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 […]

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 […]