Featured Grantees

(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.
Grantees include:

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
http://www.thefundneo.org/our-research/two-tomorrows.

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
https://www.invent.org/.

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
Valley Program

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, Health and Wellness of the Residents Project

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, Health and Wellness of the Residents
Project