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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 Summit County. Here are some of their stories.

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.

imageGrant supports advocacy of LGBTQ youth in foster care »

In 2017, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded a $2,500 grant to the CASA Board Volunteer Association to support a community awareness campaign about the needs of LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system.

imageA message from GCEF's board chair »

Last year, our annual meeting theme was “Moving Forward.” GCEF has indeed moved forward, and we are now embracing telling the story of our diverse community while “Investing in Our Future.”

imageGCEF announces 2017 scholarships »

In 2017, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded scholarships to three students who have had a positive impact on the LGBTQ community. In total, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awarded $5,800 to help local students achieve their higher education goals, bringing the fund's cumulative scholarship distributions to $13,600 since its first awards in 2016.

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.