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GPD Group Employees’ Foundation Announces 2024 Grants

The GPD Employees’ Foundation recently approved 178 grants for organizations and K-12 public schools across the country as a part of our annual Spring Grant Cycle. The Spring Grant Cycle awarded more than $730,000 in grants that all make a difference in the lives of children. The 92 non-profits awarded grants focus their efforts on children with special/medical needs or who are considered at-risk, and the 86 public school grants went directly to educators as they continuously work to enrich the educational experience of their students.

As a part of our grant process this year, the Grant Committee held short interviews with all non-profits who were “new” to the foundation. Fifteen Northeast Ohio non-profits visited GPD’s headquarters in Akron to explain the great work their organizations do and their impact on the community. These conversations were incredibly beneficial and helped the Grant Committee ensure that the organizations’ mission and work aligned with the foundation.

Northeast Ohio – $508,760

  • A Kid Again (Twinsburg, OH) Adventures for Northern Ohio Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families, $15,000
  • ACCESS, Inc. (Akron, OH) Feed the Future, $7,500
  • Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (Wooster, OH) Adaptive Sports Ohio Dream Camp for Youth with Disabilities, $3,000
  • Akron Children’s Hospital (Akron, OH) Dance Unlimited Program, $5,000
  • Akron Urban League (Akron, OH) Summer Enrichment Camp 2024, $3,500
  • Alchemy, Inc. (Akron, OH) Developing Heroes: In 0school Group Mentoring for Urban Adolescents in Akron Public Schools, $5,000
  • Always Climbing Project (Akron, OH) SERVE Month (Students Experience Real, Valuable Engagement), $2,500
  • Art Sparks (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) Expansion of Dynamite Duos performance to Alight with Appropriate
    Youth Development Goals
    , $5,000
  • Aultman Hospital (Canton, OH) Aultman Ambassador Program, $3,750
  • Autism Society of Greater Akron (Akron, OH) 2024 Summit County iCan Bike Camp, $10,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina, and Stark Counties (Akron, OH) One-to One and Site-Based Mentoring Programs for Youth in Summit, Stark and Medina Counties, $2,500
  • Blick Center (Akron, OH) Therapy Resources, $3,568
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio (Cleveland, OH) Out of School Time Enrichment Programs for
    Under-Resourced Kids and Teens in Akron
    , $5,000
  • Cadence Care Network (Niles, OH) Cadence Care Network Respite Support, $2,500
  • Camp Quality Ohio (Akron, OH) Camp Quality Ohio Ongoing and New Programming—Patients, Siblings, and Families, $15,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association, Inc. (Akron, OH) Specialized Advocacy for Abused and Neglected
    Boys of Color in the Child Welfare System
    , $5,000
  • Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center (Cleveland, OH) 2024 FACEtime Fluency Group for Kids Who Stutter, $2.500
  • Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank (Cleveland, OH) Well Read, Well Fed – Book Distribution at Feeding Sites, $5,000
  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (Cleveland, OH) Healing Therapeutic Services for K-12 Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse, $2,500
  • Connecting for Kids (Westlake, OH) 2024 Adapted Programs in Westlake for Children with Disabilities and/or Mental Health Issues, $3,500
  • DDC Clinic (Middlefield, OH) Compassionate Care Program, $2,500
  • Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (Canton, OH) Welcome Bags for Teenagers, $3,500
  • Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Ohio (Independence, OH) Lifelong Learning Academy0Education Programs for Families and Toddlers to Teens, $5,000
  • Down Syndrome Association of the Valley (Boardman, OH) DSAV Speech, Language and Communication Programs, $2,500
  • Embracing Futures, Inc. (Akron, OH) Orthodontic Care Program, $10,000
  • Empower Sports (Cleveland, OH) Inclusive Sports for People with Disabilities, $3,500
  • Fairhaven Foundation (Niles, OH) The Fairhaven Backpack Program, $2,500
  • Footpath Foundation (Cleveland, OH) 5th Grade Outside Discovering Me, $2,500
  • GiGi’s Playhouse Canton (Canton, OH) GiGi’s Playhouse One-on-One Literacy Tutoring, $2,500
  • Girls on the Run East Central Ohio (Canton, OH) Unlocking the Power and Potential of Every Girl in Eastern Stark County, $2,500
