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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.

Feeling the pinch: Fundraising food for thought
Feeling the pinch: Fundraising food for thought
The daily news may not be offering overwhelming hope for a productive giving season, but that shouldn’t stop you from charging ahead with plans to secure the philanthropic resources your organization needs to carry out its mission. Here are three ways you...
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The power of an agency endowment fund
The power of an agency endowment fund
Frequently, an organization’s board of directors is at a loss when it comes to growing an endowment, structuring and accepting gifts of real estate and other hard-to-value assets, and following best practices for establishing and following an investment...
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Summer Legislative Updates & Looking Ahead to Sunsets
Summer Legislative Updates & Looking Ahead to Sunsets
On Aug. 16, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act. A few tax provisions made it into the final legislation (e.g., a corporate minimum alternative tax). Other items were taken off the table at the last minute, most notably the...
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Family Philanthropy Tools: Growing Goodness
Family Philanthropy Tools: Growing Goodness
No matter the age of your children, the things you teach them today will impact their philanthropic view for the rest of their lives. This may sound daunting, but The Center for Family Philanthropy is here to offer the necessary tools and research to support...
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Family Philanthropy Tools: Money Messages
Family Philanthropy Tools: Money Messages
"Money doesn’t grow on trees." "Save for a rainy day." Though everyone has a different relationship with and viewpoint on money, you've heard money messages like this throughout your life. These money messages, especially ones you heard growing up, can...
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Family Philanthropy Tools: Life Legacy Conversations
Family Philanthropy Tools: Life Legacy Conversations
Have you heard of an ethical will? Ethical wills are simply a personal legacy letter that shares your values, blessings, life lessons, hopes and dreams for the future. They serve as love letters, not legal documents, and are intended to live beyond your...
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3 Ways to Engage Children in Charitable Giving
3 Ways to Engage Children in Charitable Giving
By John R. Adams, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, RICP®, CFP®Private Wealth AdvisorAdams, Gut & Associates Charitable giving is more than an action; it’s a mindset that can be passed down for generations. We believe philanthropy goes beyond just tax strategy,...
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