Zoom Out.

Zoom In.

Bringing into focus the work and impact of the Fund for Our Economic Future

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ear friends and supporters,

Welcome to our 2020 Impact Report, in which we explore the ways we advanced our vision of an inclusive Northeast Ohio economy and responded to the realities of an unprecedented year.

Complete list of banned 2020 buzzwords from this point forward:
  • UNPRECEDENTED
  • PIVOT
  • TOILET PAPER
  • SOURDOUGH

The theme, “Zoom Out, Zoom In,” is an acknowledgment that our mission requires long-term, collaborative work, yet our success often lies in the details.

We hope this report helps bring into greater focus how our big-picture vision translates to real impact for people and how individual initiatives connect to a broader agenda.

Our Mission

The Fund for Our Economic Future is an alliance of funders dedicated to advancing economic growth and equitable access to opportunity for the people of Northeast Ohio by advancing a shared regional agenda, empowering a leadership network, and marshalling strategic funding.

Throughout the report, you’ll have the opportunity to “Zoom in” on the people, the projects and the outcomes that defined 2020. Keep an eye out for different colored text, magnifying glasses and other interactive features as you read through.

Ever onward,

Yep, just like this! Hover over Bethia's photo below and click on the magnifying glass to view a welcome video.
Bethia Burke - President
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Bethia Burke
President
Fund for Our Economic Future

Mark Samolczyk, Chair

Mark Samolczyk
Chair, Fund for Our Economic Future
President and CEO, Stark Community Foundation

A welcome message from Bethia Burke, President of the Fund for Our Economic Future.

Our Mission

The Fund for Our Economic Future is an alliance of funders dedicated to advancing economic growth and equitable access to opportunity for the people of Northeast Ohio by advancing
a shared regional agenda, empowering a leadership network, and marshalling strategic funding.

2020 Board of Directors

We are a collective of individuals representing foundations, higher education institutions, corporations, economic development organizations, government, and civic and community-based organizations that promotes and supports systemic improvements that lead to a stronger, healthier and more inclusive Northeast Ohio economy.

*Denotes Executive Committee member

2019 – 2021 Funding Members

Funders who contribute a minimum of $100,000 over three years to support our full agenda.

Supporting Funders

Supporters who contribute resources to specific initiatives.

Contributors & Donors

Funders who contribute to the full agenda at smaller levels.

Dorn Family Foundation

Hollington Family Fund

Thomas and Shirley Waltermire

PNC Bank

Staff

The day-to-day work of the Fund is supported and advanced by a small, professional staff. The team brings a diverse set of skills, backgrounds and varied interests. The common thread? commitment to seeing Northeast Ohio’s economy work better for everyone.

Oh, and a penchant for sweets. In pre-pandemic times, no homemade cookie or leftover birthday cake stood a chance in the communal office kitchen. But by far, the team’s biggest weakness is ice cream. Zoom in and find out what the staff’s go-to flavors are.  

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Bishara Addison,
Director of Job Preparation


Chocolate chip cookie dough
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Sara McCarthy,
Director of Communications


Mitchell’s key lime pie. And pistachio. And …
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Dominic Mathew,
Urban and Regional Planner for Mobility Innovations


Salted caramel fudge with warm brownie chunks
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Bradford Davy,
Director of Regional Engagement


Bing cherry chocolate chunk
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Cari Morales,
Program Manager for Equity & Economic Development, Cuyahoga County


Butter pecan
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Bethia Burke,
President


Mitchell's caramelized chocolate
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Jonathan Floyd,
Director of Finance and Administration


Vanilla
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Brad Whitehead,
Senior Advisor, Special Projects


Widlberry crumble
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Bertie,
Office Manager


Alfalfa
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Carolyn Cleveland,
Manager of Operations


Butter pecan
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Janine Kaiser,
Director of Cleveland Innovation Project Talent Initiative


Moose tracks

The relationships that have been built and the work that has been done together over time have made the region smaller. 

Adam Briggs, Secretary*, Briggs Family Fund

The Fund has helped me grow as a person, to do more, to do different, to do bold.”

Jani Groza, Westfield
Jani Groza - Westfield Insurance Foundation

“The Fund has a really strong track record of disrupting norms and systems that no longer work, and grounding that in research and thought leadership to make the business case for change. By coalescing partners around a shared agenda, the Fund helps to ignite innovation and provides reinforcement for those who may not have the capacity or infrastructure to move an agenda independently.”

Kandis Williams, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Nelson Beckford, Program Director for Neighborhood Revitalization and Engagement
the Cleveland Foundation

Welcome! Here’s a video from Bethia Burke, our Fund’s president since March 2020. Hear what she has to say about the past year.