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Tech offerings go beyond Chromebooks in North High School digital learning lab
Dec. 26, 2017
As Akron Public Schools transitions to the new College and Career Academy model, library media specialist Cassandra Rondinella is doubling down on her efforts to grow the inventory in the digital learning lab and maker space that she’s established at North High School. The Millennium Fund for Children recently awarded a grant to purchase new technology for the lab. 

Millennium Fund supports Summit County Beds for Kids Program
Dec. 19, 2017
A local man is trying to regain full custody of his kids, who are in foster care through Summit County Children Services. He knows how important it is for them to have their own beds. That’s when the Women’s Auxiliary Board of Summit County Children Services stepped in to help.

Heroes 4 Hope aims to combat teen dating violence
Dec. 17, 2017
In November, a grant from the Millennium Fund was awarded to Heroes 4 Hope, a teen dating violence prevention program that teaches middle and high schoolers about healthy relationships, consent and bystander intervention. 

SWAG after-school program provides help in Summit Lake neighborhood
Dec. 10, 2017
If not for the Students With A Goal after-school mentoring program, Jovan Travis thinks he wouldn’t have graduated from Garfield High School in May. The program recently received a grant from the Millennium Fund for Children.

Akron area women seek to build refugee girls’ self-confidence; offer craft and sewing classes
Dec. 4, 2017
Thanks to a grant from the Millennium Fund for Children, girls in Akron's refugee communities will learn valuable craft and sewing skills. 

Counselors encourage teenage athletes to talk with peers about pain pills
Nov. 25, 2017
A grant from the Millennium Fund for Children will pilot the Generation Rx drug awareness program in Kenmore-Garfield High School this year.

Endowment fund gets gift
July 26, 2017
A gift from longtime gay rights advocate Walter A. Sheppe Jr. is benefiting the Gay Community Endowment Fund and the Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

Meals to serve food for thought
July 10, 2017
A philanthropic organization that dishes out millions of dollars each year is taking dinner reservations for informative residents whose potluck ideas could end up steering future spending.

Carla Moore named 50th recipient of Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award
June 23, 2017
Retired judge Carla Moore was named the 50th recipient of Akron Community Foundation's Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award.

Akron Community Foundation hosts Savannah James at 'For Women, Forever' dinner
March 7, 2017
It was a packed house Tuesday night in Akron to celebrate women, as the Akron Community Foundation hosted Savannah James at its annual "For Women, Forever," endowment dinner.

Bath Community Fund celebrates growth, grants at annual meeting
March 2017
On March 30, nearly 60 supporters of Bath Community Fund gathered at Victory Gallop to celebrate the fund’s growth and impact in the community at its third annual meeting.


RePlay for Kids workshop adapts toys for children with disabilities
Dec. 28, 2016
The Millennium Fund for Children recently awarded RePlay for Kids a $1,000 grant to expand its free family workshop program. The organization identifies families who would benefit most from the free workshops to alleviate the otherwise hefty cost of toys made for kids with disabilities.

Akron police to use grants to recognize schoolchildren who ‘Do the Right Thing’
Dec. 17, 2016
Students who are recognized by the Do the Right Thing program will be recognized by police officers at school. They’ll be awarded a gift card, a medal and a variety of other small gifts. The gift cards are funded in part by a $1,000 grant from the Millennium Fund for Children.

Millennium Fund grant to help Munroe Falls school equip special education classroom
Dec. 11, 2016
A $1,000 grant from the Millennium Fund for Children will be used to purchase standing desks, tabletop desks and "ball" chairs that help students with special needs succeed.

Millennium Fund awards grant to Latino group to celebrate Hispanic heritage
Nov. 26, 2016
Every other Saturday, about 25 kids attend Proyecto RAICES at St. Matthew Parish in Akron. The program is designed as a safe space for Hispanic children in the Greater Akron area to practice and celebrate their cultures. The program received a $2,000 grant this year from the Millennium Fund for Children.

John Petures serves as enthusiastic leader of Akron Community Foundation
Nov. 17, 2016
"I have the greatest job in the world: we get to give money away!" said John T. Petures Jr., president and CEO of Akron Community Foundation since 2008. "Ive been building and guiding staff and volunteer teams for all of my 36-year nonprofit career."

