You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you 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 Foundation's Board of Trustees are: Karen Thompson, Mary Stark, Karen Stevens, and Kate Downing.  The Board continues its hands-on approach to grant making and being an integral part of our community.  We are committed to furthering the good works of community-based organizations that make a positive impact on our community; as we continue our mission to create meaningful change in our community we care deeply about.

Since 1998, The Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation has provided grants to over 375 deserving organizations; distributing more than 6.5 million dollars in grant money.

“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself.

  It’s what you do for others.”  - Danny Thomas

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.

There is no greater joy, nor greater reward than to make a difference in someone’s life.


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 County Ohio, which have received tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. 

The Foundation will not provide funding for:

            Contributions to individuals, the purchase of raffle prizes/raffle tickets, wages and/or benefits, to pay-off deficits or pre-existing debt, routine operating expenses, capital campaigns, internships, matching grants campaigns, nor any organizations that discriminate because of age, race, creed, gender, handicap, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin.


 Grant requests may be submitted at any time throughout the year; however, the Board meets and reviews grant requests six times a   year.


  • Grant requests from organizations and/or programs outside Summit 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. If there is a change in the recipient's tax-exempt status, the Foundation reserves the right to terminate the grant and request the grant money be returned to the Foundation.


Upon completion of the online application, you will receive an automatic response advising the application has been received.  We require supporting documents to be provided, via email or U.S. mail, within ten (10) days from the submission of the grant application.  Supporting documents must include the program/project's budget, board of directors, and your organization's IRS determination letter.  Without the supporting documentation, the grant application will not be reviewed.

The Foundation will accept only grant applications submitted electronically.





This electronic grant application must be submitted;  we will not consider applications submitted by mail.

The Foundation will send an electronic acknowledgement when the grant application is received; and will request a copy of your supporting documents, which includes: organization's IRS tax exemption letter, current Board of Directors and/or Trustees, and program/project budget.  Documents should be mailed or emailed to the Foundation within ten (10) of the acknowledgement email.  Without this information, your grant application will not be reviewed. ( Please note, the electronic acknowledgement email may appear in your organization's spam mail.)

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 when requested.



Karen Thompson, Executive Director

The Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation

485-32 Concord Downs Path

Aurora, OH 44202

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All requested information and supplemental information should be mailed to the above address.  .