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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.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Grace House Akron
Nonprofit Spotlight: Grace House Akron
Grace House Akron, located in the city's North Hill neighborhood, follows a simple tenet: "No one should die alone." The organization helps people who are enrolled in a hospice program, without an able caregiver, or alone or unable to afford a private...
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How business owner donors can help build your endowment
How business owner donors can help build your endowment
If you've not reviewed your donor lists recently to identify which donors own their own businesses, now may be a good time to do just that. Business owners make great donors, not only because they understand how hard it is to build and grow an organization,...
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Looks good on paper: Direct mail to grow your endowment
Looks good on paper: Direct mail to grow your endowment
As a nonprofit, two constants you likely face are (1) more demand for your services and (2) rising operating costs. Fundraising can help satisfy the "more demand" part of this equation, but that typically requires more budget, which means more marketing...
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Charitable giving tips for clients' golden years
Charitable giving tips for clients' golden years
The rising popularity of the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) appears to be inspiring an increasing number of retirees to re-evaluate their charitable giving plans. As we begin a new year, be sure you're familiar with the various charitable giving...
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By the Numbers: What's Around the Corner in 2024
By the Numbers: What's Around the Corner in 2024
As 2023 makes way for 2024, you're no doubt inundated with information about the various IRS thresholds that are subject to adjustment. But have you thought about how each of these thresholds might be connected with your clients' charitable giving? Here are a...
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Bath Community Fund's Impact: Stewart's Caring Place
Bath Community Fund's Impact: Stewart's Caring Place
Bath Community Fund has proudly supported Stewart's Caring Place for many years. In 2023, the fund awarded Stewart's Caring Place a $4,000 grant to help the organization provide support services to Bath residents impacted by cancer. Since 2018, the...
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Creating a meaningful structure for family philanthropy
Creating a meaningful structure for family philanthropy
Helping families create a meaningful structure for their philanthropy has long been a hallmark service of Akron Community Foundation. That structure and the resulting discipline are increasingly important as both wealth and charitable giving more frequently...
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