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.

2014 Civic Affairs Grants

The Advertising Council of Rochester

Rochester, NY
$7,000

in continued support of the Nonprofit Program & Training Fund for Yates County

 

Amherst Downtown Betterment Association

Amherst, OH
$20,000

in continued support of downtown commercial revitalization efforts

 

Amherst Historical Society & Sandstone Museum Center

Amherst, OH
$7,660

for the construction of a handicap accessible ramp for the Caboose Exhibit

 

Arrupe Jesuit High School

Denver, CO
$37,500

in support of capital improvements

 

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$50,000

in support of “Turning a Vision Into Reality” campaign to renovate the Healthy Active Living Center in St. Luke’s Hospital

 

Cleveland Social Venture Partners

Cleveland, OH
$10,000

in support of 2014 bigBang! event on Social Innovation

 

Cleveland Social Venture Partners

Cleveland, OH
$600

in support of the 2014 bigBang! event on social innovation

 

The Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress, Inc.

Lorain, OH
$1,000

for the annual Hispanic Leadership Conference

 

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center

Denver, CO
$20,000

as fiscal agent for Project VOYCE, in continued support of Project VOYCE Summer Leadership Institute

 

Common Ground

Oberlin, OH
$50,000

in support of the Common Ground canopy tours project

 

Cornucopia, Inc.

Lakewood, OH
$30,000

in support of capital improvements to Cornucopia’s community‑based job‑training site, Nature’s Bin

 

DenverWorks

Denver, CO
$12,000

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

 

DSST Public Schools

Denver, CO
$150,000

in support of start‑up costs associated with the launch of two new campuses, over three years

 

Elyria Township

Elyria, OH
$5,000

for capital support to build The Rowland Nature Preserve Outdoor Education Pavilion

 

Famicos Foundation, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$2,000

as fiscal agent for the Cleveland One World Festival and the Youth Passport project

 

Family & Community Services, Inc.

Lorain, OH
$2,000

to bring two staff members from Veterans Helping Veterans, Colorado to Ohio for a combined training event

 

Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado

Denver, CO
$50,000

in support of the Capital Campaign

 

Fraternal Order of Police, Lorain Lodge No. 3

Lorain, OH
$200

in support of the Shop with a Cop program

 

Friends of Breakthrough Schools

Cleveland, OH
$50,000

for the Breakthrough Vision 2020 capital campaign

 

Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$12,000

in support of economic and financial literacy programs for middle school students in Lorain County

 

Leadership Lorain County

Elyria, OH
$2,000

in support of programming at Leadership Lorain County

 

Leadership Lorain County

Elyria, OH
$50,500

in continued support of the Leadership Lorain County Internship Program

 

League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area

Oberlin, OH
$1,500

in support of the Lorain County candidates and issues online voter guide

Lorain County Community College Foundation

Elyria, OH
$25,000

toward the purchase of a new digital projection system at LCCC’s Stocker Arts Center

 

Lorain Development Corporation

Lorain, OH
$65,000

in support of a project to develop an adaptive reuse of a former hospital site in Lorain, Ohio

 

Main Street Oberlin, Inc.

Oberlin, OH
$15,000

in continued support of downtown commercial revitalization efforts

 

Mainstreet Wellington, Inc.

Wellington, OH
$15,000

in continued support of downtown commercial revitalization efforts

 

Metro Denver Partners

Denver, CO
$10,000

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

 

Midlands Housing Trust Fund

Columbia, SC
$20,000

in support of general operations

 

More Than Words, Inc.

Waltham, MA
$15,000

in support of leadership development and employment program for at‑risk youth

 

New Agrarian Center

Oberlin, OH
$1,600

for staff to attend a capacity building conference in Columbus, Ohio

 

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH
$2,000

to host an AmeriCorps member for one year

 

Otterbein University

Westerville, OH
$15,000

in support of Building the Power of Women in Philanthropy event in 2015

 

Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute

Denver, CO
$10,000

in support of entrepreneurship programs for low income individuals

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC
$30,000

in support of the capital campaign to for a new Ronald McDonald House, over two years

 

Saint Martin de Porres High School

Cleveland, OH
$50,000

in support of the capital campaign

 

Towards Employment, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$15,000

in support of the Advancement Academy, a program helping low‑wage workers advance through career coaching and education

 

Urban Community School

Cleveland, OH
$150,000

toward the Capital Campaign: Better Starts Here, over three years

 

Venture for America, Inc.

New York, NY
$30,000

to recruit, select, train and place 8‑10 additional VFA Fellows with Northeast Ohio startup ventures

 

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Moreland Hills, OH
$20,000

to conduct a residential housing survey for the city of Oberlin

 

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Moreland Hills, OH
$30,000

in support of strategic planning and targeting areas for demolition in the city of Lorain

 

Women’s Bean Project

Denver, CO
$10,000

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

 

Work Options for Women

Denver, CO
$12,500

in continued support of job training and employment placement services

 

Young Americans Center for Financial Education

Denver, CO
$5,000

in continued support of at‑risk youth participation in the   International Towne global economics and financial literacy program

 

Total Civic Affairs          $1,117,060

Grand Total of 2014 Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Education, Health & Social Services and Other Grants: $5,919,412

 

Other years: 2013, 2015