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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.

CLATs offer rare wealth transfer opportunity
CLATs offer rare wealth transfer opportunity
The current environment of historically low interest rates has some experts heralding a "golden age of CLATs." More formally known as Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts, these planned giving vehicles pay a fixed amount to charity each year for a specific period...
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Two charitable gift ideas made better by the SECURE Act
Two charitable gift ideas made better by the SECURE Act
By Don Laubacher, CFP®, CPA, AEP®Senior Vice President, Family Wealth, Sequoia Financial Group The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019 (that seems like a long time ago!). One significant...
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MCWEF welcomes new board members
MCWEF welcomes new board members
The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund gained two new advisory board members. Join us in welcoming Sonja P. Pagniano and Victoria A. Wickley to our fund. Sonja P. Pagniano is the assistant director of annual giving for The College of Wooster. Before her...
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From our president: MCWEF prevails amid difficult year
From our president: MCWEF prevails amid difficult year
Over the past few months, it has been hard to find joy when so much of our world has been turned upside down. Many of us are grieving loss of life and also grieving the loss of jobs, routines, social connections, and financial security. How will we remember...
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SHEro campaign raises more than 47K for COVID-19 Relief
SHEro campaign raises more than 47K for COVID-19 Relief
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 Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund for Nonprofits to rapidly provide...
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