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 $92.587.90 per year to community organizations.  Since 1943, WITAN has granted over 1.5 million dollars to community nonprofit agencies.

Grants 2021-2022   $92,587.90

Allocations 2021-2022  $3,229

Battered Women’s Shelter $7,500

Blessings in a Backpack $7,500

Brights Star Books $1,900

Broken Chains Ministry $3,000

CASA/Guardian Ad Litem $3,300

Core Furniture Bank $7,500

Crossings $2,520

Elves & More of NE OHIO $1,000

Family and Community Services $6,000

Family Promise $2,993.90

First Glance Student Center $2,500

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio $5,000

Girls on the Run $2,000

Good Samaritan Hunger Center $7,500

Goodwill $3,750

Grace House $2,400

Greenleaf Family Center $1,875

Haven of Rest $2,500

Humane Society of Greater Akron $2,000

Jump on Board to Success $849

OPEN M $5,000

Pregnancy Care $1,000

Project Ed Bear $5,000

South Street Ministries $4,000

Victim Assistance $3,000

Victory Gallup $1,000

Caring for Kids – $600

Children’s Concert Society – $250 

First Congressional Church – $600

JOBS Akron – $580

Lift up Ministries – $600

Rec2Connect $599

More information on WITAN’s philanthropy

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

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.

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.

+ Grants 1980 to present

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

+ Marion Geyer Fund

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.

+ Allocations 2007 - Present

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.

Ways to contribute to WITAN to support our philanthropy

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.

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.

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.

+ WITAN Endowment Fund

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.

+ WITAN Rememberance Fund

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.

+ WITAN Presidents' Scholarship

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.