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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.

Philanthropy multiplied: the John A. McAlonan Fund
Philanthropy multiplied: the John A. McAlonan Fund
The quest to be bigger and better: it’s what John A. McAlonan was all about. Born in Cuyahoga Falls in 1880, he earned a living moving from place to place across the country, holding a variety of occupations in the process.  But he found his greatest...
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Suzanne C. and Charles L. Bond Family Fund
Suzanne C. and Charles L. Bond Family Fund
Chuck Bond's philosophy in life is simple: "Love God, serve people." These four words have been a constant refrain throughout his life, winding their way through his career at Goodrich, his family and his marriage. Now, they’ve become the driving force...
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Couple shares holiday cheer with community
Couple shares holiday cheer with community
Like many Akron natives, Mark Allio’s fondest Christmas memories include trips to his grandparents’ house. There, he, his parents and his four siblings joined 10 aunts and uncles and many more cousins for an Italian feast in his grandparents’ basement....
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Kathy Booth funds women forever in her mother’s name
Kathy Booth funds women forever in her mother’s name
One of the purposes of the Women’s Endowment Fund is to enrich the lives of women in our community – all of the mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces and friends who are woven into the fabric of our families.  By improving life for...
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International Institute of Akron
International Institute of Akron
When Uzbek refugee Bahrom Abdurasulov fled his war-torn country in 2005, he knew re-establishing his life in the United States would be a formidable challenge.  He had limited English skills, no local support system, and very few resources. What he never...
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Trails Forever Legacy Fund
Trails Forever Legacy Fund
During his 21 years as superintendent, John Debo had a looming frustration about the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It wasn’t the staff; they were top notch. And it wasn’t the numbers; the park attracted millions every year. Ironically, the common element...
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George Stevens Fund
George Stevens Fund
In 1930, George Stevens was looking for a way to make a lasting gift to his community. The Akron native had spent much of his life climbing the ranks at a paper company in Hartford City, Ind., and was known for his quiet kindness and dedication to helping...
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Mark and Michele Allio Family Fund
Mark and Michele Allio Family Fund
On Dec. 22, hundreds of people stood waiting in line for food at four local churches. They came hoping to get just enough food for Christmas, but they left carrying much more: whole 12-pound turkeys. "The look on their faces, realizing they were getting these...
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Millennium Fund gets surprise gift from Santa Claus
Millennium Fund gets surprise gift from Santa Claus
It was an unlikely chain of events that led Medina County resident Bob Pohto to the Millennium Fund for Children. Pohto was flying out of Akron-Canton Regional Airport last December for a business trip in Mississippi when he came across someone handing out...
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