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.


The foundation awards most grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that support Greater Cleveland projects and programs that benefit citizens, meet community needs, and test new ideas. The foundation does not make grants to individuals, for-profit organizations, endowment campaigns, or annual fundraising or membership drives. Types of support include:

  • Program development
  • Research
  • Seed money
  • Consulting services
  • Matching/challenge support
  • Program-related investments/loans
  • Scholarship funds
  • Technical assistance
  • Capital campaigns 


Year Ended 2016:

  • Total assets: $2.13 billion
  • Grants authorized: 4,398 grants
  • Value of grants authorized: $93.6 million
  • New gifts received: $36.9 million
  • Operating expenses: $14.1 million
  • Number of employees: 81
  • IRS E.I. number: 34-0714588


Total assets:

  • 2016: $2.13 billion
  • 2015: $2.1 billion
  • 2014: $2.2 billion
  • 2013: $2.1 billion
  • 2012: $1.88 billion
  • 2011: $1.8 billion
  • 2010: $1.9 billion
  • 2009: $1.8 billion
  • 2008: $1.6 billion
  • 2007: $2.1 billion
  • 2006: $1.8 billion
  • 2005: $1.7 billion
  • 2004: $1.6 billion
  • 2003: $1.5 billion
  • 2002: $1.3 billion
  • 2001: $1.4 billion


The Cleveland Foundation would not exist today were it not for the extraordinary generosity and vision of our donors. The foundation offers numerous creative and rewarding ways to donate to the community, some with significant tax advantages. We encourage prospective donors to contact either the foundation directly or a professional advisor to learn more about philanthropic opportunities.


The true measure of the foundation’s worth is not the size of our endowment, how much we receive in gifts, or the dollar value of our grants. Rather, the measure of our worth is the leadership role we play and the impact we have in the communities we serve, as a grantmaker, convener, and facilitator.


The Cleveland Foundation is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything that we do. From our grantmaking to our donors to our staff, we strive to hear all voices and be fair and representative in all areas of our operations. Our Statement on Diversity reflects our commitment to keeping diversity at the forefront.


  • Ronald B. Richard
    President and CEO
  • India Pierce Lee
    Senior Vice President, Program
  • Kaye Ridolfi
    Senior Vice President for Advancement
  • Rosanne Potter
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Michael Murphy
    Chief Marketing Officer
  • Leon Wilson
    Chief Technology & Information Officer
  • Monica K. Brown
    Vice President, Human Resources
  • Leslie A. Dunford
    Vice President for Administration and Strategic Projects

Board of Directors

  • Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan, Chairman 
    Senior pastor, Bethany Baptist Church
  • Paul J. DolanVice Chairman 
    Chairman and CEO, Cleveland Indians
  • Teresa Metcalf Beasley
    Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold
  • Carrie L. Carpenter
    Executive Director and President, Gordon Square Arts District
  • Inajo Davis Chappell
    Partner, Ulmer & Berne
  • Jenniffer D. Deckard
    President and CEO, Fairmount Minerals
  • Hiroyuki Fujita 
    President and CEO, Quality Electrodynamics and eQED
  • Robert A. Glick
    Former CEO and Chairman of Dots, LLC
  • Sally Gries 
    Founder and chairperson, Gries Financial
  • Bernie Moreno
    President and Owner, Bernie Moreno Companies
  • Michael Petras Jr. 
    CEO, Sterigenics
  • Larry Pollock
    Managing partner, Lucky Stars Partners
  • Beth Oldenburg Rankin 
    Civic volunteer
  • Daniel Walsh
    CEO, Citymark Capital
  • Ernest L. Wilkerson Jr.
    Managing partner and founder, Wilkerson & Associates

Bank Trustees

  • KeyBank
  • PNC
  • The Huntington National Bank
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank


The Cleveland Foundation 
1422 Euclid Avenue 
Suite 1300 
Cleveland, Ohio 44115


Office Hours
Weekdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.