Donations

Along with the many volunteer hours within the community, the Women of WITAN (Women in Touch with Akron’s Needs) annually award up to $80,000 per year to community organizations.  Since 1943, WITAN has granted over 1.5 million dollars to community nonprofit agencies.

Grants 2017-2018   $ 65,524

Allocations 2017-2018  $1,400

Akron Fossils & Science Center $ 1,200.00 – Educational materials and resources

Autism Society of Greater Akron $ 3,000.00 – Resource and informational book 

Battered Women’s Shelter $ 5,000.00 – Food and kitchen supplies 

Broken Chains Ministry $ 7,500.00 – Lydia’s Home renovations and operational expenses

Caring for Kids, Inc. $ 9,525.00 – Birth parent retreats

Chair-ity Inc. $ 3,390.00 – Mattress sets & bed frames 

Community Pregnancy Center $ 2,500.00 – Cribs, car seats, and layettes 

CORE Furniture Bank $ 5,000.00 – Delivery truck maintenance 

Easter Seals Northern Ohio $ 3,000.00 – Field trips for disabled adults

Family Promise of Summit County $ 2,994.00 – Welcome kits for homeless families

First Glance Student Center, Inc. $ 6,000.00 – Meals for students

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio $ 3,000.00 – Membership assistance to low-income girls

Mobile Meals $ 8,000.00 – Meals and nutritional supplements

Rape Crisis Center $ 2,500.00 – Newsletter and outreach materials

Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio  $1,415.00 – Tool trailer purchase

Victory Gallop, Inc. $ 1,500.00 – Summer fun-day event

Bath Church $ 200.00 – Card supplies for Palliative Care patients 

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad $ 600.00 – Ticket fee subsidies & busing costs 

Hero’s Hope Horse Farm $ 600.00 – Riding lesson scholarships 

More information on WITAN’s philanthropy

For a complete listing of all grants click button to download Excel Spreadsheet

This scholarship program awards $1000 per year to a deserving, non-traditional senior woman at the University of Akron. The guidelines for the scholarship include; senior ranking, academic standing and financial need. The first award was made in the fall of 1999.

In 1943, Marion Geyer, a Beacon Journal columnist assigned to cover local society events and women’s news, helped WITAN to grow from a handful of dedicated founders to a thriving group of energetic and civic-minded Akron women. Miss Geyer publicized our social events and fundraising efforts, which she continued to enjoy even after her retirement. In recognition of her ongoing support, Miss Geyer was made an hononary member of WITAN. When she died in 1974, it was learned that Miss Geyer had included WITAN in her will. Her gift of $20,000 is now a named fund under the WITAN endowment fund. The interest generated by the principal fund is used annually to fund a civic non-profit agency project.

The WITAN Remembrance Fund was established in 1965, in honor of a Founder and the second president of WITAN, Eleanor Woodward. The monies donated to the fund are given to the Arboretum at the Seiberling Naturealm. These yearly donations are used for the planting of trees at the Naturealm.

2007-2018 Allocations

Akron Public School – $600   Interfaith Caregivers – $600
Bath Church – $200 Keep Akron Beautiful – $780
Blick Clinic – $1600   Lift Up Ministries – $2400
CASA/GAL – $2400   Memorials of Angels – $1800
Child Guidance and Family Services – $554.50   Mental Health America – $500
Children’s Concert Society – $2250   Mobile Meals – $600
Choices Social Center – $1174   Pajama Program – $600
Christ Child Society – $500   Pregnancy Care – $600
Coleman Behavioral Services – $600   Regina Health Center – $600
Community Habilitation Services – $600   Ronald McDonald House – $600
Community Social Center – $280   Safe Landing Youth Shelter – $600
Community Support Service – $600   Shelter Care – $600
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad-$2400   Stewart’s Caring Place – $1100
Dancing Classrooms NE OH – $500   Summit County Historical Society – $550
Emergency Assistance Center – $600   Summit County Probate Court – $600
Goodwill Industries  – $2100   Summit County Public Health – $593
Green Good Neighbors – $600   Tarry House – $1800
Hattie Larlham – $600   True North Ministries Compass Gardens Project – $600
Health Education Center/Akron Health Dept. – $1100   Willard Food Pantry – $1200
Hero’s Hope Farm – $1800  

The WITAN Endowment fund was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of WITAN. The money invested in the WITAN Endowment fund is money that will create income in perpetuity and will insure the future of WITAN’s philanthropic endeavors.