John T. Petures Jr.
Joined The Staff
Favorite Thing About ACF
We have a wonderful role in teaching and promoting permanent philanthropy for the good of the community. It’s an amazing concept to give both today and forever, providing hope for current and future generations through a fund at Akron Community Foundation. I’m also a firm believer that people don’t give to causes, they give to people, and I’m proud the community foundation is such a catalyst in introducing fundholders and prospective donors to inspiring nonprofit leaders and the incredible work of their organizations in our community.
What He Does
John, who celebrated his 15th anniversary with the foundation in May 2023, has championed the transformation of Akron Community Foundation into a more donor-centric organization. Since 2009, the community foundation has tripled its assets to nearly $260 million, while more than doubling the number of fundholders to more than 820. Donations over the past decade have averaged nearly $14 million, while grants and distributions back into the community each year during this same period have exceeded $10.8 million. John leads a 20-person team in building lasting relationships with donors, fundholders, board members and community leaders while promoting permanent philanthropy for the good of our community. John was recently named one of the Cleveland 500 by Cleveland Magazine on its list of influential local leaders, and for seven years was named to Inside Business Magazine's Power 100 list of the most influential leaders in Northeast Ohio.
What He Did Before
The majority of John’s 42-year professional career has been spent in the nonprofit sector. In primarily development and senior management roles, he has lead and been a member of fundraising teams that have raised more than $1 billion for the betterment of communities where he and his wife, Cindy, have lived, worked and raised their three children. John has previously worked in senior development positions with United Way organizations in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Cleveland, and most recently was the president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation’s Northeastern Ohio Chapter. He studied at Penn State and Geneva College, where he earned a degree in communications and journalism. John and Cindy are proud grandparents of five, and he is a loyal Pittsburgh Steelers fan. (Sorry, Browns fans!)