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ACF announces unprecedented growth at annual meeting »
July 09, 2014
Yesterday, Akron Community Foundation officials announced the highest 12 months of growth in the organization’s 59-year history for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. Nearly $20.3 million in contributions and investment growth of 13.7 percent brought the community foundation’s assets to an all-time high of nearly $181 million. President and CEO John T. Petures Jr. delivered the news to a crowd of more than 200 at the community foundation’s 59th annual meeting at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. 

ACF, City of Akron announce grants for local neighborhoods »
July 01, 2014
Akron Community Foundation and the City of Akron announced more than $200,000 in grants to help local residents improve their community through the Neighborhood Partnership Program.

'Akron Burger' sales to support Black Keys fund »
June 20, 2014
Sales from a burger inspired by Akron-born band The Black Keys will be helping local residents with mental illness forever through the Black Keys Alfred McMoore Memorial Endowment Fund. 

Rennick Andreoli named Polsky Award recipient »
June 19, 2014
Akron Community Foundation announced that Rennick Andreoli will be the 47th recipient of the community foundation’s Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award.

MCCF awards $30,523 to Medina-area nonprofits »
June 18, 2014
The Medina County Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation recently awarded 14 grants totaling $30,523 to nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of Medina County residents.

MCWEF reaches $100,000 grant-making milestone »
June 17, 2014
The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is celebrating more than $100,000 in grants to organizations that improve life for Medina County’s women and children. On Friday, the fund awarded $12,000 to seven area nonprofit organizations, bringing its cumulative grant-making total to $111,452 since its inception in 1998.

Pilot program boosts ACF funding to $2.2 million »
June 13, 2014
Today, Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors approved grants totaling $2,245,983, including $1,605,811 in noncompetitive grants from 112 designated, donor-advised, agency endowment and scholarship funds and $640,172 in competitive arts and culture grants.

Tickets on sale for Medina spring fundraiser »
June 03, 2014
The Medina County Community Fund will hold its annual Spring into Summer fundraiser on Friday, June 20, 2014. The happy hour event celebrates the philanthropy of Medina County residents and raises money for the endowment fund, which supports nonprofits that improve the lives of all people in Medina County.

Railroad museum, Knight Foundation set new record at ACF »
April 10, 2014
Akron Community Foundation ended its fiscal year on March 31 by establishing two record-setting funds. The Northern Ohio Railway Museum Endowment Fund and the Robert W. Briggs Fund became the 40th and 41st funds established during the community foundation’s fiscal year of April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, breaking the community foundation’s previous record of 40 new funds started in fiscal year 2012.

Tickets on sale for GCEF 2014 annual meeting »
April 03, 2014
Marty Rouse, national field director for the Human Rights Campaign, is coming to Akron in April to speak at the annual meeting of the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

Mother's Day gifts support local women and girls »
April 01, 2014
The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation is offering community members the chance to give a Mother’s Day gift that will benefit women across greater Akron for years to come.

ACF temporarily relocates for post-fire restoration »
March 12, 2014
Beginning Monday, March 24, Akron Community Foundation’s offices will temporarily relocate to the U.S. Bank Building at 195 S. Main St., Suite 300 in downtown Akron. The nonprofit will be closed March 17-21 for the relocation.

WEF awards $72,050 to women’s, girls’ causes »
February 26, 2014
The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation recently awarded $72,050 to 11 nonprofit organizations that improve life for Summit County’s women and girls.

Odom Fund grants support local diversity initiatives »
February 26, 2014
On Friday, Feb. 21, the Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $7,800 in grants to programs that promote diversity and enrich the quality of life within local minority communities.

ACF reports record assets, $1.93 million in grants »
February 25, 2014
On Friday, Feb. 21, Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors approved $1.93 million in grants, including 323 grants totaling $1,430,923 from 91 designated, donor-advised, agency endowment and scholarship funds and 22 grants totaling $502,000 from discretionary, or board-directed, funds.

GCEF awards $25,725 for local Gay Games projects »
February 25, 2014
The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation recently awarded seven grants totaling $25,725 for projects supporting the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation.

Haslam to speak at WEF annual dinner »
January 24, 2014
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 Thursday, April 24, at Quaker Station at Quaker Square Inn at the University of Akron. 

Akron Community Foundation still serving community despite fire »
January 10, 2014
An early-morning fire at Akron Community Foundation’s office building this morning has not deterred business, said its President and CEO John T. Petures Jr. The building, which is located at 345 W. Cedar St., will remain closed until Jan. 21 but staff will be operating remotely to maintain operations.

Medina funds to accept grant requests online »
January 07, 2014
The Medina County Community Fund and the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation invite nonprofit leaders to attend an informational meeting Jan. 23 to learn about their new online grant application system.

GCEF awards $66,200, supports Gay Games »
December 10, 2013
The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $66,200 to nine greater Akron nonprofit organizations. The largest of these grants will support the 2014 Gay Games, a world-renowned sports and culture festival coming to Cleveland and Akron next August.