Salem, Ohio


Salem Community Foundation 

Making a difference in our community for 50 years.


The Salem Community Foundation's Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships to Salem area deserving college students for the 2015 - 2016 academic year at the end of July. Congratulations to the 41 students receiving scholarship awards. 

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, Herbert J. Hansell Scholarship for Public Service, and Ministerial Scholarship Fund. 

The Salem Community Foundation, established in 1966, is celebrating 25 years of scholarship awards totaling $524,050!



The Salem Community Foundation and Salem Community Center are pleased to announce the opening of the CenterPlex, a $3 million facility expansion project. 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 Elliott Hansell Indoor Track, a four-lane 160-meter "spikable surface" running track, meets all requirements set by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches as a qualifying track for the indoor state track meet. There are also two high school regulation sized basketball courts containing four half courts and twelve total basketball hoops in the CenterPlex. These courts may be converted to as many as four volleyball courts. A drop down batting cage with "L screens" for baseball and softball practices may be utilitzed by local teams. The CenterPlex's lobby has televisions and viewing monitors as well as a concession stand to be utilized by the players, coaches, officials, and spectators.

The Salem Community Foundation's board of directors recognized the growing needs of the Salem Community Center and was very excited to announce the athletic complex expansion project in the Spring of 2015. Salem Community Center Executive Director Heather Young, CenterPlex Director Cory Wonner, the board of directors and staff are excited about the positive impact of these events for our local citizens.


"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 50 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 $4,243,485 awarded to the arts and humanities, education, human services, and public and community services. I encourage you to review the accomplishments of the 2015 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 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.