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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.

This holiday season give a gift that will last forever
This holiday season give 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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BCF honors the legacy of beloved community members
BCF honors the legacy of beloved community members
‘Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch.A fearful thingto love, to hope, to dream, to be –to be,And oh, to lose…– Judah Halevi Within the span of a week this October, the Bath community lost Whit Andrew and Doc Hemphill.  There are...
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Protecting your clients from year-end charity scams
Protecting your clients from year-end charity scams
With GivingTuesday right around the corner, many of your clients are likely to make an "in the moment" decision to give to a charity. That’s terrific, and you’ll be doing them a big favor if you offer a gentle reminder that, unfortunately, there are a few...
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The power of planning: bundling, bunching and bequests
The power of planning: bundling, bunching and bequests
The significant community needs arising from the events of 2020, coupled with recent tax law changes, make it even more important to help your clients plan their charitable giving strategies. For the last couple of years, your clients likely have been hearing...
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Corporate giving programs: Opportunity in the COVID era
Corporate giving programs: Opportunity in the COVID era
According to the recently released 2020 Porter Novelli Executive Purpose Study, more than 80% of large company executives believe for-profit companies have a responsibility to play a role in resolving social issues. The study also found that most executives...
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Advising clients on starting a charity
Advising clients on starting a charity
As 2020 marches on with little relief in sight from the crises affecting our region, more and more attorneys, accountants and financial advisors are fielding questions from well-intentioned clients who are exploring starting their own nonprofits to help...
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GCEF presents 2020 scholarships
GCEF presents 2020 scholarships
The Gay Community Endowment Fund recently awarded scholarships to four students who have positively impacted the LGBTQ+ community. In total, the GCEF Scholarship Fund awarded $8,000 this year to help local students achieve their higher education...
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