  • Girls on the Run of Northeast Ohio (Brecksville, OH) Hello, Superstar! – Empowering Healthy and Resilient Youth, $5,000
  • Goalgetta Academy (Akron, OH) 4th Annual Success is the Only Option Teen Career Day, $5,000
  • Good Samaritan Hunger Center (Akron, OH) Good Samaritan Hunger Center Weekend Kids Bag Program, $2,500
  • Habitat for Humanity of Summit County (Akron, OH) Twinsburg Safety Town, $2,500
  • Highland Robotics and Technology Boosters (Medina, OH) Steel Stingers Robotics TEAM 2603, $5,000
  • Inspiring Minds (Warren, OH) 2024 Inspiring Minds Summer Enrichment Program, $5,000
  • LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland (Cleveland, OH) School-Based Mental Health + Life Skills Programming for Underserved LGBTQ+ Public School Students, $2,500
  • LifeAct (Chagrin Falls, OH) Suicide Prevention and Stress Management Programs for Ohio Youth, $2,500
  • Limitless Ambition (Stow, OH) Expanding Purposely Chosen Teen Programming for Girls in Akron Public Schools, $5,000
  • Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation (Warrensville Heights, OH) Clubs Fore Kids, $3,000
  • Open Arms Adoptions (Kent, OH) Sibling and Teen Adoptions, $5,000
  • Pathway Caring for Children (Canton, OH) Mindful Summer: Youth Mental Health Enrichment, $5,000
  • Pegasus Farm (Hartville, OH) Financial Assistance for Students Enrolled in Pegasus Farm’s Take Flight Scholarship Program, $2,000
  • Providence House, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) Providence House Family Preservation Crisis Nursery: Medical Care, Oversight, and Monitoring, $15,000
  • Rainey Institute (Cleveland, OH) Rainey Institute 2024 Summer Camps, $5,000
  • Rayl Charitable Organization (Green, OH) The Debbie Rayl Kindness for Kids Program, $2,500
  • Rec2Connect (Cleveland, OH) Recreational Therapy Program Welcome Bags, $5,000
  • RePlay for Kids (Medina, OH) Creating More Adapted Toy Lending Libraries in Ohio, $5,000
  • Sawyer’s Wish (Akron, OH) Deck the Hospital with Holiday Sheets from Sawyer, $5,000
  • Shaker Schools Foundation (Shaker Heights, OH) VEX Robotics Technology and Equipment Enhancements and Upgrades, $5,000
  • Shaker Schools Foundation (Shaker Heights, OH) Therapeutic Horseback Riding Experiences for Extended Standards Students, $3,744
  • Shaker Schools Foundation (Shaker Heights, OH) Shaker Elementary Schools Author Visit featuring Angela Dominguez,
    Author of the Stella Diaz Series
    , $2,500
  • Shaker Schools Foundation (Shaker Heights, OH) Hand Tool Identification and Safety Certification for all Shaker Schools Eighth Graders, $4,500
  • Shelter Care, Inc. (Tallmadge, OH) Safe Landing Welcome Duffels, $2,688
  • Smiles with Style, Inc. (Sagamore Hills, OH) Fund a Smile at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, $5,000
  • Students with a Goal (Akron, OH) Academic Boost Summer Enrichment Program, $2,500
  • The Dancing Wheels Company and School (Cleveland, OH) Dancing Wheels’ 2024 Outreach Programming, $3,000
  • The First Tee of Akron (Akron, OH) 2024 First Tee – Greater Akron Summer Community Programming, $13,000
  • The First Tee of Canton (Canton, OH) Continued Impact Through Outreach 2024, $1,500
  • The Kelly Reeves Memorial Foundation (Munroe Falls, OH) Kelly’s Grief Center/In-School Counseling Program, $5,000
  • United Disability Services (Akron, OH) Promote Child Development and School Readiness Through Access to a Community
    Toy and Resource Center
    , $2,500
  • Valley City Firefighters Association (Valley City, OH) Pediatric Emergency Bags, $2,570
  • Victory Gallop (Akron, OH) Victory Athletics 2024, $10,000
  • Women’s Auxiliary Board of Summit County Children Services (Akron, OH) Beds for Kids Program, $5,000
  • Youth Challenge (Westlake, OH) Creative Arts Programs for Young People with Physical Disabilities, $2,070
  • Akron Public Schools Online (Akron, OH) APS Online PBIS Rewards and Family Event Funding, $4,000
  • Barberton City School District (Barberton, OH) Extending the “Magic” After School Hours, $3,950
  • Berea City School District (Berea, OH) BCSD Classroom Calm Spaces, $3,600
  • Berea-Midpark Middle School (Middleburg Heights, OH) Titans Team Store, $2,500
  • Boardman Local Schools (Youngstown, OH) Moving Hearts, $1,310
  • Boardman Local Schools (Youngstown, OH) BRYT Program Funding, $5,500
  • Clearview Local Schools (Lorain, OH) Vending Machine Books and Life Skills Class Supplies, $2,500
  • Clearview Local Schools (Lorain, OH) Cooking with Lesh, $2,880
