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October 2008

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We hope you enjoy reading the latest news from the Cleveland Foundation. As always, we appreciate your comments, questions, and suggestions.
Enjoy the remainder of the year -- a beautiful and tradition-rich time!
Robert E. Eckardt, Dr. P.H.
Senior Vice President for Programs and Evaluation
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Lisa Bottoms 
For background on MyCom, hear from Lisa Bottoms, program director for human services and child and youth development.


Neighborhood Connections 
The grantmaking committee is reviewing 160 applications from organizations or citizens' groups for projects designed to improve life in Cleveland neighborhoods.  Check out this Plain Dealer article about a recent grantee, Gather 'Round Farm & Gardens. 

Civic Innovation Lab
The Lab is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a party on October 16 at Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park, one of the Lab's champions.  Since 2003, the Lab has granted $1.2 million to 43 innovative business ideas. To join the festivities, visit the Lab's website.
Nearly $14 million in grants to benefit our community
In the third quarter, the foundation's board of directors authorized $13.9 million in grants aimed at improving Cleveland's neighborhoods, schools, arts community, economy, and more.
Highlights of recent grants include:
  • A grant of $550,000 for developing and implementing creative new schools in the city.  (Four elementary schools and two science, technology, engineering, and math high schools are up and running, with new schools to come.)

Homer C. Wadsworth

  • $1.5 million to The Cleveland Museum of Art for the second phase of a complete reinvention of the museum's facilities.
  • Several grants to encourage economic development, principally in the areas of entrepreneurship and advanced energy.
For a complete list of grants, please visit our website. 
Feedback on new application
The foundation is testing a new grants application.  Based on feedback from grantees, the application has been revised to allow organizations to better tell their stories and project ideas.
If you'd like to try the new application or offer feedback, contact grants management.
A big commitment to our community's youth
My Com, a new communitywide initiative spearheaded by the foundation, aims to inspire and prepare young people in Greater Cleveland to reach their full potential and become good citizens.  The goal of the initiative is to be a positive influence for young people from kindergarten through graduation. 
MyCom ("My Commitment. My Community.") exposes youth to a variety of activities and experiences that allow them to explore new interests and learn new skills.  Specifically, it engages them through employment and career development and out-of-school-time activities, in their neighborhoods, and through times of significant life transitions.
Second successful summer for SmART in the City
 SmART in the City students
More than 300 Cleveland fifth- and sixth-graders participated in SmART in the City, the foundation's free, five-week arts and education camp held at eight neighborhood sites.  Eight area arts organizations developed unique multi-arts curricula based on the theme of self-discovery.  Special projects also helped children sharpen their academic skills. 
Partners are the Great Lakes Theater Festival, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, Progressive Arts Alliance, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dance Afrika Dance, Cleveland Play House, Case Western Reserve University Art Studio, and Opera Cleveland.  SmART in the City is sponsored by UBS Wealth Management with additional support from the foundation.
Learn more at the SmART in the City website.
Applications for Ladder to Leadership fellowship 
If you were unable to attend the orientation session for the Ladder to Leadership fellowship program, you can still get information and an application by visiting our website.  The deadline to apply is November 14 at 3 p.m. EST. Thirty fellows will be chosen for the 16-month program for nonprofit health leaders.
An invitation to host summer interns
Interested in hosting an intern next summer?  The foundation's Summer Internship Program is accepting applications from area nonprofits or government agencies until November 21.  College students, recent graduates, and graduate students work full-time for an 11-week session during the summer.
Criteria for hosts and applications are available by contacting Nelson Beckford or calling 216-615-7259. 
OGF's annual nonprofit luncheon
The luncheon at Ohio Grantmakers Forum's annual conference on October 29 will offer nonprofit leaders the opportunity to network with nearly 300 colleagues. Keynote speaker Perla Ni, founder and CEO of GreatNonprofits, will give tips on marketing effectively in a tough economic climate.  Columbus-based OGF is the leading voice and resource for organized philanthropy in Ohio.
The event will be held at Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center.  Please register by October 15 at the OGF website or by calling 614-224-1344. 


New associate program director for economic development
Shilpa Kedar recently joined the foundation as associate program director for economic development.  Shilpa has strong economic development and capacity-building experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit arenas.  Before joining the foundation, she was a director of business attraction and expansion for Team NEO, where she led collaborative regional responses to business attraction opportunities.
New program officer
Paul Putman will be joining the foundation as program officer at the end of October.  Much of Paul's career has been focused on developing and implementing college-level student leadership programs.  He most recently was manager of the Center for Leadership and Service at Cleveland State University.  Paul is also operations manager for the Cleveland Film Society's Cleveland International Film Festival