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A Common Theme

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.

Young philanthropist joins grantmaking committee
Young philanthropist joins grantmaking committee
Philanthropy runs in the family for Abby DiSalvo, the youngest member of the Millennium Fund's grant committee. From a young age, her grandparents made a point to involve the whole family in discussions about helping others through philanthropy. She credits...
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Tapping into your endowment is risky business
Tapping into your endowment is risky business
Just as market declines, inflation and job worries have individuals considering their overall resources as potential spending sources, your organization and other nonprofits may be doing the same as you seek to meet the community’s increasing needs in a...
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Year-end reminders for your donors
Year-end reminders for your donors
Encourage donors to review their stock holdings Even though 2022’s rough stock market may still be a concern, late-year rallies may help. Chances are not all of your donors’ holdings have had an unusually down year. A gift of appreciated stock is still...
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This holiday season, make a gift that will last forever
This holiday season, make a gift that will last forever
As the holidays approach, consider the benefits of giving your loved ones a gift that can’t be broken, stored away, or quickly consumed. Celebrate the joy of the season with a gift in their name to Bath Community Fund. A gift to Bath Community Fund is the...
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Inherited IRAs: Big Headache or Big Opportunity?
Inherited IRAs: Big Headache or Big Opportunity?
Don’t be surprised if your clients are walking into your office in a state of bewilderment over something they’ve read recently about the IRS’s distribution rules for inherited IRAs.  What’s the back story? Until the law changed a few years ago,...
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Grassroots Growth
Grassroots Growth
By Olivia Eastly, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Small nonprofits find new opportunities for growth amid the pandemic Over the past few years, everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but younger, more grassroots organizations were...
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Five Ways to Maximize Your Clients' Year-End Giving
Five Ways to Maximize Your Clients' Year-End Giving
Before your clients ring in the new year, make sure they have maximized their charitable giving for 2022. Gifts made to a charitable fund by Dec. 31 will earn them a tax deduction for the current year while supporting the causes they love for many years to...
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GCEF presents 2022 scholarships
GCEF presents 2022 scholarships
The Gay Community Endowment Fund recently awarded scholarships to five students who have positively impacted the LGBTQ+ community. In total, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awarded $8,500 this year to help local students achieve their higher education goals,...
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