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Vernon L. Odom Fund seeks grant proposals »
November 19, 2018

The Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation is seeking grant proposals for programs that promote racial harmony and improve the quality of life within Summit County’s minority communities.

GCEF announces new impact grant program »
October 18, 2018

Beginning in November 2018, the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation will launch a new impact grant program to boost funding for initiatives that improve the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community.

Tickets on sale for 17th annual Sugar Plum Tour »
October 16, 2018

Some of the area’s finest historic and contemporary homes will open their doors Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. for the 17th annual Sugar Plum Tour.

ACF announces $2.7 million in quarterly grants »
September 14, 2018

Today, board of directors approved grants totaling $2,740,221, including $529,333 in competitive civic affairs grants chosen by the foundation’s Community Investment Committee.

Grants give boost to Akron neighborhoods »
September 07, 2018

The City of Akron and Akron Community Foundation have announced $203,840 in grants to help residents improve their community through the Neighborhood Partnership Program.

On the Table: Register for a public conversation »
September 05, 2018

On Oct. 3, 2018, Summit and Medina county residents are invited to gather over mealtime conversations during On the Table Greater Akron. For the second year, this community-wide initiative spearheaded by Akron Community Foundation will encourage residents to engage in discussions about their community, its most pressing issues and solutions to address them.

Tickets on sale for Polsky Humanitarian Award dinner »
August 30, 2018

Tickets are now available for Akron Community Foundation’s 2018 Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award dinner honoring local attorney and philanthropist Thomas G. Knoll. The event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

Bath Community Fund seeks grant proposals »
August 27, 2018

Beginning Sept. 1, Bath Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation will accept grant proposals for programs that enrich the Bath community and improve residents’ quality of life. 

Funding available for local spay, neuter programs »
August 15, 2018

The Rosalie and Cecil Smith Fund of Akron Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofits that help reduce Summit County’s stray animal population. Grants are available for spaying and neutering feral cats and for spaying and neutering cats and dogs of low-income individuals.

Millennium Fund for Children seeks grant proposals »
July 31, 2018

The Millennium Fund for Children of Akron Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of local children.

ACF celebrates grant, fund records at annual meeting »
July 11, 2018

Yesterday, Akron Community Foundation announced record grants and distributions totaling $13.2 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, the highest single-year grant total in the organization’s 63-year history.

Save the date for the 17th annual Sugar Plum Tour »
July 02, 2018

The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation invites area residents to save the date for its 17th annual Sugar Plum Tour, which will take place Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. The Sugar Plum Tour is Akron’s premier holiday home tour and the signature fundraiser of the Gay Community Endowment Fund.

Stark & Knoll attorney Thomas Knoll named 51st Polsky Award recipient »
June 14, 2018

Stark & Knoll co-founding attorney and philanthropist Thomas G. Knoll was named the 2018 recipient of Akron Community Foundation’s Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award. He will receive the award at the annual Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.

ACF funds distribute $2.2 million in quarterly grants »
June 08, 2018

Today, Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors approved grants totaling $2,217,890, including $588,500 in competitive arts and culture grants chosen by the foundation’s Community Investment Committee.

Bath Community Fund celebrates growth, grants at annual meeting »
April 25, 2018

On April 19, nearly 60 supporters of Bath Community Fund gathered at Hale Farm & Village to celebrate the fund’s growth and impact in the community at its fourth annual meeting.

TransAkron project shares stories of Akron's transgender community »
April 19, 2018

Created by award-winning photographer Shane Wynn and writer H.L. Comeriato, the TransAkron series shines a light on trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people in the Akron area. The project captures the lived realities of individuals and tells the stories of their journeys while adding a data-driven narrative about the transgender community nationwide.

Scholarship fund for LGBTQ+ students seeks applicants »
April 02, 2018

The GCEF Scholarship Fund of Akron Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied students who have positively impacted the LGBTQ+ community.

Vernon L. Odom Fund grants support diversity initiatives throughout Summit County »
April 01, 2018

On Friday, March 2, the Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $9,500 in grants to programs that promote diversity and enrich the quality of life within local minority communities.

Bath Community Fund invites residents to annual meeting »
March 29, 2018

Bath Community Fund leaders are gearing up for the fund’s annual meeting, where they will join supporters and local residents in celebrating the achievements of the philanthropic endowment and showcase its most recent grant recipients.

Tickets on sale for GCEF's 2018 annual meeting »
March 14, 2018

Tickets are now available for the Gay Community Endowment Fund’s 2018 annual meeting on Thursday, April 19. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan will serve as honorary chair of the event, which celebrates the fund’s impact in the community and recognizes its most recent grant recipients.