Why We Fund
GAR’s mission is to help Akron become smarter, stronger, and more vibrant.
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What We Fund
GAR awards grants to organizations and programs that foster the needs of the Akron community and fall within our primary giving areas.
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When We Fund
GAR reviews grant proposals three times per year.
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About GAR

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.

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Spotlight: Register for a workshop
Back in June, we shared the news that GAR Foundation will be narrowing its focus with the goal of deepening our community outcomes. We also announced that part of this strategic shift will include an opportunity for grantees and nonprofits to attend a number of Technical Assistance workshops and seminars to help nonprofit organizations in building […] Learn More

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April 24, 2018
GAR Foundation awards grants to Summit County educators for classroom-based projects

The Distribution Committee of GAR Foundation announced $350,000 in funding to 33 teams of educators through its annual Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) program. The EIG program offers grants to teams of K-12 educators in Summit County’s public and private schools who present classroom innovations that will drive student success. Educators from Akron Public Schools’ Bridges Learning Center were awarded $7,300 for the Bridges Bulldogs Broadcast Network. This […]

April 23, 2018
GAR Foundation awards more than $1.2 million to area nonprofit organizations

At its quarterly meeting in April, GAR Foundation announced $1,252,500 in funding to Summit County community organizations. GAR awarded a number of large grants to key organizations that support the Foundation’s strategic efforts.  GAR awarded a grant of $125,000 to ConxusNEO in support of its strategic workforce development efforts. ConxusNEO partners with companies to identify the skills they need; it then uses […]

January 30, 2018
What your values add to your business

In business, the focus is often on strategy. The strategic plan. The business plan through which strategy is implemented. The work plan detailing implementation activities in a particular time period. These documents and the discipline required to produce them are important to be sure. They frame and direct efforts. They align teams and ensure that […]

Christine Mayer