GAR Foundation awards more than $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations

Brittany LaPointe \
October 26, 2017

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 United Way of Summit County and $200,000 to Summit Education Initiative (SEI). Both of these organizations are key partners in GAR’s effort to support success in the Akron Public Schools; United Way through its Bold Goals 1 and 2, and SEI through its best-in-class strategic data systems. “GAR Foundation is proud to partner with United Way and SEI in providing data-driven strategic support for Akron’s students,” said Kirstin Toth, GAR’s senior vice president.

Other notable grants include an award of $140,000 to support the Battered Women’s Shelter over two years; $85,000 to the Akron Civic Theatre for support of its work in the coming year; and $80,000 to the Downtown Akron Partnership for its downtown vibrancy efforts. GAR once again offered its competitive, limited funding capital application round this quarter, granting nineteen organizations funding for mission-critical capital projects.

The organizations receiving support this quarter include:

  • ACCESS, Inc., $15,000, for furnace updates **
  • Akron Civic Theatre, $85,000, for operations
  • Akron Community Service Center & Urban League, Inc, $21,000, for an updated fire and alarm system**
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, $100,000, for operations in 2017 and 2018
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, $20,000, for forklift safety updates **
  • Alchemy, Inc., $40,000, for operations
  • Asian Services in Action, Inc, $15,000, for facility improvements at the International Community Health Center **
  • Asian Services in Action, Inc., $50,000, for the International Community Empowerment Project
  • AxessPointe Community Health Center, Inc., $40,000, for the North Hill mini-clinic
  • Ballet Excel Ohio , $15,000, for the Reach Out and Dance program
  • Barberton City School District, $10,000, for indoor and outdoor preschool play equipment upgrades using the Reggio Emilia approach to align with a curriculum of inquiry-based learning **
  • Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties, $140,000, for operations in 2017 and 2018
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, $10,000, for construction of a commercial kitchen at the Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center **
  • Building for Tomorrow, $80,000, for the Early Childhood Initiative
  • BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, $25,000, for operations
  • CASA/GAL Program of Summit County, $25,000, for operations
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, $60,000, for Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding program
  • Christ Child Society of Akron, Inc., $10,000, for the Clothing Center Program
  • Community Outreach Resources Exchange, $8,000, for operations
  • Crafty Mart, $7,500, for operations
  • Cuyahoga Valley Preservation and Scenic Railway Association, $25,000, for phase three of the power system upgrade **
  • DANCECleveland , $2,500, for the Akron Residency program
  • Downtown Akron Partnership Inc., $80,000 for operations
  • East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, $40,000, for the East Akron Revitalization Development Plan
  • Family Promise of Summit County, Inc., $30,000, for operations in 2017 and 2018
  • Foundation Center Midwest, $10,000, for operations
  • Friends of 91.3, $10,000, for the membership drive*
  • Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, $10,000, for the Camp Ledgewood Teaching Kitchen within the Program Center to teach girls about healthy living **
  • Great Lakes Biomimicry, $25,000, for STEM professional development and the Fellowship program benefitting Akron Public Schools
  • Great Lakes Theater, $10,000, for the Classics on Tour program for Akron Public Schools students
  • Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, $25,000, for operations
  • Greater Akron Musical Association Inc., $80,000, for operations
  • Greenleaf Family Center, $56,000, for Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids
  • GroundWork Ohio (fiscal sponsor: Community Initiatives), $15,000, for advocacy around early childhood education
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, $15,000, for safety renovations including the loading dock and lift gate **
  • Haven of Rest Ministries, Inc., $25,000, for operations
  • Info Line, Inc., $25,000, for operations
  • Jewish Family Service of Akron, Ohio, $20,000, for operations
  • Keep Akron Beautiful, $15,000, for operations
  • Let’s Grow Akron, Inc., $25,000, for operations
  • Mature Services, Inc., $25,000, for Homecare Services
  • None too Fragile Theatre, $9,000, for energy efficient lighting, sound, and theater upgrades **
  • OPEN M, $14,500, for food safety and basic capacity upgrades **
  • OPEN M, $25,000, for operations
  • Proyecto RAICES (fiscal sponsor: Hispanic Ministries of Tuscarawas County), $7,500, for operations
  • SCOPE Academy (Greater Summit County Early Learning Center), $75,000, for Visible Teaching and Learning Demonstration Model of Innovative Practices for Early Learners
  • Summit Education Initiative, $200,000, for operations
  • Summit Metro Parks, $10,000, for the rebuilding of Shady Hollow Lodge **
  • The Nightlight Cinema, $25,000 for operations
  • The Nightlight Cinema, $7,500, for the completion of The Backstage, an additional space in the theater **
  • The Salvation Army, $35,000, for an indoor hydroponic growing system to teach gardening to at-risk youth **
  • Torchbearers, $7,500, for operations
  • Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, $50,000, for Dropout Prevention and Dropout Recovery Services
  • Truly Reaching You Ministries, $22,000, for commercial and residential lawn care equipment upgrades **
  • Tuesday Musical Association, $40,000, for operations
  • United Disability Services, Inc., $25,000, for roof, exterior painting, and grounds improvements to the UDS Firestone Center **
  • United Way of Summit County, $450,000, for Education and a challenge grant that will match contributions that go directly to support United Way’s Bold Goals
  • University of Akron Foundation, $25,000, for the Center for Literacy
  • Urban Vision, $10,000, for gym upgrades **
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse, Inc., $45,000 for operations
  • West Hill Community Development Corporation, $4,000, for local artist-inspired benches and sculptures along Market Street in the West Hill neighborhood **
  • Western Reserve Historical Society, $22,000, for fencing, drainage, and water / electric installations and improvements to the Hale Farm & Village agriculture and horticulture program **
  • Women’s Network, $20,000, for operations
  • Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop, $30,000, for Summer Intensive, YEPAW365, and community workshops


*consists of a challenge grant

** capital grant

For more information contact Dina Younis at [email protected] or 330.572.2809.


GAR Foundation

GAR Foundation was established in 1967 by Galen Roush, co-founder and chief executive officer of Roadway Express, and his wife Ruth Roush. GAR Foundation’s mission is to help Akron become smarter, stronger, and more vibrant.


Header photo: Akron Public Schools students at Magical Theater Company by Shane Wynn for GAR Foundation