Meeting Challenges, Making an Impact
Each year, the Lake-Geauga Fund awards more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in Lake County and Geauga County, Ohio. Grantmaking is driven by an advisory committee in response to the stated needs of the community. The committee also engages in convening and asset-building activities that strengthen the fund and its ability to make an impact on the community.
The Lake-Geauga Fund is a part of the community that it serves, as an asset-builder, convener, and catalyst. The advisory committee, made up of local community leaders, seeks to foster positive growth in a variety of ways:
- Promoting philanthropy that supports major initiatives
- Supporting partnerships and collaborations. We help organizations pool their strengths and leverage resources to further benefit the community. Encouraging lively dialogue and exploring ways to work together that strengthens agencies and increases their potential to sustain and expand services.
- Strategic grantmaking that meets the needs of the communties
In addition, more than $350,000 in scholarship support for students from Lake and Geauga counties was awarded through Lake Erie College, Lakeland Community College, the Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation, and eight Ohio medical schools.
The Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation was established in 1986 in response to the number of key institutions in the two counties that had long-range impact on the region. The fund was developed by individuals with an interest and passion in supporting growth of the region and addressing unique needs in Lake and Geauga counties.
Both are classified as rural counties with a substantial amount of open space and cultivated farmland. Agricultural industry in the two counties includes a vibrant viticulture and nursery industry in eastern Lake County, a strong dairy industry and associated crop cultivation, and a growing equine industry that spans both counties. In addition, Lake County has a significant number of entrepreneurial businesses and manufacturing companies. Vital issues in the two counties include transportation, mental health services, affordable housing, and workforce development.
Since its inception, the Lake-Geauga Fund has awarded more than $14.7 million in grants in the two counties. The fund is guided by an advisory committee of residents who have a knowledge and passion for their communities. Committee members must be residents of Lake County or Geauga County and agree to serve two consecutive five-year terms.
- $15,000 Lake Erie College Collaborative Partnership
- $35,750 Increase outreach in Lake and Geauga counties
- $107,097 Frances Battles Johnson scholarship assistance to Ohio’s eight medical schools for students enrolled in either their third or fourth year
- $10,000 Regional infant hearing program in Lake and Geauga counties
- $12,500 Waterproofing project
- $60,000 Certification of the DDC Clinic as a Clinical Genetic Laboratory
- $11,000 Electronic Health Records (EHR) Readiness Assessment to be conducted in partnership with the Lake County Free Medical Clinic
- $19,000 Costs associated with conducting a capital campaign feasibility study
- $40,000 Support phase two of the Lake/Geauga ESC P–16 project
- $69,000 Establishment of classrooms for students with autism
- $20,000 Challenge grant for the development of a fundraising campaign to secure new donors and volunteers.
- $5,000 Conduct the Comprehensive Economic Impact Summary for Lake County Agriculture
- $26,000 Scholarship support to Painesville area residents
- $25,000 Complete renovations to the new Geauga County facility
- $84,700 Storrs scholarships and administrative fees
- $45,000 Lakeland Community College scholarship support to Painesville area residents
- $34,702 Technology upgrade and building staff capacity
- $89,791 Develop the Lake County Volunteer Guardian Program
- $60,000 Support the Buckeye Industries program through staff expansion
- $14,000 Summer program support in collaboration with Lakeland Community College’s Men’s Center
- $46,000 Continued funding of the SOAR program
- $37,500 Support professional staffing of the Lake Geauga Creative Alliance
- $27,748 United Way Services of Geauga County — Activities related to updating the Geauga Community Impact study
- $25,000 Lake County Vocational Rehabilitation Public and Private Partnership Initiative
- $61,844 Costs associated with the startup of a resale store
- $40,000 Chagrin Falls Park Community Center – Continuation of the Career Achievement Program
- $5,000 Chardon Community Day Care – emergency repair of the playground
- $112,000 Frances Battles Johnson scholarship assistance to Ohio’s eight medical schools for students enrolled in either their third or fourth year
- $30,000 Solving Medical Mysteries strategic campaign
- $18,388 Consulting services associated with the formation of a human service consortium
- $80,000 Creation of a full time position of Executive Director as part of first phase of the recently completed strategic plan
- $20,000 Motor proficiency research project
- $30,000 Assessment and proposed strategy for upgrading the Nassau Observing Station
- $31,000 Staff and start up costs associated with expansion of the Young Child Community
- $25,000 Lake County Planning Commission – Implementation of Phase Two of the Lost Nation Airport Study
- $100,000 Creation of the Public Finance Director position
- $25,000 Storrs scholarships to Painesville area residents
- $60,000 Collaborative initiative to preserve the Lake Erie shoreline
- $84,700 Storrs scholarships and administrative fees
- $44,000 Storrs scholarships to Painesville area residents at Lakeland Community College
- $67,049 Update current technologies to accommodate increased utilization
- $5,000 Summer Internship Program in partnership with the Lake County Courts
- $16,512 Painesville Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program – Adult Summer School 2010 Program
- $65,000 Staff restructuring and expansion
- $38,150 Design and implementation of the Flight 93 artistic residency program
- $25,000 Freedom Schools summer enrichment programs in partnership with Lakeland Community College
- $149,400 Formation of the Geauga Growth Partnership
- $130,172 Scholarship assistance to Ohio’s eight medical schools for students enrolled in either their third or fourth year
- $50,000 Planning of 15 additional housing units
- $24,000 Fundraising and outreach efforts
- $80,000 Strategic plan to strengthen the organization through executive and board leadership development
- $21,064 Implementation of the Girls Scouts Beyond Bars program
- $36,200 Porter Center for Science and Mathematics – Porter Biotech Project
- $30,000 Center for Entrepreneurship
- $10,000 Scholarship support to Painesville-area residents
- $52,793 Get Healthy Perry program in partnership with Perry Schools
- $30,000 Expanded services for adult learners and high-school students and their families
- $72,750 Scholarship support to Painesville-area high-school seniors and returning sophomore and junior college students not attending Lake Erie College or Lakeland Community College, and administrative costs for scholarship awards
- $40,000 Lakeland Community College scholarship support to Painesville-area residents
- $40,000 Capacity building and matching challenge grant for the Nonprofit and Public Service Center
- $36,500 Next Generation Scholarship Campaign
- $16,890 Adult Summer School 2009 program
- $10,000 Programs in Lake and Geauga county schools
- $80,000 Implementation of the Geriatric Initiative to Improve Transitional Care for Rehabilitating Elders
- $25,000 Establishment of a conservation-based affordable housing project
- $11,800 Hispanic Growers/Farmers Market Project
Following are current members of the Lake-Geauga Advisory Committee. Committee members must be residents of either Lake or Geauga county and agree to serve two consecutive five-year terms.
- Raphael Omerza, Esq., Chair
Principal, Quorum Companies
- Dennis E. Eckart
North Shore Associates, LLC
- Nancy Guthrie
Vice president, Huntington National Bank
- Tracy Jemison
President, Geauga Growth Partnership
- Jane Neubauer
Owner/Operator, Sugar Pines Farm
- Todd R. Ray
Program manager, Positive Education Program
- Daniel D. Smith
Consolidated Investment Corp.
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