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What We Fund

It is the unique responsibility of a community foundation to fund a range of quality-of-life programs throughout a geographic location.

holding handsThus, Akron Community Foundation’s grants are as diverse as Summit County itself. While unique in their programming, all Akron Community Foundation grantees have things in common:

Organizational strength

We support efficient and effective nonprofit organizations with the capacity to significantly improve the community. We value organizations that demonstrate sustainability, honesty and transparency, and those that remain true to their mission.

Systemic impact

We support collaborative efforts that help individuals, families and neighborhoods thrive by addressing immediate needs while creating holistic improvement within Summit County. We prefer to fund organizations that address the underlying cause of a problem and make a lasting improvement.

Accountability

We serve as stewards of our donors’ community investments. We honor the charitable intentions of these donors to help them meet current and future needs of our community. As a result, we hold ourselves and our grantees to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, service and fiduciary responsibility.

Strengthened capacity of the nonprofit sector

We support efforts that build governance, management, financial and organizational capacities of nonprofit agencies and the sector as a whole. We also strive to create partnerships that reduce duplicative and ineffective programs.

Inclusiveness

We honor the diverse strengths, needs, voices and backgrounds within our community, and we support organizations whose missions promote equality and inclusiveness.