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I’m John Debo of the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. At the conservancy, it’s our job to preserve things: our beautiful 33,000 acre park, and the programming and financial resources that make it possible.

John Debo of the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National ParkAkron Community Foundation is our partner in preservation.

Like us, your organization may be feeling the pinch of decreased public funding and increasing operational costs. And, like us, you may desire a stronger sense of financial security – a sense of permanency – to ensure your important mission continues on forever.

Through our endowment funds at Akron Community Foundation, we have a permanent source of revenue that helps ensure future generations of Northeast Ohioans will be able to enjoy the lush scenery and natural wonder of our Cuyahoga Valley National Park. And as an endowment fundholder at Akron Community Foundation, we have access to a multitude of resources designed to help us raise funds and maintain a permanent stream of income for our organization and mission.

Those resources are available to you, too.

Akron Community Foundation is a committed partner to helping your nonprofit do good work in our community. What can we help you with?

I want my agency to have a permanent source of funding we can rely on.

Endowments are amazing resources for nonprofits. Using an old adage, an adequately funded endowment can give your organization both roots (for ongoing stability) and wings (for innovation in mission and programming). It can be a remarkable relief, if not excitement, to wake up on the first day of your fiscal year knowing that you have a guaranteed stream of income, regardless of government cuts or that year’s donor gifts.

Virtually every college and hospital in Greater Akron has an endowment. Several have endowments right here at Akron Community Foundation. But whether your nonprofit is large or small, an endowment can be a great way to raise money for your agency's future needs. Many nonprofits find that their supporters are more excited to make gifts to an endowment than an annual campaign; they enjoy knowing their gift is making a permanent difference. And, we handle all the gift acknowledgments and fund administration so you can focus on building relationships with your donors and continuing your good work in the community. 

Learn more by contacting Margaret Medzie, vice president and chief development officer, or Laura Fink, director of development and professional advisor relations.

A donor wants to include my agency in their will and wants to know the best way to give.

Many charitable individuals are passionate about endowments because it allows them to help an organization forever. If you already have an endowment fund at Akron Community Foundation, your donors can choose to include it in their will. We offer sample bequest language, and our staff is available for personal meetings to discuss other ways your donors can support your organization in perpetuity, including life insurance policies and IRAs. If your donor does decide to leave your endowment fund in their will, please let us know: We want to include them in our Edwin C. Shaw Society so they can enjoy all its benefits.

A donor wants to create a permanent charitable legacy while supporting my organization.

While many donors are pleased to support your existing endowment fund through their estate plans, others prefer to create a separate stream of support that will carry on their own family legacy. By establishing a designated fund in their name, your donor can direct all future grants to your agency and rest assured knowing they will be supporting your cause forever. Your agency will receive regular grants in the donor's name, and the donor will be recognized in all community foundation publications, both now and after they're gone.  

I want to be sure my agency's charitable investments are managed prudently and at a fair rate.

All community foundation funds are carefully managed, with complete transparency in our financesinvestment policiesasset allocationsmanagersfeesaudits and performance. All fundholders receive regular statements and can also review them online through DonorCentral

In addition, Akron Community Foundation's investment strategy is specifically designed for long-term growth. Even in the midst of a turbulent economy, our investments have remained steady, allowing our nonprofit fundholders to receive the same level of support they are accustomed to. This is possible because of our prudent spending policy, which uses a 12-quarter rolling average. The community foundation's Finance and Investment Committee chooses investment managers with proven track records and continuously monitors their performance. 

In terms of cost, Akron Community Foundation does not charge for any type of meeting or consultation. When establishing a fund, all normal transaction fees, such as stock transfers, are assessed to the gift. The community foundation then assesses the charitable fund – not your organization – a modest annual fee. Fees allow us to provide our fundholders with unparalleled service, including grant-making due diligence, annual audit and tax filing, fund accounting, communications and gift management.

I want to learn more about the resources the community foundation offers to nonprofits like mine.

Akron Community Foundation wants to help your agency fulfill its mission. We understand the ins and outs of nonprofits, and our knowledgeable staff can help you grow and promote your fund. In addition, our community investment staff can help connect you with other funding resources in the community and give you ideas about how you can collaborate with similar nonprofits to make your programs even stronger. We also offer you meeting room space, training, help promoting your grants, and other useful resources. We’re here to serve you so you can better serve the people of our community.

I need help figuring out what grants my agency should apply for.

Akron Community Foundation offers competitive grant opportunities through our Community Fund and through issue-specific funds. Issue-specific grant opportunities range from women’s and children’s causes to diversity programs to geography-based funding. To learn more, contact a member of our community investment staff. You can also tell us about your program, and we’ll help match you with funding opportunities within and outside the foundation.