One of the community foundation’s most important values is inclusiveness, and no fund embraces that more than the Gay Community Endowment Fund.
Founded in 2001, the mission of the Gay Community Endowment Fund is to advance a lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people in Greater Akron. The fund accepts grant applications for programs that benefit the local LGBTQ+ community and Greater Akron as a whole.
Since its establishment, the Gay Community Endowment Fund has invested more than $750,000 into local causes that change the lives of LGBTQ+ people in our community. Recent grants have created safer environments for LGBTQ+ youth, combated phobias of the LGBTQ+ community, and supported mental health and suicide prevention programs for LGBTQ+ people.
In addition, area students can apply for a scholarship from the GCEF Scholarship Fund, which supports LGBTQ+ and allied students who live or attend school in Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties.
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Our Recent Grants
By the Numbers
Advisory board members serve without pay to help the fund impact the lives of people in Greater Akron's LGBTQ+ community.
Chief Financial Officer, Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center
Katherine I. Raymond, D.D.S., Raymond Dental Group
Judicial Attorney, Eighth District Court of Appeals
Holland & Muirden
Retired, Akron Police Department
Retired, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
President, Jones Group Interiors
President, TRIAD Communications
Retired Healthcare Executive
News & Events
In March 2023, representatives from nonprofit organizations that have received grants from the Gay Community Endowment Fund gathered to discuss opportunities for [...]
Impact grant from the Gay Community Endowment Fund helps the center expand its facility, services In 2022, the Akron AIDS Collaborative received a $7,500 impact grant to [...]