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Jamilla Naji art at 78th St Studios - Photo Bob Perkoski
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Philanthropy

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

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.

recipe for success: food-based startups face unique challenges

Starting a successful food-based business takes more than a great idea and the ability to cook. Like any entrepreneurial venture, food startups require planning, money and a willingness to be flexible. But those who do dive in have found there's plenty of guidance, support and collaboration in the local food startup community.

creative placemaking reframes how residents and visitors experience neighborhoods

Recent grants awarded to the Collinwood and St. Clair Superior neighborhoods are allowing them to proceed with arts- and culture-based projects each hopes will revitalize their communities and boost their economies. The efforts are part of a larger national movement known as creative placemaking.
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