Bath Church members create fund to honor retiring minister
Nov. 3, 2016
After 25 years of service to his parishioners and the Bath community at large, the Rev. Mark Frey officially retired Oct. 2. Frey and his wife, Margee, were feted by friends and churchgoers at a special reception following his final sermon. The prior morning, the couple was surprised when church members announced their intention to create the Mark and Margee Frey Fund to honor their lifetime of service.

Source Lunch with ... John Petures Jr.
March 13, 2016
John Petures Jr. says he has always wanted to help people. In his role as president and CEO of the Akron Community Foundation, then, it seems he has found a good fit.

Akron Community Foundation awards $2.72 million in grants
Feb. 26, 2016
The Akron Community Foundation in February awarded $2.72 million in grants, the organization announced Friday, Feb. 26. The total includes $2.19 million in designated, donor-advised, agency endowment and scholarship funds, and $537,400 in competitive grants that focus on education and early learning.

Akron Children's Hospital CEO and wife create fund to give back to community
Feb. 8, 2016
Akron Children's Hospital President and CEO William Considine and his wife, Rebecca, have established a fund with Akron Community Foundation, hoping to give back to the parts of the city that they say gave them so much.

Power 100
February 2016
The 100 most influential CEOs, politicians and civic leaders in Northeast Ohio, including Akron Community Foundation's President and CEO, John T. Petures, Jr. and board member, Virginia Albanese. The list also includes Polsky recipients and fundholders William Considine and Joe Kanfer.


Millennium Fund awards grant to all-girls group in Akron
Dec. 28, 2015
South Street Studio helps fifth- through ninth-grade girls who live in Akron’s Summit Lake neighborhood find themselves through activities and occasional field trips. The Millennium Fund for Children recently awarded the program a $2,000 grant to help support the young girls involved.

Leadership becomes habitual at Leggett Elementary
Dec. 19, 2015
A $2,000 Millennium Grant award — split this year between Leader In Me and a team-building basketball program — will help sustain the school’s efforts and provide resources for program costs and community engagement.

Millennium Fund helps Family Promise provide diapers, wipes and car seats for homeless babies
Dec. 12, 2015
Family Promise was recently awarded a $2,000 grant by the Akron Community Foundation’s Millennium Fund for Children to provide car seats, diapers and wipes for homeless babies. The fund was established in 1999 via a partnership between the foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal.

Millennium Fund donation introducing art to students
Dec. 4, 2015
Visitors at the Akron Art Museum received an exclusive tour through a one-night-only exhibit by the artists Thursday night. The program, which brings in students from different schools to display their artwork in a reception much like an art opening, is partially funded by a $1,000 grant from the Millennium Fund for Children.

Millennium Fund grant supports program that helps transgender youths
Nov. 28, 2015
This month, a $2,000 grant from the Millennium Fund for Children will allow OutSupport Inc. to purchase binders — which can cost up to $50 each — for at least 40 transgender youths throughout Northeast Ohio.

GOJO CEO honored for legacy of giving, leadership
Oct. 7, 2015
A local business and civic leader who shies away from public recognition of his philanthropy and leadership will be honored Wednesday night with one of the community's top honors.

CEO of GOJO receives 48th Polsky award
July 1, 2015
Akron Community Foundation has announced that Joe Kanfer will be the 48th recipient of its Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award. Kanfer, the chairman and CEO of Akron-based GOJO Industries will receive the award at the annual Polsky Humanitarian Award dinner, Oct. 7 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Family seeks hope to find a cure
June 14, 2015
With her bright blue eyes and infectious smile, Elise Bonsky seems like a typical, playful 3-year-old little girl. But her parents saw subtle, troubling signs since she was a baby.

Akron foundation celebrates legacy
June 9, 2015
Lisa Craine always figured you had to be rich to be a philanthropist. Craine was among at least 30 small fund holders and major community organizations alike celebrating Akron Community Foundation's 60th anniversary.

Transferring leadership
May 2015
With the impending transfer of wealth comes an equally significant transfer — the transfer of leadership and philanthropic legacy. Smart Business spoke with Thomas Venarge, president of APV Engineered Coatings, to discuss how he and his father conducted a successful leadership transfer that involved both their family business and philanthropy.

Gay rights activist Shepard says equality getting closer
April 27, 2015
Judy Shepard, who spoke at the Gay Community Endowment Fund's annual meeting, said there is still work to be done to achieve complete acceptance and equality for the LGBT community.

