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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.

Medina County Community Fund Advisory Board Update
Medina County Community Fund Advisory Board Update
The new fiscal year brought some changes to the Medina County Community Fund Advisory Board. Denise Testa, director of the Medina County Department of Planning Services and board member since 2013, completed her three terms and termed off the board. Terry...
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Medina County Community Fund creates new Founders Award
Medina County Community Fund creates new Founders Award
The Medina County Community Fund Advisory Board established the new Founders Award in honor of its two founders, John "Jack" Holland and Norbert "Nobby" Lewandowski. Mr. Holland and Mr. Lewandowski were named the first recipients of the award. The two Medina...
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SHEro 2022 Committee Report
SHEro 2022 Committee Report
This year’s SHEro Campaign has officially concluded, just in time for Mother’s Day! We are excited to report that 405 donors collectively gave nearly $50,000 as of May 9, 2022. Every donor and ambassador for this year’s campaign helped the Women’s...
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Good News and Important Reminders About QCDs
Good News and Important Reminders About QCDs
UPDATE: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 was signed into law on Dec. 29, 2022. Read the latest update. Qualified Charitable Distributions, or "QCDs," have been in the news a lot lately, especially in light of proposed SECURE Act 2.0...
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501(c) What?: Decoding Jargon to Determine Deductibility
501(c) What?: Decoding Jargon to Determine Deductibility
In the wake of tax season each spring, a new crop of questions may arise concerning clients’ gifts to various organizations and whether those donations qualify as tax-deductible charitable contributions. Keep in mind that Section 501(c) of the Internal...
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