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What is the Dorothy O. Jackson Society?

The Dorothy O. Jackson Society recognizes the generosity of our richly diverse and dynamic minority community and encourages the involvement of minorities in United Way. By increasing understanding of United Way’s work on underlying community problems, building bridges between minorities and our business and community leaders and increasing the number or minority leadership givers, the Dorothy O. Jackson Society supports the United Way of Summit County’s mission to improve lives by mobilizing community resources to advance the common good.

The Society was named in honor of Dorothy O. Jackson, retired Deputy Mayor of the City of Akron, and longtime community activist.

Dorothy Jackson is considered Akron’s "goodwill ambassador". For almost 20 years, Jackson served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Akron. She was the first African-American woman to serve in an Akron mayor’s cabinet. Jackson retired in June 2003 but continues her community activism.

Members of the Dorothy O. Jackson Society are invited to attend an annual reception and are invited to volunteer on United Way's Day of Action.
See Photos from the May 2013 Reception 

Key Components
The Dorothy O. Jackson Society encourages members to LIVE UNITED by focusing on giving, advocating and volunteering.

To increase the number of minority donors giving at the $1,000 leadership level and encourage participation in United Way’s Young Leaders Society, The Women’s Leadership Giving Society and The Tocqueville Society.

To provide information through social, personal development and networking events to minority leaders and prospective donors on how the minority community participates in and benefits from the United Way.

To encourage participation in United Way’s decision-making process and increase involvement in our community. Volunteer opportunities include Community Investment Committees, Day of Action, Project Blueprint and much more.

Membership Means:
  • Increasing your impact to our community through your gift to United Way
  • Being recognized as a philanthropic individual and a community leader in our annual Leadership Directory
  • Interacting with diverse groups of community leaders to effect lasting change in our community

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The Power of Giving Dinner - Saturday, November 9, 2013

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2014 Dorothy O. Jackson Society Committee

Chair: Paul Hardy, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Vice Chair: Gayle Davis, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Tony Banks, Star Energy Partners

Virgil Brown, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Retired

Theresa Carter, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation

Judi Hill, Akron Public Schools, Retired

Brenda L. Jones, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Ellis Jones, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Teresa LeGrair, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve

Judge Carla D. Moore, 9th District Court of Appeals

Jacqueline Silas-Butler, Project GRAD Akron

Fred Wright, Akron Urban League

Dorothy O. Jackson

James N. Crutchfield


Thanks to these generous sponsors of the Dorothy O. Jackson Society

Dr. Gregory and Judi Hill

Mr. & Mrs. Ellis Jones

Several members of the Dorothy O. Jackson Society volunteered at Info Line, Inc. on Day of Action in June 2013.

For more information on the Dorothy O. Jackson Society please contact
Shirley Smith,
Sr. Director, Leadership Giving
Office: 330.643.5532, Email Shirley


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