Announcing our 2021 Grant Recipients

The GPD Group Employees’ Foundation recently approved grants to 117 organizations in cities throughout Ohio, Indianapolis, Louisville, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Seattle. Over $414,148 of grant awards will be disbursed this year by the Foundation, whose vision is to make a difference in the lives of children.

Grants were awarded in the following areas:

Northeast Ohio, $248,015 to the following entities:

  • Akron Public Schools (Akron, OH) 19 grants totaling $32,155
  • Louisville City Schools (Louisville, OH) two grants totaling $17,574
  • Canton Local Schools (Canton, OH) three grants totaling $22,679
  • Edison Local Schools (Berlin Heights, OH) five grants totaling $16,069
  • Tallmadge City Schools (Tallmadge, OH) five grants totaling $9,827
  • Highland Local Schools (Medina, OH) 1:1 Technology Ratio, $20,000
  • Hudson City Schools (Hudson, OH) three grants totaling $6,091
  • Amherst Schools (Amherst, OH) Television Broadcast System, $15,939
  • Berea Schools (Berea, OH) two grants totaling $15,000
  • McDonald Local Schools (McDonald, OH) At Home Manipulative Kits, $480
  • Boardman Local Schools (Boardman, OH) four grants totaling $7,820
  • Lakeview School District (Cortland, OH) two grants totaling $3,320
  • Nordonia School District (Nordonia, OH) seven grants totaling $11,459
  • Stow Munroe Falls City School District (Stow, OH) Hydrogarden for Culinary Students, $1,429
  • Kent City Schools (Kent, OH) At Home Books, Manipulatives, and Meditation Program, $3,633
  • Liberty Local Schools (Youngstown, OH) iPads to help with Remote Learning, $6,886
  • New Philadelphia City School District (New Philadelphia, OH) Inclusive Playground Equipment, $9,800
  • Cuyahoga Heights City School District (Cuyahoga Heights, OH) iPad and Swivels for Authentic Remote Learning, $5,205
  • North Canton City School District (North Canton, OH) At Home Manipulative Sets, $2,569
  • Independence City School District (Independence, OH) Cleverboard Touch Initiative, $20,000
  • Triway Local Schools (Wooster, OH) Cleverboard Touch Initiative, $20,000
  • Pegasus Farm (Hartville, OH) Financial Assistance for Students Enrolled in the Take Flight Therapeutic Equestrian Program, $2,000
  • Youth Challenge (Westlake, OH) Art Showcase for Young People with Physical Disabilities, $2,000
  • Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center (Cleveland, OH) 2021 FACEtime Fluency Group for Kids Who Stutter, $2,000
  • Tri County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (Akron, OH) Academic Success and Career Pathways for Youth with Sickle Cell Disease, $2,000
  • Easterseals of Northern Ohio (Broadview Heights, OH) Helping Children with Disabilities Gain Greater Independence, $2,050
  • Professional Flair, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) Dancing Wheels Outreach to Developmental Disabilities Centers in Northeast Ohio, $2,500
  • RePlay for Kids (Medina, OH) Providing Adapted Toys to Disabled Children for Remote Learning and Therapies, $2,587
  • Blick Center (Akron, OH) Therapy Toys and Resource Materials, $3,430
  • Smiles with Style, Inc (Sagamore Hills, OH) Fund a Smile at Akron Children’s Hospital, $3,500
  • Victory Gallop (Akron, OH) Victory Athletics 2021, $5,000
  • Fairhaven Foundation (Niles, OH) Fairhaven Bulldog Backpack Program, $3,000
  • Empower Sports (Cleveland, OH) Empower Sports Summer Programs, $3,000
  • HELP Foundation (Euclid, OH) HELP Summer Program 2021, $2,500
  • Cleveland Society for the Blind (Cleveland, OH) Early Intervention: Supporting the Development of children 0-3, $5,000
  • The UpSide of Downs of Northeast Ohio (Independence, OH) Comprehensive Education Programming for Toddlers to Teen, $5,000
  • Autism Society of Greater Akron (Akron, OH) Autism Society of Greater Akron Themed Activity Boxes, $10,000
  • Providence House, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) Support for the Providence House Pediatric Crisis Nursery, $15,000
  • A Kid Again (Ravenna, OH) 2021 Adventures of A Kid Again – Programming, $15,000
  • The First Tee of Canton (Canton, OH) Impact Through Outreach, $1,000
  • Homes for Kids of Ohio, Inc. (Niles, OH) Cadence Coffeehouse, $2,000
  • Girls on the Run of Stark County (Canton, OH) Girls on the Run is for Every Girl Scholarship Initiative, $2,237
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Summit, Medina and Stark Counties (Akron, OH) One-to One and School Based Mentoring for At-Risk Children in Summit Medina and Stark Counties, $2,500
  • Akron Urban League (Akron, OH) AUL Inspiring Creators for Tomorrow, $2,650
  • Elves and More of Northeast, OH (Akron, OH) 2021 Elves and More December Bicycle Giveaway for Low Income Children, $3,100
  • The Well CDC (Akron, OH) Akron Hope, $2,000
  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (Cleveland, OH) Healing Therapeutic Services for K-21 Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse, $2,000
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association, Inc. (Akron, OH) Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Teen and Pre-Teen Girls, $5,000
  • Pathway Caring for Children, (Canton, OH) TRUST Camp, $5,000
  • The Kelly Reeves Memorial Foundation (Kent, OH) Kelly’s Grief Center/In School Counselling Program, $3,000
  • Cuyahoga Community College Foundation (Cleveland, OH) Youth Technology Academy at Tri-C, $5,000
  • Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank (Cleveland, OH) Well Read, Well Fed, $5,000
  • Inspiring Minds (Mahoning Valley, OH) 2021 Inspiring Minds Summer Enrichment Program, $5,000
  • Rainey Institute (Cleveland, OH) Rainey Institute 2021 Summer Arts Camp, $5,000
  • Girls on the Run of Greater Summit (Akron, OH) Healthy and Resilient Girls, $5,000
  • Embracing Futures, Inc. (Akron, OH) Orthodontic Care Program, $5,859
  • Access the Arts (Wadsworth, OH) Instruments Purchase and Music Lessons, $3,000
  • International Soap Box Derby (Akron, OH) 2021 Soap Box Derby Mini Soap Box Derby Car STEM Program for APS, $7,500
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio (Akron, OH) Youth Development at Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, $5,000
  • Art House, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) Art House Summer Art Camps for Children and Youth, $2,000
  • Art Sparks (Akron, OH) After School/Summer Arts Enrichment Program Expansion, $5,000
  • Students Motivated by the Arts (Youngstown, OH) SMARTS free Public Programming 2021 for Underserved Students, $3,000
  • The First Tee of Akron (Akron, OH) 2021 First Tee Community Programming at Akron Community Centers and Nonprofits, $12,000

