The Akron Community Foundation had a good reason to celebrate the end of its fiscal year: Two new records.
The first milestone was the collection of $10.1 million in donations. That's quadruple the amount of revenue from the year before, according to John Petures, president of the foundation. $5 million came from a single donor when Medical Mutual of Ohio agreed to the commitment. None of it surprises Petures.
"Most often, and in times when the economy and when times are at their darkest, there's this unique thing that happens in America, where people dig deeper and give back," said Petures.
Petures says the other significant result of last year's campaign was the establishment of 40 new funds. He says funds are established to match the request of the donors, so the more funds that exist, the greater diversity of grant recipients.
"Whether it's helping kids, whether it's health care, whether it's environmental causes, whether it's arts and culture, whether it's basic human needs like doing things to assist with the food bank," said Petures.
Akron Community Foundation assets have surpassed $140 million.
Akron Community Foundation’s board announced the selection of this year’s Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award winner: Dr. Terry A. Gordon. Gordon will be the 45th recipient of the award, which is named for the former president of Polsky’s Department Store and founding trustee of Akron Community Foundation. He will be honored at the annual Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award Dinner on Oct. 16 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.Gordon, a retired Akron General cardiologist, was selected by a committee of past Polsky Award honorees for his selfless dedication to humanitarian causes in Akron.
He is best known as a champion for automated external defibrillators: His efforts have made these lifesaving devices available in every middle school and high school in Summit County, along with all police, highway patrol and sheriff’s vehicles.
The Richfield resident is also well-known for his work with “Docs Who Rock,” the acclaimed annual fundraiser of the United Way of Summit County.
It's the single largest gift the foundation has received in its 56-year history.
Medical Mutual of Ohio presented a check to the Akron Community Foundation for $5 million for a charitable fund. Meanwhile, the insurer has plans in the works to build a new downtown Akron office building.
President and CEO of the Akron Community Foundation John Petures joined 1590 WAKR's Ray Horner Friday morning and explained how they will use the donation. Listen to his interview below:
AKRON, Ohio (Feb. 24, 2012) – Jared Chaney, chief marketing and communications officer of Medical Mutual of Ohio, presented a $5 million check to Akron Community Foundation Chair Michael A. Sweeney at the foundation’s quarterly board meeting this morning. The gift is the largest in the community foundation’s history. With it, the company established the Medical Mutual Community Investment Fund, a corporate-advised fund that will be the company’s charitable arm in the Akron area, where it will break ground on a new office later this year.
According to Chaney, the main reason Medical Mutual established the fund is Akron Community Foundation’s ability to gauge the needs and emerging issues of greater Akron: “You have your finger on the pulse of this community,” he said. “Working with Akron Community Foundation gives us a partner who understands local issues and who can help us use our charitable dollars to maintain a vital, healthy community for our policyholders.”
This fund is the first of several charitable funds Medical Mutual plans to establish at community foundations across Ohio. As a mutual insurance company owned by its policyholders, Medical Mutual is a strong supporter of nonprofit causes that improve life in its customers’ communities, Chaney said. “Our first responsibility is to our policyholders. Part of that is meeting the charitable needs in the communities where they live,” he told the board.
In addition to Chaney, the fund’s advisory committee will consist of President and CEO Rick Chiricosta, Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President Pat Dugan, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dennis Jancsy. They will meet periodically with community foundation staff to recommend grants that support a broad range of programs in Summit County.
Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr. said he is “thrilled” to be partnering with Medical Mutual to make greater Akron “a more vibrant community.” He said he views the partnership as a model of how community foundations can work with charitable people of all kinds, be they individuals or organizations.
“Akron Community Foundation exists to help charitable people make a permanent commitment to the good of the community – whatever ‘good of the community’ is to them,” Petures said. “Our goal is to enhance people’s philanthropy by making it less cumbersome and more strategic: from handling gift acknowledgments and tax reporting, to offering grant-making options that match donors’ charitable intent. We are excited to be partnering with this great organization, and we can’t wait to work together to improve Summit County’s quality of life.”
The foundation’s largest previous gift of $4.74 million came in 1994 from the John A. McAlonan Trust, which established the John A. McAlonan Fund. Since then, the fund has made $5.1 million in grants and grown to $9.5 million in assets, nearly entirely from its initial gift.
