Along with the many volunteer hours within the community, the Women of WITAN (Women in Touch with Akron’s Needs) annually award up to $88,000 per year to community organizations.  Since 1943, WITAN has granted over 1.5 million dollars to community nonprofit agencies.

Grants 2018-2019   $87,529.21

Allocations 2018-2019  $2,327

Battered Women’s Shelter $7,500 – Funding for post client services: transportation, interpreters, and recovering vital documentation.

Blessings in a Backpack $12,000 – Funding to provide child-friendly nutritious food for 1000 elementary students to eat on weekends. 

Camp Quality of Ohio $1,725 – Funding to purchase supplies for their Prom Project for campers with cancer and their families. 

Capes of Courage $3000 – Funding for cape making supplies and business needs to provide Capes of Courage to children who need a little extra courage when dealing with medical issues, special needs, or dealing with difficult family situations.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad $1200 – Subsidy for on-board educational field trips for low income children.

Easter Seals $4902.86 – Funding to purchase testing and therapy materials to be used for the “Helping Children with Disabilities Enhance Key Communication Skills Project”. 

Embrace Clinic & Care Center $3000 – Funding to purchase cribs, car seats, sleepers, and mattresses. 

Family Promise $2993.90 – Funding of “Welcome Kits” to be given to homeless family members as they enter the shelter. 

First Glance Student Center $5000 – Funding for food to be served family style during programming for children and youth.

First Tee of Akron $1870 – Funding to purchase supplies for youth development programming.

Fostering Independence $5000 – Funding to purchase household products and dorm supplies for at-risk emancipated youth transitioning from foster care due to lack of parental support.

Girl Scouts $5000 – Financial assistance for annual membership dues for low-income girls.

Lift Up Ministries $1500 – Funding to purchase a cargo trailer & plate used for transportation of tools, commercial lawnmowers, and snow blowers to help low-income and elderly living in Summit County.

Open M $10,000 – Support of the Open M medical clinic and pharmacy.

Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs $9707.45 – Funding to purchase new cafeteria tables and chairs.

Stewart’s Caring Place $4880.00 – Funding to purchase supplies for the “ Look Good Feel Better” Wigs & Beauty program.

Victory Gallop $3750 – Funding for their Summer Fun Day.

Weathervane Playhouse $1000 – Funding for a free family day for low to middle income families.

Women’s Auxiliary Board of Summit Co. Children’s Services $3500 – Funding for purchasing beds for the Beds for Kids Program.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) $528 – Funding for “First Aid” kits for volunteer counselors.

Valentine Project $600 – Funding for preparing and shipping one of a kind gift boxes to children affected by childhood cancer or chronic illness and their siblings. 

Stewart’s Caring Place $599 – Funding for the Cancer Wellness Center’s Food Pantry items and gift cards for clients in need. 

South Street Ministries $600 – Funding for meeting dinners, toiletries, clothing, bus passes, & printing.

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.

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 – $3456   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   South Street Ministries – $1200
Dancing Classrooms NE OH – $500   Stewart’s Caring Place – $2298
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
Hero’s Hope Farm – $1800   Valentine Project – $600
  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.

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.