Central Ohio Area, $11,133 to the following entities:

  • Columbus City School District (Columbus, OH) 3D Printer for Remote Learners, $2,400
  • Westerville City Schools (Westerville, OH) four grants totaling, $2,433
  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (Columbus, OH) Summer Learning Academy for Children with Down Syndrome, $5,000
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Ohio (Columbus, OH) Camp Lionheart, $1,500
  • Communities In Schools of Central Ohio (Columbus, OH) S.O.S.21 Supporting our Seniors 2021, $2,000

Atlanta, Georgia Area, $35,000 to the following entities:

  • Creating Connected Communities (Atlanta, GA) After School Program, $1,500
  • The Center for Children and Young Adults (Marietta, GA) Critical Kitchen Equipment Replacement, $3,300
  • Bearings Bike Shop (Atlanta, GA) Frameworks Summer Internship Program, $2,500
  • Bethel Elementary/Cobb Co. Schools (Marietta, GA) Computer Lab Accessibility Initiative, $2,400
  • Kincade Elementary/Cobb Co. Schools (Marietta, GA) iPad for Students, $2,400
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation (Atlanta, GA) Music Therapy at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric ICUs, $2,500
  • Briarlake Elementary School (Decatur, GA) Comprehensive School-Wide Improvement Plan, $2,600
  • Dalton Middle School (Dalton, GA) Accessible Performing Arts Program, $2,000
  • Camp Twin Lakes (Winder, GA) Camper Scholarship Program, $4,000
  • Childkind, Inc. (Tucker, GA) Childkind Home Based Services, $2,500
  • Cystic Fibrosis – Reaching Out Foundation, Inc (Stone Mountain, GA) “Reaching Out” to Children With Cystic Fibrosis Program, $3,000
  • J Scott Elementary School (Atlanta, GA) Scott Rams Mentoring Program, $1,500
  • North Springs High School (Atlanta, GA) DOVE Mentoring Program, $2,400
  • Special Olympics Georgia (Norcross, GA) State Championship Support $2,400

