Salem, Ohio


Salem Community Foundation 

Making a difference in our community for nearly 50 years...


The Salem Community Foundation awarded $38,200 to twenty-eight Salem area deserving students in July.  These scholarships were distributed from the SCF Scholarship Fund, Avanell E. Beck Scholarship Fund, Lyle and Mary Biehler Scholarship Fund, Bruce P. and Eileen J. Gordon Fund, Hart / Litty Scholarship Fund, Sam and Bernice Keener Scholarship Fund, Evelyn Lease Fund, Salem Label / Menegos Fund, Betty R. Ulicny Scholarship Fund, and Ministerial Scholarship Fund.


SCC CenterPlex

The Salem Community Foundation and Salem Community Center are pleased to announce a $3 million facility expansion project. The construction of a 27,000-square-foot facility will be located immediately to the south of the current building. This new athletic complex, the CenterPlex, will offer competitive and recreational basketball, volleyball leagues, indoor track meets, baseball practices, and will have designated time slots available for teams to rent space for organized practices.

The free-standing building will be home to a four-lane 160-meter "spikable surface" running track that will meet the requirements set by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches as a qualifying facility for the indoor state track meet.  In the CenterPlex will be two high school regulation sized basketball courts containing four half courts and twelve total basketball hoops. These courts may be converted to as many as four volleyball courts. The CenterPlex will also feature a drop down batting cage with "L screens" for baseball and softball practices. The multipurpose sports complex will have a lobby with viewing monitors and concession stand to be utilized by the players, coaches, officials, and spectators.

The board of directors for Salem Community Foundation recognized the growing needs of the Salem Community Center and are very excited about the expansion project. The expansion will target all ages and meet the needs of Salem area residents and for those living as far away as Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
Salem Community Center Executive Director, Heather Young, the board of directors and staff are actively planning new and expanded programs and are excited about the positive impact of these events.


"I would like to thank the Salem Community Foundation and Butech Bliss for their generous support of the Salem Public Library. The new 3D printing program and revolutionary technology is very exciting for the community of Salem."  Salem Public Library Director Brad Stephens


  "The mission of the Salem Police Department is to provide safety, security and a high quality of life to all persons with our jurisdictional boundries to the best of our ability. Thank you for the five Mobile Device Termianls, ancillary items for installation, and a year of wireless internet service."  Police Chief J.T. Panezott 


jtontiDear Friends,

The Salem Community Foundation has worked diligently since 1966 to improve the quality of life while continuing to connect its donors with critical interests in the Salem area. Assisting donors with their philanthropic needs for the past 48 years has been a tremendous honor and privilege.

As a public trust, the Foundation is vibrant and healthy due to caring individuals, families and organizations continuing to invest with confidence in the local community through us. During the past year Salem Community Foundation continued to support a wide range of Salem area programs, projects and scholarships through $1,517,075 awarded to the arts and humanities, education, human services, and public and community services. I encourage you to review the accomplishments of the 2014 fiscal year detailed within the most recent Annual Report.

The Board of Directors and I are extremely grateful for your confidence in our ability to serve you in investing in our community and as your partner on behalf of achieving your charitable goals. We are proud of the fact that our efforts have made a significant impact in making lives better.

Sincerely yours,
John E. Tonti


The Salem Community Foundation, a public non-profit charitable trust, has as its mission to improve the quality of life in Salem, Ohio, and the immediate area.
The Foundation, through special grants, supports charitable, educational, scientific, literary, artistic, and civic efforts, as well as public safety, welfare, and recreational programs in Salem.

The mission of the Community Foundation is also to assess and meet changing community needs and interests through financial awards, and to assist donors to build and preserve enduring assets for charitable purposes.


•   Encouraging the growth of the Foundation's permanent endowment.
•   Providing a vehicle for donations from individuals, families, corporations and organizations with varied interests.
•   Evaluating and addressing emerging and changing community needs.
•   Serving as a neutral leader to stimulate and coordinate actions among various organizations to accomplish common objectives.
•   To make grants that are consistent with the above.