About GAR

Mission & History

GAR invests in Greater Akron to promote quality of life, education, and economic opportunities for its people, in a culturally vibrant community. 


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.

Its founders, Galen and Ruth Roush, earned their fortune by starting and growing one of the nation’s largest trucking companies, Roadway Express Inc., based in Akron, Ohio.

The Roush’s attorney, Lisle Buckingham, designated half of the Roush estate to fund the GAR Foundation’s trust. He also served as GAR’s first trustee, along with Akron National Bank and Trust – which became National City Bank and later acquired by PNC.

Today, GAR's distribution committee meets quarterly to make grantmaking decisions on behalf of the Foundation

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