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Philanthropic engagement

Reflections on Racial Inequity and My Foundation's Work

Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, writes about her task as a Foundation leader in addressing racial inequities: "I must consider my role as a gatekeeper and find ways to be different and to do better."

Wanted: Innovative Ideas to Fight Poverty

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland launches new fellowship to help fight poverty through innovation.

Making Effective Collaboration Possible

Using our Fund's Collaboration Handbook, "you can actually walk through whether the right preconditions exist for a collaboration to be possible and how, if it is, to make sure it’s successful," writes Mark Samolczyk, president and CEO of Stark Community Foundation and vice chair of our Fund, on the Philanthropy Front and Center-Cleveland blog. 

We Are a Learning Laboratory

Our 2016 annual report celebrates our Fund as a "learning laboratory" where philanthropy of all stripes comes together to learn with and from one another, and to test and advance new initiatives that can result in improved job creation, job preparation and job access.

What Does it Take to Be a Thought Leader?

New Year reflections on the power of communications and influence building.

Don’t Test the Fish, Question the Groundwater

Our Chair Brian Frederick, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, reflects on a racial equity workshop he recently attended and how we might really internalize diversity, inclusion and equity.

More Than a Roadway

Good things in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Industrial Corridor can certainly happen here.

Meet Our Summer Intern

I’m Madison Scagnetti, the Fund’s summer communications and development intern. The work I’ll be assisting with perfectly corresponds with my fields of study. I’m entering my junior year at Cleveland State University, double majoring in promotional communication and urban studies. This fall, I will apply for the BA+MPA program, which, upon acceptance, would allow me to begin graduate coursework. By doing so, I will complete my BA and Master of Public Administration in five years rather than in six.

Putting Collaboration on the Map

Our members constitute one of the most robust civic leadership networks in Northeast Ohio—a network that crosses sector and geographic boundaries, and extends beyond individual organizations to touch many, many more. Need proof? Look no further than our 2015 Annual Report and Network Map (suitable for framing!).

Conexus: Addressing the Job Preparation Question

While there is no easy answer to the question, "What can we do to make sure companies have the talent they need to succeed?"; Summit County leaders are committed to building one through Conexus.  

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