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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.

Margaret Thorp Crown Point Fund
Margaret Thorp Crown Point Fund
A fund established at Akron Community Foundation will permanently support the passion of local veterinarian Dr. Margaret Thorp. The Margaret Thorp Crown Point Development Endowment Fund was established in 2010 by Crown Point Ecology Center, which shares...
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William C. and Elizabeth Brainard Sandwick Fund
William C. and Elizabeth Brainard Sandwick Fund
Betty Sandwick opened a fund at Akron Community Foundation to support the Akron Art Museum forever in her and her husband’s name. "(My) grandmother was one of the founders of the Pasadena Playhouse," Betty said. "She took me when I was 3 years old to see...
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The Hudak Family Fund
The Hudak Family Fund
When Barb Hudak’s niece Katie was diagnosed with autism, it shattered the confidence of the entire family. "To show you how really sophisticated we thought we were, we said, 'What is it?' Then we said, 'Just tell us where we go to get it fixed.'" Soon, they...
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Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care
Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care
Anyone with a pet knows the enrichment they bring to daily life. Pets offer unconditional love and understanding to the people who care for them - something that is particularly true when the person has developmental disabilities, said Hattie Larlham...
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Akron Global Business Accelerator
Akron Global Business Accelerator
Every day, more than 700 people across the country experience some form of sexual assault, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Unfortunately, only a little more than half of these reported assaults result in felony convictions.  One reason for...
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The Read Family Fund
The Read Family Fund
Judy Read’s eyes lit up when she talked about meeting her husband, Roger, more than a half century ago. "We almost didn't meet," she said. Both attended King School and graduated from Buchtel High School. Since they were a grade apart, the couple didn't...
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