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The Center for Family Philanthropy announces second Institute for Emerging Philanthropists class


Program helps participants identify personal philanthropic goals and develop plans for a lifelong commitment to improving the community

The Center for Family Philanthropy | Akron Community Foundation

The Center for Family Philanthropy at Akron Community Foundation recently selected its 2021-22 class of the Institute for Emerging Philanthropists. This represents the second session of the biennial philanthropic educational program.

Through a structured, seven-session program, class members of the Institute for Emerging Philanthropists are exposed to critical needs of the community and taught innovative, evidence-based methods of practicing strategic philanthropy, while connecting with a network of highly motivated charitable professionals. Course content of the institute includes lectures, site visits and workshops focused on building a philanthropic plan, evaluating nonprofits, learning grantmaking strategies, and more.

The 2021-22 Institute for Emerging Philanthropists class will begin this September and culminate in June 2022 with the following nine members:

  • Tim Able, executive vice president, SeibertKeck Insurance Partners
  • Jon "Steven" Antalvari Jr., education consultant, Workday
  • Erin Johnson, realtor, eXp Realty & entrepreneur, Outstanding Ohio & Live, Love and Create
  • Kevin Kroskey, managing partner, True Wealth Design
  • Andy Little, president, Sparton Enterprises, Inc.
  • Michael Little, CFO/co-owner, Sparton Enterprises, Inc.
  • Sandy Parker, director of services, Rape Crisis Center of Medina & Summit Counties
  • Dannika "Danni" Stevenson, entrepreneur,
  • Kimberly Young, senior analyst II, AML RightSource

"Participants in the Institute of Emerging Philanthropists benefit from Akron Community Foundation's long-standing philanthropic knowledge and practices to instill proper execution for multi-generational giving," said Karen A. Hrdlicka, director of The Center for Family Philanthropy. "Lessons learned through our program give young philanthropists the tools to ensure their legacy and favorite charities are nurtured forever."

At the end of the educational program, students apply their newly developed philanthropic skills by recommending grants through the Institute for Emerging Philanthropists Fund, founded in 2019 for the institute's inaugural class.

Students are required to make a fully tax-deductible gift of $2,500 for this grantmaking, which the foundation is proud to match to further the program's funding impact. Grants through the Institute for Emerging Philanthropists Fund are announced during the institute's graduation ceremony. Since its establishment, the fund has awarded $80,000 in overall grantmaking to 16 local nonprofits.

The Institute for Emerging Philanthropists is suited for individuals between the ages of 25-45 who have a strong desire to build their skills in strategic philanthropy. Ideally, candidates are already involved in significant giving through charitable entities such as private family foundations or donor-advised funds.

More information about the program and current class participants is available at:

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 66 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 $272 million with a growing family of more than 730 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 nearly $196 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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