Cleveland Foundation Names New Program Officer

Kara Keating Copeland brings extensive nonprofit experience

Release Date: 04.26.2011

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Foundation today announced the appointment of  Kara Keating Copeland as its newest program officer. Copeland will assist the Foundation’s board of directors in its grantmaking decisions, working with grantees and evaluating their requests.

Copeland comes to the Foundation after 11 years spent working for various community-focused organizations throughout Cleveland. Most recently, she served as director of resource development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.  In this role, Copeland worked closely with the organization’s leadership team and board to develop and implement a plan to raise $2.5 million in annual funds. She also oversaw foundation relations, grant writing, major gifts, and planned giving, as well as public relations and community outreach efforts.

Prior to her work at Boys & Girls Clubs, Copeland was lead community organizer for Slavic Village Development Corp., where she co-managed an intergenerational community organizing program and helped increase neighborhood group involvement by 20 percent in two years.

In addition to her work in youth and community development, Copeland served as a volunteer on the steering committee for Active Living by Design: Connecting Cleveland’s Communities and for the MyCom’ initiative in Cleveland’s Broadway neighborhood.

Copeland received her master’s degree in applied social science administration from Case Western Reserve University. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in communications and psychology from John Carroll University.

“Kara’s education, experiences, and dedication to organizational and community development will be an asset to the Cleveland Foundation,” said Robert Eckardt, the foundation’s executive vice president. “We are pleased to have her join our grantmaking team.”


Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and the nation’s second largest today, with assets of $1.87 billion and 2010 grants of nearly $85 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation proactively directs two-thirds of its flexible grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs: economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhoods, and arts advancement.