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.

2019 Civic Affairs

American Red Cross Lake Erie/Heartland Chapter

Elyria, OH
$46,200

in support of a Blood Service vehicle

 

Amherst Downtown & Betterment Association

Amherst, OH
$20,000

in continued support of general operations

 

Camp Discovery at His Acres

Blythewood, SC
$2,072.11

in support of staff participation in a peer-to-peer learning visit to Common Ground, Shaker Lakes Nature Center and Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Northeast Ohio

 

Colorado Juvenile Defender Center

Denver, CO
$1,430

for travel support to Boston for a peer-to-peer exchange with EdLaw Project and Center for Law and Education

 

Epiphany School, Inc.

Dorchester, MA
$100,000

toward Housing for Epiphany School Teaching Fellows

 

Greater Ohio Policy Center

Columbus, OH
$ 774.33

for Greater Ohio Policy Center staff to attend a national conference on transit and transportation and a peer-to-peer learning exchange held in Atlanta, GA

 

Kinnect

Cleveland, OH
$5,000

in support of the 2018 Family Finding Convening

 

Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority

Lorain, OH
$50,000

in support of Project Based Vouchers

 

Main Street Oberlin, Inc.

Oberlin, OH
$2,500

toward start-up furniture and equipment for CoWork Oberlin

 

Main Street Oberlin, Inc.

Oberlin, OH
$15,000

in support of general operations

 

Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, Inc.

Boston, MA
$15,000

in continued support of the Public Interest Internship Program

 

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH
$5,000

to re-pave the accessible ramp to the Little Red Schoolhouse

 

Saluda Shoals Foundation

Columbia, SC
$15,000

in support of Saluda Shoals Park’s universally inclusive playground

 

United Way of Greater Lorain County

Lorain, OH
$150,000

in support of piloting a new transportation model for Lorain County

 

Vocational Guidance Services

Elyria, OH
$150,000

in support of VGS Elyria Center renovations, over three years

 

Youth Advocacy Foundation, Inc.

Boston, MA
$35,000

in continued support of the EdLaw Project

 

Center for Law and Education, Inc.

Boston, MA
$15,000

in support of the development of a legal services Toolkit designed for lay advocates to assist low-income students at short-term disciplinary hearings

 

Center for Work Education and Employment

Denver, CO
$20,000

in continued support of general operations

 

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Inc.

Roxbury, MA
$50,000

toward continued support for Development without Displacement initiative

 

Effective Leadership Academy

Warrensville Heights, OH
$1,086.48

for staff to visit and exchange best practices with Education Foundation of Sarasota County in Florida

 

Homeless No More, Inc.

Columbia, SC
$50,000

in support of capital improvements and renovations to family shelter dorms

 

Lorain Historical Society

Lorain, OH
$1,230.99

for staff to attend the Greater Ohio Policy Center’s Annual Summit in Columbus, Ohio and participate in a peer-to-peer learning exchange

 

Lorain Public Library

Lorain, OH
$52,500

in support of the Makerspaces at the Main Library in Lorain, OH

 

Mirror Image Arts

Denver, CO
$3,400

for staff to attend the Theatre for Young Audiences Festival and Conference and participate in a peer-to-peer learning exchange held in Atlanta, Georgia

 

Providence House, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$35,000

in support of the Providence House east side expansion

 

Rise Colorado

Aurora, CO
$60,000

in support of capital renovations at RISE Colorado’s office building

 

Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute

Denver, CO
$20,000

in continued support of general operations

 

The Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress, Inc.

Lorain, OH
$5,000

for the annual Hispanic Leadership Conference

 

The Nature Conservancy

Dublin, OH
$40,000

in support of Ohio Water Quality Readiness and Related Efforts in Lorain County

 

The Nord Center

Lorain, OH
$1,500

in support of the opiate/opioid crisis in Lorain County

The Road To Hope Inc.

Elyria, OH
$50,000

in support of capital improvements for recovery housing

 

United Black Fund Of Greater Cleveland, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$40,000

in support of “The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland”

 

United Philanthropy Forum

Washington, DC
$5,000

in support of the 2019 PolicyWorks Institute

 

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

San Francisco, CA
$2,000

in support of Wikipedia

 

Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau

Shaker Heights, OH
$40,000

toward construction of Bluestone Psychiatric Hospital for Children and Adolescents

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County

Lorain, OH
$2,086.32

toward a site visit to Save Our Youth and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Denver

 

Catholic Charities Corporation

Cleveland, OH
$110,000

in continued support of Coordinated Entry for Lorain County, OH

 

Community Shares of Colorado, Inc.

Denver, CO
$15,000

in continued support of Executive Leadership Institute Expansion

 

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Cleveland, OH
$73,100

in continued support of a Coordinator position for Cuyahoga County Recovery Court

 

Emerald Development & Economic Network, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$200,000

toward capital support for Permanent Supportive Housing in Lorain County

 

Envision Excellence in STEM Education

Cleveland Heights, OH
$2,000

in support of the Fall 2019 STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening

 

Family Garden Initiative

Elyria, OH
$4,375

in support of a pilot project for nonprofit organizations to build leadership and organizational capacity through training, coaching and technical assistance

 

Friends of Breakthrough Schools

Cleveland, OH
$5,000

in support of the 5th Annual Breakthrough Schools Blue Plate Special

 

Health Law Advocates, Inc.

Boston, MA
$15,000

in continued support of general operations

 

Highline Academy Incorporation

Denver, CO
$15,000

in support of strengthening literacy through the expansion of the northeast campus library collection

 

Lorain County Safe Harbor

Lorain, OH
$2,500

in support of the Domestic Violence Community Impact Conference

 

Lorain Historical Society

Lorain, OH
$1,500

in support of two full time staff members to attend the American Alliance of State and Local History Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA

 

Mass Insight Education & Research Institute, Inc.

Boston, MA
$5,000

in support of staff professional development in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

 

More Than Words, Inc.

Waltham, MA
$25,000

in continued support of the work-based social enterprise youth development program

 

New Legacy Charter School

Aurora, CO
$130,000

toward purchase of school building

 

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH
$2,500

to host an Ohio History Service Corps/AmeriCorps Member 2019-2020

 

Philanthropy Ohio

Columbus, OH
$48,000

in support of general operations

 

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.

New York, NY
$15,000

in support of the Fund for Shared Insight’s Listen for Good initiative

 

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio

Lorain, OH
$2,000

in support of the Child Hunger Summit

 

The Ruby N. Jones Community Scholarship Fund

Oberlin, OH
$4,600

in support of capacity building for board leadership succession

 

Vocational Guidance Services

Elyria, OH
$50,000

in continued support of Elyria Center

Civic Affairs Total      $1,832,355.23

Grand Total of 2019 Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Education and Health, Social Services and Other Grants: $6,539,122.35

Other years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018