Welcome to the Akron Urban League Justice & Equality Giving Society
Akron Urban League Justice & Equality Giving Society

Let's Stand Together for Justice and Equality

Our city, indeed our country, is at a turning point in its quest to eliminate racism and achieve equity in all quality of life indicators. Black Lives Matter and we’re asking you to demonstrate your commitment to the Akron Urban League and those it serves, by making a generous annual or multi-year gift that will empower our community and change lives.
GIVING SOCIETY PURPOSE
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Our Story & Impact

The Akron Urban League (AUL) was founded in 1925 and this year marks its 97th year of service. The mission of the AUL is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Summit County, particularly African Americans, by advocating and facilitating programs that are economically and educationally transformational, impacting their lives and the lives of future generations.
2,500

Individuals served through direct services annually

5,000

Individuals served through indirect services annually

$250,000

Scholarship dollars awarded for college tuition in 2021

Core Programs & Services

These programs and services are supported by gifts to the AUL Justice and Equality Giving Society.
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Workforce Development

NEXT Program
NEXT will provide outreach, engagement, job coaching and retention services. Additionally, NEXT will help remove obstacles to success. Partners will provide household budgeting, financial planning, and debt removal to maintain and advance employment and self-sufficiency.

Job Readiness Preparation
Services to assist adults ages 18+ to achieve self-sufficiency through employment, case management, and supportive services.

Career Clothing Closet
Professional attire clothing for individuals interviewing for and seeking work.
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Education & Youth Development

STEAM Academy
After school program to develop the interest and skills of children in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

Summer Enrichment Day Camp
Kids can enjoy daily classes in math, reading, dance, art, music, physical education, and life skills with weekly field trips.

College Scholarship Program
Scholarships to high school seniors, residing and attending school in Summit County, sponsored by community groups, corporations, and higher education institutions.

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Entrepreneurship Empowerment Center

Minority Business Assistance Center
Provides free technical assistance to support the growth and sustainability of small, minority-owned, and disadvantaged businesses in the state of Ohio.

Minority Contractor Capital Access Program
MCCAP is a collaboration between the Western Reserve Community Fund and the Akron Urban League that provides financial and technical assistance to Akron and Summit County-based minority, women, LGBTQ+, Veteran and Disabled-owned businesses in the construction trades.
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Giving Society Purpose

To provide opportunities for individuals, businesses, civic and faith organizations to join us in our mission to make this a more equitable and just society for all.

ADVOCATE

Create a dedicated core of “invested ambassadors” who advocate on behalf of the AUL, inform others about the AUL and expand the circle of relationships of the AUL.

PARTICIPATE & ENGAGE

Participate and engage in AUL programs, activities and events throughout the year.

NURTURE

Nurture a culture of philanthropy within the AUL where everyone – board members, staff, volunteers, partners, vendors, and donors – shares the opportunity to facilitate donor relationships and acquire gifts to support our mission and services.

LEARN & HONOR

Learn about and honor the history, leadership and impact of the Akron Urban League.

SUPPORT & SECURE

Take this moment and turn it into a movement by investing in the AUL’s goal to raise $500,000 to support our critical and transformational work in 2020-2021.

Giving Circles

Giving Circles provide an opportunity for gifts to be made on an annual basis with corresponding one-year recognition, and donors have the option to make a multi-year renewable commitment.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

$25 - $49
  • Circle Society lapel pin

LEADERS OF THE LEAGUE CIRCLE

$50 - $499
  • Circle Society lapel pin

LEADERS OF THE LEAGUE CIRCLE

$50 - $499
  • Circle Society lapel pin

CIRCLE OF EQUALITY

$500 - $999
  • Circle Society lapel pin
  • Complimentary newsletter
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CIRCLE OF EQUALITY

$500 - $999
  • Circle Society lapel pin
  • All social media platforms and newsletter
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WHITNEY M. YOUNG JR. CIRCLE OF COURAGE

$1,000 - $4,999
  • Circle Society lapel pin
  • All social media platforms and newsletter
  • One complimentary ticket to all 2021 AUL events
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WHITNEY M. YOUNG JR. CIRCLE OF COURAGE

$1,000 - $4,999
  • Circle Society lapel pin
  • Complimentary newsletter
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VERNON L. ODOM COMMUNITY IMPACT CIRCLE

$5,000 - $9,999
  • Circle Society lapel pin
  • Complimentary newsletter
  • Two complimentary tickets to all 2021 AUL events
  • VIP seating at 2021 AUL Gala
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VERNON L. ODOM COMMUNITY IMPACT CIRCLE

$5,000 - $9,999
  • Circle Society lapel pin
  • All social media platforms and newsletter
  • Two complimentary tickets to all 2021 AUL events
  • VIP seating at 2021 AUL Gala
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BERNETT L. AND TODD WILLIAMS CIRCLE OF HOPE

$10,000 - $24,999
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BERNETT L. AND TODD WILLIAMS CIRCLE OF HOPE

$10,000 - $24,999
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LIVING LEGACY CIRCLE

$25,000 - $99,999
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LIVING LEGACY CIRCLE

$25,000 - $99,999
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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION CIRCLE

$100,000+
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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION CIRCLE

$100,000+
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Giving Options

Thank you in advance for considering making a gift to the Akron Urban League. Please choose one of the following options below.

Gift Response Form

Just fill out this simple form and mail back to our Akron office.
DOWNLOAD FORM (PDF)

Let's Chat

We'd love to meet and discuss how we can partner together.
SCHEDULE CHAT

Text to Give

Making a gift can be as simple as sending a text message!
Text AUL to 76278

Give Online Today

You can give online now by filling out the form below.
GIVE NOW

Give Now Form

Let's Start a Conversation

The time is now to stand together for equality and justice in our society. We look forward to the opportunity to speak with you.
440 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron OH 44307
Teresa R. LeGrair - PRESIDENT & CEO of the Akron Urban League

Teresa R. LeGrair

PRESIDENT & CEO
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