In 1983, some Stow citizens were frustrated by the long and tedious process of reviewing social service funding requests at the Annual Town Meeting. They decided to establish an alternative funding vehicle and organized the Stow Community Chest, a tax-exempt charitable organization, managed by a volunteer board of directors.
Today, we continue that original mission. The Stow Community Chest is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors raises funds and reviews funding requests from non-profit service providers. Each fiscal year (August 1 through July 31), we conduct a fundraising campaign for residents and area businesses and often complement the campaign with additional fundraising programs. We allocate the money we raise to various organizations that provide social, health, and human services for Stow and neighboring communities. Both new and current agencies must complete a formal funding request application.
We review the needs of our community every five years to ensure that the agencies we fund are meeting those needs. As with any community, Stow’s needs continuously change and grow. We go through a formal needs assessment process made up of surveys, focus groups as needed, and individual interviews with citizens, town organizations, the schools, and others to ensure we understand what Stow’s residents need and whether the agencies we fund are up to the challenge.
Board of Directors:
Laurie Burnett, Clerk
Lauren Donahue, Treasurer
Lisa Lavina, President
If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.