Established in 1967, GAR Foundation was born of the philanthropic desire of the Roush family to support the needs of those in the Greater Akron area community. Driven by our history, we believe long-lasting impact happens in communities, families, and individuals when they are invested in and given opportunities to flourish.
#GARnotGar: The story of our name and logo
When we decided to rebrand after many years, we took this opportunity to address the common mispronunciation of our name. Many of those unfamiliar or somewhat familiar with our work have referred to us a ‘Gar’ for decades. We get it, it’s easy to lean toward Team Gar; the lack of periods in our name […]
Introducing GAR Foundation's new logo and website
Dear Partners, GAR Foundation has proudly invested over $230 million to promote quality of life, education, vibrancy, and economic opportunities in the Greater Akron community since 1967. GAR exists today because of the vision of our founders, Galen and Ruth Roush, to serve and invest in others to impact communities, families, and individuals. What the […]
The plan to remake Akron should build on existing strengths
With Mayor Dan Horrigan settling into city hall, there has been much talk about Akron’s “new day,” and enthusiasm around bringing fresh perspective to economic development. And then comes the hard part: determining the best next step. What actions will create enduring community prosperity? A look at some of the communities that have enjoyed success […]