Leave A Legacy
Leave A Legacy

Voices of GivingVoices of Giving Crown Jewel Recipients Announced

The Annual Voices of Giving Honor Awards recognize and pay tribute to those in Summit, Portage and Medina Counties who—out of selflessness, generosity, and foresight—have chosen to leave a legacy (bequest or other planned gift) to their favorite charity. These individuals represent the true spirit of giving, essential for an enhanced quality of life in our communities now and in the future.

Robert Fischer & J. Scott RaineyCongratulations to the 2019 Crown Jewels: Robert Fischer, nominated by Tuesday Musical Association, and J. Scott Rainey, nominated by The Salvation Army, Summit County Area Services. Click here for details about their contributions.

All are invited to join us Voices of Giving Honors Award Recognition Reception, which will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at the Portage Country Club from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.Tickets are $25 each. Click here to purchase tickets.


Those who live in the greater Akron area – Summit, Portage and Medina counties – are generous and caring people.

Many volunteer regularly and give financially to the charitable or nonprofit organizations of their choice. But when they’re gone, their support is greatly missed.

By leaving a legacy of any size through a gift in your will, or a gift from your estate, you can continue to help organizations that are making an important difference in the quality of life in Summit, Portage and Medina counties.


LEAVE A LEGACY® Summit, Portage, Medina (LAL-SPM) is an unprecedented regional collaborative effort to encourage people from all walks of life to make a planned gift to their favorite charitable or nonprofit organizations.


FOR NONPROFITS: If you are like every other nonprofit organization in the country, you want to grow your programs, but you find that shortfalls in resources are keeping you from expanding. LEAVE A LEGACY® Summit Portage Medina (LAL-SPM) provides resources and networking opportunities so that you can implement a planned giving program to fund your organization well into the future.

FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS: Because of the special skills and services of professional financial advisors, development officers often need an advisor's help to implement their donors' plans. Cultivating that relationship between advisors and developement officers is beneficial to both. In addition, donors in our community often visit our website to find experts who can help them leave their own legacy.



FOR OUR GENEROUS COMMUNITY: Many of our area's charitable or nonprofit organizations will struggle to survive in the coming years without an increase in planned giving. That's why many people who give generously to their favorite charitable organizations while they are alive are concerned that their contributions will be missed when they're gone. And rightly so. Information from our probate courts shows that only a small percentage of local wills leave any money to charity. People can continue to make a difference with a little planning.


Talk to your professional financial advisors and begin collecting information so you can determine the best approach for leaving your legacy. Making a bequest, or other testamentary gift, is actually quite simple. It can be as easy as including a bequest in your will, or changing the name of the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or an IRA. It is important that you consult a legal or tax advisor when making decisions to leave a charitable gift through a will or from your estate.



Voices of Giving Honor Awards

September 19, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Voices of Giving Honors Award Recognition Reception
Portage Country Club
(240 N Portage Path, Akron)
Click here to purchase your tickets.

Member Meetings

LAL-SPM meets quarterly. Each meeting has a brief business meeting and then a guest speaker on a topic related to planned giving.

Meetings are free to members and guests, although registration is required so that we can plan accordingly. Click here to register for the next meeting.

  • October 17, 9:00 - 10:15 am
    American Red Cross,
    501 West Market Street, Akron

    Works of Art and Collectibles

    Presented by Diane Strachen,CFRE,
    Director of Philanthropy of the Cleveland Museum of Art



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