July 12, 2017
Frequently Asked Questions About GAR’s New Strategies

How do I know if my organization is a fit with GAR’s new strategies? First, look at your most recent grant award agreement from GAR Foundation. If it indicates that this is a final grant, that means your organization is no longer a fit with our strategy. For those organizations who have an active grant […]

July 05, 2017
Akron unleashes its problem-solvers

Much has changed in our community over the last few years.  We have witnessed leadership change in City Hall and in several key anchor institutions. We’ve seen political change at every level of government. We’ve seen slow economic progress, and a continuing erosion of the middle class, with cascading effects on all our civic systems. […]

June 30, 2017
Strategy Information Sessions

Nonprofit organizations are invited to join GAR Foundation for an informational session to learn more and ask questions about our new strategies. We strongly encourage attendance by the executive director, a staff member, and board leader to ensure that news of the changes gets to all interested parties in an organization. Registration is required and spaces […]

June 12, 2017
Podcast: Kirstin Toth discusses GAR’s new strategic focus

Click here to listen to GAR’s Senior Vice President, Kirstin Toth discuss the Foundation’s new strategic priorities on the Jasen Sokol show on WAKR.

June 05, 2017
What’s next for GAR Foundation?

Back in March, we shared the news that GAR Foundation will be narrowing its focus with the goal of deepening our community outcomes.  By this we mean that with a portion of our funds, we seek to do fewer things better, to go deeper in a small number of high-priority areas, driving toward root causes […]

May 23, 2017
Akron Development Corporation, ArtsNow among 46 organizations receiving grants from GAR Foundation

Akron, Ohio (May 23, 2017) – GAR Foundation announced grants totaling $1,404,000 to 46 area nonprofit organizations at its May distribution meeting. The Akron Development Corporation, a nonprofit subsidiary of the City of Akron, received a grant in the amount of $150,000 to support the development and implementation of an economic development strategy for the […]

May 16, 2017
GAR awards grants to Summit County educators for classroom projects

AKRON, Ohio (May 16, 2017) — The Distribution Committee of GAR Foundation announced Thursday $350,000 in funding to 38 teams of educators through its annual Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) program, an initiative that offers grants to teams of K-12 educators in Summit County’s public and private schools. Educators from Jennings Community Learning Center were awarded […]

April 13, 2017
Jessica Cherok Joins GAR as Grants & Evaluation Associate

We’re thrilled to welcome Jessica Cherok to our team. As Grants & Evaluation Associate, Jessica works with program staff and grantees to manage the Foundation’s grantmaking administration, evaluation projects, and learning initiatives. Prior to joining GAR Foundation, Jessica worked as a special projects manager at Project Learn of Summit County. Before that, she was a […]

April 13, 2017
GAR’s Kirstin Toth receives Distinguished Leader Award

Join us in congratulating GAR’s senior vice president, Kirstin Toth and Nick Browning, President of the Akron Region, Huntington National Bank, on receiving the Leadership Akron Distinguished Leader Award for their extraordinary efforts to advocate for education in Summit County. The award particularly honors their partnership and commitment to revitalize and stabilize Summit Education Initiative, bringing the organization from […]

March 23, 2017
We’re Narrowing our Focus

In the past fifty years, GAR Foundation has invested over $230 million in organizations to promote the quality of life, education, vibrancy, and economic opportunities of our community. We take great pride in these investments and the impact funded programs and organizations have made on Akron and Summit County. As funders, we often ask our […]