The Anthony V. Spano Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and fiscal sponsor whose mission is to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing a healthier, sustainable quality of life and by helping individuals/groups with their philanthropic passions by turning them into an impactful mission.
To provide individuals and/or families in need with the resources necessary to realize a more sustainable life, as well as helping individuals/groups with their philanthropic passions by turning them into an impactful mission.
We believe …
- Every person deserves to live a healthy, sustainable life.
- That our passion for helping people in need will benefit the entire community.
- That fulfilling our mission must be done with the highest degree of integrity, honesty, and transparency possible.
- That by empowering people in need they will achieve a better life.
Our Board of Directors
Board Member (2022)
Board Member (2020)
Board Member (2020)
Board Member (2021)
Youngstown State University
Anthony Spano’s leadership skills, passion for service and community engagement began to take shape during his early days as a student at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio where he received a B.S. in Business Administration and finishing his Master Degree in Communication. It was during his undergraduate years as a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity that he led the organization’s philanthropic efforts to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Paul Newman’s “ The Hole in the Wall Gang” that benefits seriously ill children and their families.
His campus-wide achievements included spearheading a student initiative to erect a “9/11 Attack on America” memorial; assisting the American Red Cross in significantly increasing blood donations on campus; hosting two consecutive Student Leadership Summits; being selected as a “Who’s Who Among Students at American Colleges and Universities;” serving on the executive committee of Greek Campus Life; coordinating the local Great American Smokeout for the American Cancer Society; United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s Make a Difference Day; and the 10th Annual North Side Clean Up. From 2000-2004 Tony served as Coordinator of Student Programming.
In 2007, while employed by the YSU Parking/Vehicle Enforcement Department Tony founded The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to improve the quality of life for our community’s chronically and terminally ill children and their families through charitable support. He holds the position of executive director to this day while maintaining a full-time position at the university as purchasing coordinator. Over the last decade H.F.M.V. has raised over $300,000 in both donations and services.
Amazingly, he finds the time to serve on the board at Mahoning County Children Services.
Tony’s awards and recognitions include:
2009 YSU Distinguished Services Award
2010 North Eastern Ohio Education Association Positive Image Award
2010 Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley 40 Under 40 Award
2011 Certificate of Special Recognition from U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan
2011 Ohio Education Media Award for Public Service
2012 Ohio High School Athletic Association Meritorious Award
2012 Phi Kappa Fraternity President’s Citation
2013 Mahoning Valley Young Professionals 25 Under 35 Award
2013 Akron Children’s Hospital MV Children’s Advocate Award
2015 President’s Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement-Presented by President of the United States-Barack Obama
Why Support the Foundation
There is an overwhelming need to help people in our community who have few, if any, options to find assistance in attaining the life’s basic needs. The Spano Foundation exists to ensure that individuals and families with these needs receive the financial help necessary to provide food, clothing, shelter or medical attention.
Often, organizations that serve the basic needs of members of the community are themselves in need of financial assistance. They may be underfunded through a lack of donations or grants. The Spano Foundation provides funding for a variety of areas that support so they can continue to fulfill assisting those in direct need.
Philanthropy means “the desire to promote the welfare of others.” We believe anyone with a heart for helping is already a philanthropist. Whether you give of your time, your talent or a generous donation, we believe the power of philanthropy to transform live transforms all of us.
- Addressing a timely community need or opportunity not being addressed by other agencies.
- Expanding a proven program or project.
- Increasing cooperation and coordination among program providers.
- Strengthening the internal capacity of an organization to be more self-sufficient or efficient.
- Providing resources that will provide an immediate and substantial impact.
- Fiscal sponsor of funds and programs.