Stark Community Foundation celebrates banner year of philanthropy

The Stark Community Foundation had a record year in 2022 for raising funds for philanthropy.
The Stark Community Foundation had a record year in 2022 for raising funds for philanthropy.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct several figures.

CANTON – The Stark Community Foundation set a record last year for handing out grants.

The nonprofit gave out $22.5 million in grants in 2022. It also raised $30 million, the second highest amount in foundation history. The gifts established a record of 46 new charitable funds, increasing the total number of charitable funds the group manages to 900.

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"The 2022 year was one of records and firsts, and a year of continuing to move our community forward through the power of philanthropy,” Mark J. Samolczyk, president and CEO of Stark Community Foundation, said in a prepared statement.

In 2021, the foundation raised $48.8 million.

The foundation said it provided grants last year to more than 750 organizations, ranging from the arts and animal welfare to affordable housing and education. Grants came from charitable funds that local individuals, families, businesses and organizations created.

The foundation last year also:

  • Awarded $1.6 million through its Community Responsive Grant Program, the foundation's largest competitive grantmaking program designed to meet area nonprofits evolving needs and opportunities.

  • Addressed child poverty at the neighborhood level by awarding more than $225,000 to organizations as part of the Protecting Stark's Future initiative.

  • Released a nonprofit service provider assessment to better understand the current and projected state of the nonprofit sector in Stark County.

Since it was established in 1963, the foundation and its family of donors have granted more than $230 million to nonprofits. The foundation is celebrating its 60th year in 2023.

This article originally appeared on The Repository: Stark Community Foundation philanthropy Canton 2022