Salem, Ohio


Salem Community Foundation 

Making a difference in our community for 53 years.

The 2019 scholarship year is now closed - deadline for submission was June 5.  Recipients will be notified by letter in the middle of July of their scholarship award.

The Salem Community Foundation Scholarship program is designed to assist current students enrolled in a post-secondary undergraduate educational program. 

The Ministerial Scholarship was established to provide scholarship aid to individuals who wish to enter the fields of the Ministry, Christian Education, Youth Ministry, or a closely related field. 



The Salem Community Foundation and Salem Community Center announced the opening of the CenterPlex, a $3 million facility expansion project in November 2015. The 30,000-square-foot athletic complex offers competitive and recreational basketball, volleyball leagues, indoor track meets, baseball practices, and pickelball. Designated time slots for teams to rent courts for organized practices is also available.


"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 to the Salem Community Foundation for your continued support of the City of Salem!"  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.

During the past year Salem Community Foundation continued to support a wide range of Salem area programs, projects and scholarships through grants awarded to the arts and humanities, education, human services, and public and community services. I encourage you to review the accomplishments of the recent fiscal year detailed within our 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 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.