In 2017, Akron Community Foundation announced a new strategic plan that included the promise of proactive community investment. Going above and beyond the community foundation's quarterly competitive grantmaking that benefits hundreds of nonprofits throughout the community, this proactive model allows the foundation to collaborate with targeted nonprofit partners to tackle key issues facing our community.
From conducting research through community needs assessments to hearing directly from the people who live and work here every day through On the Table Greater Akron surveys, Akron Community Foundation is committed to discovering the issues that are most concerning to our community. Through this research, the foundation has identified the following major areas that are ripe for community-wide improvement and funding:
- Mental Health
- Public safety
- Diversity, equity and social inclusion
- The aging senior population
- Drugs and addiction
Since 2019, Akron Community Foundation has invested $587,500 in proactive grants to move the needle on these important issues.