Serving the Salem Area Since 1966

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.


The goals of the Salem Community Foundation are to

  • Encourage the growth of the Foundation's permanent endowment.
  • Provide a vehicle for donations from individuals, families, corporations and organizations with varied interests.
  • Evaluate and address emerging and changing community needs.
  • Serve as a neutral leader to stimulate and coordinate actions among various organizations to accomplish common objectives.
  • Make grants that are consistent with the above.


The membership of the Salem Community Foundation consists of the organizers, the board of directors and donors.  Donors are those persons, businesses or organizations residing in the Salem area or if residing outside the Salem area continue to have an active interest in the Foundation.

Governing Body

The Governing Body of the Foundation consists of eighteen directors, nine are selected by the following public organizations: Salem Board of Education, Columbiana County Bar Association, Columbiana County Medical Association, Salem Ministerial Association, Federation of Women's Clubs, United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County, Salem Parks and Recreation, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, and Salem Historical Society. Nine directors are selected by the membership. Salem Community Foundation directors are selected because of their integrity, knowledge of the community and ability to make fair judgments. The Foundation’s directors serve five-year terms and officers are elected annually. All serve without compensation.


2019 - 2020 Board of Directors

2019 - 2020 Officers


  • President: John E. Tonti
  • Vice President: Robert S. McCulloch III
  • Secretary: George W.S. Hays
  • Treasurer: Gary E. Moffett

Directors From Membership


  • Salvatore C. Apicella
  • Larry G. Cecil
  • Mark C. Equiizi
  • Deborah B. McCulloch
  • Robert S. McCulloch III
  • Gary E. Moffett
  • Louis A. Ramunno
  • John E. Tonti

Directors From Organizations


  • Steven J. Bailey - Salem Board of Education
  • Carolyn Caldwell: Federation of Women's Clubs
  • Meta S. Cramer - Salem Ministerial Association
  • Karl Getzinger - Columbiana County Medical Society
  • Geoffrey S. Goll - Columbiana County Bar Association
  • George W.S. Hays - Salem Historical Society
  • Joseph Julian - Salem Parks and Recreation
  • Audrey C. Null - Salem Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Joseph P. Sedzmak - United Way of Northern Columbiana County

Grant Distribution Committee


  • John E. Tonti
  • Robert S. McCulloch III
  • George W.S. Hays
  • Gary E. Moffett
  • Joseph Julian
  • Louis A. Ramunno
  • Melissa J. Costa - Grant Coordinator




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Our History

The Salem Community Foundation, Inc., was organized in Salem, Ohio at the instigation of Walter F. Deming. The organizers who were also the original contributors were: Walter F. Deming, Attorney Alfred L. Fitch, Harry Krohne, Robert S. McCulloch, Dr. Gail A. Roose, James H. Wilson, Eugene Young, and Attorney George H. Bowman. The planners thought it would take a few years to get started before they could disburse any grants. However, after the first six months, the Foundation had $17,000 and was able to make its first small allotment. The Salem Public Library received $200 for the purchase of "cultural books."

First Gift

At a later board Walter F. Deming was elected president; George H. Bowman, vice president; and Harry Krohne, secretary and treasurer. In 1967, after the first year, the Salem Community Foundation's assets stood around $17,000 and it was during that year the originators decided to establish a Book of Memory to be kept in the Salem Public Library. Memorials made to the Foundation over the years would be written in the book and a record would be preserved for future generations. In the second year, trustees saw funds grow to $21,000 which allowed expenditures of approximately $1,450 for the year.

Financial Goals

The original goal of $100,000 set by the early board was achieved during 1974. When Krohne resigned in 1975 he recommended the board adopt a goal of $250,000 in net assets by the end of 1977, and $500,000 by the end of 1980. The McKeown bequest in 1977 took Salem Community Foundation's fund balances $100,000 over the first goal, and the $500,000 goal was met during 1980. In 1984 the $1,000,000 mark was exceeded.

50 Years and Growing

The Salem Community Foundation’s Annual Report shows the growth since the story began. We have the founders of this public charitable trust to thank, as well as, the literally thousands of people who have generously donated from twenty-five to hundreds of thousands of dollars to be used to better the lives of their fellow area residents. The mission of the Community Foundation is also to assess and meet changing community needs and interests through financial and to assist donors to build and preserve enduring assets for charitable purposes.

Salem Community Foundation  ·  Serving the Salem area since 1966