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Gay Community Endowment Fund Stories

The Gay Community Endowment Fund is helping charitable people and nonprofits impact the LGBT community in Summit County. Here are some of their stories.

imageAdvisory board members represent GCEF at Equality March »
On June 11, the LGBTQ community and its allies held a march in Washington, D.C., to show their unwavering support for equal rights for all Americans. Akron was well-represented, with Gay Community Endowment Fund Advisory Board members Phil Montgomery and John Grafton, along with the fund's ACF advisor, John Garofalo, in attendance.

imageGCEF receives gift from acclaimed LGBT activist »
A planned gift from longtime gay rights advocate Dr. Walter A. Sheppe Jr. will preserve the legacy of the former University of Akron professor forever. Dr. Sheppe, who taught biology at the University of Akron for more than 20 years, died in March 2017 at age 89, leaving more than $13,000 to the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation. 

imageGCEF presents Paul Daum Award to Peter Schofield »
In 2017, the Gay Community Endowment Fund recognized Peter Schofield, a cornerstone member and longtime volunteer of the fund, with its second annual Paul Daum Award. The award honors those who have demonstrated a significant commitment to LGBT causes in Greater Akron.

imageGrant supports mentoring program for LGBT students »
A grant from GCEF is supporting the QUEST mentoring program at Kent State University, which pairs LGBTQ students with a supportive adult role model to help them navigate social and academic challenges. The program focuses on newly “out” students, students of color, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds, who studies show are more likely to have difficulty transitioning to college.

imageOut in Ohio Tour offers look at LGBT landscape »
GCEF Board Chair Cindy Christman attended the two-day Out in Ohio Tour in Cleveland. Organized by the Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the event was an opportunity for funders to get immersed in local culture and gain an understanding of the experience of LGBTQ people in our community.