Applications due Sept. 1
Established in 1999, the Millennium Fund for Children is a permanent endowment created through a partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com. Each year, a selection committee composed of fund donors recommends grants to children’s groups throughout the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com’s audience coverage area, which includes Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark, Wayne and Cuyahoga counties.
Last year, 32 Millennium Fund grants totaling $41,900 supported arts, education and health programs for local youth. Recent grants have provided gifts for children in foster care, live theater performances for area students, food and clothing for at-risk youth, and more.
Requests for Millennium Fund for Children grants should be made online by Friday, Sept. 1. A link to the application is available at www.akroncf.org/ApplyMillennium. Questions about the online application process should be directed to John Garofalo, vice president of community investment, at (330) 436-5624 or [email protected].
Businesses that wish to publicly show their commitment to helping local children can also become a corporate sponsor of the Millennium Fund. Sponsorships are fully tax-deductible and include special recognition on the fund’s donation coupon and other materials circulated throughout the Akron Beacon Journal’s six-county distribution area.
“This is a great opportunity for child- and family-focused businesses to show their support for the children in our community, a cause many of their customers are passionate about,” said Millennium Fund Committee Chair Shaun Schweitzer.
To learn more about the benefits of becoming a sponsor, contact Margaret Medzie, Akron Community Foundation’s vice president and chief development officer, at (330) 436-5610 or [email protected]. Sponsorships must be received by Nov. 1 to be included in promotional materials.
About the Millennium Fund for Children
The Millennium Fund for Children is a permanent endowment that was founded in 1999 as a partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com. It supports arts, civic, education, and health and human services projects for children living in the Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com’s audience coverage area. Its mission is to make grants where even a small amount can make a difference. Since its establishment, the Millennium Fund has grown to more than $950,000 and awarded more than $665,000 in grants. During the 2016 campaign season, contributions totaling $38,493.88 from more than 200 generous donors added to the fund. For more information, or to contribute to the Millennium Fund for Children, visit www.akroncf.org/Millennium or call (330) 376-8522.
About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 62 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. As of March 31, 2017, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $202 million with a growing family of 570 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 $139 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.