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Foundation leader to leave post

YOUNGSTOWN — Jan Strasfeld, executive director of the Youngstown Foundation, is stepping down after nearly 14 years at the post.

Under her direction, the organization, one of the oldest community foundations in the U.S., became a regional leader in grantmaking, doubled its fund assets and developed new initiatives to help the most vulnerable in the Youngstown area.

Strasfeld will stay on as executive director until a successor is brought on and acclimated to the job.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to experience firsthand the generosity and caring spirit of our community,” she said. “I am grateful to the Foundation leaders for their trust and empowerment, and I will forever treasure this opportunity to make a meaningful difference.”

The job posting and application process are available at www.youngstownfoundation.org.

The foundation during Strasfeld’s tenure elevated its investments in the community with projects such as The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater in the downtown, the Michael Kusalaba Library and Walnut Grove, an all-inclusive playground in Canfield. She also created YSTAR Program that awards up to $6,000 for every Youngstown City School District graduate to attend Youngstown State University or Eastern Gateway Community College.

Founded in 1918 in response to the Spanish flu pandemic, the foundation is the largest community foundation in the region and fourth oldest in the country. It has more than $125 million in assets and awards more than $8 million annually to local nonprofit groups.

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