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.

2019 Education Grants 

Arrupe Jesuit High School

Denver, CO
$25,000.00

toward tuition assistance for low-income students

 

Center for Effective Philanthropy, Inc.

Cambridge, MA
$148,000.00

toward general operations and continued support of Student Voice in Ohio Schools, over two years

 

Common Ground-The Cindy Nord Center for Renewal

Oberlin, OH
$45,000.00

for summer programming

 

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Peninsula, OH
$15,000.00

toward the Career Academy for high school students

 

Effective Leadership Academy

Warrensville Heights, OH
$80,000.00

toward Lorain County Youth Leadership Programming, over two years

 

Friends of Breakthrough Schools

Cleveland, OH
$150,000.00

toward High-Quality Education for Cleveland Students, over three years

 

Friends of Breakthrough Schools

Cleveland, OH
$3,500.00

in support of the 2019 campaign

 

Lake Erie Ink: a writing space for youth

Cleveland Heights, OH
$10,000.00

in continued support for Teen Ink and staff development

 

Lexington Medical Center Foundation

West Columbia, SC
$10,000.00

in continued support of the Partners Program

 

Lorain Lighthouse UMC / Lorain United Methodist Ministries

Lorain, OH
$12,000.00

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

 

Mass Insight Education & Research Institute, Inc.

Boston, MA
$60,000.00

in continued support of the Advanced Placement STEM & English Program in Boston Public Schools, over two years

 

Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

Cleveland, OH
$2,000.00

in support of the 66th Annual Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

 

Save Our Children of Elyria

Elyria, OH
$50,000.00

in support of after-school and summer programs for kindergarten through 12th grade

 

Teach For America Greater Cleveland

Cleveland – Ohio City, OH
$100,000.00

in continued support of Teach for America in Lorain County

 

The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc.

Columbus, OH
$50,000.00

in continued support of The Nord Family Foundation Scholarship Program

 

Agudath Bnai Israel Congregation of Lorain Ohio

Lorain, OH
$5,000.00

in support of the Holocaust Remembrance Day program

 

Camp Discovery at His Acres

Blythewood, SC
$40,000.00

in support of staff training, marketing, environmental education and community outreach

 

Chewonki Foundation, Inc.

Wiscasset, ME
$50,000.00

toward financial aid for students to attend the Maine Coast Semester program at Chewonki

 

Denver Kids, Inc.

Denver, CO
$10,000.00

in continued support of general operations

 

Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado

Denver, CO
$25,000.00

in continued support of Education Opportunities for Two Generations

 

Great Lakes Museum of Science Environment and Technology

Cleveland, OH
$30,000.00

in support of general operations

 

Lake Ridge Academy

North Ridgeville, OH
$2,000.00

in continued support of the summer STEM camp

 

Lorain County Community College Foundation

Elyria, OH
$100,000.00

in support of an Emergency Assistance Fund for students at Lorain County Community College

Lorain Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, Inc.

Lorain, OH
$20,000.00

in support of the Engonyakonga Youth-Led Community Coalition

 

Musical Arts Association

Cleveland, OH
$60,000.00

in continued support of general operations

 

Oberlin City School District

Oberlin, OH
$60,000.00

toward a 21st Century Education Framework for Oberlin City Schools and a Roadmap for STEM Teaching and Learning

 

Penn Yan Central School District

Penn Yan, NY
$52,000.00

in support of Penn Yan Schools – Back to the Future program

Saint Martin de Porres High School

Cleveland, OH
$50,000.00

in continued support of general operations

 

The Museum of African American History

Boston, MA
$10,000.00

in support of museum-based youth education programs

 

America SCORES Cleveland

Cleveland, OH
$10,000.00

toward America SCORES Cleveland Literacy and Fitness Youth Development program

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County

Lorain, OH
$50,000.00

in support of general operations

 

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Garfield Heights, OH
$50,000.00

in continued support of the Academy Program

 

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Cleveland, OH
$10,000.00

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

 

Epiphany School, Inc.

Dorchester, MA
$30,000.00

in support of general operations

 

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Bay Village, OH
$40,000.00

in continued support of general operations

 

Little Lighthouse Learning Center

Lorain, OH
$60,000.00

in continued support of general operations

 

Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$20,000.00

toward the Early College, Early Career Program

 

Midview Local Schools

Grafton, OH
$65,000.00

in continued support of Project Lead the Way Innovative STEM Programming and Expansion

 

National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc.

North Canton, OH
$20,000.00

in support of Camp Invention Summer STEM Enrichment Program for underserved Lorain County students

 

Save Our Youth

Denver, CO
$50,000.00

in continued support of one-on-one mentoring and education programs

 

The Conflict Center

Denver, CO
$15,000.00

in support of general operations

 

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Washington, DC
$50,000.00

in continued support of improving education in Ohio through a concerted focus on high expectations for all students, fair school funding, and quality school options

 

University Circle, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
$20,000.00

in continued support of the Early Learning Initiative in Lorain County

 

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Moreland Hills, OH
$5,000.00

in support of a summer intern for the Thriving Communities program

Total Education $1,769,500.00

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