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 […]

March 06, 2017
GAR celebrates local art students at Annual Art Show

GAR Foundation celebrated the artwork of undergraduate students representing The University of Akron and Kent State University’s schools of art at a reception last month. The artwork brighten the walls of the historic Andrew Jackson House, home to GAR’s offices from February-November. This year’s talented curator, Lindsey James, a graduate student specializing in Fine Art […]

February 27, 2017
College & Career Academies, Reimagining the Civic Commons among those awarded grants from GAR Foundation

Akron, Ohio (Feb 27, 2017) – GAR Foundation announced $1,405,000 in funding at its quarterly meeting in February to Summit County community organizations. Akron Public Schools and the Ohio Erie & Canalway Coalition are among those receiving the largest grants. Akron Public Schools received a three-year grant in the amount $300,000 for the expansion of […]

January 10, 2017
Educator Initiative Grants available

The 2017 Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) program application is now available on the GAR Foundation website. The EIG program is an annual program separate and distinct from GAR’s regular grant-making in the area of education. The goal of EIG is to support teacher-initiated, classroom-based projects and methods that demonstrably impact student academic achievement. The deadline […]

November 22, 2016
GAR Foundation awards $648,000 in grants to community organizations

Akron, Ohio (Nov 22, 2016) – At its final quarterly meeting of the year, GAR Foundation announced $648,000 in funding to Summit County community organizations. This quarter’s distribution brings the Foundation’s total contributions to community organizations to just over $6.1 million this year. This quarter’s largest grant in the amount of $195,000 was awarded to […]