And the Survey Says…

The Cleveland Foundation recently issued a survey asking for feedback about our process for applying for grants. It is part of our ongoing commitment to listening to the grantee community and in recognition of implementing a new system later this year. We...

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Reflections From the Community, Part Three

It was a beautiful fall day when more than 30 organizations came together to share their thoughts on what was happening in Lake and Geauga counties. There were similarities between what we heard in some of our Cuyahoga County conversations but also subtle...

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Reflections From the Community, Part Two

The second part of the community conversations centered on how to deepen the relationship between the foundation and individual organizations, along with a discussion about what was working well with the foundation and areas for improvement. Here is what we...

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Reflections From the Community

Over the past few months, the community responsive team has held another series of dialogues with nonprofit agencies in branches of the Cleveland library system. We have had the privilege of meeting with over 130 individuals representing the many sectors of...

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No Easy Solutions For Arts Organizations

Yesterday, I watched my older daughter dance on the stage of the Greg L. Reese Performing Arts Center located at the East Cleveland Library. I was a proud parent, watching her tackle a particularly challenging contemporary ballet piece, silently cheering her...

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Could merging help your organization?

Earlier in my career, I was part of a rather large agency that merged with another to create a new entity.  The rationale for the merger was that:  both organizations had similar missions, i.e. programs serving children and families, one entity would be...

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Youth, art and workforce development

For six weeks ArtWorks provides an opportunity for youth to create art (including music, dance, visual art, theater) and learn workforce skills.  I visited the ArtWorks program when we had placed a Cleveland Foundation summer intern at the sponsoring...

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Nonprofits, get recognized!

We just wanted to share this opportunity with nonprofits in our community – an award to recognize the innovative work that is happening here. _____________________ Each year nonprofit organizations around Ohio dedicate limited resources to providing valuable...

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