People of every race, ethnicity and background deserve the opportunity to achieve their goals. That was the philosophy of Vernon Odom, one of Akron's most recognized civil rights leaders.
As president of the Akron Urban League for nearly 30 years, Odom spent much of his career improving the lives of people of color through education, advocacy and mentoring.
Today, his legacy lives on through the Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation. The fund accepts grant applications for programs that promote diversity and enrich the quality of life within local communities of color.
Since its founding in 1993, the fund has awarded more than $225,000 in grants to programs that empower everyone from Bhutanese refugees to Black youth.
Our Recent Grants
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Committee members serve without pay to help the fund enrich the quality of life within local communities of color.
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Grants will support after-school mentoring programs, a new art exhibit and more On Friday, March 3, the Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $10,000 in [...]
On Friday, March 4, the Vernon L. Odom Fund of Akron Community Foundation awarded $9,300 in grants to programs dedicated to enriching the quality of life among local [...]