Turn your Passion into Purpose

by Ronn Richard, President & CEO, Cleveland Foundation

I am delighted to share with you the Crain’s Giving Guide, your annual introduction to the remarkable nonprofits and causes that help make our region such a great place to live.

For over 100 years, the Cleveland Foundation has helped Clevelanders give back to their community. The historic places and landscapes we now enjoy, the very flavor and feel of our city, are thanks to generations of people who wanted to build a better community for all.

zBlog-2015-Giving-Guide-CoverThat generosity continues today. The work of the organizations featured in this guide is proof. Because the foundation has grown alongside this city, we have been privileged to help many passionate people find purpose by giving back to their community.

And while Greater Cleveland is very fortunate, the foundation knows well that many people and places here are still hurting. Cleveland’s comeback depends on more people like you who believe in our city and who choose to invest in our shared future.

Next year, Cleveland will enter the political spotlight, when no matter what your party, you will be making big decisions. During this time, elect to give. More important than words and campaign slogans are the actions taking place on the ground, right now, in Cleveland. Throw your support behind the causes that matter most to you.

This guide will help you learn more about local nonprofits doing essential work across the region. Of course the Cleveland Foundation also has a century of experience partnering with these organizations to enhance the lives of Greater Clevelanders. Many of our donors give to these very groups through their funds at the foundation. Our specialty is turning your passion for Cleveland into meaningful and fulfilling philanthropy.

On pages 2-3, try our “Choose Your Giving” style map where you can match your lifestyle and interests with the best giving tool for you. Our Advancement team is standing by to help you make the most of your charitable giving. Let’s get started.

The original version of this letter appeared in the 2015 Crain’s Cleveland Business Giving Guide.