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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:

imageReverend 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 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.

imageCasual Fridays offer creative way to support WEF »
Many organizations allow their employees to wear jeans on Fridays, but at Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, it’s all for a good cause. Money raised from the agency's Casual Friday fundraisers is donated to nonprofit organizations that support the residents in AMHA housing developments  — including the Women’s Endowment Fund.

imageSandy Auburn honors mother's legacy with fund to support women, girls »
Longtime WEF supporter Sandy Auburn and her husband, Mark, created the Pearl Leeper Korman and Sandy Korman Auburn Fund at Akron Community Foundation to honor her mother's legacy in a meaningful way. The Korman Auburn Fund provides a permanent source of support for the Women’s Endowment Fund, whose grants improve the health, safety and economic well-being of women and girls in Summit County.

imageGrant brings safety, camaraderie to Hmong women »
In 2014 and 2015, the Women’s Endowment Fund awarded a grant to ASIA Inc. to establish a needlework circle – known as a Paj Tshab Circle – for Hmong women in Akron. In addition to building relationships among Hmong women, the circle also gives ASIA staff the opportunity to share information with the women about healthy relationships and domestic violence prevention, Hmong and American cultural differences, citizenship, and community resources.