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Planned Legacy: Edwin C. Shaw Society

Edwin Coupland Shaw is a worthy namesake for Akron Community Foundation’s legacy society.

An engineer, industrialist and – above all – philanthropist, Shaw left three legacies himself.

The first was his major contribution to the development of the rubber industry, ultimately serving as vice president of factory operations for B.F. Goodrich Co.

The second was a stellar reputation for his volunteer work with health and welfare agencies. His efforts to fight tuberculosis were such that the local sanatorium is now known as the Edwin C. Shaw Hospital for Rehabilitation.

His longest-lasting legacy will be Akron Community Foundation. A $1 million bequest from his estate to establish the community foundation’s predecessor, Akron Community Trusts, was soon followed by gifts and bequests from similarly civic-minded citizens.

The benefits of membership

Edwin C. Shaw

Learn more about Edwin C. Shaw, whose $1 million gift created Akron Community Foundation.

It’s simple to join. Just contact Margaret Medzie and note that you have named or plan to name the community foundation in a planned gift.

Such gifts might include a bequest or charitable income gifts such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuity trusts, real estate, and future gifts of stock or life insurance.

Your membership in the Edwin C. Shaw Society comes with no cost, obligations or solicitations. Instead, it offers you several key benefits:

Good company

See the Edwin C. Shaw Society members you will join with your planned gift.

  1. By notifying the community foundation during your lifetime of your charitable plans, we can be certain how you want the funds to be used. 
  2. Your planned gift can be recognized both now and later, or it can remain anonymous, if you wish.
  3. Most individuals and families choose to do their greatest philanthropy through their estates; we want to acknowledge your generosity while you’re alive.
  4. Membership includes invitations to special events and seminars, updates about local and national philanthropy, and the opportunity to meet other like-minded givers.