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Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please contact the Philanthropy Team at 216.685.2006.

What are the Goff and Legacy societies?

These are Cleveland Foundation recognition societies. Membership in the Frederick Harris Goff Society is available to donors who have contributed gifts of $10,000 or more. The Legacy Society recognizes donors who have made a planned gift or commitment in the form of bequests, trusts, life insurance, charitable gift annuities or through other provisions in their estate plans for a future gift to the Cleveland Foundation.

How do I make additional gifts to my fund or include the Cleveland Foundation in my estate plans?

Please contact your philanthropic advisor to work with you to meet your charitable goals or call the Philanthropy hotline at 216-685-2006.

Are there fees assessed against the fund?

The Cleveland Foundation charges no setup fees. However, there are administrative fees charged by the foundation and investment fees charged by the investment advisor. Investment fees are tiered based on the type and size of the fund.

How do I recommend grants?

As an advisor, you can recommend grants to support any I.R.S. Section 501 (c)(3) public charity or verified charitable entity (e.g., schools, religious institutions, etc.) with the exception of those organizations regarded as hate groups, as defined in the Foundation’s Anti-Hate Group policy, available on the Donor Portal. Grant recommendations can by made using our online Donor Portal or by submitting a Grant Recommendation Form. You may recommend grants as frequently as you wish; however, each grant recommendation must be for a minimum grant amount of $250.

How can I include my children or spouse in grantmaking?

We encourage families to discuss their charitable interests together. We allow donors to name their children and/or spouse as donor advisors. In addition, many of our philanthropic advisors are trained in family philanthropy and would love to meet with you and your family to discuss your family’s philanthropic journey.

How can the foundation help identify nonprofits that I can support?

Your philanthropic advisor is eager to serve as a resource for any questions you may have regarding priority community needs and/or nonprofit organizations in the region.  We can work with you to identify projects and organizations  that match your interests.

What are “Donor Conversations?”

Donor Conversations are exclusive donor events highlighting grantmaking opportunities and community needs.