(Warren, December 10, 2018) – The Raymond John Wean Foundation Board of Directors held
their final quarterly meeting of the year on Tuesday, December 4. Grants totaling $79, 838 were
awarded to two Valley organizations strengthening leadership development and increasing civic
engagement.

December Grantees are:

Youngstown State University, Center for Nonprofit Leadership – In support of its Nonprofit
Leadership Summer Honors Internship Program which connects regional nonprofit and public
sector organizations with talented YSU students to increase their nonprofit skills and
marketability. The 10 interns, undergraduate and graduate, represent various disciplines and
majors. This year, perspectives from the University’s multi-cultural student affairs department
and various other organizations, which have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to
diversity, will be integrated. Contact Professor Laura Dewberry, Center Director, at
LJDewberry@ysu.edu for more information.

City Club of the Mahoning Valley – In support of its second year of programming dedicated to
citizen-centric forums designed to “inform, connect and motivate citizens to take action on
issues relevant to our region and beyond.” The annual calendar of events utilizes venues,
panelists and moderators that resonate with and represent the diversity of Warren and
Youngstown residents. Much of the project director’s work in 2019 will be working with a local
advisory committee and City Club of Cleveland to build a stronger, more impactful program for
the Valley. To learn more, contact Lynn Bilal, CCMV Project Director, at 330.507.3769.
Along with grantmaking, strategic planning has been a primary focus of the Foundation.
Informed by 18 months of reflection and learning, including input from nearly 200 residents,
grantees and community stakeholders, the Board of Directors approved its Strategic Direction:
2019 – 2023, a plan designed to provide a framework for the Foundation’s work over the next
five years.

Set to launch this January, the plan maps out strategies and key activities to honor the
Foundation’s commitment to high-quality grantmaking; strengthening nonprofit organizational
capacity; and ensuring the meaningful involvement of residents and organizations in
community-building. The Foundation will execute these strategies, appropriate for achieving its
vision and mission, through a lens of race, equity and inclusion.

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