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Seeing the Whole Picture

A map of Northeast Ohio's job hubs is a starting point to understanding where we should prioritize future business expansion, public transportation, workforce services, and other community assets so that we can improve connections of people and jobs.

Northeast Ohio Sentiments on Poverty

ideastream's latest Listening Project focused on the Northeast Ohio community's sentiments on poverty. Mike Shafarenko, formerly of the Fund and now manager of civic engagement, web and social media at ideastream, shares some of the interesting conclusions that emerged through the process.

Lessons from the Hometown Summit

Fund Akron Entrepreneurship Fellow Heather Roszczyk shares her top five takeaways from the recent Hometown Summit, a gathering for community leaders from small and mid-sized cities, in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

No Car, No Job; No Job, No Car

Kevin Alin, our director of regional engagement, observes how increasingly in Northeast Ohio, employment is contingent upon having reliable access to a vehicle. Without one, many jobseekers are stuck in a cycle of no car, no job, no job, no car.

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.

Are You a Budding Entrepreneur in Akron? Let's Talk

Our Fund's Akron Entrepreneurship Fellow shares her enthusiasm for the entrepreneurial activity happening in Summit County, and how she is working to keep the momentum going. 

What Does it Take to Be a Thought Leader?

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

An Honest Reckoning

"We need to start by seeing and acknowledging the systemic inequity that exists in every setting," writes Christine Mayer, president of GAR Foundation. "Only after that honest reckoning can we begin to strategize on how we can create different, more equitable outcomes."

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.

Summer Internship Smorgasbord

Summer intern Madison Scagnetti, reflects on her experiences at the Fund.

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