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The Stark Library Foundation was founded in 2006 by a group of passionate volunteers determined to financially support the mission of Stark Library, helping library leadership to grow programming and service offerings. The Foundation believes the library is a powerful tool – a store of knowledge that transforms lives through the written word and other meaningful resources. The Foundation has grown every year, thanks to its passionate Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers, and generous community support. 

What We Fund

The Stark Library Foundation is able to provide financial support for the Library’s greatest needs and highest priorities through generous gifts from donors like you. The Library’s strategic thinking blueprint and executive leadership provide a framework for library services worthy of the Foundation’s financial support. The Library’s key focuses include early literacy, lifelong learning, and community engagement.

Ways to Give

The Stark Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all financial contributions are tax deductible. The Foundation accepts a variety of gifts.

1. Cash, Check, or Credit Card

If you would like to make a contribution to the Library Foundation, you may do so via the methods below:

Donate via credit card:

Donate Online Now

Donate via check or cash:

Stark Library Foundation
ATTN: Mary Ellen Icaza
715 Market Ave N
Canton, OH 44702

2. Tribute Gifts

A tribute gift can recognize or commemorate a person you care about. The Library Foundation recognizes gifts made in “Honor Of” or in “Memory Of” of someone special in our biannual publication. Additionally, we mail a letter to the individual or family member letting them know a gift has been made in their honor or in memory of their family member. Please include the information below when making a tribute gift:

  • Whether the gift is an honorary or memorial gift.
  • Name of the person you wish to recognize or remember.
  • Name and address of the person to whom you would like an acknowledgement letter mailed. (We will not include the amount of your gift in the acknowledgement letter.)

3. Legacy Gifts (Planned Gifts)

Planned gifts are an important part of ensuring our library’s excellence for generations to come. Planned gifts also can provide valuable tax benefits to the donor, and even lifetime income. Please consult your attorney or financial planner as to which vehicle best fits your financial circumstances as well as your tax and charitable objectives.

The Library Foundation accepts a variety of planned gifts including bequests through wills or trust, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, retirement plan assets and even property. For more information about making a planned gift, please contact Mary Ellen Icaza at 330.458.2707.

4. Corporate Giving and Sponsorship

Collaboration is extremely important to the Library Foundation. That is why we are always seeking ways to partner with philanthropic, community-minded businesses. Our generous corporate partners provide funds for a variety of projects as well as underwrite our annual fundraiser, the Smart Party.

If your business or organization is interested in partnering with the Library Foundation through a donation or sponsorship, please contact Mary Ellen Icaza at 330.458.2707.

5. Matching Gifts

Many employers offer matching gift programs, matching charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, contact your Human Resources Department. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer and sent it completed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled!


 Please contact Mary Ellen Icaza    330.458.2707 or    Mary Ellen Icaza.

2021-2022 Library Foundation Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

President: Mary Calnon

Community Volunteer

President-Elect: Denise Hill

Retired Co-Owner, Custom Fireplace Shop

Treasurer: Jeanne Frietag

Community Volunteer

Board members

Krista Allison

Education Consultant,
Stark County ESC

Suzanne Birkbeck

Community Volunteer

Emily Callan

Grant Writer,
United Way of Greater Stark County

Jackie DeGarmo

President and Founder
Hillard Jeane, LLC

Julia Dick

Owner, MOLA Productions and
L. A. Dick Imports, Italian Wines

Dr. Geraldine Humphrey

Retired counselor and community volunteer

Christine Kruman

Community Volunteer

Kay Leath

College & Career Prep Advisor

Ellen McNally

Community Volunteer

Deb Miraglia

Community volunteer

Janet Baker

Community Volunteer

Bridgette Neisel

Vice President of Advancement
Stark Community Foundation

Angela Rembert

Cafeteria Assistant, Youth Mentor
Canton City Schools/Stark County
Community Action Agency

Todd Ruggles

Director of Tax Services,
415 Group

Lisa Warburton-Gregory

Community Volunteer

Cindy Webster

Vice President – HR,
REM Commercial

Michael Wheeler

President & Chief Legal Officer,
Patriot Software Company

Lauren Zollinger

ABIS Group

Maureen Ater

Vice President of Marketing & Fund Development,
Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland & East Central Ohio, Inc.

Barb Ewing-Cockroft

Educational Consultant
Stark County ESC, State Support Team, Region 9

2021 Ad-Hoc Board Members

Kyle Sheposh

Solmet Technologies, Inc.

Kevin Burwell


Library staff members

Mary Ellen Icaza

CEO and Executive Director

Stephanie Mooney

Executive Administrative Assistant