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GAR Foundation awards more than $2.25 million to local nonprofits

The GAR Foundation announced this week that it has awarded more than $2.25 million in grants to nonprofit groups in Greater Akron.

The foundation focused its support this quarter on inclusive economic and community development through a grant to the Fund For Our Economic Future and through multiple grants to neighborhood-serving organizations.

The Fund for Our Economic Future, which received a grant of $500,000 over three years, is designed to increase “economic growth and access to opportunity for the people of Northeast Ohio.”

“We continue to value our work with and support of The Fund as one of the best long-term investments we can make,” GAR Foundation President Christine Amer Mayer said in a prepared statement. “The Fund has been a thought leader in economic development and a critical partner in our local work with Elevate Greater Akron."

The foundation also made grants supporting economic and community development in Akron’s neighborhoods. Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, Progressive Alliance CDC, South Street Ministries and The Well CDC all received support.

“We believe that neighborhood-serving organizations provide an important ‘way in’ to economic and community development,” GAR Foundation Program Officer Bronlynn Thurman explained in a news release. “Our holistic support of economic development must include CDCs supporting neighborhoods, downtown development, and systems work at the regional level.”

The grant recipients selected at the May distribution meeting are:

The GAR Foundation was established in 1967 by Galen and Ruth Roush. Galen was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Roadway Express.

The foundation's stated mission is "to help Akron become smarter, stronger and more vibrant." Visit for more information.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal


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