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SHEro campaign honors outstanding women in Greater Akron

AKRON, OH (April 1, 2019) – The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation announced its annual “Who Is Your SHEro?” campaign will run through April 30, with a goal to raise $60,000 to benefit women and girls in Greater Akron.

Community members are encouraged to make tribute or memorial gifts in honor of their SHEroes – the women who have made a significant impact on them as a mother, sister, friend or mentor. In turn, those honored can receive a SHEro card letting them know a gift was made in their name, but not the amount.

Donations are fully tax deductible and ultimately support the Women’s Endowment Fund’s grantmaking to programs that improve the health and wellness, safety, and economic empowerment of women and girls in Summit County. As a permanent endowment, gifts made to the Women’s Endowment Fund will benefit women and girls for years to come.

"The ‘Who Is Your SHEro’ campaign is a wonderful way to honor important women in your life while also helping deserving nonprofits that uplift other women and girls in our community." said Wendy Bolas, SHEro campaign co-chair. “By donating to this campaign, you’re truly giving a gift that keeps on giving.”

In 2018, the SHEro campaign raised more than $58,000 for the Women’s Endowment Fund with the help of 36 SHEro ambassadors. This year, campaign organizers aim to reach $60,000 by again using a team of SHEro ambassadors, each of whom has committed to raise at least $1,000 through their personal and professional networks. To read more about these ambassadors and track their fundraising progress, visit www.YourShero.com.  

There are three easy ways to celebrate your SHEroes:

  • Donate online at YourShero.com.   
  • Call Akron Community Foundation at 330-376-8522.
  • Donate by texting SHERO to 71777.

Additionally, throughout the month of April, the Women’s Endowment Fund will celebrate the accomplishments of local SHEroes like Joey Arrietta, Akron Racers president and general manager, who uses her voice to advocate for local women and professional softball. Featured SHEroes like Arrietta will be spotlighted on the fund’s social media pages, and community members are encouraged to post about their own SHEroes with the hashtag #AkronSHEro.

Major sponsors of the SHEro campaign include GOJO Industries and The J.M. Smucker Company.

About the Women’s Endowment Fund:

The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation was established in 1993 as a permanent endowment committed to encouraging the advancement of local women and girls and their growth as philanthropists. To date, the fund has grown to more than $3.2 million and awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to programs that uplift and empower women and girls throughout Summit County. Contributions of any amount are welcome and can be made online at www.akroncf.org/give/WEF or mailed to Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307. For more information, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.womensendowmentfund.org.

 

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 Dec. 31, 2018, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $205 million with a growing family of more than 630 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 more than $160 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 .