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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.

QCDs: Five questions your donor may be asking
QCDs: Five questions your donor may be asking
As you review your donor lists and plan 2024 cultivation activities, pay particular attention to donors you know are over the age of 70 ½. That's because these donors are eligible to make what's known as a "Qualified Charitable Distribution," or "QCD," to...
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Nonprofit Spotlight: Ben Curtis Family Foundation
Nonprofit Spotlight: Ben Curtis Family Foundation
When Ben and Candace Curtis decided to help tackle food insecurity, they focused on some of our community's most precious assets: elementary school students. Since 2013, the Ben Curtis Family Foundation's Birdie Bag program has ensured that thousands of local...
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Tips for serving clients who love local
Tips for serving clients who love local
Your charitably minded clients certainly have no shortage of options for their philanthropic dollars. Many clients use their donor-advised funds, for example, at the community foundation to support favorite charities across the country, including alma maters,...
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Planned giving pointers
Planned giving pointers
You've likely seen articles on your favorite nonprofits' websites about "planned giving," but what does the term really mean? Our staff has put together some pointers to help simplify the concept of planned giving, along with ways the community foundation can...
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Back to basics: An endowment refresher course
Back to basics: An endowment refresher course
More often than not, boards of directors of nonprofit organizations are made up of business and community leaders who are not typically embedded in the day-to-day operations of charitable organizations. That's why it's important to focus on continuous...
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It's never too early to plant seeds for planned giving
It's never too early to plant seeds for planned giving
Millennials and Generation Z are already focused on retirement, and 30% of them are setting their sights on becoming millionaires to achieve their goals. What this means for you and other charitable organizations is that it's likely a smart move to expand...
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