DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist of Stark County Award


Each year, the DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist award recognizes a Stark County resident age 45 and under who impacts Stark County through direct service and volunteer work in the areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability, United Way of Greater Stark County’s BOLD GOALS.

Bob and Linda DeHoff established the DeHoff Emerging Young Philanthropist Award in 2010 and is in honor of two of United Way’s most dedicated campaign volunteers. Bob and Linda DeHoff served as the Alexis de Tocqueville Society co-chairs for over a decade, assisting in reaching donors who contribute gifts of $10,000 or more. During the 11 years they served as co-chairs, the DeHoffs led efforts to raise more than $11.6 million to benefit residents of Greater Stark County. The recipient of the award will receive $5,000 to be donated to a health and human services 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of the award recipient’s choice.

Do you know someone who derves to be nominated? Go here to nominate them (nominations for this year's award close at noon on January 26, 2018).

This award will be presented at United Way of Greater Stark County's Annual Celebration on March 29, 2018.


The DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award 2018 will be presented to Cyrus Harper. A native of Massillon, Cyrus returns to the area often to inspire youth, connect to schools and retain his positive influence on the city. Having spent a great deal of time at the Boys and Girls Club, he always stays involved there. A published author, Cyrus is also a sought-after speaker for organizations dedicated to inspiring and making America's youth reach their full potential. His social media platforms are all developed on platforms of integrity and positivity, and feature a diverse array of individuals from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Dividing his time as a dual resident of both Massillon and Los Angeles, Cyrus’ frequent visits to his hometown signify his investment in the youth here, and his dedication to improving the quality of life for at-risk children in our community.  Cyrus said, “I think it’s important to be a role model that kids can see, someone they can see in their neighborhoods."

“Anytime Cyrus plans a trip to Massillon, he works with the Massillon Museum to connect with schoolchildren,” says Massillon Museum Director Alexandra Coon, who nominated Cyrus for this award. She says, “Cyrus has
a passion to change the world, hence assigning himself the moniker, ‘Cyrus the Solution.’ Through his organization, ‘A Wise Way,’ he mines first-hand accounts of individuals with inspirational success stories to motivate and encourage others to aspire toward personal success.”


2017 - Joel Daniel Harris  |  2016 - Latoya Dickens  |  2015 - Katie Cerrone Arnold  |  2014 - Staci Martin  |  2013 - Derek Gordon  |  2012 - Trina Farnsworth  |  2011 - Joseph French