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Proactive Grantmaking

Strategic investments in key community initiatives 

In 2017, Akron Community Foundation announced a new strategic plan that included the promise for proactive community investment. Going above and beyond the community foundation's quarterly reactive grantmaking that impacts hundreds of nonprofits around the community, this proactive model allows the community foundation to identify targeted nonprofit partners to collaborate with to tackle key issues facing our community.

From conducting research through a community needs assessment to hearing directly from the people who live and work here every day through On the Table Greater Akron survey data, Akron Community Foundation has worked to uncover the issues that are most concerning to our community. Throughout this research, the foundation has identified three key areas ripe for community-wide improvement and funding:

  • Diversity, equity and social inclusion 
  • The aging senior population
  • Drugs and addiction

During the first year of this grant initiative, Akron Community Foundation awarded $225,000 to three nonprofits in the Greater Akron community. 

Nonprofits interested in more information about our proactive grantmaking should contact John Garofalo, vice president of community investment.