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 $90,125 per year to community organizations.  Since 1943, WITAN has granted over 1.5 million dollars to community nonprofit agencies.

Grants 2020-2021   $90,125

Allocations 2020-2021  $6,249

Access $1,500 – welcome bags

Akron Urban League $4,000 – car seats and baby supplies

Akron Zoo $5,000 – backpack adventure for Akron Public School students

Autism Society of Greater Akron $5,000 – family activity boxes

Battered Women’s Shelter $7,500 – interpreters, transportation, IDs

Blessings in a Backpack $7,500 – weekend food for Akron Public School
students

Broken Chains Ministry $5,625 – addiction treatment services

Chair-ity, Inc. $2,000 – bed sets

Core Furniture Bank $7,500 – truck maintenance

Embrace Clinic & Care Centers $1,000 – baby gates, Pack ‘n Plays

First Glance Student Center $5,000 – food/curriculum materials

Good Neighbors Food Pantry $5,000 – hygiene/toiletries items

Good Samaritan Hunger Center $6,000 – food/delivery supplies

Mobile Meals $6,000 – food for low-income seniors

OPEN M $5,000 – medicine for free clinic

Rape Crisis Center $8,000 – caregiver support/abused children

Stewart’s Caring Place $3,000 – wig kits

Urban Vision $2,000 – food for summer programs

Women’s Auxiliary Summit Co $3,500 – beds for kids program

 

Children’s Concert Society, $250 – toward scholarship awards for the Annual Scholastic Composers Contest

Harmony House $600 – for tablets and hygiene supplies for young women aging out of foster care who need transitional housing and services

Keys to Serenity $600 – to offset expenses for a Respite day for children and caregivers affected by the opioid crisis

Limitless Ambition $600 – supporting the Girls Read Empowered program to assist young women of color in overcoming barriers to success

New Beginnings $600 – toward the purchase of hygiene items and
undergarments for women with severe mental illness who are in supported housing

Rec2Connect $599 – to provide Reach therapy weighted lap pads to promote the ability to focus and concentrate in special needs children

South Street Ministries $600 – to support programming for teen girls designed to address hygiene, social, and holistic health issues

Stewart’s Caring Place $600 – toward the purchase of wigs and wig care kits for participants undergoing cancer treatment

The GriefCare Place $600 – toward materials for grief care support groups

Victory Gallop $600 – toward the Fit to Ride Program which addresses physical conditioning in special needs children throughout the winter months

Tarry House $600 – toward the purchase of hygiene items and undergarments for women with severe mental illness who are in supported housing

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.