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GAR Foundation


Last profile update: 04/12/2017
Last grant data update: 05/07/2018

At A Glance

GAR Foundation

277 E. Mill St.

Akron, OH United States 44308-1735

Telephone: (330) 576-2926


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Established in 1967, GAR Foundation was born of the philanthropic desire of the Roush family to support the needs of those in the local community. GAR is an acronym for its founders, Galen and Ruth Roush and is pronounced je-a-ar. Galen Roush co-founded Roadway Express during the Great Depression in 1930 with his brother, Carroll. By 1939, Roadway was the largest long-haul trucking company in the United States. Galen and his wife Ruth loved their home area of Akron and Summit County, and never stopped investing in their community. GAR Foundation was established by Galen and Ruth Roush to be a way in which their legacy of serving others could continue on long after they were gone.

Purpose and Activities

Grants for education, arts and arts education, health and social services, civic enhancement, and for nonprofit enhancement.