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A Common Theme

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.

From our president: Thank you for your support
From our president: Thank you for your support
I continue to be amazed by how quickly time passes. We are already close to halfway through 2021 and it’s refreshing to hear how so many are focused on positivity.  Before many of us can move forward, it’s important for us to acknowledge the affects...
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Donor-advised funds: A powerful estate planning tool
Donor-advised funds: A powerful estate planning tool
Your client’s fund at Akron Community Foundation can be an ideal recipient of estate gifts through a will or trust, or through a beneficiary designation on a qualified retirement plan or life insurance policy.  Bequests of qualified retirement plans in...
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Meet the worst asset in your client’s estate
Meet the worst asset in your client’s estate
By Natalie B. Choate What’s the absolute worst asset to deal with in a client’s estate plans? No contest: It’s their IRA (and other retirement plans, like 401(k)s and 403(b)s). When your client leaves their IRA to someone, they are bequeathing that...
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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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