GAR Foundation Refines Approach to Education and Awards $1,641,305 to Area Nonprofits

Dina Younis \
May 21, 2013

AKRON, Ohio (May 15, 2013) — In its largest grant-making quarter of the year, GAR Foundation awarded $1,641,305 to 43 area nonprofits. The Foundation’s Distribution Committee also approved new priorities for Education grantmaking

“Our grantmaking emphasis in this arena stems from a belief that a solid education opens doors throughout a person’s life,” President Christine Amer Mayer said of the Foundation’s realignment. “By aligning our funding priorities with Cradle to Career, we seek to help students capitalize on those opportunities.”

The Cradle to Career framework underscores the foundational purpose of education as preparation for college and career. The framework serves as a road map for schools and programs to ensure that their students are able to meet or exceed standards at critical educational transitions along the way. Schools and programs seeking educational funding from GAR will be asked in the coming year to identify their program attributes that support academic achievement along the pipeline and to measure their impact. GAR Foundation joins many local funders in adopting the Cradle to Career framework led by Summit Education Initiative. The Foundation will host discussions with education providers in the coming months to more fully discuss the Cradle to Career approach.

This quarter’s largest grant of $140,000 was awarded to Greenleaf Family Center for the expansion of SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Ensure Ready Kids) in Summit County. SPARK prepares children for kindergarten by addressing educational, developmental and social-emotional needs, while empowering parents and guardians to become their child’s first and most important teacher.

The Salvation Army received $100,000 for the Learning Zone. The program provides a high quality afterschool learning option for children who are at-risk. It serves over 100 families in the Akron and Barberton areas for children ages 18 months to 14 years.

Also during the May distribution meeting, $299,930 was awarded for 29 Educator Initiative Grants (EIG). The goal of the EIG Program is to support teacher-initiated, classroom-based projects and methods that demonstrably impact student academic achievement. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 are awarded to teams of educators from grades K-12.

The following organizations received grant awards at the May 9, 2013 GAR Foundation Distribution Committee meeting:

Organization                             Amount    Purpose

Actors’ Summit

$15,000

For general operations.

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank*

$20,000

For operations.

Alchemy, Inc.

$20,000

For operations.

Apollo’s Fire

$17,500

For Summit County performances.

Arlington Christian Academy

$12,500

For tuition assistance.

Archbishop Hoban High School

$50,000

For the implementation of Read 180 and faculty professional development supporting the adoption of Ohio’s Learning Standards.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve

$85,000

For general operating support for after-school programs.

Children’s Concert Society of Akron

$17,500

For the Concert Hall Series and after-school programming.

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

$42,250

For the Seeds of Learning and Junior Rangers urban outreach programs.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

$10,000

For tuition assistance.

Emmanuel Christian Academy

$15,000

For tuition assistance.

First Glance Student Center, Inc.

 $25,000

For general operations.

Greenleaf Family Center

$140,000

For SPARK.

GroundWorks Dance Theater

$20,000

For performances and outreach.

Hametown Christian Academy

$5,000

For tuition assistance.

He Brought Us Out Ministry

$20,000

For operations of North Hill Community House.

Hiram House

$20,625

For camperships for children from Summit County.

Interfaith Caregivers Program

$15,000

For general operations.

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio*

$15,000

For operations in 2013-14 and for evaluations.

Lawrence School

$7,500

For tuition assistance.

The Lippman School

$5,000

For tuition assistance.

Lorain County Community College Foundation, GLBIO

$25,000

For support of a University of Akron Ph.D. fellow working in the Akron Public Schools STEM Middle School and for operations.

Mobile Meals, Inc.

$55,000

For general operations.

Musical Arts Association

$100,000

For the 2013 Blossom Music Festival.

North Akron Catholic School

$15,000

For tuition assistance.

Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry

$50,000

For general operations.

Our Lady of the Elms School

$5,000

For tuition assistance.

Philanthropy Ohio

$5,000

For general operating support.

Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

$10,000

For camperships.

St. Mary Grade School

$20,000

For tuition assistance.

St. Paul School

$7,500

For tuition assistance.

Stan Hywet Halls & Gardens*

30,000

For annual campaign.

Salvation Army

 

$100,000

 

For the Learning Zone.

Senior Independence

$15,000

To support Adult Day Services in Akron.

South Street Ministries, Inc.

$25,000

For operations.

Summit Christian School

$6,000

For tuition assistance.

Summit County Health District

$50,000

To support the First Things First HealthChek data development system.

Summit County Historical Society

$25,000

For operations.

United Disability Services

$50,000

For the Vocational Rehabilitation Public Private Partnerships program.

Urban Vision

$30,000

For the Set on Success after-school program.

Victim Assistance Program

$25,000

For operations to match Victims of Crime Act funding.

Western Reserve Historical Society

$35,000

For educational programming at Hale Farm & Village.

Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop

$40,000

For operations.

*The award consists in part or entirely in the form of a challenge grant.