Fulfilling our mission to create lasting impact

At the Wean Foundation, we believe impact must be measured. To make our vision real, we challenge ourselves to measure effectiveness and growth through a lens of racial equity.

As we partner with residents and organizations, we support ongoing, equitable access to resources, knowledge and opportunity, especially in communities of color. We have created a culture rooted in learning that values the voices of residents. Their experiences inform strategies that drive towards the solutions most important to them: Upward economic mobility, education and career opportunity and improved physical landscape.

2021 Impact Report

Empowered residents creating an equitable Mahoning Valley

In 2021, The Wean Foundation focused on awarding larger multi-year general operating grants that fund the development and implementation of viable solutions led by organizations whose leadership reflects the racial demographics of the communities in which they work. The Foundation continued to solidify their commitment to Race Equity and Inclusion Awareness, Learning and Practice and deepen their efforts through their grantmaking, capacity building, convening and partnerships and operations. To maintain their commitment to center racial equity in its work, the Foundation created a Racial Equity and Inclusion Strategic Direction and developed Desired Racial Equity and Inclusion Outcomes (DREIOs), along with metrics to support the DREIOs.

Our 2021 Impact Report highlights five aspects of our work — from grantmaking to capacity building to convening and partnerships — and highlights our strategic approach to equitable community building.

Total Grantmaking

$2,173,333

121 organizations
MV Covid-19 Response*

$106,475

3 organizations
Community Investment

$1,767,983

9 organizations
Neighborhood Success

$71,375

18 organizations
Race Equity & Inclusion Workshops

138

Participants
Race Equity & Inclusion Workshops

84

Organizations
We See You

$47,500

22 organizations
Other Grants

$180,000

69 organizations

2019 Community Survey

To implement its newly adopted Strategic Direction 2019-2023, in September of 2019 the Foundation conducted a community survey to learn from residents and grantees what they were experiencing as the most pressing challenges and opportunities in their neighborhoods.

The 150 stakeholders who participated provided valuable feedback and insight that continues to inform the Foundation’s grantmaking, capacity building, convening and partnership strategies.

Partnering for change

Authentic change begins with residents — those closest to the challenges imposed by systemic racism and entrenched systems of advantage. Informed by their rich experiences, we partner to establish measurable goals, data-driven objectives and indicators to evaluate our progress. We seek to create a learning, collaborative culture to accelerate and sustain lasting change to fulfill our mission.

case study

Neighborhood SUCCESS: Celebrating a decade of transformation

For more than a decade, the Neighborhood SUCCESS grant program has fulfilled its purpose and the Foundation’s hopes — shifting power to the residents and their neighborhoods, and reminding the Valley that true, lasting change comes from the Valley’s most valuable and greatest asset — its residents.

In fall 2018, the Foundation launched a year-long 10th-anniversary celebration that included lobby displays at its headquarters, window clings and yard signs at grantee sites and Foundation-supported activities and events hosted by the program’s grantees. Festivities culminated with the release of SUCCESS: A Decade of Transformation, a commemorative book dedicated to the hundreds of residents, dozens of committee and resident council members and staff who launched and nurtured the Neighborhood SUCCESS Grants Program from ideation to the impactful program it is today.

SUCCESS: A Decade of Transformation

We believe in the Mahoning Valley and in its future, because we believe in the people that call these neighborhoods “home.” They are robust, resourceful and hard-working; this book is dedicated to the celebration and honoring of them.

Wean Park – Where Community Happens

Wean Park is a 20-acre community complex of recreational green space and walking paths that serves as the front door to the City of Youngstown. Located at 229 E. Front Street, near the city’s downtown, it is a continuation of the Foundation’s long-followed practice of supporting initiatives that strengthen community through engaging residents. Families picnic on plush, grassy knolls; atttend summer concerts; enjoy art and culture festivals; and jog or walk the well-appointed trails that encompass the park.

wean park sign

wean park sign

Impact Stories

In neighborhoods across Warren and Youngstown, residents and nonprofits are teaming up to create authentic change. Their creativity, collaboration and courage to create change inspires us every day. Join us in supporting their work.

  • Building a Better Warren: Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP)

    TNP is dedicated to empowering residents through programming and projects that improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods of Warren, Ohio. The vision of TNP is to transform neighborhoods into meaningful places where people invest their time, money, and energy into their homes and neighborhoods; where neighbors have the capacity to manage day-to-day issues; and where neighbors feel confident about the future of their neighborhood.

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  • The Place That Makes Us: Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC)

    Founded in 2009 in partnership with the City of Youngstown and the Wean Foundation, YNDC catalyzes strategic neighborhood reinvestment in neighborhoods throughout the city. To accomplish this mission, the community development corporation utilizes a dual approach that includes strategic investments to rebuild market confidence in neighborhoods with strong assets and broader partnership strategies to strengthen Youngstown’s community development capacity and the citywide infrastructure supporting neighborhood revitalization.

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Grantmaking

Funding the development and implementation of viable solutions led by organizations whose leadership reflects the racial demographics of the communities in which they work.

Capacity Building

Supporting the strong leadership, strategy and impact of Black and Hispanic/Latinx-led organizations.

Convening and Partnerships

Defining challenges, formulating solutions and taking collective action, with Black and Hispanic/Latinx-led organizations who have a stake in the decisions being made.