Stubbs Awards honor 12
March 16, 2015
John T. Petures Jr., president and CEO of Akron Community Foundation, was one of 12 awarded the Harold K. Stubbs Award from the St. Paul AME Church.

Women's fund gives $85,000 in grants
March 2, 2015
The Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation has awarded $85,000 to 12 nonprofit organizations whose mission is to improve life for Summit County's women and girls.

Reach Center makes an impact in Akron
Feb. 26, 2015
With ongoing support from Akron Community Foundation, the GAR Foundation and United Way of Summit County, Chris Yuhasz – who spends 75 percent of her time chasing grants – has launched Building for Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization to raise $1.5 million in sustainable funding for public housing and the Reach Center.

Ohio Gay Games raise most revenue ever
Feb. 21, 2015
Last summer's Gay Games in Northeast Ohio raised the most revenue in the event's history, organizers said. The August event held in Cleveland and Akron raised $6.8 million in revenue, netting a small profit of nearly $150,000, said Gay Games 9 Executive Director Thomas Nobbe.

Gay Games funds received
Feb. 20, 2015
After the most profitable year in Gay Games history, event officials announced the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation will receive $27,000 of the net profit from the games.

ACF releases assessment on community needs
Feb. 12-18, 2015
Akron Community Foundation released on Feb. 4 an assessment of the most pressing quality-of-life issues facing Summit County. 

The colorful legacy of the Gay Games
Feb. 9-15, 2015
Last August's Gay Games – like the sun, sandals and margaritas of summer – seem so long ago. But for Nigel Jarvis, the Gay Games in Cleveland are really just starting.

Create income with charity
February 2015
Many people wish they were doing more to support their favorite charities. Often, they believe they don’t have enough assets to give, or that those they can give would have little impact.

Power 100
January/February 2015
The 100 most influential CEOs, politicians and civic leaders in Northeast Ohio, including Akron Community Foundation's President and CEO, John T. Petures, Jr. and board member, Virginia Albanese. Board member Mark Krohn was also listed in a special section for Emerging Leaders.

Longtime nonprofit leader joins Akron Community Foundation staff
Jan. 10, 2015
Akron Community Foundation welcomed the addition of Teresa LeGrair as community investment officer this week.

Akron Community Foundation ends year with grants
Jan. 7, 2015
Akron Community Foundation concluded its 2014 grant cycle last month by ratifying more than $1.5 million.


Theatre trips can be magical
Dec. 19, 2014
A grant from the Millennium Fund for Children is helping one Barberton troupe offer live productions to homeless students.

Family's legacy is one of giving
Dec. 16, 2014
Thomas Venarge is thankful to have parents who have taught him how to give. Today, he and his sister, Jennifer Disalvo – along with their respective spouses, Marcy and Mark – are developing that same desire to promote the welfare of others in their children.

Akron Community Foundation debuts new offices
Dec. 11, 2014
Akron Community Foundation celebrated the completion of $1.2 million in renovations Dec. 5 with an open house to showcase improvements to its office at 345 W. Cedar St.

Nonprofit group receives $2,500 grant to continue sterilizing cats
Dec. 11, 2014
A nonprofit group that ran out of money after 14 years of sterilizing cats received a $2,500 grant from the Rosalie and Cecil Smith Fund of Akron Community Foundation this week that will keep it alive for at least another year.

Charity's restored building is now open for business
Dec. 6, 2014
Akron Community Foundation offices receive upgrades after January fire damaged half of building, forced move.

Millennium fund approves 30 grants
Dec. 6, 2014
Board members of Akron Community Foundation formally approved 30 grants totaling $38,500 Friday that will be made through the Millennium Fund for Children.

Couple goes grand for Christmas
Dec. 6, 2014
Bath Township home with life-size decorations to be stop on the Gay Community Endowment Fund's Sugar Plum tour.

The gift of giving
Dec. 1, 2014
Are you or a loved one difficult to buy for? This year, why not give the gift that keeps on giving—a charitable fund at Akron Community Foundation. It only takes $5,000 and will give back forever. Mary Ann Jackson talks about her donor-advised fund.

Year-end giving options
Dec. 1, 2014
The end of each year is a notable time for making charitable donations because it’s the last opportunity to glean an income tax benefit before year’s end. That compels some to make last-minute decisions with their gifts.

