07.29.19 Ohio Budget Briefing – Transportation Session
07.29.19 Ohio Budget Briefing – Budget Overview
Wean Foundation Supports Building Capacity for Criminal Justice Reform Work
(June 21, 2019, Warren, Ohio) – At its June Board of Directors meeting, The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded The Ohio Transformation Fund (OTF) a multi-year grant in support of its work to address the impact of mass criminalization and incarceration in Ohio’s communities. OTF efforts include community organizing, policy advocacy and civic engagement programs designed to change the state’s justice system from one of mass jailing, particularly of young people and people of color, to one based on stable families, economic security and access to health care and education.
OTF, its partners and grantees tackle tough issues like bail reform, law enforcement accountability and the school to prison pipeline. Through grants, capacity building and technical assistance, OTF supports the development and empowerment of grassroots organizations representing traditionally impacted individuals and families.
“Our theory of change is that, whereas each of these areas is important and necessary, none on its own can create sustainable, statewide change,” says OTF executive director Judy Wright.
Multiple Ohio-based and national funders, along with the Wean Foundation, understand that maximizing connections and aligning funder dollars is a model stronger than each responding individually to the opportunities and challenges of political and social activism around criminal justice, equity and progressive change.
Supporting the development of local civic engagement, the Wean Foundation awarded additional funding for OTF’s Leadership NOW: Ohio, an eight-month cross-sector fellowship program for emerging social change leaders developed through a partnership with Rockwood Leadership Institute. Of the 24 state-wide participants that make up the 2019 cohort, a robust representation from the Mahoning Valley includes four Wean Foundation Emerging Leaders Program alumni: Dionne Dowdy, United Returning Citizens (’18), Keland Logan, The Colony Youngstown (’17), Miles Johnson, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (’16) and Chris Tennant, Thrive Mahoning Valley (’17).
These changemakers will seek to develop leadership practices that build the long-term civic capacity and fostering the cross-sector relationships necessary to achieve systemic, transformational change in Ohio.
“I look forward to participating in the cohort to expand on what I learned from the Emerging Leaders Program, specifically growing my ability to inspire and align individuals and groups. Participating will challenge me to better manage my relationships and increase personal and organizational effectiveness,” shared Tennant.
Wean Foundation Announces New Staff Member
(May 10, 2019, Warren, Ohio) – The Raymond John Wean Foundation is pleased to announce Korey Gall as its new capacity building officer. In this role, Gall will implement the Foundation’s Capacity Building Program strategies which include its Capacity Building Fund; Race Equity and Inclusion Initiatives; and Capacity Building Events.
Prior to joining the Wean Foundation, Korey served as housing associate for Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership where he supported residents in new homeowner acquisition and renovations work in coordination with the Trumbull County Land Bank. Additionally, he served as a representative for both organizations in governmental affairs and inter-organizational collaborative projects. As the 2018 recipient of the Ohio Community Development Corporation Association’s Ned D. Neuhausel Award, Korey was recognized for his innovative and inclusive work, promoting and creating affordable housing for Trumbull County residents.
Outside of his professional life, Korey is a member of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Cohort, a program of The Raymond John Wean Foundation designed to leverage the assets of upcoming leaders and create pathways to decision-making tables. Past community service roles included secretary, The Trumbull County Historical Society and advisory committee member, City Club of the Mahoning Valley.
A life-long resident of Warren, Ohio, Gall is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
Wean Foundation Announces Community Investment Grants
(Warren, March 20, 2019) – The Raymond John Wean Foundation Board of Directors held
their first quarterly meeting of the year on Tuesday, March 6. Community Investment grants
totaling $226,383 were awarded to four organizations for integrated, equitable solutions
aligned with the Foundation’s four strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic
opportunity, educational opportunity and public sector leadership.
Trumbull County Historical Society, Voices Oral History Project – Designed to add a depth of
understanding to Warren’s historical record, this project will engage residents from the
Southeast Side, Southwest Side, Quinby Park and the North End in unearthing facts and sharing
memories experienced in their neighborhoods. The resulting collection and archival of artifacts
and the creation of an electronic oral history map will be used to educate diverse regional
communities about the people and events that have shaped Warren’s rich history. For more
information, contact Meghan Reed, Executive Director at 330.394.4653.
Fund for Our Economic Future, Choose Extraordinary: Advancing Growth & Opportunity in
Northeast Ohio – The Fund, an alliance of funders, works to provide economic growth and
equitable opportunity to job creation, job preparation and job access for Northeast Ohio
residents. Their three-year goals include defining and maintaining a regional growth and
opportunity agenda; empowering a leadership network; and pooling resources to drive
innovations. The Fund’s 2018 report, The Two Tomorrows, outlines an approach to advance the
economy and brings attention to the racial disparities that exist, calling for a new definition of
success that includes the elimination of those disparities. To read the full report visit
National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), Invention Project – Programming designed to engage 50
Warren and Youngstown City School District middle school students in real-world challenges in
which they leverage their understanding of economics and gain an entrepreneurial introduction
to the business of innovation, from prototype to product launch. Through high-energy, hands-on
activities, the program empowers participants to turn ideas into inventions and find out how to
bring those inventions to market. The NIHF approach recognizes inventors and invention, infuses
their stories, insights and passion into STEM education programs and provides authentic,
impactful experiences that help tomorrow’s innovators realize their potential. Learn more at
Rockwood Leadership, Leadership Now: Ohio – This cross-sector fellowship program convenes “key
influencers and those poised to be key influencers” from across Ohio to build sustainability,
bolster personal ecology and create cross-sector alliances. The deliberate inclusion of leaders
from the Mahoning Valley will provide opportunities for collective thinking about building strong
movements at home and across the state, ultimately translating to an increased capacity for
Ohio to create change at the local, state and national level. Recognizing that diversity is a
strength and strategy for powerful and creative leadership, Rockwood is the nation’s largest
provider of social impact leadership training committed to serving and connecting leaders from
diverse backgrounds and perspectives, sectors and issue areas.
Other grants awarded include:
Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Healthy Community Partnership – Mahoning
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, Health and Wellness of the Residents Project
Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, Health and Wellness of the Residents
Our vision is empowered residents creating a healthy, vibrant, equitable and economically stable Mahoning Valley.
TNP’s Executive Director wins Community Development Professional of the Year
Congratulations to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership’s Executive Director, Matt Martin for receiving the OCCD Community Development Profession of the year award. Well deserved. We value both Matt and TNP as a strategic partner and community advocate.