Civic Affairs

The Nord Family Foundation’s work in the Civic Affairs program area has an emphasis on the strengthening of communities and the economic empowerment of individuals. Much of our grantmaking supports community and economic development, commercial and neighborhood revitalization, workforce training, volunteerism/citizen engagement, and leadership development. The Civic Affairs program area also includes the Foundation’s capital grantmaking, comprising roughly 10% of our overall annual investments.

2013 Civic Affairs Grants

Amherst Downtown Betterment Association

Amherst, OH
20,000
in continued support of downtown commercial revitalization efforts

Amherst Public Library

Amherst, OH

5,000

to digitize The Amherst News Times from 1941-1996, as a challenge grant

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center

Denver, CO

25,000

to expand and enhance the youth leadership program Project VOYCE

Common Ground

Oberlin, OH

6,000

to hire a consultant for the canopy tours project

Denver Youth Program

Denver, CO

10,000

in continued support of GRASP (Gang Rescue and Support Project)

Doctors Care

Littleton, CO

50,000

as capital support for exterior renovations at the new clinic

Family and Community Services Inc

Lorain, OH

50,000

as capital support for Valor Home for homeless veterans

Friends of Breakthrough Schools

Cleveland, OH

50,000

for capital improvements

ideastream

Cleveland, OH

30,000

in support of multiple media programming

Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland Inc

Cleveland, OH

18,000

in support of general operations for economic education programs for youth in Lorain County over 18 months

Leadership Lorain County

Elyria, OH

48,600

in continued support of the Internship Program

Lorain County Habitat for Humanity Inc

Elyria, OH

35,000

for capital improvements and equipment purchases for ReStore

Lorain Historical Society

Lorain, OH

2,000

in support of the capital campaign

Main Street Oberlin

Oberlin, OH

15,000

in continued support of downtown revitalization efforts

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Boston, MA

20,000

in support of the Family Homelessness Crisis Response Project

Midlands Housing Alliance

Columbia, SC

50,000

in continued support of general operations

Neighborhood Alliance

Elyria, OH

53,000

for capital improvements and a facilities maintenance plan

New Agrarian Center

Oberlin, OH

614

for activities associated with NEOFoodWeb.org

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH

30,000

for capital improvements on the Jewett House

Properties Initiative – Amherst Historical Society

Amherst, OH

147,169

for maintenance and repair of charitable use properties managed by Amherst Historical Society 2013-2014

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio

Lorain, OH

100,000

in support of the capital campaign for construction of a new facility, over two years

The Fund for Our Economic Future

Cleveland, OH

100,000

in continued support of economic development efforts, over three years

Towards Employment Inc

Cleveland, OH

15,000

for the Advancement Academy

United Way of Greater Lorain County

Lorain, OH

30,000

in support of volunteer management projects in Lorain County over two years

Warren Village Inc

Denver, CO

25,000

for roof repairs

Womens Bean Project

Denver, CO

10,000

in continued support of job training and placement services for low-income and chronically unemployed women

Young Americans Center for Financial Education

Denver, CO

5,000

in continued support of the International Towne global economics and financial literacy program for youth

Zion Community Development Corporation

Oberlin, OH

25,000

in support of general operations and strategic planning

Amherst Historical Society and Sandstone Museum Center

Amherst, OH

1,000

for the purchase of a club car utility vehicle for maintenance purposes

Cleveland Social Venture Partners

Cleveland, OH

10,000

in support of bigBANG! 2013 a social innovation and capacity building event for nonprofits

Common Ground

Oberlin, OH

50,000

in support of general operations

Community Foundation of Lorain County

Elyria, OH

30,000

in support of nonprofit leadership and performance management coaching initiative

DenverWorks

Denver, CO

10,000

in continued support of employment services and life skills training for disadvantaged individuals

EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute

Cleveland, OH

25,000

for start-up funds to launch EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute

Fraternal Order of Police Lorain Lodge No 3

Lorain, OH

1,000

in support of the -Shop with a Cop- program

Hands of The Carpenter

Lakewood, CO

5,000

in support of general operations

Josephs Home

Cleveland, OH

15,000

toward installation of an air conditioning system

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

Bay Village, OH

30,000

in continued support of general operations and wildlife education programs

Leadership Lorain County

Elyria, OH

48,600

in support of the Leadership Lorain County Internship Program

Lorain County Urban League

Elyria, OH

50,000

in continued support of general operations

Main Street Elyria

Elyria, OH

15,000

in continued support of downtown revitalization efforts

Mainstreet Wellington Inc

Wellington, OH

15,000

in continued support of downtown revitalization efforts

Metro CareRing

Denver, CO

50,000

as capital support for the construction and development of the Hunger Relief Center at Metro CareRing

Mile High Ministries

Denver, CO

15,000

in support of the Joshua Station Transformational Housing Program

New Agrarian Center

Oberlin, OH

15,000

to promote and enhance healthy, sustainable & equitable local food systems

Oberlin African American Genealogy and History Group

Oberlin, OH

800

for Oberlin’s Juneteenth Festival

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH

2,000

to host an AmeriCorps member for one year

Properties Initiative – Oberlin Depot

Oberlin, OH

18,709

for maintenance and repair of charitable use properties managed by Clark Brothers for 2013-2014

The Advertising Council of Rochester

Rochester, NY

7,000

for the Nonprofit Program & Training Fund for Yates County

The Leadership Institute at Columbia College

Columbia, SC

20,000

in support of the 2013 Summer Leadership Institute program for middle and high school girls

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland

Cleveland, OH

5,000

in support of Project SEARCH in Lorain County

Vocational Guidance Services

Elyria, OH

30,000

in continued support of general operations for the VGS Elyria Center

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Moreland Hills, OH

50,000

for a citywide property survey in Lorain

Work Options for Women

Denver, CO

10,000

in continued support of job training and employment placement services

YWCA of Elyria

Elyria, OH

30,000

in support of the YW Leadership Corps

Civic Affairs Total            $1,534,492

Grand Total of 2013 Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Education and Health, Social Services and Other Grants: $5,802,810

Other years: 2014, 2015