  • Clearview Local Schools (Lorain, OH) Headphones for Learning, $520
  • Cuyahoga Falls City Schools (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) Speak Up for the Nonverbal, $11,721
  • Edison Local Schools (Milan, OH) Grant Proposal: Stand-Up Desks for Student Engagement and Health, $8,625
  • Field Middle School (Mogador, OH) Enhancing Creativity and Therapeutic Benefits Through Working With Clay, $4,344
  • Firestone CLC Robotics (Akron, OH) Firestone Robotics Club: Teaching the Next Generation of Roboteers, $5,000
  • Green Mighty Dawgs Inclusive Cheer Program and Green High School (Green, OH) Green Mighty Dawgs Cheer Equipment, $1,000
  • Highland Local School District (Hinckley, OH) Music and Performance Amplification, $3,700
  • Hoover High School (North Canton, OH) Viking FIRST Robotics, $3,000
  • Hudson City School District (Hudson, OH) Indoor GaGa Ball Pit Project, $1,799
  • Hudson City Schools (Hudson, OH) East Woods Intermediate ROX, $2,000
  • Kent City Schools (Kent, OH) Walls Kindergarten Zoo Experience, $600
  • Lake Local Schools (Hartville, OH) Solar and Lunar Eclipse Activity Kit, $750
  • Louisville City Schools (Louisville, OH) Louisville Elementary Backpack Program, $10,000
  • Louisville City Schools (Louisville, OH) Daily Living, Cooking, Classroom Supplies, $1,500
  • Louisville City Schools (Louisville, OH) Daily Living Skills – Cooking, Community Outings and Classroom Supplies, $1,600
  • Louisville City Schools (Louisville, OH) Daily Living Skills – Classroom Supplies, $1,600
  • Louisville City Schools (Louisville, OH) Strong Student Engagement Environments, $2,500
  • Louisville City Schools (Louisville, OH) Transitioning to Adulthood: Building Functional Skills for Success, $1,890
  • Louisville City Schools (Louisville, OH) Independence, Inclusion, Life Skills and Growth, $1,800
  • Louisville City Schools (Louisville, OH) Daily Living Including Cooking, Community Outings, and Classroom Supplies, $1,500
  • Maplewood Local Schools (Cortland, OH) Sensory Integration for Emotional Regulation, $4,050
  • Massillon City Schools (Massillon, OH) Massillon Schools District Art Show, $6,456
  • McDonald Local Schools (McDonald, OH) World Drumming Project, $5,550
  • Norton City Schools (Norton, OH) Flexible Seating in the Co-Taught Classroom, $3,500
  • Norton City Schools (Norton, OH) Enrichment Learning Center Within a Multiple Handicapped Classroom, $3,000
  • Polaris Career Center (Middleburg Heights, OH) Student Created Video to Enhance/Review/Provide Access
    to Career Technical Laboratories
    , $2,700
  • Revere Local Schools (Richfield, OH) Interactive Bubble Tubes, $4,000
  • Southeast Local Middle School (Ravenna, OH) SUDS (Southeast United Distribution Shelves), $2,100
  • Southeast Local Schools (Ravenna, OH) Southeast Pirates Serve, $4,000
  • Southeast Local Schools (Ravenna, OH) Programming Pirates Using Classroom Robots, $3,200
  • Streetsboro High School (Streetsboro, OH) Facility Dog for Streetsboro High School, $3,520
  • Strongsville City Schools (Strongsville, OH) Fostering Innovation: Mini 2D Printer Farms for Secondary Schools MakerSpaces, $2,800
  • Strongsville City Schools (Strongsville, OH) Wilson Teacher/Student Materials, $4,500
  • Tallmadge City Schools (Tallmadge, OH) Enhancing Literacy through Book Clubs: Nurturing a Love of Reading in Middle School, $750
  • Tallmadge City Schools (Tallmadge, OH) Johnny Appleseed 2.0: Phase II, $3,400
  • Tallmadge City Schools (Tallmadge, OH) Butterflies, Bats and Bugs…Oh My!, $3,500
  • Tallmadge City Schools (Tallmadge, OH) The Next Frontier: Passion Projects, $2,900
  • Twinsburg City Schools (Twinsburg, OH) STEM Expansion: E-Sports Launch at Twinsburg High School, $4,000
  • Wadsworth City Schools (Wadsworth, OH) Wadsworth City Schools Inclusive Playground, $14,870
  • Wadsworth City Schools (Wadsworth, OH) Cultivating Growth: Franklin Elementary STEM Sensory Garden, $3,365
  • Willoughby – Eastlake City Schools (Eastlake, OH) The Jaguar Pride Den, $4,000
  • Woodridge Local Schools (Peninsula, OH) Children’s Museum Field Trip, $700
  • Woodridge Local Schools (Peninsula, OH) Student Government Social Responsibility, $3,122
  • Woodridge Local Schools (Peninsula, OH) The Woodridge Way: Building a Trauma Informed Refuge for our RESET Students, $4,000
  • Wooster City Schools (Wooster, OH) K-4 Literacy Intervention, $5,968
  • Wooster City Schools (Wooster, OH) General’s Closet; Student and Family Resources, $14,730

