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We're excited you have decided to apply for the 2023-24 Class of the Institute for Emerging Philanthropists. Through the Institute, participants are exposed to the critical needs in Summit County. The class teaches innovative, evidence-based methods of practicing strategic philanthropy, while connecting students with a network of highly motivated charitable professionals. This structured program helps participants identify their personal philanthropic goals and develop plans for a lifelong commitment to improving our community. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony where students announce the grants their class has awarded based on their training.

If you have any questions about the Institute or this application, please contact Karen Hrdlicka, director of The Center for Family Philanthropy at Akron Community Foundation, at 330-436-5640 or

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