(March 3, 2017, Warren, Ohio) – The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded grants totaling $103,000 at its March Board of Directors meeting. In addition to aligning with the Foundation’s strategic priorities of economic opportunity and educational opportunity, those funded this quarter demonstrated a keen ability to leverage local, regional and state dollars.

“The Foundation’s support of these organizations will equip some of the most vulnerable, within our population, with the skills, tools and resources necessary to make positive, lasting change,” said Jennifer Roller, president of The Raymond John Wean Foundation.

Grants were made to the following organizations:

Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) for its Senior Financial Empowerment Initiative, which provides services and evidence-based programming to increase the financial stability of Ohio’s aging population. The initiative provides assessments, financial education and counseling to strengthen senior citizens’ ability to age in place with financial security.


The National Inventors Hall of Fame for its Invention Project Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Program for Mahoning County Youth. Through this program, Chaney VPA and STEM Campus students will attend a week of intensive programming that blends STEM education with business and entrepreneurial skills. Created with the next generation of innovators in mind, students will be challenged to create inventions while considering the business, economic and marketing aspects of product development.


The Youngstown Business Incubator for Women in Entrepreneurship (WE), which creates economic opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged women through education, training, mentoring and networking opportunities. WE equips women seeking guidance and support in starting, developing or growing women-owned businesses in the Mahoning Valley.



About The Raymond John Wean Foundation 



Raymond John Wean, after having achieved success in the flat-rolled steel processing industry, in 1949 created the Foundation that bears his name in Warren.  Since then, more than $100 million in grants have been awarded to a broad variety of nonprofit organizations in support of its vision to empower residents to create a healthy, vibrant, equitable and economically stable Mahoning Valley. To achieve greater impact, the Foundation leverages a powerful combination of support, alignment and partnerships among programs, organizations and efforts in the strategic priorities of community revitalization, economic opportunity, educational opportunity and public service leadership. The Foundation recognizes that our community is best served when diverse organizations and constituencies come together and share their knowledge, resources and experiences to address issues and opportunities.