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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.

SHEro campaign raises more than 47K for COVID-19 Relief
SHEro campaign raises more than 47K for COVID-19 Relief
This year, the Women’s Endowment Fund raised more than $47,000 during its "Who Is Your SHEro?" campaign. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign supported Akron Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund for Nonprofits to rapidly provide...
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Carrying the torch toward a future of lived equality
Carrying the torch toward a future of lived equality
Our world has been turned upside down and our lives look a lot different than we ever expected as our advisory board transitions to a new leadership team. Yet, we remain hopeful for the future and look forward to the momentum we have built over the past few...
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Bath Community Fund Videos
Bath Community Fund Videos
Watch these videos featuring Bath Community Fund's donors and grant recipients for a deeper look at how the fund is strengthening the Bath community. Jody Miller Konstand Embracing Futures Bowers & Leuenberger Families Western Reserve...
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Charitable fund will benefit homeless LGBTQ+ teens
Charitable fund will benefit homeless LGBTQ+ teens
A new fund at Akron Community Foundation will support programs for LGBTQ+ teens who are facing homelessness in Greater Akron. The Michael Hohman Fund for Homeless LGBTQ Teens was established in May 2019 by Cuyahoga Falls resident Deborah Strobel in memory of...
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Playhouse improvements increase safety, accessibility
Playhouse improvements increase safety, accessibility
Recent grants from Bath Community Fund are making a local theater more accessible to senior citizens and people with disabilities. In 2018, the fund awarded a $1,000 grant to Western Reserve Playhouse to support the construction of a new entryway as part of a...
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MCWEF helps residents in need rest easy
MCWEF helps residents in need rest easy
As part of our 2019 grant cycle, the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund awarded $2,500 to Marian’s Closet to help provide new bedding for those in need. Founded in 2007, Marian’s Closet is a volunteer-run store that provides free essential items...
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MCCF provides housing to veterans in need
MCCF provides housing to veterans in need
As part of our 2019 grant cycle, the Medina County Community Fund awarded a $5,000 grant to Newbridge Place to support the organization’s housing programs for low-income individuals suffering from mental illness.  Established in 2004,...
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Medina County Community Fund celebrates 25 years
Medina County Community Fund celebrates 25 years
In December, the Medina County Community Fund celebrated its 25th anniversary. We want to take this opportunity to recognize the importance of our founders and the generosity of the businesses and residents of Medina County that have contributed to our...
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