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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.

Impact grant helps growing family secure quality housing
Impact grant helps growing family secure quality housing
Justine woke suddenly to the sound of her son screaming. She tore from her bed to the bedroom next to hers, where her two young boys slept. When she got there, her youngest was in tears, shaking his arms as if they were wet and he was trying to shake them...
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MCWEF supports art therapy for addiction recovery
MCWEF supports art therapy for addiction recovery
As part of our 2018 grant cycle, the Medina County Women's Endowment Fund awarded $2,000 to the Recovery Center of Medina County to support art therapy for women and children who have a family member recovering from addiction. "The purpose of creative...
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Grant helps nurture abused, neglected children
Grant helps nurture abused, neglected children
A place to heal. A place for hope. A place to feel safe. These special places are critical to our community, and especially to our children. The Children's Center of Medina County began nurturing abused and neglected children in 2007. Since then, the center...
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A Continuum of Services
A Continuum of Services
How three local leaders in education and their organizations are working together to improve outcomes Atop Akron’s North Hill, in one of the school district’s oldest buildings, a new and innovative education model is taking root. High school students at...
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Grant brings hope to homeless LGBTQ+ youth
Grant brings hope to homeless LGBTQ+ youth
The Gay Community Endowment Fund recently received a heartfelt thank you note from Rebecca Callahan, executive director of CANAPI, for a grant GCEF awarded to provide housing support to homeless LGBTQ+ youth: Good morning, I want to take a moment to share...
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GCEF presents 2018 scholarships
GCEF presents 2018 scholarships
The Gay Community Endowment Fund recently awarded scholarships to 3 students who have positively impacted the LGBTQ+ community. In total, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awarded $3,000 to help local students achieve their higher education goals, bringing the fund's...
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SHEro campaign raises record nearly $60,000
SHEro campaign raises record nearly $60,000
The Women's Endowment Fund celebrated a record nearly $60,000 raised during its SHEro campaign throughout the month of April. Helping surpass our fundraising goal by nearly $10,000, 36 local ambassadors committed to raise at least $1,000 each through their...
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