Education

The Nord Family Foundation supports a variety of organizations through its Arts and Culture program area, in fields of theater and performing arts, visual arts, and music.  Amidst this variety of art forms, there is an underlying theme and priority for programs that engage children and youth, particularly those who may otherwise have limited access and exposure to the arts.  We also provide significant operating support to arts organizations housed within the New Union Center for the Arts, a community venue that is owned and operated by the Foundation.

The foundation holds a particular place of honor for teachers and seeks to support opportunities for those with energy and love of their vocation. Aristotle once said, “Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” It is our intention to continue to explore new opportunities in this program area.

 

2014 Education Grants 

America SCORES Cleveland

Cleveland, OH
$10,000

in continued support of the After‑School Health and Literacy Program

 

American Productivity & Quality Center Inc

Houston, TX
$27,500

toward year two for the Education North Star project in the Lorain City School District

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands

Columbia, SC
$48,000

toward Literacy Leaders Peer Reading Initiative

 

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Cleveland, OH
$10,000

in continued support of the Model United Nations program for Lorain County students

 

College Now Greater Cleveland

Cleveland, OH
$30,000

in continued support of College Access Advising for Lorain County high school students

 

Cleveland State University Foundation

Cleveland, OH
$5,500

in support of the Cleveland Arts Consortium professional development programs

 

Cleveland Zoological Society

Cleveland, OH
$45,000

in continued support of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Online Resource Library

 

Colorado Uplift

Denver, CO
$5,000

in support of the teaching and mentoring program for at risk youth

 

Education Through Music, Inc.

New York, NY
$60,000

in support of a summer workshop for music teachers in public schools at Oberlin Conservatory of Music

 

Educational Service Center of Lorain County

Elyria, OH
$120,000

for teacher professional development in the blended‑learning model of instruction, over three years

 

Educational Service Center of Lorain County

Elyria, OH
$2,000

in continued support of the Scholastic Games of Lorain County

 

Elyria Comic Book Initiative

Elyria, OH
$6,120

to promote literacy through comic books for Elyria and Lorain City Schools

 

The Epiphany School

Dorchester, MA
$20,000

in support of general operations

 

Fido’s Companion Rescue

Avon, OH
$2,000

for spay/neuter education in Lorain & Cuyahoga counties to reduce pet overpopulation

 

Friends of Breakthrough Schools

Cleveland, OH
$50,000

for general operating support to add a grade level at 5 of the 10 Breakthrough schools and open an additional school building

 

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

Lorain, OH
$21,518

in support of the French Creek Volunteer Development Initiative

 

Great Lakes Science Center

Cleveland, OH
$141,998

in support of the STEM education outreach initiative at Lorain County schools, over three years

 

ideastream

Cleveland, OH
$70,000

in support of three ongoing reporting initiatives dedicated to news and public policy reporting on‑air and online

 

Invent Now, Inc.

North Canton, OH
$20,000

in support of the Club Invention programs in Lorain County, Denver, and Columbia (SC) Public Schools

 

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

Bay Village, OH
$40,000

in continued support of general operations toward core programming

The Leadership Institute at Columbia College

Columbia, SC
$20,000

in support of the summer leadership program for high school girls

Little Lighthouse Learning Center

Lorain, OH
$1,500

in support of professional development for early childhood educators

 

Little Lighthouse Learning Center

Lorain, OH
$1,000

for educational field trips and learning materials for the summer camp program

 

Lorain City Schools

Lorain, OH
$1,990

in support of a project to share outcomes data for the North Star Project

 

Midview Local School District

Grafton, OH
$42,100

in support of Project Lead the Way’s Pathway to Engineering and Gateway to Technology programs

 

New Agrarian Center

Oberlin, OH
$50,000

in support of general operations and for a strategic plan

 

Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

Cleveland, OH
$2,000

in support of the 62nd Annual Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

 

The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc.

Columbus, OH
$50,000

in continued support of The Nord Family Foundation Scholarship Programs

 

The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc.

Columbus, OH
$15,000

in support of Bridges College Readiness Program for Lorain County minority and underserved students

 

Palmetto Conservation Foundation

Columbia, SC
$15,000

in support of general operations

 

Penn Yan Central School District

Penn Yan, NY
$50,000

for the enhancements to the Career and Technical Education Department

 

Philanthropy Ohio

Columbus, OH
$25,000

in continued support of the Philanthropy Ohio Education Initiative and for general operations

 

Public Services Institute of Lorain County Community College

Elyria, OH
$9,000

in support of the “Atmosphere Adventures” science enrichment project in Lorain County schools

 

Reading Partners

Denver, CO
$15,000

toward the expansion of Reading Partners Colorado, a one‑on‑one literacy tutoring program

 

RePlay for Kids

Medina, OH
$1,250

in support of toy adapting workshops to promote STEM education for Lorain County public school students

 

Richland Library Foundation

Columbia, SC
$100,000

for the development of a Learning Center at the Richland Library Blythewood site

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$60,000

for the Digital education initiative

 

Saint Joseph School

Amherst, OH
$30,000

in support of Excellence in Learning through the science and technology growth project

 

School Choice Ohio, Inc.

Columbus, OH
$40,000

in support of general operations

 

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Washington, DC
$75,000

in support of research and analysis of K‑12 education in Ohio

 

Total Education                    $1,338,476

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

Other years: 2013, 2015