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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.

Making smart charitable giving choices
Making smart charitable giving choices
By Jesse Hurst, CFP, AIFImpel Wealth Management There were many benefits that came as a result of the 2017 tax law changes. The tax code was simplified, eliminating many deductions and loopholes. The standard deduction was doubled for most individuals and...
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From the president: WEF celebrates a successful 2019
From the president: WEF celebrates a successful 2019
As we celebrate the change in seasons, we also celebrate the many changes as well as successes of our Women's Endowment Fund. From gaining new board members to hosting another tremendous forum, 2019 was a substantial year for our fund and we look forward to...
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WEF hosts forum on economic empowerment for women
WEF hosts forum on economic empowerment for women
On Sept. 19, the Women's Endowment Fund convened a group of nearly 100 community members at the Hilton Garden Inn Akron to discuss Collaborative Solutions for the Economic Empowerment of Women during our biennial forum on women and girls. The forum began with...
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GCEF presents 2019 scholarships
GCEF presents 2019 scholarships
The Gay Community Endowment Fund recently awarded scholarships to 2 students who have positively impacted the LGBTQ+ community. In total, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awarded $4,000 to help local students achieve their higher education goals, bringing the fund's...
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Grant supports local student-run news outlet
Grant supports local student-run news outlet
If you tune to Educational Access Channel 22 in Brunswick, you can enjoy the work of the BEAT Video Program first hand. Students (grades 6-12) working in small groups write, edit, produce, manage and deliver most of the channel 22 content. Each group is...
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MCWEF welcomes new advisory board members
MCWEF welcomes new advisory board members
In June, the Medina County Women's Endowment Fund gained three new advisory board members. Join us in welcoming Joyce Fuerst, Carol Godard, and Beth Kereszturi to our fund. Joyce Fuerst is a speech language pathologist at Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital. In...
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All in the Family
All in the Family
Everyone has a story to tell. The stories of donors at Akron Community Foundation are as unique as the people who tell them. A second-generation business owner who was taught early on to help those less fortunate. A retired nurse whose desire to give started...
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WEF raises nearly 40k through SHEro campaign
WEF raises nearly 40k through SHEro campaign
The Women's Endowment Fund raised nearly $40,000 during its annual "Who Is Your SHEro?" campaign throughout the month of April. For the second year, this fundraising was made possible by 36 local ambassadors committed to raise at least $1,000 each through...
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Q&A with SHEro Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands
Q&A with SHEro Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands
Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands was first elected to the Summit County Common Pleas Court in 2008, after 19 years in private practice representing clients in civil and criminal matters nationwide. In addition to her assigned civil and criminal docket, Judge...
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