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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.

Planned gift leaves lasting legacy for LGBTQ+ community
Planned gift leaves lasting legacy for LGBTQ+ community
Bequest propels Gay Community Endowment Fund to $2 million In September, the Gay Community Endowment Fund received the second-largest gift in its 20-year history, helping to propel the fund to more than $2 million in charitable assets. The $60,912 bequest...
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Proposed legislation: What's in it for giving?
Proposed legislation: What's in it for giving?
The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation’s report issued last week is already creating a buzz among attorneys, accountants and financial advisors who provide charitable planning advice to their clients.  Here are four considerations as you navigate the...
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GCEF presents 2021 scholarships
GCEF presents 2021 scholarships
The Gay Community Endowment Fund recently awarded scholarships to four students who have positively impacted the LGBTQ+ community. In total, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awarded $8,000 this year to help local students achieve their higher education...
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Private family foundation partnerships: Jean P. Wade Fund
Private family foundation partnerships: Jean P. Wade Fund
When local entrepreneur and art connoisseur Rory O’Neil passed away unexpectedly in October 2020, his wife of 52 years, Dedee, was left with "a lot of loose ends" to tie up. One of those loose ends was the private family foundation Rory and Dedee had been...
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An eye on the law: Recent updates and rulings
An eye on the law: Recent updates and rulings
Our team at Akron Community Foundation stays on top of tax cases, IRS rulings and legislation that could impact the advice and counsel you provide your clients on matters involving charitable giving.  Here are a few current highlights and reminders we...
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Case study: How to spot a prime CRT opportunity
Case study: How to spot a prime CRT opportunity
Imagine that a client sits down at your conference room table and begins the meeting something like this:   "I’ve got a prime tract of land I bought for $200,000 just 10 years ago, and now I am sure I could sell it for $2 million because the...
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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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