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Women's Endowment Fund Stories

The Women's Endowment Fund is helping charitable people and nonprofits change the lives of women and girls all over Summit County. Here are some of their stories:

imageWomen’s Endowment Fund celebrates 25 years »

“You know what we need? A women’s foundation.” An idea sparked in the early 1990s by six women ignited a 25-year legacy of uplifting local women and girls. Through the years, founding mothers Jody Bacon, Marie Covington, Carrie Herman, Norma Rist, Ilene Shapiro and Laurie Zuckerman have seen the Women’s Endowment Fund trans­form into a crucial community resource.

imageQ&A with SHEro Wendy Bolas »

Women’s Endowment Fund members sat down with Wendy Bolas, successful business consultant and former senior vice president of FirstMerit Bank, to learn more about what it means to be a SHEro.

imageFrom our president: Thank you for your support »

I’m pleased to report that the Women’s Endowment Fund is going strong. Thanks to donors like you, a fund that started with six women asking 100 of their closest friends to donate $1,000 each has now grown to $3.5 million.

imageMinister commits $100,000 to WEF with planned gift »
As WEF approaches its 25th anniversary of uplifting women and girls in Greater Akron, fund leaders are celebrating this significant milestone by encouraging donors like the Rev. Dr. Sandy Selby to renew their commitment to growing the endowment. For WEF founding mother Marie Covington, it was a long-awaited second chance to ask Sandy for her support.

imageWomen’s forum addresses infant mortality in Summit County »
The Women’s Endowment Fund recently convened a group of nearly 100 health and social service professionals to discuss issues related to infant mortality in Summit County. The 2017 Forum on Women and Girls brought together experts, service providers and community leaders to talk about the causes surrounding infant deaths and to brainstorm potential solutions.