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 […]

February 08, 2017
GAR Foundation is hiring a Grants & Evaluation Associate

  Thank you for your interest. This job posting is currently closed.

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 […]

December 21, 2016
GAR’s offices will be closed for the holidays

GAR Foundation offices will be closed December 23, 2016 – January 1, 2017. Our offices will reopen on Monday, January 2, 2017. We wish you a happy and safe holiday season!   Header photo of Downtown Akron by Shane Wynn for Akron Stock

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 […]

September 14, 2016
GAR’s Christine Mayer joins Knight Foundation board of trustees

We’re thrilled to announce GAR’s president, Christine Mayer has been named to the national John S. and James L. Knight Foundation board of trustees. Mayer joins Marty Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post and former editor of the Boston Globe to the board.  “As editor of one of America’s greatest news organizations and head of Akron’s leading foundation, Marty […]

August 23, 2016
GAR Foundation awards more than $1.5 million in grants to community organizations

Akron, Ohio (Aug 23, 2016) – GAR Foundation announced Tuesday $1,568,500 in funding to 38 community organizations in Summit County. The largest grant in the amount of $450,000 was awarded to United Way of Summit County. A sizable portion of that grant will directly support United Way’s work in the education area; the balance is […]