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In November 2025, Akron will welcome The Soul of Philanthropy, an artistic exhibit that will be on display in the Akron Art Museum through February 2026.

This coveted national touring exhibit is an inspiring showcase that delves into the rich history and impactful stories of Black philanthropy. Through a combination of photography, interactive displays, and personal narratives, The Soul of Philanthropy aims to broaden the understanding of philanthropy and challenge traditional notions that often exclude the contributions of the Black community. The exhibit was inspired by the book by Valaida Fullwood, "Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists," and seeks to inspire visitors to recognize the power of giving in all its forms.

A Steering Committee has been selected and is beginning to plan related events and programming. More information will be forthcoming soon. Sub-committees are currently being formed for:

  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Exhibit
  • Community Engagement & Programming

Interested in joining a sub-committee?

Steering Committee

Steering committee members serve without pay to help bring understanding of the impact Black philanthropy has had on Greater Akron's community and throughout our country's history.

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