Global Ties Akron

Building Bridges Between Akron, OH and the World

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Global Ties Akron

EIN: 34-1433786


Global Ties Akron strengthens academic, corporate, organizational and personal links between Northeast Ohio and the World.

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Executive Director

Michelle A Wilson

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Formerly known as

Akron International Friendship



Subject area info

Cultural awareness

Multicultural education

Diversity and intergroup relations

International exchange

Population served info

Children and youth



NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Know Your Community - Know Your World

We are proud to announce that we are entering our 6th year with Global Ties Akron’s global education program: Know Your Community - Know Your World.

Through the program, we introduce not only the world to local students, but we share what is global right here in Summit County through speakers and events. This not only helps the students gain a better understanding of other countries, cultures, and religions; it also makes them aware of the multiculturalism of their classrooms, schools, and community.

With Know Your Community - Know Your World, teachers can utilize the resources we collect and add to our website; We are working hard to take all the information that students need for deeper learning, but also provide tools to help with the ODE standards across subject areas.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

CCH empowers youth to protect the cultural heritage of at-risk communities in the United States and around the world. Through the program, students, teachers, community leaders, and cultural heritage professionals will engage in online and in-person activities to initiate collaborations between communities in the United States and communities around the world.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of clients participating in educational programs

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Related Program

Know Your Community - Know Your World

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Our global education initiative brings the world into the classroom, providing students with curriculum opportunities as we prepare students to engage with our richly diverse community and world.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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Direction of Success


Context Notes

GTA arranges professional exchanges for the U.S. Department of State of International Leadership. We introduce global leaders to local leaders and community members for meaningful dialogue & exchange.

Additional revenue and wages generated attributable to the organization's efforts

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Direction of Success


Context Notes

Our exchanges bring leaders worldwide to local businesses, generating revenue for the local community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Global Ties Akron
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13.33 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.7 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Global Ties Akron

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Global Ties Akron’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $69,270 $3,392 $24,069 -$57,659
As % of expenses 40.9% 2.8% 12.9% -22.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $68,403 $2,581 $23,258 -$58,733
As % of expenses 40.2% 2.1% 12.4% -22.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $235,993 $125,094 $210,777 $203,602
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -47.0% 68.5% -3.4%
Program services revenue 11.9% 1.9% 0.3% 13.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 25.5% 60.8% 85.9% 63.3%
All other grants and contributions 61.5% 37.2% 13.5% 22.9%
Other revenue 1.1% 0.2% 0.3% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $169,482 $121,702 $186,708 $261,101
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -28.2% 53.4% 39.8%
Personnel 39.6% 52.9% 71.8% 57.3%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 60.4% 47.1% 28.2% 42.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $170,349 $122,513 $187,519 $262,175
One month of savings $14,124 $10,142 $15,559 $21,758
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $184,473 $132,655 $203,078 $283,933

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 8.7 12.1 9.4 4.0
Months of cash and investments 8.7 12.1 9.4 4.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.3 11.9 9.2 3.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $123,218 $122,530 $146,119 $86,206
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 -$160
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.5% 3.3% 4.5% 6.8%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $120,268 $143,525 $84,792
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $117,687 $120,268 $143,525 $84,792

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Michelle A Wilson

Michelle Wilson has worked with Global Ties Akron for the past 28 years as a volunteer, board member, program officer, and for the past 14 years as the Executive Director. Through the programs of Global Ties Akron, Michelle coordinates community professional visits of upcoming leaders from around the world participating in the International Visitor Leadership program sponsored by the US Department of State and the Open World Leadership Program. Michelle, through Global Ties Akron and Creative Group Serbia, applied for and received a competitive US Department of State grant to launch an online magazine- Global Threads- in the Spring of 2018. This project features the preservation of cultural heritage of Akron’s refugee community and the multi-ethnic preservation of cultural heritage in Kikinda, Serbia. This project included hosting a delegation from Serbia to Akron in April 2018 and leading a delegation visit to Serbia in May 2018.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 11/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Holly Harris Bane

City of Aurora

Term: 2019 - 2024

Cynthia Robinson

Akron Public Schools

Sam DeShazior

City of Akron

Doug Hausknecht

Retired - University of Akron

Nassim Mir

Stewart's Caring Place

Juan Contreras

University of Akron

Litsa Varonis

Retired - Hiram College

Rima Muakkassa, PhD

Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Maria Varonis


Dr. Amanda Johnson-Toala

Kent State University

Dr. Gabriella Paar-Jakkli

Kent State University

Darlyn McDermott


Dr. Mahesh Srinivasan

University of Akron

Connie Krauss

Retired - Greater Akron Chamber

Gina Ioannitou

University of Akron

George Haritos

Retired - University of Akron

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/14/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.