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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.

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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MCWEF President's Letter: A focus on others
MCWEF President's Letter: A focus on others
About this time of year, you are bound to run into a news story proclaiming the oft-cited statistic: nearly 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week in February. Are you among this 80% or are you staying focused in this first year of the...
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A letter from our co-chairs: Thank you for your support
A letter from our co-chairs: Thank you for your support
In welcoming this new year, we’re also reflecting on the previous years that have allowed our fund to grow and support Medina County’s residents in need. In December, we celebrated a significant milestone – our 25th anniversary as a fund dedicated to...
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Making smart charitable giving choices
Making smart charitable giving choices
By Jesse Hurst, CFP, AIFImpel Wealth Management There were many benefits that came as a result of the 2017 tax law changes. The tax code was simplified, eliminating many deductions and loopholes. The standard deduction was doubled for most individuals and...
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A Proactive Approach
A Proactive Approach
At the Greater Akron Chamber’s inaugural Inclusion Summit in September, a stark picture of disparity and inequity was painted: For every $100 white families earn, black families earn $57. Even more stark: For every $100 of wealth a white family accumulates,...
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