(Courtesy of Akron Community Foundation.)
Today, Akron Community Foundation announced grants totaling $1,822,249: $1,322,749 from designated, donor-advised, agency endowment and scholarship funds, and $499,500 in competitive education and early learning grants.
More than 90 percent of education funding was awarded to programs that align with Summit Education Initiative’s Cradle to Career continuum, a priority the community foundation announced in November. Grants will fund programs that address key transition points in a child’s life, from kindergarten readiness to college and career readiness. The board awarded a $35,000 grant to SEI to continue aligning the work of out-of-school providers with student needs based on data from schools. The community foundation funded the creation of the program in 2014.
“This program really bridges the gap between formal and informal educators,” said John Garofalo, Akron Community Foundation’s vice president of community investment. “Not only is SEI providing the data directly from schools that out-of-school time providers need to reinforce what is taught in the classroom, they’re helping these providers align their metrics, refine their measurement tools and direct their programming to support the larger countywide effort to educate our children.”
In addition to the $499,500 Akron Community Foundation’s board decided on this quarter, the following donor-advised funds have offered an additional $82,500 in grants to education and early learning programs: Howard Atwood Family Fund, Marilyn Meyers Buckey Family Fund, H. Peter Burg Fund, and an anonymous fund.
The following education grants were awarded from these field-of-interest and unrestricted funds, which were created by charitable residents to support emerging needs in our community: Adam Fund, V.E. (Tom) Atkins Fund, Board of Directors Annual Giving Fund, Community Fund, Decker Endowment Fund for Families, Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Fund, Lucille Scott Harris Fund, Arthur Kelly Fund, John S. Knight Fund, Helen S. Robertson Fund, James G. Robertson Fund, Roush Memorial Fund, Shaw Foundation Fund and George Stevens Fund:
Akron Area YMCA, to provide after-school programs that help at-risk young women decrease participation in high-risk activities, $2,500
Akron Inner City Soccer Club, to support year-round soccer programs for inner-city youth, $5,000
Akron International Friendship, for the Know Your Community – Know Your World project, in which diverse speakers teach students about the importance of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, $5,000
Akron Public Schools, for college and career advising, financial aid counseling, and college transition services for students through school- and community-based programs, $20,000
Alchemy Inc., for a series of monthly workshops that help young men develop a sense of purpose in life, grow through social and emotional learning, and successfully function as members of their family, school and community, $5,000
Arc of Summit and Portage Counties, for People Together, a program in Summit County schools that encourages understanding and acceptance of individuals with developmental disabilities through presentations and simulations that mimic the experience of living with a disability, $10,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark County, for the Community Mentoring Program, which pairs a child age 6-18 who is in need of support with an adult volunteer who helps provide academic, social, educational and life-skills activities, $10,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, for after-school and summer programs for at-risk youth that focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles, $70,000
Building for Tomorrow, to help parents be their children’s first and most important teacher through home visitation, outreach events, and physical and behavioral health services for families living in AMHA housing communities with children under age 5, $85,000
Child Guidance & Family Solutions, for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding Program, which teaches child care providers how to address children with behavioral issues and promote attachment, initiative and self-control in the classroom, $65,000
Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, for the #morethanastereotype program, which teaches high school students to look past stereotypes and understand the real person, $2,500
First Book, to purchase new, age-appropriate books for children from birth to age 18 living in poverty, $7,500
Friends of Metro Parks, for the 2014-15 Outside Is In program, which helps nearly 700 sixth-graders connect with nature, $7,000
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, for the Journey Program, which provides girls who do not participate in Girl Scouts with age-appropriate activity books that lead them through a number of important topics, including community engagement, healthy living, financial literacy, the arts, outdoor experiences and environmental awareness, $7,500
Great Lakes Biomimicry, to support biomimicry-inspired curriculum, which is the design and production of materials and systems that are modeled on biological processes, at the National Inventors Hall of Fame School Center for STEM Learning, $7,500
Greenleaf Family Center, for the SPARK program, which prepares 3- and 4-year-olds for kindergarten through home visitations that address children’s educational, developmental and social-emotional needs and encourage parents to become their child’s first teacher, $10,000
He Brought Us Out Ministry, for the after-school program to help students at risk of failing their classes improve their academic performance, $10,000
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, for after-school programs in Akron Public Schools that teach students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, $10,000
Military Aviation Preservation Society, to offer Summit County high school history classes free trips to MAPS Air Museum, $7,500
Miller Avenue United Church of Christ, for the Students With a Goal program, which provides marginalized students with a safe place to go after school and offers academic intervention, enrichment activities and leadership training, $15,000
Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, to implement blended learning programs that customize the learning experience for each student in select Greater Akron schools, $25,000
Project GRAD Akron, for the two-week Bridge to Kindergarten school readiness summer camp, $25,000
Project Learn of Summit County, to increase technology integration in its literacy and GED preparation courses, $20,000
St. Bernard-St. Mary Parish, to support the Proyecto Raices program for low-income Hispanic children in Greater Akron, which focuses on sustaining Hispanic cultural heritage and encouraging STEM learning through computer programming and math and science activities, $7,500
Summit Education Initiative, to help out-of-school program providers align their metrics, measurement tools and programming with the countywide Cradle to Career effort, $35,000
Tri-County Jobs for Ohio Graduates, to provide school- and community-based dropout prevention and recovery programs to disadvantaged Summit County youth ages 16-24, $10,000
University of Akron Foundation, for the 2015 BEST Medicine Engineering Fair, which encourages students to pursue a career in the biomedical engineering and medical science fields, $5,000
Veggie U, to teach third-graders in Akron Public Schools about healthy lifestyles by providing them with gardening kits, $10,000
Celebrating 59 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. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $185 million with a growing family of more than 480 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 $121 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 www.akroncf.org.