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Women's Endowment Fund's Annual SHEro Campaign runs through April


Proceeds support women and girls in Greater Akron

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The Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation announced its annual "Who Is Your SHEro?" campaign will run through April 30, with a goal to raise $60,000 to benefit women and girls in Greater Akron.

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 as a parent, sibling, friend or mentor. In turn, those honored can receive a SHEro card letting them know a gift was made in their name, but not the amount.

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. As a permanent endowment, gifts made to the Women's Endowment Fund will benefit women and girls for years to come.

"The 'Who is your SHEro' campaign provides an opportunity to recognize the women you admire in your life, while having a positive impact on the women and girls in our community for generations to come," said Juanita Simpson, who is a co-chair of the SHEro campaign along with Joni Fitch and Holly Harris Bane. "It's an impactful campaign and seeing the joy it spreads across our community is truly rewarding."

This year, campaign organizers aim to reach $60,000 by using a team of 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 track their fundraising progress, visit     

There are three easy ways to celebrate your SHEroes:

  • Donate online at    
  • Call Akron Community Foundation at 330-376-8522.
  • Donate by texting SHERO to 71777.

Major sponsors of the Women's Endowment Fund and its SHEro campaign include: Ernst & Young LLP, The J.M. Smucker Co., Leppo Rents, The Read Family and FirstEnergy Foundation.

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 nearly $5 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 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 $300 million with a growing family of more than 780 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 $206 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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