Dennis Eckart Joins Lake-Geauga Fund Advisory Committee

Former congressman brings extensive experience, contacts to Cleveland Foundation fund

Release Date: 07.11.2008

Former U.S. congressman and state representative Dennis Eckart has joined the Lake-Geauga Fund Advisory Committee of the Cleveland Foundation. Eckart will be one of seven committee members, who award grants to nonprofit organizations serving Lake and Geauga counties.

Eckart replaces Nancy Patterson, who served 10 years on the committee. Patterson and her husband, Jim, are the sixth generation in their family to own and operate Patterson Fruit Farm in Chester Township.

Eckart currently heads North Shore Associates, a consulting firm specializing in regional and national community and government affairs, telecommunications, health care, advertising, higher education and real estate development. Previously, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives as the congressman from Ohio’s 22nd congressional district from 1981 to 1983, and from the state’s 11th congressional district from 1983 to 1993.

“With his extensive background in the public and private sectors, as well as his substantial regional and national network of contacts, we anticipate that Dennis will bring a valuable perspective to the work of the Lake-Geauga Fund Advisory Committee,” said Caprice Bragg, vice president for gift planning and donor relations at the Cleveland Foundation.

Since its inception in 1987, the Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in grants in such areas as social services, health, scholarships and the environment.


Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and the nation’s third-largest today, with assets of $2 billion and 2007 grants nearing $85 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders in perpetuity by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. Currently the foundation proactively directs two-thirds of its flexible grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs: economic transformation (including advanced energy and globalization), public school improvement, early childhood and youth development, neighborhoods and housing, and arts advancement.

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