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Women's Endowment Fund's annual SHEro campaign returns


Proceeds support grantmaking to programs that uplift and empower local women and girls

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The Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation is inviting local residents to honor the important people in their lives through its annual "Who Is Your SHEro?" campaign.

Through April 30, community members are encouraged to make tribute or memorial gifts in honor of their SHEroes – the people who have made a significant impact on them. These people can be parents, partners, siblings, friends, mentors, or anyone who has positively influenced their life. In turn, those honored can receive a SHEro card letting them know a gift was made in their name (gift amounts will not be disclosed).

Donations are fully tax deductible and ultimately support the Women's Endowment Fund's grantmaking to programs that improve the health and wellness, safety, and economic empowerment of women and girls in Summit County.

"The 'Who Is Your SHEro?' campaign is a great way to give back to the community for generations to come," said Juanita Simpson, who is co-chairing the SHEro campaign with Joni Fitch and Rena Suber. "Not only are donors supporting a meaningful cause, but they're also showing their appreciation to the SHEroes in their lives – those people who make your day better in little ways, whose power lies in their everyday acts of kindness."

This year, campaign organizers aim to raise $50,000 through a team of 35 SHEro ambassadors, each of whom has committed to raise at least $1,000 through their personal and professional networks. To read more about these ambassadors and make a gift to the campaign, visit  

There are four easy ways to celebrate your SHEroes:

  • Donate online at
  • Call Akron Community Foundation at 330-376-8522
  • Donate by texting SHERO to 71777
  • Mail a check payable to Akron Community Foundation with "SHEro" in the memo line to: Women's Endowment Fund c/o Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307.

Major sponsors of the Women's Endowment Fund and its SHEro campaign include: Leppo Rents, the Read Family, Roetzel & Andress, The J.M. Smucker Company, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's Department of Job and Family Services, and FirstEnergy Corp.

About the Women's Endowment Fund
The Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation was established in 1993 as a permanent endowment committed to encouraging the advancement of women and girls in Summit County. To date, it has grown to more than $4 million and awarded more than $1.9 million in grants. Contributions of any amount are welcome and can be made online at or mailed to Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307. For more information, call 330-376-8522 or visit  

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 67 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. It is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $260 million with a growing family of more than 810 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation's funds have awarded more than $217 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit

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