Dallas, Texas Area, $15,000 to following entities:

  • Frisco Independent School District (Frisco, TX) Intervention Materials for Virtual Learning, $3,000
  • Northwest Independent School District Foundation (San Antonio, TX) two grants totaling $4,500
  • Music Movement (Keller, TX) Enrichment for Children and Young Adults with Autism, $5,000
  • Catch Up & Read (Dallas, TX) Help At-Risk Youth Catch up to Grade Level Reading, $2,500

Houston, Texas Area, $25,000 to the following entities:

  • Alvin Independent School District (Alvin, TX) New Technology Initiative, $5,000
  • Pasadena Independent School District (Pasadena, TX) Technology Device Chargers, $10,000
  • Alief Independent School District (Houston, TX) COVID needs for Schools, $5,000
  • Humble Independent School District (Houston, TX) Assistive Reading Technologies to supplemental Curriculum Needs, $5,000

Indianapolis, Indiana Area, $40,000 to the following entities:

  • Avon Intermediate School West (Avon, IN) Classroom Library Project, $1,500
  • Indianapolis Public Schools (Indianapolis, IN) Leisure Corner in Special Education Classroom, $2,000
  • A Kid Again – Indiana Chapter (Indianapolis, IN) Adventures for New Members, $7,000
  • Bunker Hill Elementary (Bunker Hill, IN) Technology Components for Special Education Classroom and Water Bottle Stations, $3,400
  • The Children’s TherAplay Foundation, Inc. (Carmel, IN) Equine-Assisted Therapy for Children with Special Needs, $8,225
  • Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township (Indianapolis, IN) Sensory machine for Students with Autism, $600
  • Tell City – Troy Township Schools (Tell City, IN) Girls Excelling in Math and Science Club at William Tell Elementary, $7,275
  • Westfield Washington Schools (Westfield, IN) $2,000
  • Western Wayne Schools (Cambridge City, IN) Robotics Club Support, $4,000
  • Center Grove Community Schools (Greenwood, IN) Red Alert Robotics Program, $4,000

 Louisville, Kentucky Area, $14,000 to the following entities:

  • Special Olympics Kentucky (Frankfort, KY) $2,500
  • Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc. (Louisville, KY) $2,500
  • Father Maloney’s Boys and Girls Haven (Louisville, KY) $2,000
  • Jefferson School District (Louisville, KY) two grants totaling $4,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana (Louisville, KY) $3,000

Phoenix, Arizona Area, $14,000 to the following entities:

  • A New Leaf (Mesa, AZ) After School and Summer Programming, $1,400
  • Arizona Helping Hands (Phoenix, AZ) Birthday Dreams for Children in Foster Care, $1,400
  • Biltmore Preparatory Academy (Phoenix, AZ) Spanish Immersion Program, $2,000
  • Child Crisis Arizona (Phoenix, AZ) Language and Technology Lab for Child Crisis Preschool, $1,950
  • Glendale Union School District (Glendale, AZ) Chromebooks for Students in High School, $1,950
  • Ryan House (Phoenix, AZ) Confidence Improvements for Children, $2,000
  • Sojourner Center (Phoenix, AZ) STEM Program for the Sojourner Center, $2,000
  • New Pathways for Youth (Phoenix, AZ) Health Meals Project, $1,300

Seattle, Washington Area, $12 ,000 to the following entities:

  • Westside Baby (Seattle, WA) $2,500
  • Treehouse (Seattle WA) $2,500
  • YouthCare (Seattle, WA) $2,500
  • Camp Korey (Seattle, WA) $2,500
  • The ARC of King County (Seattle, WA) $2,000

GPD Group (GPD) is an employee-owned, full-service A&E firm with over 600 design professionals. Headquartered in Akron, GPD has offices in Atlanta, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Louisville, Marion, Phoenix, Seattle, and Youngstown.

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.