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GAR Foundation awards $894,000 to area nonprofits

11/22/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON — The Distribution Committee of GAR Foundation approved $894,000 in grants at its fourth quarter meeting of 2012. Grants were awarded to support programs and operations at 25 nonprofit organizations and included both outright and challenge grants.

Reflective of its longtime priority interest in education, the foundation awarded $130,000 to Summit Education Initiative for advancement of the Cradle to Career Alliance. The Alliance strategically manages workgroups at critical points in the education pipeline to help community stakeholders understand and successfully address educational achievement along the continuum:  arriving to kindergarten ready to learn, possessing grade-level reading skills in the third grade, possessing solid math skills by the end of eighth grade, completing ninth grade on time, graduating from high school college and career ready, and persisting to a degree in college. 

In recognition of the needs of seniors who wish to age in place successfully, GAR approved two grants: a $75,000 grant to Rebuilding Together Summit County and a $25,000 grant to Mature Services Inc. Both organizations enable at-risk seniors to age in their homes safely and comfortably. 

The following organizations received grant awards at the Distribution Committee meeting:

• ACCESS Inc., $50,000, general operations;

• Akron Community Service Center & Urban League Inc., $50,000, general operations;

• Akron Council on World Affairs, $5,000, Global Scholars program;

• Akron Regional Development Board Educational Fund, $15,000, strategic planning for Greater Akron Chamber;

• Akron SCORE, $25,000, general operations;

• Alliance for Healthy Youth, $5,000, high school/youth development;

• Cascade Locks Park Association, $15,000, leadership capacity/position support;

• Summit Choral Society, $30,000, general operations, performance of “Messiah” and board capacity development;

• Akron Civic Theatre, $50,000, general operations;

• Crown Point Ecology Center, $15,000, general operations;

• Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, $50,000, Summit County student scholarships and veterans support;

• Friends of Historic Glendale Cemetery, $35,000, general operations;

• Foundation Center, $10,000, general operations;

• Haven of Rest Ministries Inc., $25,000, general operations;

• Invent Now Inc., $74,000, Camp Invention in Akron;

• Leadership Akron, $30,000, general operations and Founders Society;

• Let’s Grow Akron, $20,000, general operations;

• Magical Theatre Company, $20,000, general operations/education support in Summit County;

• Mature Services Inc., $25,000, homecare services;

• Western Reserve Public Media, $25,000, major gifts/planned giving officer development;

• Project Learn of Summit County, $60,000, general operations and capacity-building for technology shift;

• Rebuilding Together Summit County Inc., $75,000, general operations/Raise the Roof campaign;

• Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Ohio Inc., $5,000, Summit County foster parent recruitment and training;

• Summit Education Initiative, $130,000, general operations; and

• The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Inc., $50,000, scholarships to Summit County students attending Northeast Ohio institutions and continued support for Akron Bridges Program.

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