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Giving Your Way

We offer a smart way to donate for individuals, families and organizations who are serious about their charitable giving. From gifts of cash or stock to gifts that provide you with a lifelong stream of income, we can work with your trusted advisors to create a personalized plan for your giving – all with the goal of benefiting the causes and charities you care about most through one of our six types of charitable funds.

  • Akron Community Foundation and your advisors
  • can use gifts of life insurance, real estate, appreciate stock and more
  • to support your favorite nonprofits

Working With Your Advisors

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We know that you likely have long-standing relationships with your financial and legal advisors, and they should be at the table when discussing a topic as important as your charitable giving. Together, we can help you navigate your charitable giving options and determine the best way to meet both your philanthropic and financial goals.

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Charitable Funds

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Whether you want to help students attend college, give your favorite charity a permanent stream of funding for its mission, or support a wide range of causes you care about, we have a charitable fund to fit your needs. With one of our six charitable fund types, you can give right here in Greater Akron – or to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the nation. Most funds can be established with as little as $5,000 and offer you the largest charitable deduction allowed by law.

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Ways to Give

Akron Community Foundation can accept a variety of assets – including complex ones others may not – to open your fund or to contribute to one of the more than 870 funds already established with us.

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Cash gifts may be deducted up to 60% of adjusted gross income for income tax purposes. Contributions over that limit can be carried over for up to five years. Gifts can be made via cash, check or credit card.

Publicly traded securities

You'll receive a double benefit if the stock has appreciated: an immediate charitable deduction for the fair market value of the securities donated and exemption from any capital gains tax on the appreciation.

Closely held stock

One of the most complex types of assets to give, closely held stock offers unique benefits to the donor. We'll walk you through every step of the process so you can avoid costly capital gains taxes and maximize your gift to charity.

Life insurance

Many people find that the protection offered by life insurance is no longer needed later in life, making life insurance policies an ideal gift.

Real Estate

Gifts of real estate can include a house, apartment building, farm, vacation home, commercial building, and income-producing or nonincome-producing land.

Other property

Some people may wish to leverage their automobile, antiques or jewelry to benefit a charitable cause. Akron Community Foundation can accept these gifts, too.

The Benefits of Working With Us

  • We're accessible online, by phone and in person
  • We help you learn about local nonprofits
  • Our administrative fees are low and stay in your community
  • We're happy to work with your advisor
  • We'll always be here, for you and future generations
  • We offer many tax-smart ways to give
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