: Total: $453,775

  • A Whole Community, to support supplies and a refrigerator for its community food program, over two years: $15,000
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, to support equipment and supplies for the Stark County pantry: $18,092
  • ArtsinStark, to support kitchen equipment for the new EN-RICH-MENT Arts Education Building: $50,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio, to support community-based mentoring programs: $15,000
  • CAMP (Career Apprenticeship and Mentorship Program), to support website and marketing video for collegiate planning services program: $10,000
  • Canton For All People, capital funding to support the Newton Family Apartments: $100,000
  • CommQuest Services, capital funding to support critical renovations in and closures of its facilities across Stark County: $150,000
  • Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank, to support equipment and supplies: $4,684
  • NAMI Stark County, to support programs that address mental and physical health challenges: $7,500
  • Pegasus Farm, to support operations of the Military and First Responders Center: $30,000
  • YMCA of Central Stark County, to support its summer camp programming in Canton City, Alliance City, and Plain Local school districts: $53,499

Strategic Collaborations: Total: $152,374

  • Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, capacity building support for a fundraising plan and technology upgrades: $5,374
  • Early Childhood Resource Center, capacity building support for strategic plan: $15,000
  • JRC, capacity building support for website: $22,500
  • OneEighty, capacity building support for a strategic and succession plan: $15,000
  • Project REBUILD, capacity building support for website enhancements: $5,200
  • Stark Community Support Network, capacity building support to review operational processes, policies, and procedures, a fund development plan, and marketing materials: $11,800
  • The ABCD, Inc., capacity building support for one-time purchase of necessary equipment for its Energy Conservation Weatherization program: $15,000
  • Tri County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, to support Massillon Middle School summer program: $27,500
  • Young Christian Professionals, capacity building support for workshops and coaching for its board and program directors: $10,000
  • YWCA Alliance, to support its collaborative out-of-school time program, Navigators: $10,000
  • YWCA Alliance, capacity building support to purchase ServTracker software to digitize its Meals on
  • Wheels Plus program operations, over three years: $15,000

Foundation-Led Initiatives: Total: $150,000

  • Early Childhood Resource Center, to support SPARK operations in Stark County: $150,000

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton
Established in 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Based on the vision of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved by understanding the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family, and measuring the outcomes of these efforts.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton reviews grants on a rolling basis. Information on the grant application process is available at

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