Leaving your legacy
Nov. 1, 2014
Generosity of time and money is a virtue Mary DiDonato says she learned from observing her late mother. “I called her my Mother Teresa,” Mary says, describing the Italian immigrant who came to Akron as a new bride in the late 1920s.

Longtime hotelier quietly helps others 
Oct. 13, 2014
Rennick Andreoli, president of RDA Hotel Management Co., will receive the 2014 Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award. 

Once in a lifetime
Sept. 1, 2014
Good business owners are known for their ability to capitalize on opportunity. This is especially true when they decide to sell their business. More and more, business owners are using what is likely their largest influx of income as the charitable opportunity of a lifetime.

Hotelier is named as Polsky recipient
Jun. 18, 2014
Akron Community Foundation announced Tuesday that Rennick Andreoli will receive this year's Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award - one of the most prestigious awards in the area.

Foundation moves
Mar. 13, 2014
Akron Community Foundation is moving temporarily so its offices can be renovated. The nonprofit agency is reloacting March 24 to the U.S. Bank building, 195 S. Main St., Suite 300. 

WEF awards $72,050 to women's and girl's causes
Mar. 13, 2014
The Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation recently awarded $72,050 to 11 nonprofit organizations that improve life for Summit County's women and girls, according to ACF officials.

ACF announces record assets, awards almost $2 million
Mar. 6, 2014
On Feb. 21, the Akron Community Foundation's Board of Directors reported a record $181.6 million in assets as of Dec. 31 - an increase of $12.6 million over the same quarter last year.

$1.93 million awarded in local grants
Mar. 4, 2014
The board of directors at Akron Community Foundation reported last month that assets had grown to a record $181.6 million at the conclusion of 2013. The total represented an increase of $12.6 million over the same quarter a year ago. 

Business continues after fire at ACF building
Jan. 16, 2014
An early morning fire at Akron Community Foundation's office building Jan. 10 has not deterred business, said Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John Petures Jr. in a press release.


Millennium Fund supports martial arts program for kids with behavioral disorders
Dec. 20, 2013
A twice-monthly martial arts lesson is just one of the many ways Mental Health America of Summit County is reaching youngsters struggling with severe behavioral disorders. A $1,000 grant from the Millennium Fund for Children will ensure the lessons continue for another year. 

Millennium Fund helps charitable women serve area children
Dec. 13, 2013
In 1884, Merrick assembled a group of women to sew layettes, or baby clothing and bedding materials, for needy mothers of newborn children. Rochford and other local women gather every couple of weeks to do the same.

Upper Room program through Millennium Fund provides one-on-one help to struggling Summit Lake neighborhood kids
Dec. 6, 2013
On any given weekday, there might be fewer than a dozen kids at The Upper Room, an after-school hangout in an at-risk neighborhood where youngsters can get help with their homework, make a craft, eat a snack or help plan an educational field trip. But that’s exactly the kind of program the Millennium Fund for Children hoped to reach when it was founded in 1999: small efforts that make a difference in real lives.

Polsky Award honors continued giving of Eileen Burg, H. Peter Burg
Oct. 15, 2013
Tonight, the Burgs will receive Akron Community Foundation’s annual Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award at a dinner at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Thousands of dads and fatherly figures walk children to school; groups collaborate on new initiative
Sept. 19, 2013
To curb the number of fatherless families in Akron and Summit County, Fame Fathers has joined two other local groups to launch a new organization, Summit County Fatherhood Initiative. Akron Community Foundation supplied the initial funding more than a year ago.

Bath residents hold key roles with Akron Community Foundation board
September 2013
The Akron Community Foundation’s 24 volunteer board members serve as stewards of charitable resources, which currently stand at an all-time high of $150 million. For the next two years, this team will be shepherded by longtime Bath resident Mark Allio, CEO of MSA Associates, a consulting firm for banks and small businesses.

IBH Foundation sets up $12 million charitable fund
June 7, 2013

IBH Foundation establishes $12 million charitable fund at Akron Community Foundation, making it the largest gift in the community foundation’s 58-year history.

For Women, Forever Campaign Co-chair Wins Akron ATHENA Award
May 3, 2013

Dianne Newman, board member of the Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, was the recipient of Akron's ATHENA Award for her work with causes that benefit women.

New fund to benefit Akron Rotary Camp in New Franklin
April 4, 2013
A new fund will help low-income children attend the Akron Rotary Camp, the Akron Area YMCA-run facility for children and adults with special needs in New Franklin.

