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GAR Foundation awards more than $1.4 million to Akron-area nonprofits

Beacon Journal staff report

The GAR Foundation awarded more than $1.4 million to 25 Akron-area nonprofits at its August distribution meeting.

The largest award, $450,000, went to United Way of Summit County in the form of a challenge grant.

GAR will match United Way pledges dollar for dollar from new donations from employees and individual donors and businesses running first-time campaigns as the agency strives to meet its goal for this year of $12.3 million.

“United Way is a vital asset to this community,” Kirstin Toth, GAR Foundation senior vice president said in a news release announcing the grants. “The innovative leadership at United Way helps generous people and businesses throughout Greater Akron to contribute meaningfully where the community needs it most.”

Other grants from the GAR Foundation went to:

• Act II Productions, $5,000 for operations.

• Asian Services in Action Inc., $40,000 for the International Community Empowerment Project.

• Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, $100,000 for operations.

• Building for Tomorrow, $70,000 for the Early Childhood Initiative.

• BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, $130,000 for operations.

• CASA Board Volunteer Association, $15,000 for operations.

• Child Guidance & Family Solutions, $35,000 for the Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding program.

• City of Akron, $15,000 for the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival.

• CORE Furniture Bank, $13,000 for operations and for implementation of a new delivery program.

• Downtown Akron Partnership Inc., $20,000 for operations.

• Friends of 91.3, $18,500 for evaluation and the fall membership campaign.

• Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, $40,000, for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in Barberton.

• Great Lakes Theater Festival Inc., $30,000 for Surround Series programming.

• Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, $60,000 for development of an assessment model for Boy Scouting in collaboration with GAR staff and for the Exploring/Venturing career-based education program.

• Greater Akron Musical Association, $95,000 for operations and governance work.

• ideastream, $55,000 for educational programming.

• Info Line Inc., $25,000 for the Summit County Food Pantry Clearinghouse.

• Jewish Family Service of Akron, $25,000 for operations.

• Kent State University Foundation, $15,000 for operations of Blackstone LaunchPad.

• The Portage Foundation, $50,000, for operations.

• Pregnancy Care of Summit County Inc., $20,000 for operations.

• Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, $57,500 for operations and curriculum development

• Tuesday Musical Association, $30,000 for operations.

• Weathervane Community Playhouse Inc., $35,000 for operations.

GAR Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 1967 as a charitable trust by Galen J. Roush, co-founder and chief executive officer of Roadway Express, and his wife, Ruth.

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