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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.

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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CLATs offer rare wealth transfer opportunity
CLATs offer rare wealth transfer opportunity
The current environment of historically low interest rates has some experts heralding a "golden age of CLATs." More formally known as Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts, these planned giving vehicles pay a fixed amount to charity each year for a specific period...
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Two charitable gift ideas made better by the SECURE Act
Two charitable gift ideas made better by the SECURE Act
By Don Laubacher, CFP®, CPA, AEP®Senior Vice President, Family Wealth, Sequoia Financial Group The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019 (that seems like a long time ago!). One significant...
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MCWEF welcomes new board members
MCWEF welcomes new board members
The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund gained two new advisory board members. Join us in welcoming Sonja P. Pagniano and Victoria A. Wickley to our fund. Sonja P. Pagniano is the assistant director of annual giving for The College of Wooster. Before her...
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From our president: MCWEF prevails amid difficult year
From our president: MCWEF prevails amid difficult year
Over the past few months, it has been hard to find joy when so much of our world has been turned upside down. Many of us are grieving loss of life and also grieving the loss of jobs, routines, social connections, and financial security. How will we remember...
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