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 forever and provide hope for current and future generations. 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 in our community.
What He Does
John, who celebrated his 13th anniversary with the foundation in May 2021, has championed the transformation of Akron Community Foundation into a more donor-centric organization. Since 2009, the community foundation has doubled its assets to nearly $272 million while increasing the number of fundholders by two-fold to more than 730. Grants and distributions back into the community have exceeded $10 million for the past seven years. 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. For the past six years, John has been 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 more than 40-year professional career has been spent in the nonprofit sector. In primarily development and management roles, he has 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 Ways in three states 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!)