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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.

Investment policy embraces client-advisor relationship
Investment policy embraces client-advisor relationship
"I was miserable just calling an 800 service." That’s what corporate real estate advisor Bob Cooper said of his former charitable fund administrator. The administrator was the same national financial services firm that managed his donor-advised fund. It was...
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Grant empowers local students to stop abuse, bullying
Grant empowers local students to stop abuse, bullying
The Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP) has been informing and empowering students throughout Medina County for more than 15 years. Since its inception, CAP has been offered to more than 9 million children, parents, school staff and community members in...
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Grant leads women and families to freedom in East Akron
Grant leads women and families to freedom in East Akron
While families all over greater Akron gather around their fireplaces this holiday season, a chilling fact remains: Local women and children living in poverty are being displaced from their homes due to chemical dependency and substance abuse. Last year, Akron...
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Grant helps women take control of their finances
Grant helps women take control of their finances
A few short years ago, Gabrielle Blackshear was a single mom struggling to support her family. Like many young women, she had poor credit and did not understand how to live on a budget or manage her finances. All of that changed, however, when she found...
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Homeless moms get new lease on life
Homeless moms get new lease on life
Imagine waking up at 3 a.m. every day to get to work. This is a reality for many of the clients at H.M. Life Opportunity Services in Akron who have recently escaped homelessness and have no individual method of transportation. To get to work, these clients...
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Grant helps teens recognize signs of dating violence
Grant helps teens recognize signs of dating violence
Sept. 11, 2007, is a day Akron resident Nikki Washington will never forget. It was on this day that Nikki took back her independence and walked through the doors of the Battered Women’s Shelter with her five children. From the outside, Nikki looked like a...
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Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Do you know where your next meal is coming from? For thousands of people in Summit County, the answer is no. Now more than ever, families need help putting food on the table, and Akron Community Foundation is stepping up to the plate through grants to...
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Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohio
Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohio
Growing up as a young boy in a single-parent home, Donald Lykes lacked a strong father figure. Without a male role model, Lykes said he grew up not knowing how to be a father - or more accurately, a "dad" - and was unprepared for the responsibilities of...
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StoryCorps
StoryCorps
The history of Summit County got a little richer as hundreds of people came to the Akron-Summit County Public Library in downtown Akron to record oral histories of their lives.  With the help of a $20,000 grant from Akron Community Foundation, the...
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