In 1993, a group of 106 women came together with one goal in mind: to make a difference in the lives of local women and girls. Seeing a need for funding to support programs that empower this population, the women each gave $1,000 to establish the Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation.
That $106,000 has since grown to more than $4 million, thanks to the generosity of donors who are committed to the advancement of local women and girls, including members of the fund’s Circle of Empowerment. To date, the Women’s Endowment Fund has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to programs that uplift, empower, and educate women and girls throughout Akron and all of Summit County. The fund’s biennial forum helps define the Women’s Endowment Fund’s grantmaking priorities, which include health and wellness, safety from violence, and economic empowerment.
Our Recent Grants
By the Numbers
Advisory board members serve without pay to help the fund impact the lives of Summit County’s women and girls.
Senior Manager, Assurance Services, Meaden & Moore
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Policy, Summit Education Initiative
Deputy Director, Human Resources, County of Summit
The Lippman School
News & Events
This year, the Women’s Endowment Fund raised more than $47,000 during its "Who Is Your SHEro?" campaign. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign supported Akron [...]
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