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.

2015 Civic Affairs Grants

Amherst Downtown Betterment Association

Amherst, OH
20,000

in continued support of general operations

 

Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard

Amherst, OH
2,000

toward the purchase of a vehicle to transport veterans providing military funeral services

 

Arrupe Jesuit High School

Denver, CO
25,000

in support of a classroom renovation

 

Center for Work Education and Employment

Denver, CO
10,000

in support of the Career Readiness Program

 

City of Lorain

Lorain, OH
1,258.34

in support of the Foundation’s effort to promote shared learning among similar institutions across geographic funding areas

 

Cleveland Social Venture Partners

Cleveland, OH
15,000

in continued support of the bigBANG! Sparking Social Innovation Conference

 

The Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress, Inc.

Lorain, OH
2,000

for the annual Hispanic Leadership Conference

 

Cornucopia, Inc.

Lakewood, OH
25,000

toward Vocational Training and Job Placement Programs for people with developmental disabilities

 

EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute

Cleveland, OH
25,000

in support of “Staffing for Success”

 

Home Works of America, Inc.

Irmo, SC
50,000

in support of capacity building to improve quality programming

 

ideastream

Cleveland, OH
80,000

in continued support of locally produced programs and PBS NewsHour

 

Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
12,000

in support of K‑12 Economic Education Programs for Lorain County students

 

Keuka Housing Council, Inc.

Penn Yan, NY
1,437

in support of the Foundation’s effort to promote shared learning among similar institutions across geographic funding areas

 

The Leadership Institute at Columbia College

Columbia, SC
30,000

toward the expansion of the Summer Leadership Institute and launch of the Girls Entrepreneurship Program

 

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Cleveland, OH
50,000

toward Homelessness Prevention & Outcomes Measurement in Lorain County

 

Lexington Interfaith Community Services

Lexington, SC
35,000

capital campaign support for food pantry expansion

 

Lorain County Community College Foundation

Elyria, OH
25,000

for the Small Business Development Center at LCCC for the nonprofit leadership and performance management coaching initiative

 

Lorain County Community College Foundation

Elyria, OH
2,000

for FireFish Arts toward the FireFish Festival in downtown Lorain, Ohio

 

Lorain County Urban League

Elyria, OH
2,000

in support of the 2015 Equal Opportunity Day Conference

 

 

Civic Affairs Total         $1,407,334.72

Grand Total of 2015 Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Education, Health & Social Services and Other Grants: $5,747,317.72

Lorain Historical Society

Lorain, OH
100,000

capital support for phase 2 renovation of the Carnegie Center, over two years and for the digitization project collaboration with LCCC Library/Community Resources Center

 

Main Street Oberlin, Inc.

Oberlin, OH
2,000

for rental space for SEED Ventures

 

Mainstreet Wellington, Inc.

Wellington, OH
15,000

in continued support of general operations

 

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Beachwood, OH
10,000

in support of the Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out

 

Midlands Housing Trust Fund

Columbia, SC
25,000

in continued support of general operations

 

The Nature Conservancy

Dublin, OH
65,000

in support of developing an Ohio Water Trust, a collaborative method to improve Ohio’s water quality

 

Oberlin Community Services Council

Oberlin, OH
50,000

toward OCS:  Planting Seeds for Economic Growth and Sustainability Program

 

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH
50,000

in support of capital improvements at the historic Jewett House and barn

 

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH
2,000

to host an AmeriCorps Member for one year

 

Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter

Columbia, SC
50,000

toward capital improvements

 

Properties Initiative ‑ Amherst Historical Society

Amherst, OH
193,357.85

for maintenance and repair of charitable use properties

 

Properties Initiative ‑ Oberlin Depot

Oberlin, OH
15,781.53

for maintenance and repair of charitable use properties

 

Properties Initiative ‑ The New Union Center for the Arts

Oberlin, OH
77,000

for interior and exterior renovations

 

United Way of the Midlands

Columbia, SC
10,000

in support of the South Carolinian delegation to travel to Salt Lake City for homelessness training and tour

 

United Way of the Midlands

Columbia, SC
150,000

 in support of the Building for the Future Capital Campaign, over two years

 

Vocational Guidance Services

Elyria, OH
30,000

in continued support of general operations for the Elyria Center

 

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Moreland Hills, OH
105,000

toward the Visualizing Possibilities Project: using data to visualize future possibilities through scenario‑based planning

 

Yates Development Fund

Penn Yan, NY
38,000

toward the “You’re Welcome” initiative

 

Young Americans Center for Financial Education

Denver, CO
6,500

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

 

Other years: 2013, 2014