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Sally Freaney

Sally Freaney is the Grant Center Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. In addition to her many years as the Grant Center librarian, Sally has enjoyed careers at both a nonprofit hospital and for Mahoning County government.

She enjoys showing nonprofits how to expertly use the Foundation Directory Online database, confidently navigate the proposal writing process and successfully use the nonprofit startup assessment tool.

A coffee lover, Sally enjoys reading a good mystery novel.

The Latest From Sally Freaney

Today is National Coffee Day

2 cups of coffee, small glass of coffee, croisant, all on a background of coffee beans

Heading into the fall season, there are a number of holidays, events and celebrations to look forward to.  There are county fairs, apple and pumpkin celebrations and cornfield mazes.   I’m looking forward to National Coffee Day, celebrated every year on September 29th.     I am one of the over 60% of Americans who drink coffee each day.  Research shows us that… read more >>

Make Your Move to Better Fitness in May

exercise-class

The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports reminds us to “Get Moving in May!” in order to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports month each year.    The library has resources to help you plan your moves.  You might try a lifetime wellness course at Universal Class. With your PLYMC Library Card, you have access to… read more >>

Women in Philanthropy

Two female volunteers smiling for Women in Philanthropy

March is Women’s History Month, when we remember the vital role of women in our nation’s history. The Youngstown Foundation, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, and the Wean Foundation are Community Foundations within the Youngstown area.  All are located locally and work diligently to serve the people in our area.  We have two United… read more >>

February is National Bird Feeding Month

bird at feeder

Are you looking for a new hobby?  Something to brighten up the mid-winter blues and help wildlife at the same time?  February is National Bird Feeding month.  What a great time to start this hobby!   The National Bird-Feeding Society began to publicize bird-feeding and bird-watching and promote it as a hobby.    Some resources on the library website… read more >>

Mars 2021 Landing

Planet Mars Landscape

Have you been following the Mars exploration program?  Did you catch the launch from Cape Canaveral in July?  You will be able to catch the Mars landing on February 18 at 3:55 p.m. ET.  If you missed the lift off, you might not have realized the significance of this event.  Let’s discover what this is all about with some… read more >>

Focus on Community Foundations

Local Foundations and United Way During the Pandemic  You’ve probably seen or heard in the media, mention of the Community Foundations in our immediate area.  Right now, especially you’re hearing about them because of the rapid response they’ve made to the COVID-19 pandemic.    The local Community Foundations include the Youngstown Foundation and the Community Foundation of the… read more >>

Assistance for Individuals During the Pandemic and Beyond

Money bag with the word State support and family. State pensions, benefits and guarantees of social protection. Cash payments. Social assistance to low-income families to symbolize financial assistance to individuals

As the Grant Center Librarian for the Youngstown Public Library, I am sometimes contacted by people having personal financial difficulties, wishing to explore ways to resolve these challenges.  The Grant Center is a Funding Information Network Partner (FIN) of Candid.  Just like Candid, the Grant Center does not give grants or make donations or suggest specific funders or… read more >>

Charity Evaluation Resources

Charity Donation General Picture

During this eventful time in our history many people are moved by the events occurring all around us and perhaps you’re considering either donating to or volunteering at a nonprofit organization.  There are also many organizations not directly involved in the corona virus pandemic or with social justice issues but their services remain vital to those they serve and need financial assistance and volunteers to keep their programs operational. Maybe… read more >>

COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources

Nonprofit word cloud image with hand

Since the beginning of this pandemic crisis, Candid has been collecting information that can help our community and those across the country recover.  Below are many resources, news items and much information on the philanthropic response to Covid-19 that Candid has invited me to share. Funding for Coronavirus: Real time information on the global pandemic:  it includes news, funding data, observations and more, and is updated… read more >>