2023 Grant Awards 1st and 2nd Quarters

Contact:  Marisa R. Rohn, President
Office: (330) 454-5800, ext. 307
Cell: (330) 309-3844
400 Market Avenue North, Suite 300
Canton, Ohio 44702


Canton, Ohio (June 6, 2023) The Board of Directors of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has announced $1,160,581 in grants for the first and second quarters of 2023.

Foundation President Marisa Rohn stated, “The Foundation continues to align its funds with those organizations that help the most underserved and in need people living in our community. Some organizations need assistance with personnel or program funding, while others can better serve the community by building their capacity through training, strategic planning, and more. Our Board of Directors believes in strategically awarding funds to lift up the work of these organizations, so that they can, in turn, lift up our community members.”

The following are the first and second quarter grants awarded:

Responsive Efforts: Our commitment to respond to specific or short-term community needs. Total: $677,486

Access Health Stark County , to support the services of an on-site community health worker (CHW) and related outreach activities in Canton City schools


Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank , to support food for the Stark County Keith D. Monda Food Pantry and Stark County Home Delivery Programs


Boys and Girls Club of Massillon , to support capital funding for construction of a new building


Canton for All People , to support renovations at 1318 Gonder Place SE to create a medical center and grocery store for southeast Canton residents


CommQuest Services , to support parking lot and door lock repairs at the Fuline Center


Our Lady of Peace Elementary School , to support a summer program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade


St. Anthony/All Saints Parish , to support the Building Bridges Hispanic ministry, over three years


Stark County District Library , to support the neighborhood component of its Summer Fun School program, over two years


Stark County Hunger Task Force , to support a new food pantry freezer, shopping carts for pantry clients, and a part-time driver/warehouse manager position, over 16 months



Strategic Collaborations: Our work alongside others to launch programs that build capacity and increase effectiveness in community services. The following were invited proposals to help build the capacity of local nonprofits. Total: $225,095

Access Health Stark County , to support a four-part data process improvement plan


Aunt Susie’s Cancer Wellness Center , to support strategic planning and board development activities


Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio , to support strategic planning and leadership development activities


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit Medina, and Stark Counties , to support consulting services to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness, and leadership coaching


Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health , to support leadership development services


EN-RICH-MENT , to support the development and implementation of a volunteer management system


Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio , to support four staff members’ attendance to the Goodwill Industries International Executive Development and Senior Leaders programs


Hartville Migrant Ministry , to support a new website, the development of an integrated fundraising plan, and Spanish classes for the new director of services


JRC , to support Conscious Discipline training for all frontline employees; diversity, equity, and inclusion training for all employees; and advanced grantwriting training for the Chief Development Officer


Our Lady of Peace Elementary School , to support attendance at the Conscious Discipline Advanced Institute; a three-day, off-site staff retreat for 30 staff members, and the principal’s virtual attendance at the National Catholic Education Association Conference


Pathway Caring for Children , to support training registration software enhancements and website upgrades


Pegasus Farm , to support leadership development, succession planning, and board development activities


Refuge of Hope Ministries , to support strategic planning


She Elevates , to support fund development training and assistance


St. John’s Villa , to support facility accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities


We Are Troubled On Every Side (WATOES) , to support one-time technology needs


YMCA of Central Stark County , to support leadership development


YMCA of Central Stark County , to support a learning component in its summer camps in the Canton City, Alliance City, and Plain Local school districts



Foundation-Led Initiatives: Our efforts to develop and hone programs focused on systemic change. Total: $258,000

Early Childhood Resource Center , to support the SPARK program in Canton and Minerva


Refuge of Hope Ministries , to support the cost of out-of-town bus tickets for people experiencing homelessness in Stark County who wish to relocate to another area, over two years



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 www.scfcanton.org

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