Women's Endowment Fund grants grow with community support
March 21, 2013
It was one year ago that co-chairs Karen Lefton and Dianne Newman announced a campaign to raise $2.013 million by 2013 for the Women's Endowment Fund, tripling the fund that makes grants to nonprofit programs benefiting women and girls in Summit County.


Volunteers get what they give at home for disabled
Dec. 28, 2012
There's an added bonus for volunteers who help disabled children.

Karen C. Lefton: Kathryn Hunter and her legacy to women
Dec. 20, 2012
The Women's Endowment Fund lost the honorary chair of its endowment campaign this month, just as it surged closer to its goal. 

Word of mouth helps place Victory Gallop on the map
Dec. 9, 2012
Julie Harbath held her hand as steady as possible while holding a spoonful of M&Ms as she rode a horse named Deemer.

RePlay for Kids volunteers retrofit, repair toys for kids with special needs
Nov. 24, 2012
Like every 3-year-old, Rakaya McMullen enjoys colorful toys, especially ones with sounds and lights. Playing with them, however, can be challenging.

Dr. Terry Gordon tapped for the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award
Oct. 15, 2012
Beloved physician, devoted husband and father, humanitarian, author, entertainer, yoga enthusiast, friend extraordinaire. Yet not even those titles complete the portrait of Dr. Terry A. Gordon.

Akron program gets down to grass-roots with partnership money
May 14, 2012
Parades. Festivals. After-school programs. Ice cream socials. Newsletters. Community gardens. These and many other activities will be funded this year through Akron’s Neighborhood Partnership Program.

Grant supports group of volunteers trying to locate and help isolated gay seniors 
May 3, 2012
They knew their work was cut out for them when they were asked to reach out to an invisible population.

Marathon launches ‘100 Runner’ campaign to raise $100,000 for foundation
April 25, 2012
A 1970s sports icon helped the Akron Marathon kick off its new “100 Runner Challenge” – a call to area athletes to help raise $100,000 toward the organization’s endowment campaign.

Women’s Endowment Fund announces campaign at annual dinner
March 29, 2012
The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation announced plans to nearly triple its endowment at its annual dinner Wednesday night.

Medical Mutual gives $5 million to charity fund
Feb. 24, 2012
A Cleveland health insurer planning a bigger presence in Akron is setting up a $5 million charitable fund.

Local scholarships find growth, stability in community foundation partnership
Feb. 22, 2012
The Litchfield Scholarship Committee announces that its two scholarship funds are now affiliates of Akron Community Foundation.


NEOUCOM Office of Palliative Care to produce innovative documentary
Winter 2011
How would you manage the long-term care of a child or loved one who was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness?

Youth jobs program prepares area teens
Dec. 21, 2011
When Kenae Rice interviewed for a job at Akron City Hospital this year, she was far more relaxed than she expected to be.

Blessings in a Backpack program helps Akron kids with weekend meals
Dec. 17, 2011
On Friday, every child at Helen Arnold elementary school in southwest Akron received a plastic shopping bag with about a dozen nonperishable foods, including macaroni and cheese, Ramen noodles, crackers, instant oatmeal and applesauce, to help keep them fed over the weekend and ready for school Monday.

Sugar Plum Tour showcases lake house
Dec. 3, 2011
Tom Hutchison was a teenager when he first saw the street that stole his heart.

Summit County to launch land bank program
Dec. 2, 2011
Summit County plans to start a land bank program to help deal with vacant and abandoned properties.

Hale Farm & Village invests $25,000 in its future through Akron Community Foundation
Aug. 15, 2011
The Hale Farm & Village Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation will grow by $25,000 after museum administrators decided a portion of the state funds they received for restoration work should be preserved for future needs.

Alchemy to send its first ‘class’ of young men to college
May 21, 2011
The Alchemy boys are now college-bound young men.


Flashes of Hope puts ill kids in spotlight
Dec. 28, 2010
There’s a perfectly good reason 4-year-old Adam Walters looks tentative in the first of a series of photographs recently taken at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Program lets students step into ballet
Dec. 17, 2010
When Ma Rian heard a nonprofit group in her neighborhood was going to offer free ballet classes, she was quick to sign up.

Father figures help raise student success
Dec. 12, 2010
No one questioned the skill and compassion of the largely white, female staff at Akron Bettes Elementary.