About Medical Mutual of Ohio
A trusted insurer for more than 75 years, Medical Mutual of Ohio is the oldest and largest health insurance company headquartered in the state of Ohio and its Family of Companies has operations in Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina. As a mutual company, Medical Mutual operates for the benefit of its members without being required to meet the demands of stockholders or Wall Street analysts. Instead, the company focuses on developing products and services that allow it to better serve its customers and communities. Visit us at: medmutual.com.
About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating more than 56 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 $135 million philanthropic endowment with a growing family of 400 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life.
To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded a combined $94 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own fund, call Dr. Suzanne Allen or Laura Fink at 330-376-8522.
One of Akron's most well-known leaders was honored for his exemplary community efforts.
President and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital William "Bill" Considine was named as the 44th recipient of the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award Tuesday night at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn by the Akron Community Foundation.
Considine says that he was truly humbled by the honor.
"I'm overwhelmed by this, and when I look at the past recipients, it's truly a Hall of Fame," says Considine.
"I am really moved and humbled by this recognition."
Past recipients of the award include Kathryn Hunter, Phillip Maynard, and Madeline Bozzelli.
Mr. Considine has served as president of Akron Children's Hospital for over 32 years and has been a leader in the professional sector, serving as a member of the American Hospital Association and is a current board member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions.
Considine, a longtime resident and native of Akron was selected to receive the award by a committee of past recipients.
He says that with his work as leader of Children's Hospital, helping young people is a cause that's near and dear to him.
"We really do focus on the organizations such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, along with the Red Cross and others that are dedicated to serving children."
Considine has been involved numerous charities over the years including the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Akron, The United Way of Summit County, and the Summit County First Things First Initiative, among others.
The Bert Polsky Humanitarian Award is presented to the individual or couple who demonstrate a dedication to charitable causes in the Akron community.
He said that his family was very instrumental in making him the man that he is, especially his wife of 39 years, Becky.
"Becky should be up on that stage with me tonight for all that she's done over the years," Considine said.
"I couldn't do half of what I do without her support and her as a teammate."
He also thanked his three children, and all of his extended family who were present at the award presentation.
William H. Considine will be the 42nd recipient of the award, which is named for the former president of Polsky’s Department Store and founding trustee of Akron Community Foundation.
Considine, a longtime resident and native of Akron, was selected to receive the Polsky Award by a committee of past honorees. The foundation presents the award each year to the individual or couple who best exemplify Bert Polsky’s selfless dedication to humanitarian causes in Akron. Recent recipients include Kathryn Hunter, Madeline Bozzelli, Bud and Susie Rogers, and Philip Maynard.
"It's just a real honor but even more so it's just so humbling. None of us do this stuff for awards. We do it because of good parents and it's just the right thing to do," Considine tells AkronNewsNow.
He says giving comes back to you in may ways and brings meaning to your life.
As president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital for 32 years, Considine has dedicated both his career and personal life to improving the quality of care in Summit County. He is an advocate for health and education initiatives at the national, state and local levels, positioning Akron as a leader in children’s health. Considine is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the American Hospital Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges, among many others. He is a past chairman and current board member of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, as well as a member of its Council on Child Advocacy. Locally, Considine is chairman of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. He also serves on the Akron Biomedical Corridor Executive Board and is an executive member of the Greater Akron Chamber Board of Trustees.
Beyond his leadership in the professional arena, Considine is perhaps best known for his personal dedication to improving life for Summit County children. In addition to serving on the boards of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Considine is past chair of the Summit Education Initiative and a leader in Summit County’s First Things First initiative, which focuses on the development of young children. He has also served on the boards of Archbishop Hoban High School, Children’s Family Care, Big Brothers & Sisters of Greater Akron, Children’s Miracle Network, and the United Way of Summit County. Bill and his wife, Becky, have been married for 39 years and have three children.
Considine’s tireless efforts in community activities have made him the recipient of dozens of awards, most recently Crain’s Cleveland Business “Health Care Hero” Award. He has been honored for his leadership and philanthropy by the American Red Cross, Akron Public Schools and Summit County Children Services. Considine is the recipient of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Doctor of Science Honoris Causa and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Akron. On Oct. 18, he will add the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award to his distinctions.
The Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award Dinner event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. Tickets start at $125, and corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information, or if you wish to attend, call 330-376-8522.
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