Donor Designated Funds

Long Term, Consistent Support ~

A Donor Designated Fund is a personalized fund that provides ongoing support for nonprofit organizations, programs, or initiatives you care about.



  • Donors can take an immediate tax deduction for their contributions, and the distributions can be recommended to the specified organization or field of interest over time.
  • Professional investment management of funds with no hassle of record keeping.
  • Donors receive updates on the impact of the fund through quarterly income allocation reports.

53 Accessible Alliance McClung Fund (2022)

Through a diagnosis of ALS, Chad and Heidi McClung established this fund to honor Chad’s 53rd birthday. The focus of their fund is to make the outdoors in Alliance more accessible for others who are disabled, handicapped, aging, or mothers with young children. 

Alliance Community Center Fund (2006)

This fund was established for building and tenant improvements or expenses incurred in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the Alliance Community Center.

Alliance Parks & Recreation Fund (2005)

When the Robertson Youth Center was dissolved, all the remaining assets and funds were transferred to the foundation for the primary use of parks and recreational activities within the city of Alliance.

Alliance Pregnancy Center (2021)

The Alliance Pregnancy Center board established this fund to create a permanent source of funding for the center.

William and Mary Lou Baker Swimming Safety Fund (2012)

The five Baker children: Ann, Joan, Jeff, Chip and Tom have honored the memory of their parents, Dr. William and Mary Lou Baker, by establishing this charitable fund.  This fund benefits the Alliance Family YMCA for the purpose of supporting swimming safety.

Castle Crusaders Fund (2017)

Castle Crusaders cares for the historic complex consisting of the Glamorgan Castle and surrounding grounds owned by Alliance City School District.

Greater Alliance Community Fund (1999)

This fund was created to invest in our community’s most important issues, initiatives, and needs for generations to come. It is our savings account for the future of our community.

Honor Hometown Heroes Banner Fund (2019)

The Honoring Hometown Heroes Committee established this fund to recognize local veterans by displaying military tribute banners throughout the city of Alliance and providing educational programs on behalf of the community’s United States Veterans.

Eileen and Robert Hunter, Sr. Charitable Fund (2011)

This fund was established by Attorney Robert Hunter, Jr. and his sister, Sue Hunter Commerson, to honor their parents in recognition for their support of the mission of the Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center.

Independence Day Fireworks Council Fund (2004)

This fund was established to celebrate our nation’s birth with community, recreational, and educational events sponsored by the city’s commission. 

Anthony Lalli Downtown Fund (2022)

Tony Lalli was a friend and advocate to downtown Alliance where he owned and operated Ideal Cleaners and Laundry for over 30 years. This fund will help ensure downtown continues to thrive for generations to come. 

Marlington Education Innovation Fund (2016)

This fund was established by the Marlington Local School District to promote, encourage and enhance educational opportunities that strengthen and enrich students’ experiences through classroom grants awarded to teachers that facilitate STEM education, 21st Century Learning skills, Ohio Learning Standards, 1-to-1 Technology Integration, and Professional Development for Teachers or Community Engagement.

John Peters Memorial Fund (2021)

This fund was established in memory of GAF’s philanthropic co-founder, Jack Peters. Through him, countless partnerships, initiatives, scholarships, and ideas were born in the city he loved. This fund supports his encompassing vision. 

Jack and Madge Peters Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund (2019)

Jack and Madge Peters established this fund to provide an ongoing and stable source of funding to Early Childhood Education Alliance, Inc.  Distributions from this fund to ECEA are intended to be used to enhance early learning experiences.

Robert and Sally Reed Early Education Fund (2015)

Drs. Robert and Sally Reed were successful doctors in Alliance and they believed that quality preschool gave children a strong start to grow socially and intellectually.  This fund supports financially disadvantaged families to enroll their children in quality early childhood education. 

Rodman Public Library’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Fund (2019)

This fund provides children who live in the 44601 postal code with quality, age-appropriate books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. 

Ernest Sheetz Memorial Fund (2006)

Upon his retirement from the University of Mount Union, Ernie became the Foundation’s first Executive Director.  He was instrumental in focusing foundation resources toward quality early childhood education and championing a collaboration which became the Early Childhood Education Alliance, Inc.

Arthur Stuckey Interfaith Child Development Center Endowment Fund (2007)

Arthur Stuckey, a 1943 Alliance High School graduate, was Vice President of GF Business Equipment in Youngstown, Ohio and owner of Livingston’s Office Furniture in Tampa, Florida and established this fund to provide financial support to the center.

Stocker-Tuttle Rotary Literary Fund (2019)

This fund was created to celebrate Keith Stocker and Bud Tuttle’s long-time membership in the Alliance Rotary Club designating Rodman Public Library as the benefactor. 

Stuckey Family Educational Fund (2003)

Arthur Stuckey who was Vice President of GF Business Equipment in Youngstown, Ohio and owner of Livingston’s Office Furniture in Tampa, Florida established this fund for charitable purposes of the Greater Alliance Community Fund for various educational programs and projects.  Art was born and raised in Alliance and had a strong work ethic and wanted to give back to his hometown.

Summer Explorers Fund (2016)

This fund was created to provide funding for the annual Summer Explorers program for Alliance elementary students through the Synergy Alliance Partners. 

James and Margaret Williams Alliance Family YMCA Youth Fund (2018)

James and Margaret know the community well because of their service to their church and many civic organizations. Jim served as a founding trustee to the GAF and served many years on the YMCA board. This fund was established to support youth leadership and healthy lifestyle programs for the Alliance youth at the YMCA.