Volunteer elves make toys merrier
Dec. 8, 2010
To an average 4-year-old, the button hidden in a stuffed toy’s belly that makes a baby laugh or a bear talk is no challenge at all.

Donations go together like peanut butter, jelly
Nov. 26, 2010
University of Akron anthropology students charged with studying the dietary habits of kids at Akron’s Mason elementary school found one practice particularly disturbing.

Polsky winner never woman who sits back
Oct. 19, 2010
Kathryn Motz Hunter was a young college graduate and bride in the 1940s when her father asked her to help out at one of his businesses – the Hudson Times weekly newspaper.

Black Keys unlock local treasures
Oct. 14, 2010
They might not live in Akron anymore, but Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney, better known as the Black Keys, are helping out folks in their hometown.

Endowment fund honor late artist McMoore
Sept. 23, 2010
The Black Keys are paying tribute to Alfred McMoore.

Former newspaper editor honored for humanitarian efforts
Aug. 3, 2010
Kathryn Motz Hunter, one-time editor of both the Hudson Times and the Falls News, is being recognized for more than 50 years of humanitarian efforts.

ACF celebrates grants, new officers at annual meeting
July 29, 2010
During a year when many local residents struggled to stay afloat, Akron Community Foundation made more than $7 million in distributions to the nonprofit organizations that served them, according to Pat Pacenta, ACF’s board chair, who made that announcement to more than 200 community leaders and supporters at the foundation’s 55th annual meeting July 15 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Lunch program pairs youths with older adults
July 1, 2010
A pilot program pairing youths with older adults is taking place this summer in West Akron.

Remembering Marissa
April 2010
Marissa Alexandra Norwood – the focus of many of my columns, who lost her long battle with a malignant brain tumor in December – is being memorialized by her mother in a way that best reflects the young volunteer extraordinaire’s philosophy.

Legacy of Kindness Fund will benefit girl’s favorite charities
April 2010
A young girl’s passion for helping animals and terminally ill children is being fulfilled through a fund established in her name at Akron Community Foundation.

For Women, Forever
March 2010
Right or wrong, there are a number of implied promises in the fairy tales we tell our daughters, like if you’re good and kind, someone will be there to take care of you – a loving father, a fairy godmother, a handsome prince.

Dental practice moves: Akron Community Health Resources’ services under one roof
Feb. 26, 2010
A low-cost dental practice in Akron has a new home but the same mission.

Sen. Brown tells Akron gay fund that equality laws are moving, but not without help from us and from Obama
Feb. 12, 2010
“Incremental, but very real progress” was the description given by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to the movement toward LGBT equality, both locally and nationally.

New grants awarded to local pantries
Feb. 1, 2010
More than 60 local pantries will be better prepared to serve their growing client base this winter with the help of Akron Community Foundation’s Food Pantry Capacity Fund.

Memory of grandma to live on
Jan. 20, 2010
Myles Mathews turned 7 Sunday without his doting grandmother.

Akron Community Foundation, Knight partner with Beacon Journal
Jan. 13, 2010
Akron Community Foundation has announced its plans to strengthen Akron’s digital footprint by launching a new media digital academy.


Theater program reaches out to homeless in act of kindness
Dec. 29, 2009
The moment she saw the line for the soup kitchen next to the line for the theater, Holly Barkdoll was struck by a simple notion that theater is food for the soul.

Something extra for kids
Dec. 23, 2009
Nan Bartlett is an eternal optimist. The executive director of the Good Samaritan Hunger Center also is grounded in a sense of reality.

Holiday Toy Shop helps kids in need
Dec. 22, 2009
Beth Cardina sees a lot of children come through the Summit County Juvenile Court building in her role as program coordinator for the Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem.

Dream survives economic storm
Dec. 10, 2009
Elaine Metts believes she knows how retiree Linda Heindel is able to paint million-dollar smiles on the faces of kids and adults at Here's Hope Horse Farm.

Akron’s Millennium gift to children
Nov. 27, 2009
The Millennium Fund for Children celebrates a milestone anniversary this year, but the congratulations must go to hundreds of donors and dozens of Akron-area groups that use the fund’s grant money for important local children’s programs.

How organizations like Akron Community Foundation help good people do great things
November 2009
When Stow resident Eileen Burg’s husband passed away in 2004, she knew right away that she wanted to celebrate his life in a meaningful way.

The $5,000 Philanthropists: Make a lasting contribution without a lot of money
November 2009
If you think the role of ‘philanthropist’ is reserved for people with family names like Knight or Firestone, think again.

