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Millennium Fund for Children seeks grant proposals

UPublish story by Kristen Ashby

AKRON, Ohio (Aug. 14, 2013) – The Millennium Fund for Children of Akron Community Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of local children.

Established in 1999, the Millennium Fund for Children is a permanent endowment created through a partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal. Each year, a selection committee composed of fund donors recommends grants to children’s groups throughout the Beacon Journal’s circulation area. The goal is to support grassroots programs where even a small grant can make a big difference. Last year, 34 Millennium Fund grants totaling $48,000 supported arts, education and health programs for local youth.

Requests for Millennium Fund for Children grants should be made online by 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. A link to the application is available at Applicants unfamiliar with the community foundation’s new online application system may attend an information session on Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. at Akron Community Foundation’s office, located at 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307. To RSVP for the information session, contact Kim Nott, grants administrator, at 330-436-5625 or

Questions about the application process should be directed to John Garofalo, vice president of community investment, at 330-436-5624 or

About the Millennium Fund for Children

The Millennium Fund for Children is a permanent endowment that was founded in 1999 as a partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the Akron Beacon Journal. It supports arts, civic, education, and health and human services projects for children living in the Beacon Journal’s circulation area. Its mission is to make grants where even a small amount can make a difference. Since its establishment, the Millennium Fund has grown to more than $700,000 and awarded almost $500,000 in grants. In the past year, contributions totaling $41,586 from 309 generous donors have added to the fund. To learn more about the Millennium Fund for Children, visit, or call 330-376-8522.

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 more than $150 million with a growing family of more than 430 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 $106 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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