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Akron Community Foundation to temporarily relocate for post-fire restoration

UPublish story by Tracy Burt

AKRON, Ohio (March 12, 2014) – Beginning Monday, March 24, Akron Community Foundation’s offices will temporarily relocate to the U.S. Bank Building at 195 S. Main St., Suite 300 in downtown Akron. The nonprofit will be closed March 17-21 for the relocation.

According to Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr., the move will allow for comprehensive restoration at the community foundation’s permanent office building at 345 W. Cedar St. Half of the interior of that building was destroyed in a Jan. 10 fire of unknown origin.

“Our temporary relocation will enable contractors to more quickly demolish and rebuild the sections of our building that were damaged by the fire,” Petures said.

Construction and renovations are expected to last six to nine months. The community foundation will continue to operate 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and staff can continue to be reached at 330-376-8522 after resuming operations March 24. More details, including information about the temporary location and post-fire progress, are available online at

About Akron Community Foundation

Celebrating 58 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of $181 million with a growing family of more than 440 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $111 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit

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