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“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you for visiting our web site and for your interest in the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

We provide funding for an array of programs each year. While programs oriented toward education, human services, health and cultural pursuits have typically been the focus of the Foundation, many times we will consider other innovative programs that will improve the quality of life in our community.  As a caring and compassionate private foundation, we feel the business of philanthropy and good deeds for our community are needed every day... in every way.

The trustees are hopeful that our Foundation will be an integral part of our community.  Our commitment is to remain creative in our giving, support our non-profit partners so they can help others, and continue to support the qualified non-profit community in Summit County and Stark County, Ohio.

The purpose of the foundation was defined as to contribute and support a wide array of programs to further the mission of improving the quality of community life in the Summit County and Stark County areas in innovative and imaginative ways.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees are:  Michael Stark, Karen Murray Thompson, Karen Stevens, Mary Stark, and Kate Baker.  The Board will continue its hands-on approach to grant-making.  The Board meets six times throughout the year.

The support of the Orr Family Foundation has made a difference to many organizations and impacted many lives, from young children to seniors. To date, the Foundation has distributed more that 5.7 million dollars in grants to more than 200 deserving organizations.

Foundation History

Robert and Annamae Orr

Robert and Annamae Orr

The Orr Family Foundation’s guiding principles and policies are dedicated to reflecting the character and beliefs of Bob and Anname Orr.  The Foundation’s resources provide funding for important programs designed to help the needy individuals, families and organizations of our community; and guiding the Foundation’s work toward creating positive outcomes for future generations.

 

Robert O. Orr (1919-2004) was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado; however, the family relocated to Akron, Ohio when Bob was a young boy.

Bob’s father, Owen Orr, founded Motor Cargo in 1938 in Akron.  Through the years,  Owen and Bob owned various other businesses in the trucking and tire industries.

After serving overseas in the United States Army during World War II, Bob returned to Akron and became actively involved in the family business.  After Owen’s retirement, Bob served as president until Motor Cargo became Consolidated Freightways.

 

Annamae Gifford (1921-1996) was born and raised in Akron, Ohio.

After Bob and Annamae met in high school, they were inseparable.  Married and living in Akron, Bob and Annamae became very involved in the community.

After the death of his loving wife, Bob Orr wished to “give back” to the community that they had loved by establishing a foundation to serve the communities within Stark and Summit Counties.

 On August 13, 1998, the initial meeting of the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation was held in Akron, Ohio. Founding trustees included Bob Orr, Bruce Buchholzer, Philip Murray, and Michael Stark.

Apply to the Orr Family Foundation

Generally, grants are confined to organizations located in Summit and Stark Counties,  Ohio, which have received tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. A copy of the Internal Revenue Service ruling granting tax exemption status under Section 501(c)3 must be provided.

The Foundation will not provide funding for: contributions to individuals; ads in programs; door prizes/raffle tickets; organizations that discriminate against people because of their age, race, creed, gender, handicap, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin; to pay off deficits or pre-existing debt; for routine operating expenses.

Grant requests may be submitted at any time throughout the year; however, the Board meets and reviews grants requests in January, March, May, July, September, and November.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Grant requests from organizations and programs outside Summit County and Stark County(Ohio) will not be considered for funding.
  • All grant recipients must be a qualified tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
  • Grants are generally not approved for general operating expenses, capital campaigns and projects, or deficit/debt reduction.
  • The Foundation does not make grants to individuals.
  • If a grantee's exempt status changes, the Foundation reserves the right to have all remaining grant funds immediately returned
 

Online Application

THE 2016 GRANT CYCLE WILL CLOSE OCTOBER 31, 2016.

ALL GRANT REQUESTS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE, WILL BE CONSIDERED IN2017.

The form is designed to assist you in applying for a grant with the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.  The Foundation will send an acknowledgement when the grant application is received and processed.  Grant applications are generally considered by the Board within sixty days of receipt.   You will be contacted should we require additional information in order to review your request.  At times, a site visit may be scheduled as needed.  Grant recipients must have the ability and willingness to measure and report results as requested.