Central/Western Ohio – $54,956

  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (Columbus, OH) Summer Learning Academy, $15,000
  • Dreams on Horseback (Blacklick, OH) Teens with Emotional Disabilities and Horses Find their Common Ground, $2,500
  • Seeds of Caring (Columbus, OH) Seeds of Caring’s Kindness Corps Programming, $5,000
  • Bryan City Schools (Bryan, OH) Bear Brews and Embracing Every Ability, $2,500
  • Circleville City Schools (Circleville, OH) Healthy Closet, $9,000
  • Hillsboro Middle School (Hillsboro, OH) Accessibility and Mobility, $5,888
  • Teays Valley East Middle School (Ashville, OH) Enhancing Student Knowledge Through Literature, $3,993
  • Westerville City Schools (Westerville, OH) Sensory Supports for Student Success, $3,535
  • Westerville City Schools (Westerville, OH) Imaginative Play and Listen Centers for Life Skills, $4,000
  • Westerville City Schools (Westerville, OH) Digital Materials, $600
  • Westerville City Schools (Westerville, OH) Community Outing – LifeTown, $2,940

Phoenix, Arizona – $14,000

  • A New Leaf (Mesa, AZ) A New Leaf’s La Mesita Children’s Services – Sensory/STEAM Resources, $2,100
  • Biltmore Preparatory Academy (Phoenix, AZ) Building Strong Leaders in Middle School, $2,300
  • Child Crisis Arizona (Mesa, AZ) Early Education Services for Children of Low-Income Families, $2,100
  • Make a Wish Foundation of Arizona (Scottsdale, AZ) Funding Wish Boosts for Critically Ill Children in Arizona, $1,400
  • New Pathways for Youth (Phoenix, AZ) 2024 Healthy Meals Project: Feeding Low Income Phoenix AZ Youth Year-Round, $2,000
  • Ryan House (Phoenix, AZ) Child Life Program, $2,100
  • Sojourner Center (Phoenix, AZ) Children and Youth Programming – Child Development Center, $2,000

