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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.

Operation HOMES provides shelter during the pandemic
Operation HOMES provides shelter during the pandemic
A $6,438 grant was used to house homeless guests in a motel, since the churches the organization usually partners with were unable to host them during the pandemic. The churches still provided meals, and Operation HOMES continued to provide case...
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Love INC transforms Medina County houses into homes
Love INC transforms Medina County houses into homes
In 2021, the Medina County Community Fund awarded a $3,000 grant to Love INC. of Medina County. The grant was used to purchase furniture for 23 different families from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Medina. In total, the organization served 32 adults and...
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Medina County Community Fund supports veterans' recovery
Medina County Community Fund supports veterans' recovery
In 2021, the Medina County Community Fund awarded a $2,500 grant to Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary to provide free, equine-assisted psychotherapy to help treat first responders and military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and...
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Why charitable gift annuities are rising in popularity
Why charitable gift annuities are rising in popularity
Charitable gift annuities (CGAs) are becoming more attractive to philanthropists, making this planned giving vehicle a good fit for your clients who like the idea of an upfront tax deduction, a steady lifetime income stream, and a remainder gift to charity....
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Overcoming staff shortages: Can social media help?
Overcoming staff shortages: Can social media help?
The last few years have been rough for nonprofits’ efforts to retain and recruit talent. You and others working in the sector know this better than anyone. It’s been especially difficult to recruit and retain fundraising professionals. A staggering 46...
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