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Grantmaking team launches group blog
Visit the foundation's program staff at its new blog, where they discuss issues of interest to the local nonprofit community.
Latest podcast takes on the recession 
Listen to Bob Eckardt's podcast where he talks about how the economic downturn is affecting the foundation and our grantees.
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Come meet our community responsive team as we hold "Community Conversations" with local nonprofit organizations. We have four meetings booked for April, with two more coming in May and June. Please be on the lookout for invitations.
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Neighborhood Connections is hosting a Community Conversation regarding the foreclosure crisis. Neighborhood groups and residents are encouraged to attend to learn how Clevelanders are combating the epidemic.
When: April 28th 
Where: Trinity Commons
2230 Euclid Avenue
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to Cynthia Lewis at 216.393.4642 or through e-mail.
Visit the website for more information.  
Civic Innovation Lab's next application deadline is May 1st. Please be aware that the application has been updated. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of the training workshops to prepare to submit their idea.
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Celebrating 10 years of nurturing young professionals
In 2006, Julie Cajigas participated in the Cleveland Foundation summer internship program, and was placed at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

"I was able to step outside my comfort zone and work on projects that I would never have had the opportunity to work on otherwise," she said. "I created a video presentation for the  donor appreciation event and designed the event invitation. The opportunity to do advanced work for an institution like CMNH was an incredible opportunity that I would not have had outside the Cleveland Foundation internship program."

The foundation started the summer internship program in 1999 as a way to keep and attract young talent in the region, preferably in the nonprofit community. Since the program began 10 years ago, more than 140 young, burgeoning professionals have participated, with several former interns launching their careers in Northeast Ohio.

"The program is still relevant because it exposes young people to the local nonprofit and public sector, which helps develop future nonprofits leaders," said Nelson Beckford, program officer at the foundation and coordinator of the program. "It also increases local organizations' ability to conduct important short-term projects, which aligns with our goal of strengthening the nonprofit community."

This year, 16 interns will be placed at local nonprofits. With weekly professional development sessions and a mentor pairing, we hope these interns will be able to glean a lot from their experiences and become active members of the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

Check our website for more information on the program.
Julie Cajigas
After Julie Cajigas participated in the foundation's internship program, she started her own business as a copywriter and public relations consultant, working with several nonprofit organizations.
First-quarter grantmaking reaches $10 million 
To help local nonprofit organizations serve the community, the board of directors of the Cleveland Foundation today authorized $10 million in grants to support economic transformation, public school improvement, neighborhoods and housing, youth development, health care, and other vital areas.
Among those receiving grants:
  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center - The center seeks to move and expand its facilities, launch two satellite sites in the far east and west suburbs, expand its marketing and communications efforts, support public policy efforts to rebuild an anti-sexual assault coalition in Ohio, and develop culturally specific programs for the Spanish-speaking community and other underserved populations.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland - The organization is looking to expand and continue its programs at school-based sites within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. It hopes to deepen its impact on the youth it serves, increase the number of youth served overall, and ultimately retain a permanent presence in newly constructed K-8 schools.
For a complete listing of our grants, visit our website
Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland
Participants in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland's Healthy Living cooking class learn the basics of good nutrition and overall wellness.
Photo credit: BGCC
Fund offers Clevelanders way to offset carbon footprint 
What we drive, our entertainment choices, the foods we eat, traveling for business, the products we buy - each of these every day activities contributes to the 7.5 billion tons of carbon Americans emit into the atmosphere each year. As the first community-based, open-access carbon reduction fund in the United States, the Cleveland Carbon Fund invests in local community projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spark economic development in Cleveland. The Fund is a collaboration between the foundation, the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, the George Gund Foundation, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
For more information, visit

Ladders to Leadership kicks off 16-month program
The foundation is pleased to join with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership to support 30 community and public health fellows in the Ladder to Leadership program. The initiative is geared to support Cleveland's next generation of community health leaders. Check our grantmaking blog for insights on the kick-off session.

Local groups making home-grown food more accessible
We support efforts to make local, organic food more affordable and available to those who need it.
From our grantmaking blog (posted by Nelson Beckford):
Lately I have been reflecting on the following points related to the topic of the locally grown foods:
As a region we spend $7,000,000,000.00 a year on food.  Yes! 7 BILLION dollars (less than 1% of that goes to local farmers and producers).

Local food purchases re-circulate money back into the regional economy.

Food is typically moved 1,500-1,800 miles from place of growth to place of consumption.

There are 200 community gardens in the Cleveland area.

In many disadvantaged neighborhoods, the nearest grocery store can be twice as far from the customer as the nearest fast-food restaurant.

The great thing is that we are approaching this topic from a position of strength.  Cleveland was recently ranked #2 in the nation in terms of local food production."  

Several of our grantees in recent years have put together a fairly comprehensive list of local farmers' markets. Share with people in your organization who may then share with others to make the local foods movement stronger than ever. 
CityFresh - Fresh Stops
North Union Farmers' Market - Market locations
The Farmland Center - Farmers' Markets in Northeast Ohio
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Summer arts camp gears up for third year
SmART in the City, our effort to give Cleveland students a positive, safe, enriching summer experience, will begin in July. The program will operate at four community sites on the east and west side of Cleveland. Professional teacher-artists will be on staff to teach students various aspects of visual art, theatre, dance and music. Participants will also have on-site performances from various cultural organizations. For more information on SmART, and to see highlights from last year's program, visit our website.  
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SmART in the City gives students the chance to explore their creative side, while enhancing their self-esteem and building their vocabulary.

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Kathleen Cerveny will be going back to Istanbul in April with the CIPUSA/State Department program. Cerveny will be helping the program document and evaluate its progress and will also be giving a lecture on our new arts initiative, Creative Fusion.
Bob Eckardt will be giving the keynote speech in late April at the Ohio Employee Ownership Center conference, discussing our efforts to create new cooperative businesses in Greater University Circle.