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Vernon L. Odom Fund seeks grant proposals

AKRON, Ohio (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation is seeking grant proposals for programs that promote racial harmony and improve the quality of life within Summit County’s minority communities.

Qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations should apply online by Dec. 15, 2018. A link to the grant application is available at www.akroncf.org/applyOdom.

The Vernon L. Odom Fund awards grants of up to $1,000. Grants will be announced in March. For more information about the application process, contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or jgarofalo@akroncf.org

About the Vernon L. Odom Fund        
The Vernon L. Odom Fund was established in 1993 in honor of the late Vernon L. Odom Sr., respected longtime leader of the Akron Urban League. Since its inception, the fund has grown to more than $225,000 and awarded nearly $180,000 in grants to innovative programs that promote ethnic and racial harmony and improve the quality of life within Greater Akron’s minority communities. For more information about the Vernon L. Odom Fund or to contribute, visit www.akroncf.org/Odom or call 330-376-8522.

About Akron Community Foundation            
Celebrating 63 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. As of June 30, 2018, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $220 million with a growing family of more than 620 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded $155 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.