Serving the Children of the World
Frequently Asked Questions     
About the Downtown Akron Kiwanis Foundation

What does the Foundation do?
The goal of the Foundation is to improve the welfare and quality of life in the community with an emphasis on children. It has assets of approximately $200,000 and gives about $3,000 a year in grants from interest and dividends. The core funds are not spent.

How is the Club related to the Foundation?
Established in 1940's, the Foundation was created with proceeds from the sale of the Kiwanis owned building, which housed the Florence Crittenton home for unwed mothers. Foundation Officers are members of the Club.

Are donations to the Foundation tax deductible?
Yes, as a legal separate 501c3 corporation, donations made to the Foundation are tax exempt.

What are some recent grants?
Examples of recent grants are: The Salvation Army Learning Zone Summer Enrichment and Camp Neosa, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Reserve Eller Teen Club, First Congregational Church of Akron "Feed My Sheep" garden, Soapbox Derby racing car kit, Akron Children’s Zoo, Boy Scouts, Pregnancy Services, Access Focus on the Future, Victim Assistance CARE Program, St. Sebastian Parish Foundation for Ipads for all high school students, Akron Civic Theatre, and the Beacon Journal Charity Fund to support children's oral hygene care.

What is the schedule for grants?
Annually, applications are available from the club secretary and the club web site in the spring and are due within the month of May. Each year, application details are posted on our website. After all applications are reviewed, eligible grant recipients are notified in June where they are invited to a luncheon and presented a check before members.  We also post grant awards to our website (www.akronkiwanis.org).

Is the Foundation Akron Kiwanis’ only charitable work?
Previous to the establishment of the Foundation, our Kiwanis Club Services Fund had a long and distinguished record of service to the community. For over 20 years it gave financial support to the operations of the Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers. Many Club members provided additional personal financial support during difficult years after the Depression.

A later Club project was the Diabetes Community Testing Program at stores, churches and public places. Over $150,000 was contributed over a 20 year period. The Club also contributed manpower to the program. Another major grant was $3,700 to fully equip a new Children's Room at the Akron Low Vision Clinic, now a Division of United Disability Services.