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GAR Foundations awards $2 million to 41 nonprofits

Beacon Journal staff report

The GAR Foundation capped 2013 by awarding more than $2 million to 41 nonprofit organizations in the Akron area.

The largest grant, $435,000, will go to the Greater Summit County Early Learning Center (SCOPE Primary) over the next three years.

“We are greatly enthusiastic about the outcomes SCOPE Primary produces with its K-4 students,” Christine Mayer, president of the GAR Foundation, said in a news release. “We are eager for them to share their remarkable teaching techniques and best practices throughout Summit County.”

SCOPE Academy, in Springfield Township, is a nonprofit charter school serving Summit and adjacent counties.

Other grants went to:

• ACCESS Inc., $70,000 for operations and capital improvements.

• Akron Area Arts Alliance, $5,000 for capital improvements.

• Akron Area YMCA, $40,000 for retention and education program for early child-care professionals.

• Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, $10,000 for capital improvements.

• Akron Urban League, $50,000 for operations.

• Akron Film+Pixel, $10,000 for operations and capacity building.

• Akron Regional Development Board, $5,000 for general operations.

• Akron SCORE, $25,000 for general operations.

• Akron Civic Theatre, $95,000 for operating support and capital improvements.

• American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties, $35,000 for new, increased and lapsed donors.

• Battered Women’s Shelter, $95,000 for operations and capital improvements.

• Crown Point Ecology Center, $35,000 for operations and capital improvements.

• Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, $20,000 for capital improvements.

• Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, $25,000 for ROAD in 2013-14.

• East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp., $10,000 for capital improvements.

• Family Promise of Summit County, $19,000 for capital improvements.

• Foundation Center-Cleveland, $10,000 for operations.

• Friends of Metro Parks, $5,000 for operations.

• Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, $25,000 for the Camp Ledgewood Challenge Course.

• Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, $50,000 for operations.

• Invent Now Inc., $75,900 for Camp Invention in three Akron Public Schools for the summer of 2014.

• Leadership Akron, $25,000 for operations.

• Let’s Grow Akron, $30,000 for operations.

• Magical Theatre Co., $20,000 for operations.

• Mobile Meals, $14,000 for capital improvements.

• Mature Services Inc., $50,000 for home-care services.

• Musical Arts Association, $100,000 for the endowment component of the Sound for the Centennial Campaign.

• Oberlin College, $40,000 for the Ruth Roush Memorial Scholarship Fund.

• Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, $50,000 for scholarships and Bridges program.

• Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry (OPEN-M), $20,000 for capital improvements.

• Project Learn of Summit County, $45,000 for general operations.

• Proyecto RAICES, $6,000 for Proyecto RAICES program.

• Rebuilding Together Summit County, $65,000 for operations and capacity building.

• Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, $15,000 for capital improvements.

• Shelter Care Inc. $12,000 for capital improvements.

• Summit Choral Society, $30,000 for operations.

• Summit Education Initiative $245,000 for operations.

• University of Akron Foundation, $80,000 for scholarships and recruitment of qualified students for the Rising to the Occasion initiative.

• Urban Vision, $20,000 for capital improvements.

• Victim Assistance Program, $20,000 for capital improvements.

The 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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