How are we unique?
Our competitive grant programs reinvest more than $2 million each year into nonprofits working hard to improve our community. Our Community Fund and initiative funds each focus on a different aspect of life in Greater Akron. This offers you a clear and predictable means for planning your grant requests.
It’s the biggest differentiating factor among local foundations: We help you grow your funding through permanent endowment funds held right here at Akron Community Foundation. Endowments offer a predictable source of income in an unstable funding environment. We also offer development guidance to help you grow your endowment over time, as well as the ability to accept more complex charitable gift options, which may be attractive to your supporters.
We realize you need more than simply program-specific funding to improve our community. Rather, it’s a combination of resources: financial, relational and intellectual. Some you already have, while others you need help finding. Our community investment staff wants to know what we can do to help you impact Summit County the most. Share your idea, and they’ll give you guidance.
Information we gather during our competitive grant programs, combined with one-on-one discussions with public officials, charitable fundholders and nonprofits, offer us broad and deep insight into the pressing needs and prevailing beliefs in our community. This better positions us to make vital links between funders, charities, public officials and everyday citizens. It also positions us to offer you more holistic nonprofit guidance.