Careers and Culture at the Foundation

The Cleveland Foundation strives to attract, develop, and retain the most talented individuals as a part of its team and in Northeast Ohio. We are highly committed to providing a work environment that supports these efforts through our values-based culture, competitive pay, exceptional benefits, developmental opportunities, and work-life balance. 

Our Mission, Vision, Values

Downtown ClevelandPositioning the Cleveland Foundation for a Second Century

Always guided by our mission, vision, and values, the Cleveland Foundation celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2014 as the world’s first community foundation, the community’s largest grantmaker, and among the philanthropy field’s greatest leaders.

Our Mission

An expression of who we are. The Cleveland Foundation’s mission is to enhance the lives of all residents of Greater Cleveland, now and for generations to come, by working together with our donors to build community endowment, address needs through grantmaking, and provide leadership on key community issues.

Our Vision

An expression of our aspirations. The Cleveland Foundation will use the power of philanthropy to enable Greater Cleveland to be a great and global American city. Together with our donors and partners, we will make innovative, impactful, and internationally recognized contributions to the field of philanthropy.

Our Values

An expression of our beliefs and actions. The Cleveland Foundation’s values guide our daily interactions and our decision making always. As an organization and as individuals, we are committed to:


We live up to the highest ethical and moral standards as we fulfill our mission.
We honor donor intent, invest wisely, grant fairly, and keep our community’s trust.


We strive to be leaders in the community and in the foundation field.
We lead the way in philanthropy, addressing community needs, and creating opportunities.


We catalyze new ideas.
We think big, prize creativity, move nimbly, and are willing to take risks.


We take pride in serving our donors, grantees, partners, colleagues, and community.
We listen, show respect, respond professionally, deliver excellence, and go the extra mile.


We never stop learning.
We are open to diverse ideas, challenge the status quo, learn from our successes and failures, seek best practices and improvements, and develop talent.


We embrace collaboration and inclusion.
We are eager to partner, build strong relationships, and work as a team.

Culture in the Workplace

Awards - North Coast 99, Wellness@Work, Healthy Ohio, Prinicpal Top 10 Employers for Financial StabilityAt the Cleveland Foundation, our values drive and shape our culture. Each of us lives these values—leadership, partnership, learning, service, innovation, and integrity—every day in our work with colleagues and those in the community. 

We are proud and honored that our efforts to support our employees have been recognized locally and nationally. The foundation is a 10-time award winner for the NorthCoast 99 award and has also been recognized through the Wellness@ Work awards, the State of Ohio Healthy Worksite award and was also named one of the Principal Financial Top 10 Employers for Financial Stability. You can read more about these awards by following the links below.


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In addition to the engaging and rewarding work environment, the foundation provides exceptional benefits, a comprehensive wellness program, opportunities for growth and development, and team-based activities that allow employees to interact and get to know colleagues across teams.

Below are some of the great things offered to both full and part-time employees:

  • Comprehensive, low-cost health insurance through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Comprehensive, low-cost dental insurance through MetLife
  • Vision insurance
  • Employer paid Group Term Life insurance
  • Employer paid short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Elective Life Insurance for employees and dependents
  • Flexible Spending Plan for medical, dental, dependent care, parking/transit, and adoption expenses
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan through Principal Financial with very generous employer contribution
  • Employer paid on-site financial planning/education
  • Generous paid time off program including vacation, sick, and holiday pay
  • Continuing Education
  • 529 College Savings Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program including an on-site wellness coach, free screenings and preventative care opportunities and free memberships to hundreds of local fitness centers and fun organization-wide fitness challenges
  • Other Perks: Entertainment discounts through Best Benefits Club, Discounts from Playhouse Square and surrounding vendors, Educational and fun staff activities planned throughout the year by our Activities Committee

The HR Collaborative

hr-collaborative-logo-5In March 2013, the Cleveland Foundation, in partnership with Thompson Hine, ERC and Oswald Companies, began discussions about the possibility of launching a unique networking group whose mission would be to support the nonprofit HR community through education, resource sharing and networking opportunities. All were highly in favor of sponsoring such an effort not only financially, but with time, expertise and resources as well as an understanding from their own nonprofit clients that there is a need to facilitate these connections.

In addition to the founding partners, a steering committee comprised of a diverse group of nonprofits has been formed to move the Collaborative forward. Together, our goal is to create a network of peers and experts to which nonprofit human resources professionals can turn for education, knowledge, support, resources, and partnerships that will ultimately help to build the capacity of the HR function and each organization overall. For more information, please e-mail