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July 2008

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Kathy Hallisey
View video of Kathleen Hallisey, director of community responsive grantmaking, as she discusses the foundation's interests, practices, and priorities for community support at the Foundation Center.  
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Richard Stuebi, BP fellow for energy and environmental advancement

Homer C. Wadsworth
Join the conversation as Stuebi explores the challenges and triumphs in the growing advanced energy industry.  


Neighborhood Connections 
The next deadline for Neighborhood Connections funding is Aug. 15 at
5 p.m. Any group of people in Cleveland working on a project to improve life in a Cleveland neighborhood is welcome to apply. 
A group does not need to be a registered non-profit to receive funding.
Download an application.

Civic Innovation Lab
Want to learn more about its recently funded Champions? Attend its "Meet the Champions" breakfast on July 9 from 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Commons! 
To register, send an email including your name and company to with "Register for Breakfast" in the subject box.
Foundation awards $12.9 million in second quarter 
The board of directors authorized almost $13 million in grants at its quarterly meeting, addressing areas such as youth development, health, and major capital needs.
Youth Opportunities Unlimited received a grant for its youth summer jobs program as part of the communitywide Youth Development Initiative. The Free Medical Clinic of Cleveland also received funding for the creation of its Behavioral Health Department, which integrates mental health and substance abuse services. 
The board also approved major capital grants to three groups: Cleveland Society for the Blind, the Cleveland Zoological Society and Cogswell Hall. Each of these groups received funding for major projects designed to increase the group's effectiveness.
For a full list of grants, please visit our website
New arts initiative launches
Karamu HouseNow more than ever, Cleveland needs the rest of the world to see this city and the region as a place of entrepreneurial power and imagination, a place where diversity is valued and ideas and cultural experiences move fluidly across our borders.

Over the past year, foundation staff and other Cleveland-area nonprofits have been working to launch "Creative Fusion," a global culture initiative designed to attract artists and tout Cleveland as an emerging player in the world of globalization.
Through the initiative, area nonprofits will host an international artist for up to a year. The program will begin in early 2009.
Please visit our website for more information on the initiative, including dates for information sessions, deadlines, and requests for proposals.  
National foundation launches training program for nonprofit leaders
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has joined with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to launch the "Ladder to Leadership" program aimed to boost the skills and capabilities of early- to mid-level professionals working in health and health-related organizations in nine U.S. communities, including Cleveland.  
To become a fellow, applicants must demonstrate a record of accomplishment within the nonprofit sector, potential for leadership in the nonprofit health or health care field, and a proven commitment to serving at-risk groups. To learn more about who is eligible and how to apply, visit the RWJF website.
2008 summer internship program  
internshipThe Cleveland Foundation is celebrating the ninth year of its internship program. The program provides undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates an opportunity to work for 11 weeks in Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. The interns also participate in weekly professional development seminars and are matched with a mentor.  This year, 15 interns were placed at 15 Cleveland-area nonprofits. Visit our website to read Mansi Desai's account of her experiences at Adult Guardianship Services. 
2008 Anisfield-Wolf awards ceremony
The Anisfield-Wolf awards are given annually to authors whose works contribute to society's understanding of racism and foster an appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.
Anisfield-Wolf logo
The 2008 winners are:
Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist
William Melvin Kelley, Lifetime Achievement Award
For more information on the authors and the awards ceremony, please visit the Anisfield-Wolf website.

STAFF NEWS India Pierce Lee, program director for neighborhoods and housing

India Pierce Lee, program director for neighborhoods, housing and community development, has been selected as one of 10 Loeb Fellows by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The prestigious Fellowship is a unique opportunity to nurture the leadership potential of the most promising men and women in design and other professions related to the built and natural environment. India will spend nine months at Harvard where she will engage in independent study in the areas of her choosing.
Kathleen Cerveny, program director for arts and cultureKathleen Cerveny, program director for arts and culture, recently received the 2008 Northeast Ohio Region's Distinguished Educator for Art Education Award from the Ohio Art Education Association.