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Photo Bob Perkoski
Photo Bob Perkoski
Like other industrial cities around the turn of the 20th century, Cleveland prospered and grew rapidly, earning many of its residents handsome nest eggs. Fortunately for future Clevelanders, wealthy industrialists like John D. Rockefeller, Jephta Wade and Sam Mather made a habit of digging deep to give back to their community. Generous contributions by them and people like them lead to the creation of the Metroparks system, Cleveland Orchestra, PlayhouseSquare and numerous other enduring regional assets.

Since its inception in the early 1900s, the Cleveland Foundation the nation's first community foundation has given away over a $1 billion. Today, organizations like the George Gund Foundation, Cleveland Foodbank, and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland join numerous other nonprofits in the task of making life better for the residents of Northeast Ohio. Beneficiaries include organizations in the fields of higher education, medicine, arts and culture, and economic development.

Philanthropy Features

job satisfaction: employee perks pay off with loyal staff that works as hard as they play

Everybody has those days when they just don’t feel like going to work. But some employers offer perks that make coming to work a little less painful. From all-you-can-eat snack bars to pursuing outside interests on company time -- and free beer! -- these companies help make coming to the office a little easier to swallow.

slideshow of recent zygote benefit big show/iron printmaker

For its recent fundraiser, Zygote Press decided to merge both visual and culinary artists in a unique double billing called The Big Show and Iron Printmaker. The "Iron Chef" style competition featured teams of chefs and artists using "mystery" ingredients to create prints. Fresh Water photographer Bob Perkoski captured all the action.  

on the rise: four emerging african-american leaders in cleveland

Those among us that emerge to the forefront of their professions and community have been honing their leadership skills for some time. Here are a few young African-Americans making waves around town through advocacy, talent and so much more.

livability for residents, businesses job one for neighborhood non-profits

It’s no secret that "destination" development is happening all across Cleveland. But thanks to the diligent work of community development corporations (CDCs), there also is a renewed focus on improving livability for the residents who call their neighborhoods home.

q & a: ra washington, culture worker

RA Washington has been embedded in Cleveland's art scene for more than 20 years. He's been the poet-in-residence at the Cleveland Museum of Art, co-owns the indie bookstore Guide to Kulchur, and recently was named a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow. Fresh Water caught up with this self-billed "culture worker" to hear his take on Cleveland's creative scene.
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Philanthropy Founders

lauren steiner

lauren steiner

City: Downtown

Meet Lauren Steiner, founder of Grants Plus, a fundraising consulting firm with 14 employees.

doug bell

doug bell

City: Ohio City

Meet Doug Bell, co-founder of Global Prairie, an organization with 20 employees in Cleveland.that has a simple idea: Do great work for clients so that Global Prairie can do good work in the world. 

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