Atlanta, Georgia – $52,000

  • Bearings Bike Shop (Atlanta, GA) Frameworks Advanced Job Training Program, $4,000
  • Blankets Creek Composite MTB Team LTD (Woodstock, GA) Operation Everybody Rides, $3,500
  • Briarlake Elementary School (Decatur, GA) IXL, $3,000
  • Camp Twin Lakes (Atlanta, GA) Camp Twin Lakes Camper Scholarship Program, $5,000
  • Childkind, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) Childkind Home Based Services, $3,400
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation (Atlanta, GA) Camp You Be You, $4,000
  • Creating Connected Communities (Atlanta, GA) Expansion of STEAM Education Program for Students Experiencing
    , $3,500
  • Fulton Education Foundation, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) Fulton Child Support Fund, $5,000
  • Go Baby Go East Cobb Middle School (Marietta, GA) Go Baby Go East Cobb Middle School, $5,000
  • Kincaid Elementary – Cobb County School District (Marietta, GA) Hands-On Reading: Using our Hands to Learn Phonics, $3,500
  • Sandy Springs Education Force (Sandy Springs, GA) SSEF Summer Reading Club, $5,000
  • SATB2 Gene Foundation (Lilburn, GA) SATB2 iPads for Communication, $2,100
  • The Center for Children and Young Adults (Marietta, GA) Essential Youth Bathroom Renovation, $5,000

Dallas, Texas – $15,000

  • Dallas Education Foundation (Dallas, TX) Advancing Literacy in Dallas ISD Through Book Vending Machines, $9,225
  • North Texas Food Bank (Plano, TX) Feeding Hungry Children (School Pantries), $5,775

Houston, Texas – $15,000

  • Alief ISD Education Foundation (Houston, TX) Alief ISD Education Foundation Scholarships, $3,500
  • Alvin ISD Education Foundation (Houston, TX) Alvin ISD Book Bus, $3,500
  • Goose Creek CISD Education Foundation (Baytown, TX) Empowering Student Parents at GCCISD – Made Possible by GPD Group Employees’ Foundation, $3,500
  • Katy ISD Education Foundation (Katy, TX) Inspiring Imagination Teacher Grant Program, $3,500
  • Pasadena ISD Education Foundation (Pasadena, TX) PISD Classroom Mini-Grant Program, $3,500
  • Sheldon ISD Education Foundation (Houston, TX) Sheldon ISD Education Foundation, $3,500

Indianapolis, Indiana – $46,000

  • A Kid Again – Indiana Chapter (Indianapolis, IN) 2024 Plane Pull, $2,500
  • Avon Intermediate School West (Avon, IN) Fostering a Love of Fun Learning, $1,000
  • Bunker Hill (Indianapolis, IN) Bunker Hill Special Education Program, $1,073
  • Indianapolis Public Schools (Indianapolis, IN) Let’s Meet the Needs of Ms. L Students, $5,000
  • Monon Trail Elementary School (Westfield, IN) Robots to the Rescue, $9,288
  • Plainfield Community Middle School (Plainfield, IN) Get Excited, $2,000
  • Raymond Park Science Olympiad (Indianapolis, IN) Raymond Park Science Olympiad, $6,000
  • Red Alert Robotics (Greenwood, IN) Red Alert Robotics Technology Needs, $4,500
  • The Children’s TherAplay Foundation, Inc. (Carmel, IN) Children’s TherAplay Speech Program Supplies and Assessment Tools, $4,634
  • Western Wayne Schools (Pershing, IN) Robotics, $4,000
  • William Tell Elementary School (Tell City, IN) William Tell Elementary VEX and GEMS Programs, $6,005

Louisville, Kentucky – $15,000

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana (Louisville, KY) It Takes 2: Youth Mentoring Services, $2,500
  • Boys & Girls Haven (Louisville, KY) Continuation of Support for BGH Music Therapy Program Through 2024 (Older Youth and Residential Care), $4,500
  • Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc. (New Albany, KY) Support for Down Syndrome of Louisville Summer Education Enrichment (SEE) Camp, $4,500
  • Special Olympics Kentucky (Louisville, KY) Unified Champion Schools – Inclusion Revolution, $3,500

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – $11,500

  • Engineer’s Society of Western Pennsylvania – Future City Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) Future City Pittsburgh Region 2024, $2,500
  • Jeremiah’s Place (Pittsburgh, PA) STEAM Program, $4,000
  • Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) Children’s Literacy Programs – High Interest and Diverse Books, $5,000

Seattle, Washington – $2,000

  • Kiwanis Camp Casey (Seattle, WA) Kiwanis Camp Casey, $1,000
  • WestSide Baby (Seattle, WA) Basics for Families in Need, $1,000

GPD Group employees established the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3), in 2014 to help channel donations to enrich the K-12 public education experience and support at-risk children or those with medical and special needs in communities where the firm works. For more information about GPD Group Employees’ Foundation, visit them online at or call toll free at 1-800-955-4730.