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.

2018 Civic Affairs Grants

Amherst Downtown Betterment Association

Amherst, OH
20,000

in support of general operations and board training

 

Blythewood Historical Society

Blythewood, SC
15,000                                                                                                                                                                                                     

toward the renovation of the historical museum at the Langford‑Nord House for the Blythewood Historical Society and Museum

 

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Garfield Heights, OH
50,000

in support of the Academy Center construction project

 

Catholic Charities Corporation

Cleveland, OH
110,000

in continued support of Coordinated Entry for Lorain County, OH

 

Causewave Community Partners, Inc.

Rochester, NY
25,000

toward capacity‑building for nonprofit organizations in Yates County

 

Center for Work Education and Employment

Denver, CO
10,000

in continued support of the Career Readiness Program

 

Christ Episcopal Church

Oberlin, OH
9,175

toward dishwasher upgrade

 

City Club of Cleveland

Cleveland, OH
5,000

in support of the Ohio Debate Commission

 

Colorado Juvenile Defender Center

Denver, CO
25,000

in support of Education First: School to Prison Pipeline Project

 

Community Shares of Colorado

Denver, CO
15,000

toward Executive Leadership Institute Expansion

 

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Cleveland, OH
70,000

in support of a Coordinator position for Cuyahoga County Recovery Court

 

Dobama Theatre

Cleveland Heights, OH
20,000

in support of capital renovations

 

Doctors Care

Littleton, CO
5,000

toward a restroom renovation

 

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Inc.

Roxbury, MA
50,000

toward the Development without Displacement Initiative

 

EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute

Cleveland, OH
45,000

in continued support of general operations

 

El Centro De Servicios Sociales

Lorain, OH
2,000

for emergency technology support

 

El Centro De Servicios Sociales

Lorain, OH
1,847

for travel support to Boston for a peer‑to‑peer learning exchange with Inquilinos en Acion and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Inc.

 

Emerald Development & Economic Network, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
100,000

to purchase property for a permanent supportive housing project in Lorain County

 

The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio

Cleveland, OH
34,000

in support of Bellwether Farm/JumpStart Collaborative

 

Greater Ohio Policy Center, Inc.

Columbus, OH
80,000

in support of the Small Legacy City Transformation Initiative, over two years

 

Greater Ohio Policy Center, Inc.

Columbus, OH
976

for travel support to Milwaukee for the Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference and peer‑to‑peer learning exchange

 

Health Law Advocates, Inc.

Boston, MA
15,000

in continued support of general operations

 

Keuka College

Keuka Park, NY
40,000

in support of Teaching Laboratory for Undergraduate Nursing Program

 

League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area Education Fund

Oberlin, OH
1,500

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

 

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Cleveland, OH
100,000

in continued support of the Housing Stability Project, over two years

 

Lorain City Schools

Lorain, OH
100,000

in support of peer‑to‑peer exchanges for the current Lorain City Schools’ CEO and leadership team, over two years

 

 

 

Civic Affairs Total      $1,739,054

Grand Total of 2018 Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Education, Health & Social Services and Other Grants: $7,718,823

Lorain Port Authority

Lorain, OH
1,868

for travel support to Milwaukee for the Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference and peer‑to‑peer learning exchange

 

Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, Inc.

Boston, MA
15,000

in support of The Public Interest Internship Program

 

Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition

Cleveland, OH
30,000

to increase presence in, and impact on, Lorain County through advocacy and research, over two years

 

More Than Words, Inc.

Waltham, MA
25,000

in continued support of work‑based social enterprise program in Boston, MA

 

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA)

Cleveland, OH
1,158

for convening in collaboration with Philanthropy Ohio and MOCA regarding homelessness and the Housing First model

 

Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Cleveland, OH
25,000

in support of Grassroots Leadership Development and Positive Youth Development

 

Oberlin Community Services Council

Oberlin, OH
72,000

toward Refrigerated Truck for Food Distribution

 

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH
2,000

to host an AmeriCorps member for the 2018‑2019 term

 

Ohio Campus Compact

Granville, OH
10,000

toward the Ohio Campus Election Engagement Project in Lorain County

 

Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation, Inc.

Columbus, OH
7,500

in support of Ohio’s Innovation Economy

 

The Philanthropy Roundtable

Washington, DC
6,000

in support for the Alliance for Charitable Reform

 

Properties Initiative ‑ Amherst Historical Society

Amherst, OH
110,000

for maintenance and repair of charitable use properties

 

Properties Initiative ‑ Oberlin Depot

Oberlin, OH
10,000

for maintenance and repair of charitable use properties

 

Rise Colorado

Aurora, CO
90,000

in support of a Chief of Staff position, over three years

 

The Road to Hope, Inc.

Elyria, OH
30,000

in support of capital improvements

 

Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute

Denver, CO
15,000

in support of general operations

 

Saint Martin de Porres High School

Cleveland, OH
75,000

toward capital campaign support

 

Save Our Youth

Denver, CO
2,043

for travel support to tour tech‑related agencies in Columbus and Cleveland and a peer‑to‑peer learning exchange

 

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio

Lorain, OH
75,000

toward Refrigerated Semi‑Trailer & Day Cab Tractor for Food Distribution

 

Social Finance, Inc.

Boston, MA
25,000

in support of strengthening high‑need Ohio communities by developing an outcomes rate card to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes

 

United Fellowship of the Pen, Inc.

Akron, OH
1,987

in support of a peer‑to‑peer exchange in Baltimore to plan a 2018‑2019 cross‑state Resilience Initiative

 

United Way of Greater Lorain County

Lorain, OH
2,000

for staff to attend the Measurable Impact 2017 conference in San Antonio, Texas.

 

United Way of the Midlands

Columbia, SC
68,000

to create a trauma resilient community in Columbia, SC

 

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Moreland Hills, OH
20,000

in support of an update of the 2013 Lorain Property Inventory

 

Youth Advocacy Foundation, Inc.

Boston, MA
20,000

in continued support for the EdLaw Project

 

Youth Challenge

Westlake, OH
50,000

in support of the Capital Improvement Project

Other years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017