June 25, 2018
Rob Lehr Joins GAR Foundation as Program Officer

We’re pleased to welcome Rob Lehr to GAR Foundation. As program officer, Rob works to advance the Foundation’s mission of helping Akron become smarter, stronger and more vibrant. Rob will be reviewing and evaluating grant inquiries and applications with a focus on the Foundation’s community grantmaking in the areas of basic needs, arts and culture, […]

June 11, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions About GAR’s New Strategies & Application Process

What are GAR’s new strategies? Please take a moment to read the update we shared in June, 2017 to understand the background and then read about our new areas of focus on our What we Fund page. How do I know if my organization is a fit with GAR’s new strategies? – First, look at […]

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 05, 2018
FAQs about applying for funding on GAR’s website

Please take a moment to watch this guide as it relates to eligibility, inquiry, deadlines, and applying to GAR Foundation.

December 13, 2017
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 […]

November 27, 2017
Thinking about making a charitable gift? Browse our nonprofit database

Kick off the charitable season by learning more about the many organizations who work tirelessly to create change in our community. GAR Foundation is proud to support over 100 organizations serving Akron and Summit County in 2017. Need some inspiration? Our grantee database includes GAR’s recent and past grantees, many hosting Giving Tuesday and Annual […]

October 26, 2017
GAR Foundation awards more than $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations

At its final quarterly meeting of the year, GAR Foundation announced $2,504,000 in funding to Summit County community organizations. With these grants, the Foundation’s giving to the community will total just over $6 million this year. GAR awarded several large grants in support of its strategic work in the education space, including $450,000 to the […]

October 06, 2017
Resources from Annual Educator Conference

Thank you for another great Educator Conference! Click here to see the speaker lineup from 2017. Below you will find contact information and resources from the day. Be sure to stay connected with us by signing up to receive updates and invitations.   This year’s theme was Expanding Boundaries and addressed the following questions: How do we ignite and foster […]

August 29, 2017
Dr. Heather Burton announced as keynote speaker for Annual Educator Conference

GAR Foundation is thrilled to announce Heather E. Burton, PhD as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Educator Conference on October 5, 2017 in Akron. Dr. Burton currently serves as Director of IDEAL-N and Partner Institutions Faculty and Student Development at Case Western Reserve University. She is adjunct faculty in Pan-African Studies and Social […]