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Gay Community Endowment Fund Stories

The Gay Community Endowment Fund is helping charitable people and nonprofits impact the LGBTQ+ community in Greater Akron. Here are some of their stories.

imageCharitable fund will benefit homeless LGBTQ+ teens »

A new fund at Akron Community Foundation will support programs for LGBTQ+ teens who are facing homelessness. The Michael Hohman Fund for Homeless LGBTQ Teens was established in May 2019 by Cuyahoga Falls resident Deborah Strobel in memory of her brother, who took his own life in 1981 at age 22. 

imageGCEF presents 2019 scholarships »

In 2019, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awarded $4,000 to help local students achieve their higher education goals, bringing the fund’s cumulative scholarship distributions to more than $20,000 since its first awards in 2016.

imageGrant brings hope to homeless LGBTQ+ youth »

The Gay Community Endowment Fund recently received a heartfelt thank you note from Rebecca Callahan, executive director of CANAPI, for a grant GCEF awarded to provide housing support to homeless LGBTQ+ youth.

imageGCEF presents 2018 scholarships »

The Gay Community Endowment Fund recently awarded scholarships to three students who have positively impacted the LGBTQ+ community. In total, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awarded $3,000 to help local students achieve their higher education goals, bringing the fund’s cumulative scholarship distributions to $16,600 since its first awards in 2016.

imageGCEF presents Paul Daum Award to Ken Ditlevson »

In 2018, the Gay Community Endowment Fund recognized Ken Ditlevson, the first director of Kent State University's LGBTQ Student Center, with its third annual Paul Daum Award. The award honors those who have demonstrated a significant commitment to LGBTQ+ causes in Greater Akron.