Education

Over its history, the Foundation has maintained a diverse portfolio of grants to public schools, charter schools and faith-based schools. We work closely with school leaders and teachers to learn from them what they think constitute quality teaching and learning for young people.
We discuss the outcomes at board meetings to see how our learning can be shared with others in the education community. The foundation seeks programs that are innovative and have the potential to be replicated in other regions we serve.

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.

2015 Education Grants 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County

Lorain, OH
$2,000

in support of the LiveSchool teen programming initiative

 

Camp Discovery at His Acres

Blythewood, SC
$40,000

in continued support of general operations

 

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Cleveland, OH
$10,000

in continued support of the Model United Nations Program 2015‑2016 for Lorain County students

 

College Now Greater Cleveland

Cleveland, OH
$30,000

to provide college access advising for Lorain County high school students

 

Cleveland Zoological Society

Cleveland, OH
$35,000

toward Enhancing Educational Excellence: The Online Resource Library puts the “E” in STEM education

 

Educational Service Center of Lorain County

Elyria, OH
$2,000

in continued support of the Scholastic Games of Lorain County

 

Effective Leadership Academy

Beachwood, OH
$15,000

toward LEAD program access for low‑income, at‑risk students in Elyria and Lorain middle and high schools

 

Envision Excellence in STEM Education, Inc.

Cleveland Heights, OH
$20,000

in support of a Computer Science strategy for Northeast Ohio

 

Esperanza, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$30,000

in continued support of academic mentoring for Hispanic students in grades 6‑12

 

Fido’s Companion Rescue

Avon, OH
$2,000

for spay/neuter education in Lorain County to reduce the homeless pet population

 

Great Lakes Biomimicry, Inc.

Elyria, OH
$25,000

to support the Lorain County Biomimicry Professional Learning Community and Curriculum Collaborative for the remainder of the 2015‑2016 academic year

 

Invent Now, Inc.

North Canton, OH
$20,000

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

 

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

Bay Village, OH
$40,000

in support of general operations

 

Lexington Medical Center Foundation

West Columbia, SC
$20,000

toward the Partners Program

Lorain County Community College

Elyria, OH
$6,000

toward “Atmosphere Adventures” science enrichment program presentations

Lorain County Community College Foundation

Elyria, OH
$2,000

in support of the K‑12 educator session at the Additive Manufacturing Tech Innovation Conference

 

Mercy Foundation of Lorain County

Lorain, OH
$40,000

in support of the Rising Star Healthcare Internship Program

 

Midview Local School District

Grafton, OH
$60,000

in support of Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science and Launch training

 

Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

Cleveland, OH
$2,000

in support of the 63rd Annual Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

 

Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH
$1,000

in support of the Oberlin College K‑12 Education Symposium on April 7 and April 10, 2015

 

Ohio Aerospace Institute

Brook Park, OH
$20,000

for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships through the Ohio Space Grant Consortium

 

The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc.

Columbus, OH
$50,000

in continued support of The Nord Family Foundation Scholarship Programs

 

Philanthropy Ohio

Columbus, OH
$35,000

in support of general operations and the Education Initiative

 

Saint Martin de Porres High School

Cleveland, OH
$50,000

for continued general operating support

 

Teach For America

Cleveland, OH
$100,000

in support of Teach For America’s Growth in Cuyahoga County

 

Teach For America, Inc.

North Charleston, SC
$50,000

in continued support toward teacher recruitment and placement in high‑need South Carolina schools

 

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Washington, DC
$50,000

in continued support of research, commentary and analysis of K‑12 education in Ohio

 

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Washington, DC
$2,000

for the Ohio Standard Coalition in support of tele‑town hall meetings on education

YWCA of Elyria

Elyria, OH
$855

in support of the Get on the Bus initiative

 

Total Education $759,855

Grand Total of 2015 Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Education and Health, Social Services and Other Grants: $5,687,178

Other years: 2013, 2014