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.



Joel Daniel Harris. Joel was nominated by Ryan Hollingsworth, who explains, “Joel Daniel Harris believes community is what we make of it. Joel feels it’s every Canton resident’s responsibility – particularly his own – to make this take place. Joel cares for his community not just in spirit but in real time, in real spaces. His theology is centered on compassion and mercy. He is compelled to give back because it’s an opportunity to act on that in which he believes.”

A graduate of the 26th class of Leadership Stark County, Joel has spearheaded numerous community improvement initiatives, including TomTod Ideas - a project dedicated to developing youth leadership and encouraging innovation, and BikeSmart – a collaboration with the Stark County Library, Canton City Parks and Stark Parks to provide free bicycles to downtown residents and those in downtown homeless shelters. As a member of United Way’s Young Leaders Society, Joel helped bring Stark SOUP to the community. Stark SOUP
is a dinner celebration that offers a space where people can connect, learn and invest in their community through micro-grants for projects.

Joel will receive $5,000 to be donated to a health and human service 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of his choice.


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