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Women’s Endowment Fund celebrates Mother's Day by honoring special women

UPublish story by Kristen Ashby

The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation is offering community members the chance to give a Mother’s Day gift that will benefit women across greater Akron for years to come.

During the month of April, donors can make tribute or memorial gifts in honor of the special women who have impacted their lives. In turn, those women will receive a Mother’s Day card designed specifically for the Women’s Endowment Fund by King Elementary School art teacher Brianna Hayes with students Phoebe Smucker and Brianna Johnson. The card will inform the honoree that a gift was made in her name, though the amount will not be disclosed.

Donations will ultimately support the Women’s Endowment Fund’s grant-making, which to date nears $600,000. Recently, the fund awarded $95,000 to programs that improve women’s economic empowerment, safety, and health and wellness.

“The Mother’s Day campaign is a great opportunity for individuals to honor a loved one with a beautifully decorated card while also supporting causes that uplift women and girls,” said Tracy Carter, president of the Women’s Endowment Fund.

Last year’s Mother’s Day campaign raised more than $7,000 for the Women’s Endowment Fund. To participate, contact Akron Community Foundation at 330-376-8522. Gifts must be made by April 30 to ensure honorees receive their cards by Mother’s Day.

About the Women’s Endowment Fund

The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation was established in 1993 as a permanent endowment committed to encouraging the advancement of Summit County women and girls. Its mission is to empower, educate and strengthen the well-being of women and girls, now and forever. To date, the fund has grown to more than $2.2 million and awarded nearly $600,000 in grants. Contributions of any amount are welcome. You can give online at or via mail to Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, Ohio, 44307. For more information about the Women’s Endowment Fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit

About Akron Community Foundation

Celebrating 57 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 $140 million with a growing family of more than 400 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 nearly $105 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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