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Akron Community Foundation is a library of personal stories. Their authors? Charitable people just like you who want to enrich the community in their own unique way, now and forever.

Some are fundholder stories, which feature charitable individuals, families and organizations that find purpose, ease and fulfillment by giving through Akron Community Foundation. Others are grantee stories about nonprofits that are leveraging generous gifts from our donors and fundholders to improve life all over Summit County. Still others are advisor stories about legal and financial professionals who have expanded their services and strengthened client relationships by offering philanthropic services through Akron Community Foundation.

Ready to write your own story? Learn how you can start a charitable fund and leave your mark on the community for generations to come. You can also read our publications for more inspiring stories about philanthropy in Greater Akron.

Use your IRA distributions to create a charitable legacy
Use your IRA distributions to create a charitable legacy
Required minimum distributions (RMDs) are back: Temporarily waived in 2020 under the CARES Act, these mandatory IRA distributions will once again need to be completed by year's end. Retirees who did not take their RMD in 2020 may also find they need to take...
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Impact grant supports LGBTQ+ community needs assessment
Impact grant supports LGBTQ+ community needs assessment
A recent impact grant from the Gay Community Endowment Fund will help to shape future investments in the local LGBTQ+ community for years to come. In March, the fund awarded a $10,000 grant to the Kent State University Foundation to support the Greater...
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GCEF Impact Grant Spotlights
GCEF Impact Grant Spotlights
Since 2019, the Gay Community Endowment Fund has awarded impact grants to programs that create safer environments for LGBTQ+ youth, combat phobias of the LGBTQ+ community, and support mental health and suicide prevention programs for LGBTQ+ people. Watch the...
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MCCF welcomes new board members
MCCF welcomes new board members
The Medina County Community Fund recently welcomed three new members to the advisory board. MCCF is pleased to introduce Erika Branch, Mark Dorman and Michelle Masica to our fund. Erika Branch grew up in the greater Akron area and is a graduate from Revere...
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From our president: Sunnier days ahead
From our president: Sunnier days ahead
Although the groundhog may have seen his shadow and we have many more weeks of winter ahead of us, the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund has been working hard on carrying out our mission this winter. To help educate the community about our work and the...
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The role of advisors in keeping our community strong
The role of advisors in keeping our community strong
COVID-19 has significantly impacted nonprofit operations across the country and hampered nonprofits’ ability to help their communities during a crisis in which millions of people are in need. The National Council of Nonprofits reports widespread damage to...
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Congress extends charitable giving incentives for 2021
Congress extends charitable giving incentives for 2021
A wild ride in 2020 ended with the extension of several tax provisions to encourage charitable giving in the midst of ongoing pandemic-related challenges facing nonprofits. As your clients evaluate their approach for 2021, now is a great time to address their...
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