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ACF launches The Center for Family Philanthropy at May 16 concert »
May 17, 2019

On Thursday, May 16, Akron Community Foundation welcomed nearly 1,000 guests to E.J. Thomas Hall for its official launch of The Center for Family Philanthropy. The foundation celebrated the launch with a free concert by Emmy Award-winning musician, author and philanthropist Peter Buffett. Through his performance titled “A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett,” the son of business magnate Warren Buffett wove his story of generational giving into musical selections and projected video clips of his film, television and philanthropic work, such as the fire dance scene from “Dances With Wolves.” The event was sponsored by PNC.

GCEF annual celebration to support scholarship fund »
May 13, 2019

The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation invites local residents and community leaders to save the date for “exhALE: Advancing Lived Equality,” GCEF’s annual celebration, on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.

Bath Community Fund celebrates growth, grants at annual meeting »
May 13, 2019

On May 2, nearly 75 supporters of Bath Community Fund gathered at Hale Farm & Village to celebrate the fund’s fifth anniversary of strengthening the Bath community at its annual meeting. 

On the Table grants announced »
April 05, 2019

Akron Community Foundation recently approved $50,000 in grants as part of its first-ever On the Table Community Impact Awards. The grants will be distributed to 26 local nonprofits for projects that address issues discussed during last October’s On the Table Greater Akron event.

SHEro campaign honors outstanding women in Greater Akron »
April 05, 2019

The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation announced its annual “Who Is Your SHEro?” campaign will run through April 30, with a goal to raise $60,000 to benefit women and girls in Greater Akron.

Scholarship fund for LGBTQ+ students seeks applicants »
March 26, 2019

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. 

Bath Community Fund invites residents to annual meeting »
March 21, 2019

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.

Women’s Endowment Fund awards $180,000 in grants »
March 11, 2019

The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $180,000 to 25 nonprofit organizations on Friday, bringing its cumulative grantmaking total to more than $1.3 million.

ACF funds distribute nearly $3.2M in quarterly grants »
March 01, 2019

Today, Akron Community Foundation announced grants totaling $3,188,714, including $530,981 in competitive education and early learning grants chosen by the foundation’s Community Investment Committee.

GCEF celebrates $500,000 grant milestone »
March 01, 2019

The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation is celebrating more than half a million dollars in grants to programs that positively impact the local LGBTQ+ community. On Friday, the fund awarded 16 grants totaling $55,050 to area nonprofit organizations, bringing its cumulative grantmaking total to nearly $530,000 since it was established in 2001.

Vernon L. Odom Fund grants support diversity initiatives »
March 01, 2019

On Friday, March 1, the Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $8,750 in grants to programs that promote diversity and enrich the quality of life within local minority communities.

Raising the Bar: Why one attorney is building a case for more kindness in Greater Akron »
February 16, 2019

In October 2018, the Stark & Knoll co-founding attorney added Akron Community Foundation’s Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award to his already impressive list of distinctions. While Tom appears humbled by these accolades, it seems he’s most appreciative for the platform an award like this gives him to inspire even more good works in the community.

Bath Community Fund awards $19,800 in grants »
December 19, 2018

On Friday, Dec. 7, Bath Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation announced its third round of grants to support nonprofit organizations serving Bath Township. Grants totaling $19,800 were awarded to 10 local nonprofits, bringing the fund’s cumulative grantmaking total to nearly $50,000 since it was established less than five years ago.

Millennium Fund for Children awards $43,750 to youth programs »
December 11, 2018

Akron Community Foundation’s Millennium Fund for Children recently awarded 31 grants totaling $43,750 to children’s programs throughout Greater Akron. The community foundation’s board of directors ratified the grants at its Dec. 7 meeting, bringing the fund’s cumulative grantmaking to more than $750,000.

ACF awards $250K in first capital grant cycle »
December 07, 2018

Major renovations to the Akron Civic Theatre, a training facility for commercial driver’s license seekers, and building improvements for agencies combating homelessness are just a few of the 27 grants approved during Akron Community Foundation’s first-ever capital grant cycle. The grants, totaling $250,000, were part of more than $2.3 million in grants and distributions approved today by the community foundation’s board of directors.

ACF announces $2.3M in quarterly grant cycle »
December 07, 2018

Today, Akron Community Foundation’s board of directors approved grants totaling $2,358,481, including $543,000 in competitive health and human services grants chosen by the foundation’s Community Investment Committee.

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.