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 million dollars to community nonprofit agencies.

Grants 2016-2017   $62,000

Allocations 2016-2017  $3,000

Battered Women’s Shelter – $3,500 – Food for their residents 

Blessings in a Backpack – $7,500 – Food for children to take home over the weekend  

Boys and Girls Club of Western Reserve – $3,000 – Camp for at risk youth 

CANAPI – $5,000 – A refrigerator for their nutrition program 

Community Pregnancy Center – $1,000 – Start Strong Program supplies 

CORE – $3,500 – Supplies for their program 

Elves & More – $2,500 – Bikes for the at risk youth 

First Glance  –  $4,000 – Teens and Young Moms Program 

Food Bank – $2,500 – Feeding Kids Program

Goodwill – $5,000 – Public Transportation

GOTR – $2,000 – Snacks and Food for Self-Esteem Program

Haven of Rest – $5,000 – Support of their Mission

Mobile Meals – $7,500 – Meals for the at risk community

OPEN M – $7,500 – Medicine and Supplies

Rape Crisis Center – $2,500 – Heroes for Hope Program

The Grief Care Place – $2,000 – Children’s Grief Program

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad – $600 – Student scholarships for their program 

Lift Up Ministries – $600 – Materials for repairs for the elderly population 

Mobile Meals – $600 – Meals for 145 people 

Shelter Care – $600 – Laptop computers for teens at the shelter

Stewart’s Caring Place – $600 – Chairs for the multi purpose room

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.

2007-2017 Allocations

Akron Public School – $600   Interfaith Caregivers – $600
Blick Clinic – $1600   Keep Akron Beautiful – $780
CASA/GAL – $2400   Lift Up Ministries – $2400
Child Guidance and Family Services – $554.50   Memorials of Angels – $1800
Children’s Concert Society – $2000   Mental Health America – $500
Choices Social Center – $1174   Mobile Meals – $600
Christ Child Society – $500   Pajama Program – $600
Coleman Behavioral Services – $600   Pregnancy Care – $600
Community Habilitation Services – $600   Regina Health Center – $600
Community Social Center – $280   Ronald McDonald House – $600
Community Support Service – $600   Safe Landing Youth Shelter – $600
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad-$2400   Shelter Care – $600
Dancing Classrooms NE OH – $500   Stewart’s Caring Place – $1100
Emergency Assistance Center – $600   Summit County Historical Society – $550
Goodwill Industries  – $2100   Summit County Probate Court – $600
Green Good Neighbors – $600   Summit County Public Health – $593
Hattie Larlham – $600   Tarry House – $1800
Health Education Center/Akron Health Dept. – $1100   True North Ministries Compass Gardens Project – $600
Here’s Hope Farm – $1200   Willard Food Pantry – $1200

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.