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.

2017 Education Grants 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County

Lorain, OH

in continued support for six stand‑alone club sites in Lorain County


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands

Columbia, SC

in continued support of Project Learn


Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

in continued support of the Summer Health and Academic Enrichment Program (SHAEP)


Citizen X Incorporated

Akron, OH

in support of the Experiential Writing Programming for Lorain County high school teachers and students


Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Cleveland, OH

in continued support of the Model United Nations Program for Lorain County Students


Community Foundation of Lorain County

Elyria, OH

for the Lorain City Schools ‑ Road to Excellence Fund


Educational Service Center of Lorain County

Elyria, OH

in continued support of Scholastic Games of Lorain County


EdVenture Children’s Museum

Columbia, SC

toward EdVenture’s Community Engagement Initiative


Envision Excellence in STEM Education, Inc.

Cleveland Heights, OH

for an Out of School Time (OST) Scan for K‑12 opportunities in Lorain, Elyria, and Oberlin


The Epiphany School

Dorchester, MA

in support of the Early Learning Center Initiative


Fido’s Companion Rescue

Avon, OH

in continued support of the spay/neuter program in Lorain County


Boys Hope Girls Hope

Garfield Heights, OH

in support of the Academy Program


Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

Bay Village, OH

in continued support of general operations


Lake Ridge Academy

North Ridgeville, OH

in continued support of the summer STEM camp at Lake Ridge Academy for students from Elyria and Lorain City School Districts


The Leadership Institute at Columbia College

Columbia, SC

in continued support for the Summer Leadership Institute at Columbia College


Lexington Medical Center Foundation

West Columbia, SC

in continued support for the Partners Program


Little Lighthouse Learning Center

Lorain, OH

for a field trip to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


Little Lighthouse Learning Center

Lorain, OH

in continued support for general operations


Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church

Lorain, OH

in continued support for Camp I.D.E.A.S. (Individually Developed Educational Activities in the Summertime)



Midview Local School District

Grafton, OH

toward Expansion of Project Lead the Way’s Biomedical Science program


New Legacy Charter High School

Aurora, CO

in continued support for the Early Learning Center and Parenting Education Program


The Nord Family Foundation Initiative

Amherst, OH

as needed for commission professional development


Nysarc, Inc. Yates County Chapter

Penn Yan, NY

in support of the Keuka Lake School Service Expansion


Oberlin Early Childhood Center

Oberlin, OH

in continued support for the Tuition Assistance Program


The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc.

Columbus, OH

in continued support for The Nord Family Foundation Scholarship Program


Peer Health Exchange, Inc.

Boston, MA

in continued support of Empowering Young People to Make Healthy Decisions


Rise Colorado

Aurora, CO

in support of the Educate, Engage, Empower Program


Saint Martin de Porres High School

Cleveland, OH

toward general operating support


Save Our Children of Elyria, Inc.

Elyria, OH

in continued support for out‑of‑school time learning programming


Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center

Cleveland, OH

in support of ASK! (Applied Science for Kids) for Cleveland Schools


Teach For America

Cleveland, OH

in continued support for Teach For America’s work in Northeast Ohio


Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Washington, DC

toward improving education for all Ohio students through a concerted focus on accountability, quality school options, and

funding reform


University Circle, Inc.

Cleveland, OH

in support of the Early Learning Initiative (ELI) in Lorain County


Vital Connections of the Midlands, Inc.

Columbia, SC

in continued support of the Children’s Garden Child Development Center


Young Americans Center for Financial Education

Denver, CO

in support of International Towne


Youth On Record

Denver, CO

in support of innovative, in‑school music and social justice education programming in partnership with Colorado High School Charter


Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Cleveland, OH

in support of the Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) Program in Lorain County


Total Education $1,210,000

Grand Total of 2017 Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Education and Health, Social Services and Other Grants: $7,203,826

Other years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016