Karen Hrdlicka

Director, The Center for Family Philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation

Karen Hrdlicka leads The Center for Family Philanthropy, a charitable resource center created by Akron Community Foundation to connect the region’s most generous families with the charitable knowledge and resources of the foundation. Karen provides customized consulting to these families, helping them maximize their personal charitable goals and create a multigenerational legacy consistent with their mission and family values.

A longtime Akron resident, Karen most recently led VANTAGE Aging as president and CEO for more than four years. Prior to that role, she served as a nursing home administrator, as well as the executive director for St. Luke Lutheran Community in Portage Lakes. She earned her MBA and undergraduate degrees from Kent State University. Karen is also a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 33 and is a member of the City of Akron’s Senior Citizens Commission.


Community Foundations Topical Call: Telling the Story of your Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Services

Posted on February 26, 2024 by Nicolette Rea, Karen Hrdlicka, Tracy Burt, Jennifer Olson Curry

Community foundations have been serving giving families for many decades. Recently more and more community foundations have been re-examining how they are promoting the philanthropic services they offer to donor families. How have community foundations successfully marketed their services to encourage families to partner with them on their philanthropy? What are the changes that some community foundations have made that… Read More