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Event featuring Savannah James raises nearly $100k »
March 08, 2017
Nearly 450 local leaders gathered at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn to celebrate women’s philanthropy and honor Savannah James, founder of the I PROMise Makeover and the Women of Our Future mentorship program. 

ACF approves $3.6 million in education grants »
February 24, 2017
Today, Akron Community Foundation announced grants totaling $3,606,282, including $3,103,532 from designated, donor-advised, agency endowment and scholarship funds, and $502,750 in competitive education and early learning grants awarded by its Community Investment Committee.

Women's Endowment Fund awards record grant total »
February 23, 2017
On Friday, the Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $114,460 to 19 nonprofit organizations that uplift women and girls in Summit County.

Odom Fund grants support diversity initiatives »
February 23, 2017
On Friday, Feb. 24, the Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $11,500 in grants to programs that promote diversity and enrich the quality of life within local minority communities.

Bath Community Fund invites residents to annual meeting »
February 22, 2017
Bath Community Fund leaders are gearing up for the fund’s third annual meeting, where they will join supporters and local residents in celebrating the achievements of the philanthropic endowment and showcase its first grant recipients. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 30, at 5 p.m. at Victory Gallop, located at 1745 N. Hametown Road.

ACF receives grant for national community engagement initiative »
February 06, 2017
Akron Community Foundation is one of 10 community foundations across the U.S. that will receive funding from the John. S. and James L. Knight Foundation for On the Table, a replication of the successful civic engagement initiative begun by The Chicago Community Trust in 2013.

APS moves Resnik scholarship fund to Akron Community Foundation »
January 25, 2017
Nearly 31 years to the day after the space shuttle Challenger disaster took the life of Akron native Judith Resnik, the Akron Public Schools Board of Education voted to partner with Akron Community Foundation to grow and manage its scholarship fund bearing the late astronaut’s name.

WEF annual dinner to feature Savannah James »
January 25, 2017
The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation will welcome Savannah James as the featured guest at its “For Women, Forever” annual dinner on March 7.

Medina County funds seek grant proposals »
January 24, 2017
Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Medina County Community Fund and the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation will accept grant proposals from Medina County nonprofit organizations that improve residents’ quality of life.

Community foundation awards $2 million in grants »
November 18, 2016
Following months of an opiate epidemic that has permeated Summit County, Akron Community Foundation concentrated a portion of its competitive health and human services grant funding on programs focused on addiction prevention and recovery. 

Bath Community Fund announces first grants »
November 18, 2016
Less than three years after it was established, Bath Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation announced its first grants on Friday, Nov. 18. Grants totaling $14,500 were awarded to five qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving Bath Township.

Millennium Fund grants support youth programs »
November 18, 2016
Akron Community Foundation’s Millennium Fund for Children recently awarded 32 grants totaling $41,900 to children’s programs throughout Summit, Portage and Medina counties.

Fund announces grants to support LGBT programs »
November 17, 2016
The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation recently awarded 17 grants totaling $42,850 for programs that positively impact the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. 

Vernon L. Odom Fund seeks grant proposals »
November 15, 2016
The Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation is seeking grant proposals for programs that promote racial harmony or improve the quality of life within Summit County’s minority communities.

Sugar Plum holiday home tour set for Dec. 4 »
October 27, 2016
Some of the area’s finest historic and contemporary homes will open their doors Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. for the 15th annual Sugar Plum Tour.

Bath Church members create fund to honor Freys »
October 19, 2016
After 25 years of service to his parishioners and the Bath community at large, the Rev. Mark Frey, senior minister at The Bath United Church of Christ, officially retired on Sunday, Oct. 2. Church members created a charitable fund in the Freys’ name to honor their lifetime of service.

Women’s Endowment Fund seeks grant proposals »
October 18, 2016
The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation is accepting grant proposals for programs that support social change for women and/or girls in the areas of economic empowerment, safety from violence, and health and wellness.

Save the Date for 'For Women, Forever' »
October 06, 2016
The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation invites local residents and community leaders to save the date for its annual “For Women, Forever” dinner, which will take place Tuesday, March 7, at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Tickets on sale for 10th annual Festival of Trees »
September 20, 2016
Tickets are on sale now for the 10th annual Festival of Trees, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. at Weymouth Country Club. The event features live and silent auctions of uniquely decorated trees and other holiday décor items, as well as dinner and wine.

Summit Metro Parks creates $3.5 million endowment »
September 09, 2016
Summit Metro Parks Executive Director Lisa King and park district commissioners Jane Bond and Herb Newman announced today the establishment of the Summit Metro Parks Foundation Endowment Fund at Akron Community Foundation. The $3.5 million establishing gift is one of the largest in the community foundation’s history.