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Private family foundation partnerships: Jean P. Wade Fund
Private family foundation partnerships: Jean P. Wade Fund
When local entrepreneur and art connoisseur Rory O’Neil passed away unexpectedly in October 2020, his wife of 52 years, Dedee, was left with "a lot of loose ends" to tie up. One of those loose ends was the private family foundation Rory and Dedee had been...
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Rooted in Philanthropy
Rooted in Philanthropy
When Ed Schrank celebrated his 90th birthday with friends and family members two years ago, his most memorable gift was not something he received, but something he gave. A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, Ed rented a bus and took his large family on a...
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Anonymous donor leaves $2.4 million estate gift
Anonymous donor leaves $2.4 million estate gift
When a retired schoolteacher and administrator passed away earlier this year, she left behind a lasting legacy in not only education, but also in charitable giving. Through a bequest in her will, the lifelong Summit County resident gave nearly $2.4 million to...
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Retired teacher plans for his charitable future
Retired teacher plans for his charitable future
As a junior in the Jackson High School marching band, Jerry Wolf met a flashy young maestro who inspired him to turn his talent into a profession. For 29 years, Jerry did just that, himself inspiring students in the Southeast, Waterloo and Mogadore school...
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Philanthropy at the cellular level
Philanthropy at the cellular level
The fever was familiar: It was the third time the infectious disease biologist had contracted malaria, a treatable but often deadly disease transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. "You have to dig deep and find out a lot about yourself," Victoria said....
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Couple encourages gifts of generosity
Couple encourages gifts of generosity
It’s no surprise how important the holidays are to Mary Ann Jackson: She grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a town nicknamed "Christmas City, USA." For her, the season evokes memories of nativity pageants, caroling, and traveling house to house exchanging...
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Doctor’s passion lives on through bequest
Doctor’s passion lives on through bequest
When Pam Moran met Dr. Kenneth Swanson, her world was upside down. Despite surgery, 70% of a tumor remained on her six-month-old son Derek’s brain, requiring two and a half years of chemotherapy and MRIs from Dr. Swanson every six months. "I was mad at the...
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Family's good fortune in business turns into holiday surprise
Family's good fortune in business turns into holiday surprise
When Pam Perrin Kostoff recalls the history of Perrin Asphalt Company, she always comes back to a transformative moment in the 1980s. "It was the '80s," she said. "St. Eugene’s Church needed its parking lot done; it was just seal coating and striping." But,...
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Mother’s legacy spurs siblings’ charity
Mother’s legacy spurs siblings’ charity
"When I was a child, philanthropy looked like a dress-up party," said Ann Durr, daughter of the late businesswoman and philanthropist Kathryn Hunter. "I remember going with my mom to Birnbaum’s. They had this room with a giant chandelier and a pedestal, and...
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