A Conversation with Michael Kaiser

Last week the foundation hosted Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, in a conversation with Cleveland’s cultural community about the challenges facing the arts in this cold economic climate.  Dubbed “the Turnaround King” for his successful...

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Re-Imagining Cleveland

I came across a recent blog post that questioned if the recent Neighborhood Progress, Inc. report, Re-imagining Cleveland was audacious or realistic.  If you have not seen the plan, please take a look.     My two cents: the plan is bold and doable.  The...

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Stimulating Weakness?

Here’s a fact little known by the public but very well understood by everyone who works in the nonprofit sector:  Government funding can put programs and even nonprofit organizations themselves at risk.   How?  Kathleen Enright, executive director of...

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Great Grants

What do emergency 911, the hospice movement, pap smears, public libraries, polio and yellow fever vaccines, rocket science, Sesame Street, white lines on highways, and ending world hunger have in common? They are all innovations initially funded by foundation...

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Bridging the digital divide

As a program officer I am extremely fortunate to see many wonderful things individuals are doing daily to help Greater Clevelanders. Much of this work goes unnoticed, only known by the recipients and a few others. At times I'm privileged to play a role in...

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