Charity event maven and tireless volunteer Madeline Bozzelli gets Polsky Award tonight
Oct. 20, 2009
When the phone rang, Madeline Bozzelli assumed it was someone asking for help with yet another fundraiser.

Outrageous hats celebrate Steinem’s birthday
Sept. 28, 2009
Outrageous hats were everywhere as the Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation teamed with the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund to host the “Outrageous Acts of Social Justice Party.”

Charitable fund keeps Burg generosity alive
Sept. 24, 2009
The H. Peter Burg Fund of Akron Community Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in grants to nonprofits in the Greater Akron community.

ACF, UWSC partner to help food pantries
Aug. 6, 2009
The United Way of Summit County and Akron Community Foundation have joined forces to help local food pantries get food in the hands of a growing client base.

Fresh ideas to be served at Veggie U in schools
July 8, 2009
Children may not want to eat their carrots, but what about carrot ice cream?

Juniors aim for college at Summer Academy
July 2, 2009
Destination College has expanded to include five high schools this summer, up from two, and doubled the number of students involved, thanks to a grant from the Akron Community Foundation awarded to the Summit Education Initiative for the two-week intensive Summer Academy set for July 6-17.

Oral history project to visit Akron in July
June 27, 2009
A national history project will come to Akron for the first time in July to collect oral stories of 88 residents.

Schrop students apply math to real-life issues
June 4, 2009
Two sixth-grade classes at Springfield Local School District’s Schrop Intermediate School learned why math skills are needed after participating in a Cleveland program.

Food straight from the farm to your plate
May 27, 2009
Akron-area residents looking for fresh, locally grown food will have even more places to find it this summer, as some new farmers markets have opened up and several others have expanded their offerings and programs.

Rebuilding Buckeye business: Ohio grant makers help position the region for economic recovery
May 7, 2009
While the nation endures its second year of recession, residents in much of Ohio might be asking themselves one question: When was the last economic upturn?

Helping kindergarten transition
March 31, 2009
Public schools in Ohio and across the nation need to do more to help youngsters make the move from preschool to kindergarten, according to a report released today by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Education Commission of the States.

Endowment fund provides ‘safety net’ at public library
March 8, 2009
The Friends of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library have created a special “safety net.”

One Akron endowment fund has goal of ‘full inclusion’
Spring 2009
On the car ride home from a Human Rights Campaign fundraiser in 2000, a group of active LGBT community members from Akron came up with an idea that has since become a source of funding for promoting equality and awareness in the city.


Local literacy a priority for Akron Community Foundation
April 2007
The relationship between literacy and poverty, unemployment and crime is undeniable.

Planned Giving: Support your favorite charities, even after you’re gone
September 2006
Many people make annual donations to charitable organizations, but what happens to those organizations after the donor has passed away?

Built to Ride
December 2003
An old garage turned into a makeshift bike repair shop on the north side of Summit Lake is where neighborhood kids visit throughout the summer to see if they can get themselves some wheels.

Historical articles

Form $1,000,000 Community Trust with Shaw fund
The nearly $1,000,000 in the estate and memorial fund assets of the late Edwin C. Shaw will be used for the beginning of a community trust fund to help meet the health, welfare, educational and cultural needs of the growing Akron district.

ACT starts out with $1,040,862
The new Akron Community Trusts, established to help meet cultural, educational and health needs, has $1,040,862 with which to start business.

Nine trustees named for ACT Fund
Nine trustees are named for Akron Community Trusts in the incorporation papers of the organization that is beginning with nearly $1,000,000 from the estate and memorial fund assets of the late Edwin C. Shaw.

Community Trusts now in operation
Two judges signed their names to legal documents Thursday and the way was cleared for operation of Akron Community Trusts as a more than $1,000,000 nonprofit corporation dedicated to health, education and culture of the area it serves.

Behind the Front Page
In its general framework, the new Akron Community Trusts is patterned after the Cleveland Foundation, which is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of community trusts.

Paul Frank heads Community Trusts
Paul A. Frank, president of the National Rubber Machinery Co., Tuesday was elected president of the Akron Community Trusts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting community health, welfare, educational and cultural activities.

Akron Community Trusts ranks No. 1 in the area
Before a charitable foundation can start making grants to worthy causes, someone has to put cash or productive securities in the pot.